Have your say: What you need to know about foundation yearsWatch
If the applicant has aspirations of study elsewhere, then in most cases they would be better retaking A-Levels or another Level 3 qualification, (assuming their target Uni's accepted retakes).
It is very important that applicants ask:
- where they'll be taught
- what proportion of foundation year students pass the year
- what proportion of foundation year students are able to progress onto the degree they want
- what proportion of foundation year students successfully complete the degree they want and how their results compare to students admitted directly into yr 1
- what sort of class sizes are on foundation year (I've known one RG university running their foundation year with a staff student ratio in excess of 50!)
- whether they can live in halls for both the foundation year and the first year of their degree if they choose
- whether progression onto the degree is guaranteed
- whether the foundation course team will help with applying for degree courses elsewhere (and success rates of students who have done this).
Also a foundation YEAR is NOT an Art & Design Foundation Diploma https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5017684 some universities offer a foundation year for art & design subjects - this is rarely a good alternative to a FAD.
Finally - private providers offering international "foundation" courses are very rarely a good option if an applicant has the opportunity to take A levels (they can be a good option if your country's High School Diploma is only equivalent to AS levels/yr 12 in the UK but even then it's not always ideal). These companies make BIG profits from both the tuition fees paid and from the commission they get from funnelling students into a small handful of universities. There are more independent alternatives but they're more expensive (because they aren't subsidised by commission!).