Giving you the extra support you need to start your degree

 
About the school
Welcome to Arden University’s Institute of Foundation Studies. Studying a degree with foundation year entry within our Institute of Foundation Studies is the perfect solution if you feel you need extra support when beginning your degree course, or if you don’t meet the standard entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
In the last five years, almost four thousand students from all over the world, and from all walks of life, have enrolled on our degrees with foundation year, and we look forward to welcoming you to university life.
 
Arden in numbers
student satisfaction
95%
student satisfaction
95% of our graduates said they were satisfied with the Arden University learning experience.
of careers transformed
90%
of careers transformed
90% of Arden graduates say their career possibilities have been enhanced by studying with us.*
global study locations
7
global study locations
Study from anywhere online, on campus in Berlin, or at one of our five UK study centres, including three locations in London.
Alumni are proud to be Arden graduates
9/10
Alumni are proud to be Arden graduates
In recognition of our continued commitment to our students, we were named number one education business in the 2020 Education Investor Awards.

Foundation Year Senior Academic Team

Dr Lucy Atkinson

Dr Lucy Atkinson (PhD, MA, BSc, FHEA, AFBALEAP) is the Director of the Institute of Foundation Studies at Arden University and joined in December 2021. Qualified with Bachelors, master's from Lancaster University in Psychology in Education and Applied Linguistics, Lucy also has a PhD/Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Psychology and Applied Linguistics. Lucy has a demonstrated history of working in higher education on different levels and provision, including English for Academic Purposes for international and home/EU students, Levels 3-7 in Psychology/Education/Marketing and has developed Foundation Year provision enabling access to university for a diverse cohort of students.  Lucy has an excellent understanding of key statistics and actions for a successful university programme including progression, continuation, and module/teaching satisfaction ensuring an increase in these metrics and an improved student experience. Lucy is also an avid conference presenter, guest speaker and sharer of learning and teaching practice in the HE community for preparatory programmes.

Dr Lucy Atkinson
Director of the Institute of Foundation Studies
Nav Ahmed
Nav Ahmed
Principal Lecturer
Jodi Withers
Jodi Withers
Principal Lecturer
Shamsun Choudhury
Shamsun Choudhury
Senior Lecturer
Louise Farmer
Louise Farmer
Senior Lecturer
Dr Deanna Saunders
Dr Deanna Saunders
Senior Lecturer
Joanne Brown
Joanne Brown
Senior Lecturer
Deepak Bhachu
Deepak Bhachu
Senior Lecturer
Michelle Kempson
Michelle Kempson
Senior Lecturer
Stefan Overton
Stefan Overton
Senior Lecturer

Student Stories

Accrediting bodies and industry partners

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a powerful global presence within the accountancy profession, inspiring its members and students towards greater success and prosperity.
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
The British Psychological Society (BPS)
The single-subject psychology degree courses at the School of Psychology are accredited by The British Psychological Society, the representative body for professional psychologists in the UK.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) is the world’s largest organisation for professional marketers and plays a key role in setting industry standards.
CIPD
CIPD
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is a professional body which sets the industry standards for human resource management and people development.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development in the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals.
Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)
Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM)
The aim of the Institute of Health & Social Care Management (IHSCM) is to create a supportive professional body that is relevant in its activities and modern in its approach.