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Arts Foundation Courses

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students in England are undertaking an arts foundation course; (74815)

(2) which higher education institutions in England offer a degree course in art and design and do not require a successful completion of an art foundation course as a condition of entry.

The latest available information shows that in English higher education institutions in 2004-05, there were 300 students enrolled on foundation courses which led to a degree course in Creative Arts and Design. Comparable information for further education colleges is not held centrally.

Information on the precise entry requirements for specific degree courses is not held centrally. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) provides a list of entry requirements for the art and design courses listed on their website at This includes some degree courses which require a foundation course for entry, although in the main the entry requirements are shown in terms of the UCAS tariff points score rather than specific qualifications.