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Foundation programmes usually offer students an alternative qualification for entry into university programmes if they do not meet the entry requirements on the strength of their school-leaving results. They thus help students who may not initially meet entry requirements gain entry to undergraduate study at universities and colleges. These programmes usually focus on developing knowledge and skills in core subjects (such as mathematics and science for science related degrees and diplomas), as well as developing core academic competencies (such as language proficiency, critical thinking and problem-solving skills). They also help students adapt to the university environment or be better prepared for university study. Some foundation courses promise students a place at university after successful completion of the course.

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