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Foundation Programme

We integrate theoretical learning with a practical application while trying to make learning as fun and as interactive as possible. In the process, students learn how to think critically in everything they do – be it in academic research and writing, in debating, or when honing their presentation skills.

About the Programme

The TAG Foundation programme establishes a pathway for students wishing to gain seamless entry into undergraduate programmes at Lancaster University’s Ghana Campus (LUG) and even the LU campus in the United Kingdom. It is also the only programme in Sub-Saharan Africa to have received full accreditation by the British Accreditation Council.

Students who excel academically have the opportunity to be placed on the Provost’s List, a prestigious award recognised by prospective employers.

Course Structure

Core Modules

Trimester 1             Trimester 2            Trimester 3           
Critical Thinking, Research & Academic Writing I

Foundation Maths

Digital Information Skills


Critical Thinking, Research & Academic Writing II

Introduction to Project Management

Innovative Management & Leadership
Critical Thinking, Research & Academic Writing III

Pathway-Specific Modules (modules below)

Pathway-Specific Modules

Business

A. Accounting & Finance
Two electives from:
•   Introduction to Management Accounting
•   Introduction to Marketing
•   Introduction to Economics

B. Economics & International Relations
Two electives from: 
•   Introduction to Economics
•   Introduction to Management Accounting
•   Politics & Society

C. Business Studies
Two electives from: 
•   Introduction to Management Accounting
•   Introduction to Marketing
•   Introduction to Economics

D. Marketing
Two electives from:
•   Introduction to Marketing
•   Introduction to Economics
•   Introduction to Management Accounting

Legal & Social Sciences

A. Law
•   Legal Perspectives
•   Politics & Society

B. Politics & International Relations
Two electives from:
•   Legal Perspectives
•   Politics & Society
•   Introduction to Economics

Science & Technology*

A. Computer Science
•   Introduction to Computer Programming
•   Fundamentals of Information Systems

TAG’s STEM pathway programme for Engineering* in the Science & Technology stream starts in October each year. Term 1 comprises the same common core modules as the other Foundation pathways.

TERM 1 
•   Critical Thinking 1 (7 contact hours per week = 63 contact hours / 9 weeks)
•   Foundation Maths (7 contact hours per week = 63 contact hours / 9 weeks)
•   Digital Information Skills (7 contact hours per week = 63 contact hours / 9 weeks)

TERM 2
•   Intro to Project management (7 contact hours per week = 63 contact hours / 9 weeks)
•   Pure Maths 1 (10 contact hours per week = 90 hours / 9 weeks)

TERM 3 
•   Pure Maths 2 (10 contact hours per week = 90 hours / 9 weeks)
•   Mechanics 1 (Maths) (10 contact hours per week = 90 contact hours / 9 week)
•   Intro to Physics (Part 1) (7 contact hours per week = 63 contact hours / 9 weeks)

TERM 4 
•   Mechanics 2 (Maths) (10 contact hours per week = 90 contact hours / 9 week)
•   Intro to Physics (Part 2) (7 contact hours per week = 63 contact hours / 9 weeks)

All Foundation modules are equally weighted, with progression from one trimester to the next. Completion of the Foundation Programme requires a pass mark of 50 per cent in each module.

*The progression requirement for the STEM Engineering pathway is in line with the Law pathway, i.e. 70% required overall with no individual module below 60%.

Fees and Funding

For full details of the fees for this programme, and the University’s financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please click here.

Entry Requirements

To gain admission into our Foundation Programme, you must be at least 17 years old and must also meet the applicable academic requirement from the list below:

  • WASSCE – Grade C6 in the best 6 subjects, to include three core subjects and three electives. Core subjects must include English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies.
  • SSCE Candidates – Credit passes (A_D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects, including English Language and Mathematics plus three (3) relevant elective subjects.
  • GBCE Candidates – Credit Passes (A-D) in six (6) subjects comprising three core subjects including English Language and Mathematics plus three (3) relevant elective subjects.
  • GCE ‘O’ Level /GCSE/IGCSE – C pass in at least 5 subjects, to include English and Mathematics in addition to at least one-year completion of GCE at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) – Grade 4 in any three HL subjects plus English and Mathematics at HL Grade 4 or SL Grade 5
  • French Baccalaureate (Bacc) – 10 overall plus 10 in English and Mathematics
  • Option International Baccalaureate (OIB) – 10 overall plus 10 in English and Mathematics
  • Other – decided on a case by case basis.

Foundation Pathways

The Foundation Programme offers three pathways into undergraduate studies:

Business Stream (Term 3)
– Accounting & Finance – Core module: Critical Thinking III (Two electives from Introduction to Management Accounting / Introduction to Marketing / Introduction to Economics)
– Economics & International Relations – Core module: Critical Thinking III (Two electives from Introduction to Economics / Introduction to Management Accounting / Politics & Society)
– Business Studies – Core module: Critical Thinking III (Two electives from Introduction to Management Accounting / Introduction to Marketing / Introduction to Economics)
– Marketing – Core module: Critical Thinking III (Two electives from Introduction to Marketing / Introduction to Economics / Introduction to Management Accounting)

Law and Social Sciences Stream (Term 3)
– Law – Modules: Critical Thinking III / Legal Perspectives / Politics & Society
– Politics & International Relations – Core module: Critical Thinking III (Two electives from Legal Perspectives / Politics and Society / Introduction to Economics)

Science and Technology Stream for Computing (Term 3)
– Critical Thinking III / Introduction to Computer Programming / Fundamentals of Information Systems

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Science and Technology Stream for Engineering (Term 2)
– Intro to Project Management / Pure Maths 1

Science and Technology Stream for Engineering (Term 3)
– Pure Maths 2 / Mechanics 1 / Intro to Physics (Part 1)

Science and Technology Stream for Engineering (Term 4)
– Mechanics 2 / Intro to Physics (Part 2)

All Foundation pathways include units that focus on theoretical and practical content useful and relevant to chosen undergraduate studies at the university.