UFP (University Foundation Programme)

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  • Key information

    The University Foundation Programme (UFP) is a one-year alternative to traditional A Levels that prepares students to attend top UK universities.
    Students can choose one of six different pathways:
    Architecture, Art & Design
    Business & Finance
    Engineering & Computing
    Law, Humanities & Social Sciences
    Science & Pharmacy

    Each pathway is designed to fully prepare students for an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, for example a student studying our Business & Finance pathway could go on to study a range of related degrees, such as Business Management, Finance, Economics and so on. A student studying on the Computing & Engineering pathway might go on to study Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science or any other related degree subject.

    Students can choose any degree subject they like, as long as this is related to the pathway of study they have chosen at the UFP.

    Foundation courses-Onward destinations:

    Successful UFP students have been accepted by over 98 Universities in the UK, including those in the prestigious Russell Group. Recent destinations include:
    UCL (Pharmacy only)
    King’s College London
    Queen Mary, University of London
    Royal Holloway, University of London
    University of Leeds
    University of Southampton
    University of Manchester
    University of Birmingham
    University of Edinburgh
    University of Bristol

    Students who complete the new Medicine pathway can go on to study at:
    University of Brunel
    UCLan – University of Central Lancashire
    RCSI – Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    Queen Mary University of London – Malta Campus

    Basic overview of course content/length:

    The UFP is an intensive course that runs for one academic year, half the length of traditional A Levels. The UFP runs over 3 terms:
    Term 1: In the first term students must complete three mandatory minor modules: Maths, IT and English
    Terms 2 & 3: Students select three major modules that are relevant to their intended degree course. There are 18 different modules to choose from:
    Accounting, Economics, Further Mathematics, Business Organisation, Quantitative Methods, Chemistry, Further Computing, Physics, Law, Media & Film studies, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Spatial Design, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography

    On average, students have approximately 22 – 28 hours of lessons per week, and are expected to supplement this with 10-15 hours of private study.

    Starting/finish dates:
    There are two start dates for our courses – September and January. Both complete in time for a September start at university the following year.


    The UFP has 2 locations, London and Bath. The main London campus is located in the financial district in London, called the City. The closest tube stations are Tower Hill and London Liverpool Street. International students can arrive into any of London’s major airports, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted. The smaller campus is located in the heart of the historic city of Bath, around 2 and a half hours from London. International students can either fly into London or directly to Bristol Airport.


    Architecture, Art & Design – £20,450 plus Examination and Art Material Fees
    Business & Finance – £17,450 plus Examination Fee
    Engineering & Computing – £17,450 plus Examination and Practical/Material Fee
    Law, Humanities & Social Sciences – £17,450 plus Examination Fee
    Medicine – £24,950 plus Examination and Practical/Material Fee
    Science & Pharmacy – £17,450 plus Examination and Practical/Material Fee

    A Day in the life of…

    “I would recommend the UFP because it is a one-year programme which is specially designed for international students and can lead to entry to a top UK university.”
    Sana, Pharmacy Student (UCL)

    “I really appreciate the incredibly supportive atmosphere at the UFP, especially during the UCAS application process. I’m glad I received this support while I was making such important decisions about my future.”
    Anna, Business Management Student (University of Manchester)

    “Small class sizes meant that we received maximum attention from our teachers who were encouraging and supportive throughout the whole programme.”
    Cynthia, Pharmacy Student (King’s College London)

    “My teachers were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive; I have consistently improved since the beginning of the year and I now feel completely ready for university”.
    Manel, Business Student (Queen Mary University)


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