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University Foundation Programme

Designed specifically for high achieving international students, the University Foundation Programme (UFP) acts as a bridge from students’ high school education in their own country to university in the UK.

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Entry Requirements

Start date: September

Age: 16.5+ years

Entry requirements: 5 GCSEs grade C+ or 2 AS E+

Language requirements: IELTS 4.5+

Average class size: 12

Hours per week: 18 hours plus optional English

Course duration: 3 terms


The UFP recognises the specific academic challenges that international students face and uses assessment strategies that offer the best opportunities to demonstrate a student’s academic level and potential. Students each choose three academic subjects with exams at the end of the qualification. In addition, all students attend academic English classes designed to develop their English skills for university.

Final UFP grades are determined by exams as well as a significant amount of coursework which simulates the structure of most UK university courses.

Choosing a subject combination is important as universities look for students that have good grades in the right subjects. We work intensively with each student choose the best combination to help achieve their university and career aspirations.

UFP Subject Options Blocks:

Students choose 1 subject from 3 columns A-D

Students must do compulsory British UKVI IELTS Academic



  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Business
  • English as an Additional Language


Develop skills needed to succeed at university with a focus on improved capability to learn with confidence and independence.

Unlock progressing to a UK or international university.

Improve English language fluency and proficiency.

Experience life at an international school and prepare for life at a UK university.

Develop the foundation knowledge needed to study a specific subject at undergraduate level.