• ONCAMPUS Sunderland

    The University of Sunderland is named the best new university in North East England and shortlisted for University of the Year.

  • Excellent student support

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  • Among the best facilities in the UK

    £130m has been invested in the two campuses in recent years

  • City by the sea

    Sunderland has the added advantage of being a city by the sea in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.

  • The Gateway

    a ‘one-stop shop’ for student services and information, dedicated international student support team, counselling and wellbeing

  • Sir Tom Cowie Campus

    voted one of the top four campuses in the UK with the “wow factor” by CABE

  • The Media Centre is among the best in the UK

    with two TV studios, four digital radio stations, a 200-seater cinema and a host of video and journalism suites with the very latest software


Foundation Courses for the University of Sunderland

At ONCAMPUS Sunderland you will prepare yourself to progress to your chosen undergraduate or Master's degree at the University of Sunderland.

This diagram provides a summary of the requirements for our foundation programmes at ONCAMPUS Sunderland:

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Undergraduate:

Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

This one-year (3 term) programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to the University of Sunderland. You will study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the University of Sunderland City campus.

The 4-term extended UFP is available to start in June or September.


This programme gives guaranteed progression* to Year 1 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees or the International Year One in Business & Management.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies at the University of Sunderland. All students who successfully complete the UFP are guaranteed placement on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at the University of Sunderland. The UFP is set at level 3, which is equivalent to A-level standard in the UK.

How long will I study for?

This programme lasts one academic year (nine months). The year is divided into three terms of seven to eight teaching weeks and one reading week. You will undertake up to 25 hours of classroom-based study per week.

What will I study?

This programme includes English and three academic subject modules. English will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects, as well as being taught separately if you need additional support to develop your English language.

There are four academic pathways to choose from and you will study the pathway most suited to your chosen progression degree. Academic skills relevant to the specific subject area will be taught to fully prepare you for university study. The pathways are: Business, Economics, Finance and Management, Engineering and Sciences, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences and Life Sciences.


The options available for your chosen pathway at ONCAMPUS Sunderland are shown below:

Business, Economics, Finance and Management
• Economics and Finance
• Business Behaviours
• Skills for Business

Click to download the Business, Economics, Finance and Management programme guide

Engineering and Sciences
• Pure Mathematics
• Physical Sciences
• Skills for Science

Click to download the Engineering and Sciences programme guide

Humanities, Law and Social Sciences
• Globalisation and Internationalisation
• Human Interactions
• Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences

Click to download the Humanities and Social Sciences programme guide

Life Sciences
• Molecular Biology
• Biology and Biochemistry
• Skills for Science

Click to download the Life Sciences programme guide

Note: Modules are subject to availability and you will be guided onto the best combination of academic modules for your intended degree when you arrive at ONCAMPUS Sunderland.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the programme to ensure you are making the progress required to successfully complete the programme. Full assessment of the programme will take place in the final term. Assessment methodologies are aligned to those that will be experienced in the University environment, and include project work, essays, presentations and unseen examination.

* Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.

Programme details:

Course length: 3 terms
Minimum age: 17+
Hours per week: up to 25


Dates Standard Tuition fees (per term) Standard Tuition fees (annually) Lab based Tuition fees (per term) Lab based Tuition fees (annually) Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in
09 January 2017 – 18 August 2017 £3,300 £9,900  £3,665 £10,995 Sept 2017
25 September 2017 – 10 June 2018 £3,300 £9,900  £3,665 £10,995 Sept 2018
08 January 2018 – 17 August 2018 £3,300 £9,900  £3,665 £10,995 Sept 2018

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 refundable deposit.


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International Year One (IY1)

This one-year (3 term) programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to Year 2 of a range of business-related degrees at the University of Sunderland. You will study your programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the University of Sunderland City campus.


The International Year One offers guaranteed progression* to Year 2 of the following undergraduate degrees at the University of Sunderland:

  • BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing Management

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed for international students who do not quite have the academic grades and/or English level to start the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, but have a stronger profile than a UFP student.

All students who successfully complete the IY1 are guaranteed progression1 to Year 2 of a business-related undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland. This programme is set at level 4, and is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate business degree in the UK.

How long will I study for?

Your application will be assessed and you may be offered a 3 or 4 term programme depending on your English level and academic background.

The duration of the programme is one academic year (nine or twelve) months). The year is divided into three or four terms of seven to eight teaching weeks, one reading week, and an examination week. You will undertake up to 28 hours of classroom-based study per week.

What will I study?

This programme includes nine core modules, taken by all students throughout the course. These modules are: English, and eight academic modules relating to business and management. The academic modules are:

  • Business Environment
  • Managing Financial Resources and Decisions
  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Marketing Principles
  • Business Decision Making
  • Marketing Intelligence
  • Business Skills for Proposals and Pitches
  • Study and Communication Skills for Business

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a variety of methods during your time with us: the intention is that you have a chance to experience the full range of assessment methods that you might experience at university when you start the second year of your chosen degree.

* Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria

Programme details:

Course length: 3 or 4 terms
Minimum age: 17+
Hours per week: up to 28


No. of terms Dates Per term Annually (3 terms) Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in
3 09 January 2017 – 18 August 2017 £3,300 £9,900 Sept 2017
3 25 September 2017 – 10 June 2018 £3,300 £9,900 Sept 2018
4 25 September 2017 – 17 August 2018 £3,300 £13,200 Sept 2018
3 08 January 2018 – 17 August 2018 £3,300 £9,900 Sept 2018

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 refundable deposit.


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Postgraduate:

Master's Foundation Programme (MFP)

The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a one, two or three-term programme, with guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees at the University of Sunderland. You will study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the University of Sunderland City campus.

The 4-term extended MFP is available to start in June or September.


The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a one, two or three-term programme. It offers you guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The Master’s Foundation will allow you to improve your English whilelearning the study skills and research methods that you will need during your Master’s degree studies. Depending on the length of the programme you study, you may also study academic modules relating to your chosen progression route.

How long will I study for?

Each term is divided into seven to eight teaching weeks, one reading week and an assessment week. You will undertake up to 25 hours of classroom-based study per week.

What will I study?

1 term
If you study this programme, you will study two compulsory units of research study skills, including a major project, plus English language.

2 terms
If you study this programme, you will study two compulsory units of research project, personal and professional development, plus English language. You will also study an additional academic subject unit, depending on your intended progression degree.

3 terms
If you study this programme, you will study two compulsory units of a research project, personal and professional development, plus English language. You will also study two additional academic subject units, depending on your intended progression degree.

Academic subject units are arranged by pathway, and include:

Business, Economics, Finance and Management

  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Marketing Principles

All MFP students follow the Business pathway at ONCAMPUS Sunderland but are able to progress to any Master's degree listed on our progression degree pages (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria).

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate term, and will include formative and summative assignments and other assessment tasks. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in UK postgraduate programmes.

Assessments will normally include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.

* Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.

Programme details:

Course length: 1, 2 or 3 terms
Minimum age: 21+
Hours per week: up to 25


No. of terms Programme dates Tuition fees per programme Progressing to Master's degree starting in
3 09 January 2017 – 18 August 2017 £9,900 Sept 2017
2 09 January 2017 – 16 June 2017 £6,600 Sept 2017
2 27 March 2017 – 18 August 2017 £6,600 Sept 2017
1 12 June 2017 – 18 August 2017 £3,300 Sept 2017
3 25 September 2017 – 10 June 2018 £9,900 Sept 2018
3 08 January 2018 – 17 August 2018 £9,900 Sept 2018
2 08 January 2018 – 10 June 2018 £6,600 Sept 2018
2 26 March 2018 – 17 August 2018 £6,600 Sept 2018
1 11 June 2018 – 17 August 2018 £3,300 Sept 2018

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 refundable deposit.


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