Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

This one-year (3 term) programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to Aston University. An Extended 4 term programme is available in September.

From September 2021, UFP Engineering and Business are available through iCAS at ONCAMPUS Aston.

This programme gives guaranteed progression* to Year 1 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees.

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 Aston University. All students who successfully complete the UFP are guaranteed progression* on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at Aston University. 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 approximately 10 weeks. On average, you will undertake between 16 and (up to) 22 hours of classroom-based study per week. 

Please note: Minimum and maximum hours are estimated, hours may vary depending on the student’s academic and English level and may be adjusted throughout their course.Students studying the Medicine Undergraduate Foundation Programme will undertake up to 28 hours of classroom-based study per week.

English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable.

Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

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.

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

Business, Economics, Finance and Management

  • Economics and Finance
  • Advanced Maths for Business and Finance
  • Skills for Business
  • English

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

Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • Pure Mathematics
  • Physics or Chemistry
  • Skills for Science
  • English

Click to download the Engineering and Physical Sciences programme guide

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Globalisation and Internationalisation
  • Human Interactions
  • Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English

Life Sciences

  • Biology for Life Sciences
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Skills for Science
  • English

Click to download the Life Sciences programme guide 


Medicine (September start only)

  • Pure Mathematics and Statistics
  • Chemistry for Medicine
  • Biology for Medicine
  • English

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 Aston.

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
Age: Must be 17 before progression onto University Degree (18 before progressing onto Medicine)
Hours per week: up to 22 (28 for Medicine UFP)

Dates and Fees:

Dates Number of terms Business and Humanities tuition fee Engineering and Life Science tuition fee Medicine fee  Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in
27 September 2021 – 05 June 2022 3 £15,780 £16,380 £20,880 September 2022
27 September 2021 – 12 August 2022 4 £21,010 £21,610 - September 2022
06 January 2022 – 12 August 2022 3 £15,780 £16,380 - September 2022

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 deposit which is offset against the last term's fees. An Under 18 Supplement applies to all students under the age of 18 at the start of their programme.

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