Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

This one-year programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to the University of Southampton.

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 Southampton. All students who successfully complete the UFP are guaranteed progression* on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at the University of Southampton. The UFP is set at level 3, which is equivalent to A level standard in the UK.

*Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified criteria for your progression degree.

How long will I study for?

Your length of study primarily depends on your English Language level on entry. The 3 term programme lasts one academic year [nine months]. The year is divided into three terms of seven to eight teaching weeks and one examination week. If your English Language level is below the requirements for the three-term option, you will take an additional term of English Language study before starting this programme. On average, you will undertake 21 (and up to 25) 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.

There are three 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, Humanities and Social Sciences and Art and Design.

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

Business, Economics, Finance and Management
  • Economics and Finance 
  • Advance Maths for Business and Finance
  • Skills for Business

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Business Undergraduate Foundation Programme Guide for full course details and learning objectives.

Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Globalisation and International Relations
  • Human Interactions
  • Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Foundation Programme Guide for full course details and learning objectives.

Art and Design
  • Art and Design 1
  • Art and Design 2
  • Contextual Studies

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Art & Design Undergraduate Foundation Programme Guide for full course details and learning objectives.

Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Physics or Chemistry*
  • Skills for Science

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Engineering & Physical Sciences Undergraduate Foundation Programme Guide for full course details and learning objectives.

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

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Life Sciences Undergraduate Foundation Programme Guide for full course details and learning objectives.

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 Southampton.

*option based on progression degree

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.

Programme details:

Course length: 3 , 3.5 or 4 terms
Minimum age: 17+
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Terms Dates

Business, Economics, Finance and Management / Humanities and Social Sciences tuition fees

Engineering and Physical sciences /  Life Sciences / Art and Design Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in
4 10 June 2024 - 08 June 2025 £28,840 £33,040 September 2025
3 23 September 2024 - 08 June 2025 £23,175 £27,375 September 2025
4 23 September 2024 - 08 August 2025 £29,095 £33,295 September 2025
3.5 04 November 2024 – 08 August 2025​ £26,135 £30,335 September 2025
3 06 January 2025 - 08 August 2025 £23,175* £27,375* September 2025

*Fees are subject to change.

All programmes are subject to a £450 registration fee.

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