Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

This one-year (3 term) programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to UCLan and the opportunity to apply to a number of other top UK universities through the UCAS process. You will study your Foundation programme at our Centre located at the heart of the UCLan campus.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to a wide range of undergraduate studies at UCLan. All students who successfully complete the UFP are guaranteed placement on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at UCLan. The UFP is set at level 3, which is equivalent to A-level standard in the UK. Students can also apply, through UCAS, to up to five other top UK universities on completion of their Foundation programme. 

How long will I study for?

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 examination week. 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?

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 & Physical Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Life Sciences.

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

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

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

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

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Engineering & Physical Sciences 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.

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

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

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+
ONCAMPUS UK North can accept students for the UFP who turn 17 within one calendar month of the start of term date.
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Please note, progression opportunities to Physiotherapy at UCLan are available from our September intake only. 


Terms Business and Humanities Annual Fee Engineering and Life Sciences Annual Fee Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in
23 September 2024 - 08 June 2025 3 £16,980 £18,480 September 2025
23 September 2024 - 08 August 2025 4 £22,640 £24,140 September 2025
04 November 2024 - 08 August 2025 3.5 £19,810 £21,310 September 2025
06 January 2025 - 08 August 2025 3 £16,980 £18,480 September 2025

All programmes are subject to a £450 registration fee.

3.5 term programmes consist of English language during the first 0.5 term although some academic content may be included. 

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