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Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

At ONCAMPUS Reading you will prepare for degree study with the opportunity for guaranteed progression to a range of undergraduate degrees at the University of Reading including degrees at Henley Business School.

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 Reading. If you successfully complete the UFP to the required level of attainment in all academic areas and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to automatically progress onto a place on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at the University of Reading. The UFP is set at NQF 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 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 five 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, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Art & Design.

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

Art & Design  - This pathway is taught at our Reading campus
  • Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Skills for Art and Design
The following pathways are taught from ONCAMPUS London in London with progression to the University of Reading's Whiteknights or London Road campus in Reading.
Business, Economics, Finance and Management
  • Economics and Finance
  • Business Behaviours or Pure Maths
  • Skills for Business

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

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

Click to download the Humanities and Social Sciences programme guide

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

Click to download the Engineering and Physical Sciences programme guide

Medical and 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 London.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed at regular intervals 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 examinations.

What support will I receive?

You will be supported by a personal tutor and subject pathway leaders who will regularly check your progress.

Programme details:

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

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates Number of terms Options  

Tuition fees

Opportunity to progress to an Undergraduate degree in
21 September 2020 - 06 June 2021 (Art & Design pathway) 3 Option A £16,785 September 2021
14 September 2020 - 06 June 2021 (Business, Engineering, Humanities and Life Sciences pathways) 3 Option A
Option B
£16,785 September 2021
14 September 2020 - 13 August 2021 (Business, Engineering, Humanities and Life Sciences pathways) 4 Online Term 1; Option C £22,380 September 2021
05 January 2021 - 13 August 2021 3   £16,785 September 2021

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 refundable deposit which is offset against the first term's fees. 

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