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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 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?

This programme includes 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:

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

Click to download the Humanities and Social Sciences programme guide

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

Click to download the Engineering and Physical Sciences programme guide

Life Sciences
  • Chemistry for Life Science
  • Biology for Life Science
  • Skills for Science
Business
  • Economics & Finance 
  • Business Behaviours
  • Skills for Business

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 and Fees:

Terms Dates Business and Humanities Tuition fees (annually) Engineering and Life Sciences Tuition fees (annually) Progressing to undergraduate degree starting in
3 06 January 2020 – 14 August 2020 £12,990 £13,995 September 2020
4 08 June 2020 - 06 June 2021 £17,815 £18,925 September 2021 
3 21 September 2020 - 06 June 2021 £13,485 £14,595 September 2021
4 21 September 2020 - 13 August 2021 £17,980 £19,460 September 2021
3.5 26 October 2020 - 13 August 2021  £15,730 £17,025 September 2021
3 05 January 2021 - 13 August 2021 £13,485 £14,595 September 2021

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

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