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International Foundation Programme (Online) (September entry) Foundation Certificate

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Foundation Certificate - Fd cert

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

Study from a wide range of subject modules to guarantee a place on an undergraduate degree course at the University of Reading with the Online International Foundation Programme. If you are planning on coming to the UK to study, and you don't have British A level qualifications or the equivalent, the International Foundation Programme (IFP) offers you the opportunity to prepare for an undergraduate degree at a British university. This programme will be taught online so that you can study at Reading from wherever you are in the world. We have two entry points in the academic year which both enable students to progress to an undergraduate degree at Reading in the following academic year. The first is a September start and the other is a January start.This September - June online programme enables you to progress to many degrees within the University of Reading except for Science and Life Science degrees. Popular progression degrees are those within:Henley Business School (Accounting, Business, Finance, and Management)LawReal EstateConstruction Management and EngineeringQuantity SurveyingEconomicsEntrepreneurship and Consumer Behaviour and MarketingPsychology. To enquire about a particular degree progression please contact passing the IFP and having met the specific entry requirements for your chosen degree, you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen degree course at the University of Reading in September of the same year.The online delivered IFP is a University-run foundation programme and is subject to the same quality and assessment procedures as the rest of the University. We have taught the IFP for more than 35 years and have an international reputation for excellence both in our teaching and for the support we give our students.You will be taught by the same academics as the campus based IFP. Teaching will be through a mix of recorded lectures and live online seminars and tutorials. In these live interactive sessions, you’ll get to know your tutors and classmates and build relationships, which will support you throughout your studies. You will have access to the huge online library resources of the University of Reading as well as the study and welfare support that is available. Additionally, you will be assigned an Academic Tutor who will meet with you online at least twice a term to review your progress and offers personal support and guidance throughout the programme.Depending on your English language skills you may have to take the International English module instead of one of the above. Please note that these modules are subject to change. By the end of the programme you will be knowledgeable in subject areas relevant to your chosen degree and able to present ideas and arguments with accuracy and confidence both orally and in writing. You will also have learnt to apply the transferable skills necessary for undergraduate study.Around 80% of students who take the IFP at the University of Reading qualify to progress on to their chosen undergraduate degree. Graduates have enjoyed successful careers in a wide range of industries, including accountancy, law, food science, pharmacy, financial services, and investment banking.**Careers**During the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you will develop transferable skills such as the ability to produce high quality written work, interpret and analyse a range of information, think critically, and communicate well.A large number of our students who complete the IFP (January entry) go on to study at Henley Business School or the University of Reading Law School. Graduates from Henley Business School and the Law School have enjoyed successful careers in a wide range of industries, including accountancy, legal, media, financial services and inves

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 :

5 GCSE grades A*-C.


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University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 105 9

    29th out of 122

  • Entry standards

    / Max 220
    127 57%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    124 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86.0 86%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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