University Foundation Programme – UFP

About UFP

Why UFP?

The University Foundation Programme (UFP) is a one year foundation course that prepares students to attend some of the UK’s top universities including the members of the Russell Group. Recognised as an A-Level (RQF Level 3) equivalent, the UFP is an alternative route to degree level studies.

Over 30 Years' Experience

Founded in 1989, our foundation programme is one of the oldest and most respected independent foundation courses in the UK.

One Year Pathway

The UFP is a one year alternative route to an undergraduate university degree programme.

Outstanding Universities

For the past 5 years, over 70% of students have received offers from Russell Group Universities.

University Choices

Our Foundation Course is recognised by over 90 universities in the UK, so you have the freedom to choose your university.

Our Locations


London is consistently ranked as the world’s number 1 study destination. Our Jewry Street Campus is located in the historic financial district called the City, with easy access to the fashionable East End of London. Our location is close to famous and iconic buildings.

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Our Bath Campus is situated in the heart of the historic city of Bath, which has much to offer to students both socially and academically. Close to the countryside with many attractions nearby such as the Roman Baths, the prestigious University of Bath, and Stonehenge.

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What makes UFP different?

1. Unmatchable experience

Since the UFP was established in 1989, our foundation course has become highly regarded by universities. Our knowledge, experience and reputation means our students receive thorough guidance and support. Our highly qualified staff ensure students are challenged and motivated in every lesson.

2. A quality education

We offer a university approved syllabus which fully prepares students for their undergraduate studies. Our teachers are highly qualified and are specialists in their field. The exceptional standard of education allows students to make a smooth transition to undergraduate degree level.

3. Freedom to choose

Because we are an independent foundation course, we help our students select the university that is right for them, based on their interests, academic progress and career goals. We take into account our students’ preferences and find the best universities for their subject area. Our aim is always to assist every student to achieve their goal of entering a top ranking university.

The UFP is recognised by over 90 universities in the UK so there is no shortage of choice.

UFP Senior Team

Mansour Kaveh

Co-Founder & Director

Mr. Kaveh is a co-founder of the UFP and the Foundation Course Director. Prior to starting the business, he lead a distinguished career as one of London’s top Mathematics teachers at our very own David Game College.

Jihad Kawadri

Co-Founder & Director

Jihad has degrees from City University London and Imperial College, University of London. He taught Physics and Applied Mathematics for 15 years and enjoys a wealth of expertise in the UK education sector.

Joanne Scarr

Director of Studies

Joanne is the Director of Studies at the UFP and helps students with their university applications (UCAS). She has a degree in Education & Linguistics and has been a member of the UFP team for almost 30 years. During this time, she has helped thousands of students reach their first choice university.

External examiners from top UK institutions

The high quality of our teaching and assessment is audited and independently verified by External Examiners from some of the leading UK universities, giving universities, students and their parents the confidence they need to trust in us and our qualification.

Prof. Michael Munday

School of Pharmacy, UCL

Dr. John Hunter

School of Social Science, Brunel University

Prof. Chris Watkins

School of Computing, Royal Holloway, University of London

Prof. Anna Barney

School of Engineering, University of Southampton

Sarah Gale

The City Law School, City University London


To ensure the quality of our qualifications is consistently high, we are accredited by independent bodies.


On behalf of the UK government, Ofsted inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people across the country. Click here for more information about them.

Every three years we are scored on a five-point scale, ranging from inadequate to outstanding. David Game College has been awarded "Outstanding" in all five areas in 2017 and 2020. This means we represent extremely high standards and a top quality education.

The British Council

As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, the British Council operates in over 100 countries. Each year two million people take international exams with help from the British Council, including UFP students. David Game College is British Council Accredited for the teaching of English. Click here for more information about them.

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“The success of the university foundation course is demonstrated by the fact that all students gain a university place each year.”

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The University Foundation Programme (UFP) is a department of David Game College. Established in 1974, David Game College has become one of the leading Independent Sixth Form Colleges in London for 13-22 year olds.

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