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The University Foundation Programme (UFP) is a one-year course that prepares students to attend top UK universities. Recognised as an A-Level (NQF Level 3) equivalent, the UFP is an alternative route to degree level studies.
Running at David Game College and Bath Academy, our programme is the oldest independent foundation course in the UK.
Our reputation and experience allows hundreds of students to access university each year.
We give our students the freedom to choose the university course that’s right for them. Whilst we offer advice, we never force them to apply to any specific institution.
Our modular course is also designed to give pupils a choice in what they study, by allowing students to personalise their education.
The quality of our course speaks for itself. We have never failed to get university places for pupils that pass our exams. The UFP is also independently accredited by:
Whilst we challenge our students academically, our pastoral care and support systems make sure they feel prepared for the task ahead. That’s why the UFP gets the best out of its pupils in higher education and beyond.
With the UFP you can study in one of two great locations. Rest assured, you’ll get the same great quality education, syllabus, assessments and course structure in either place.
Established in 1974, David Game College is a leading independent college in London. With an outstanding track record of quality, the College aims to balance the joy of learning with the demands of examinations.
David Game College is based in the very centre of West London’s most iconic hotspot - Notting Hill. From world famous events and cafés to acclaimed galleries and cinemas, there’s an endless list of things to do. Best known for its charming Victorian townhouses, it has become one of the most fashionable and affluent areas of the city.
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Established in 1997, Bath Academy is an outstanding independent college in the heart of the historic city of Bath. The Academy offers a smaller, more quiet environment, with an active and stimulating student lifestyle.
With its rich history and surrounding countryside, Bath is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. Famous for its Roman and Georgian architecture, it’s the only city in the UK to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated in a listed Georgian building, the Academy accepts up to 120 students a year studying GCSEs, A-Levels and the UFP.
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Since our establishment in 1989, the UFP has become highly regarded by universities. Our knowledge, experience and reputation means we can give the best guidance to our pupils. Furthermore, our highly qualified staff ensure students are challenged and motivated in every lesson.
Every single student that has passed our examinations has gone on to secure a place at a top UK university. To ensure that we always meet expectations, our courses are accredited by:
Our class sizes are small so we can offer individual attention to each student. The exceptional standard of education allows students to make a smooth transition to undergraduate level.
Because we are independent, we do not have to act in the financial interests of other institutions. Instead, we help our students select the best university destination for them.
For this, we don’t just look at the league tables. We take into account our students' preferences and find the best universities for their subject area. The UFP is recognised by over 100 universities so there is no shortage of choice.
UFP students will also benefit from being able to select their own modules. This allows them to develop the skills they need for any type of university degree. With a choice of 18 different subjects, the UFP provides a more personalised approach to learning.
Mr. Kaveh is co-Founder of the UFP and the 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 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 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 over 20 years.
To ensure the quality of our qualifications is consistently high, we are accredited by several independent bodies.
The quality of our teaching and assessment is audited by six External Examiners from leading UK universities. Rarely, if at all, do foundation programmes get independent verification. We feel it gives universities, our students and their parents the confidence they need to trust in us and our qualification.
Dr. Michael Munday
School of Pharmacy, UCL
Dr. John Hunter
School of Social Science, University of Brunel
Ms. Sara Gale
School of Law, City University London
Dr. Chris Watkins
School of Computing, Royal Holloway, University of London
Prof. Anna Barney
School of Engineering, University of Southampton
Ms. Simone Brewster
Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts
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 four-point scale, ranging from inadequate to outstanding. David Game College has been awarded Outstanding, and Bath Academy has been awarded Good. This means we represent high standards and a quality education. Here’s what they had to say about the UFP:
The success of the university foundation course is demonstrated by the fact that all students gain a university place each year
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. Click here for more information about them.