The University Foundation Programme

Entry Requirements & Tuition Fees

Please select your country from the list below, or search "International Qualifications":

Fees - Academic Year 2020/21

Our fees are competitively priced. Unlike A-Levels that require two years of studying, we prepare our students for university entry in one year. The intensive and personalised nature of teaching means the UFP represents excellent value for money.

After the Reservation Fee, tuition is paid in 3 instalments spread throughout the academic year. For Visa students this will include a Deposit, required before a CAS can be issued. 

Business & Finance

EU & International
HomeEU & International
Reservation Fee£1,500£1,500Required to secure your place

Law, Humanities & Social Science

EU & International
HomeEU & International
Reservation Fee£1,500£1,500Required to secure your place

Engineering & Computing

EU & International
HomeEU & International
Reservation Fee£1,500£1,500Required to secure your place

Science & Pharmacy

EU & International
HomeEU & International
Reservation Fee£1,500£1,500Required to secure your place

Architecture, Art & Design

EU & International
HomeEU & International
Reservation Fee£1,500£1,500Required to secure your place


EU & International
HomeEU & International
Reservation Fee£1,500£1,500Required to secure your place

Examination, Practical and Material Fees may apply to any of the above courses (excluding Medicine).

Course Structure and Term Dates

Course Structure

Term 1

In the first term students must complete three mandatory minor modules.

Terms 2 & 3

Students select three major modules that are relevant to their intended degree course. There are 18 different modules to choose from. See Our Courses for more details.

Start in September or January

We have two start dates for our courses - September and January

Depending on when prospective students finish their senior school studies, they have the option of beginning their course sooner or slightly later. Both complete in time for a September start at university the following year.

Class contact time

On average, students have approximately 22 – 28 hours of lessons per week, and are expected to supplement this with 10-15 hours of private study.


Holidays vary depending on when students start the course. Those starting the UFP in September will have a 3-week holiday over Christmas, and a 2-week holiday over Easter. Those starting the UFP in January will have a 2-week holiday over Easter.


  • What qualifications do I need to join the UFP?

    Our students come from all over the world so we can't give you a single answer. Please see each country's specific entry requirements at the top of this page for further details, or contact us at

  • Do I have to be an international student to study on the UFP?

    No! - we have accepted many British students in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

  • What courses can I study after completing my studies on the UFP?

    The UFP can lead to a wide choice of undergraduate university degree courses (excluding those requiring NHS placements). Former UFP students have gone on to study a diverse range of degrees - see each course page for further details. You can also customise your course to suit your needs using our Custom Made Course.

  • Which universities recognise the UFP?

    The UFP is recognised by almost all British universities. Since 1989 UFP students have gone on to study at more than 100 different universities in the UK, as well as universities overseas (including the USA, Europe and Canada), including UCL, King's College London, SOAS, Queen Mary London, City University (including CASS Business School) and the Universities of Bath, Manchester, Bristol, Warwick, Nottingham and York.

  • Do you have any age requirements on the UFP?

    The minimum age of entry onto the UFP is 16 years old. Typically our students are aged between 17 and 19 years old. We do however welcome applications from mature students and these will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We regret that we are generally unable to accept students aged over 21, due to the school environment of the College. 

  • Can you help me to arrange accommodation?

    Yes, we can assist in you in finding suitable accommodation. Rooms in College-owned residences are available at both London (David Game College) and Bath (Bath Academy). If you would prefer to stay with a host family (in either Bath or London) this can also be arranged on request. 

    For specific information, please see our Accommodation Brochure.

  • Can you collect me from the airport upon arrival?

    If you are an international student, we can arrange to collect you from the airport. This service is provided for a fee, which varies depending on which airport you arrive at. As soon as you obtain your flight information, contact us to arrange this for you.

  • Can you help me get a student visa?

    All non UK- or non EU-nationals require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study the UFP.

    The UFP Admission staff will assist you in preparing and checking the documents required for your Visa application. In order to apply for your Visa, the College will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). This can only be issued when: (1) Your offer has become UNCONDITIONAL; (2) The required deposit has been paid; (3) The documents required to support your Visa application have been checked by the UFP's UKVI Compliance Officer.

  • When can I start my studies on the UFP?

    The UFP course starts in either September or January. If you start in September, your course will finish in June. If you start in January, your course will finish in August. Whichever date you wish to start in, you will be ready to commence your university degree the following September.

  • How long is the UFP?

    The course runs for 32 weeks which are spread over 9 months in September to June or 8 months in January to August.

  • How will I be assessed on the UFP?

    Assessment varies for each course, but in general you will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework. The UFP does not have any end of year examinations. Rather overall grades are calculated from an accumulation of small mid-term examinations, coursework, and end-of-term examinations. 

  • Will you help me with my university application?

    Yes. All students applying to British universities must go through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Our Course Directors assess your background and your career ambitions and help you go through the options available to you.

    With your personal choices in mind, they will advise you on which universities and courses will be most suitable. You will also be guided through the UCAS application process and will be provided with a reference based on your overall performance on the UFP.

    You will be allowed to choose up to 5 universities through UCAS. When you receive conditional offers you will then narrow your choices to a ‘Firm Choice’ and an ‘Insurance Choice’. When your final results are issued at the end of the course, they will be forwarded to your Firm and Insurance universities. Ideally, you will have met the requirements of the higher offer and be able to go to your Firm Choice. If you have not met their offer but have met the lower offer, you will go to your Insurance Choice. If you fail to meet both your Firm and Insurance offers, you will then be entered automatically into UCAS CLEARING, and we will help you find a different university. We have never failed to get a student who has passed the UFP a place at university.

  • Where do UFP students come from?

    Our students come from all over the world. This varied mix of nationalities contributes to a lively and dynamic international learning environment.

  • Do you have extra curricular activities?

    Yes. We offer opportunities for you to engage in a number of extra-curricular activities in both London and Bath.

    The events that we organize are open to all students, and aim to reflect the diversity in age, culture and interest amongst our students. Activities currently range from a football team, a debating society and a chess club. In addition, you will have the opportunity to join in a number of trips, both in London, Bath and even organised trips abroad to destinations like Barcelona.

  • Can I go home for the holidays?

    Yes, absolutely. If you are a non-UK student, however, we must be informed if you are going home or on holiday during your time here. Your parents/guardians may also be required to write an official letter explaining why you are leaving the country.

  • Will you help me open a bank account if I am an international student?

    Yes. We will help provide you with the necessary paperwork to open an account at any standard bank.

  • How and when can I pay my fees?

    If you are made an offer to join the UFP, you will be asked to pay a deposit towards the course fees in order to reserve your place on the course. It is very important when paying your deposit to clearly state your name and course (UFP) as a reference. There are a number of options through which you can make a payment.

    Bank transfer to the College bank account as follows:

    Barclays Bank Plc, 93 Baker Street, London, W1A 4SD 

    Account Name: David Game College Ltd - UFP

    Account Number: 53130428

    Sort Code: 20-06-05

    IBAN: GB98BARC20060553130428

    Swift Code: BARCGB22

    We can also accept credit card payments. Please email us for more information about paying by credit card.

    We can accept cheques from UK bank accounts only. 

  • When do I have to choose my modules?

    You will choose your three Major Modules towards the end of the first term. The Course Directors will help you choose the modules which are most relevant to your studies at university.

  • Can I get a part time job whilst studying on the UFP?

    We do not actively encourage students to get jobs, as in our experience it can adversely affect their studies. We therefore do not recommend that students work during their studies on the UFP. Please note that most Tier 4 Student Visas strictly prohibit paid work. 

  • Does it matter if I haven't studied the major module subjects before?

    It is possible to study any of the major modules without any background knowledge of the subject with the exception of Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics and Physics.

  • Do I need an IELTS score to gain entry on the UFP?

    If you need a Visa to study in the UK, and are not from a UKVI-designated "majority English speaking" country, then you will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI certificate to demonstrate that your level of English is of a high enough standard to study on the UFP. We expect you to have achieved a level of English Language of around 5.5.

    There is also the opportunity to join our 4-term Extended Foundation Programme in order to improve your English prior to embarking on the course if you score lower than this. 

    In order to be eligible for a Visa you must have at least 4.0 in all disciplines in the IELTS test. 

  • Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

    Yes - provided that you have passed the course and all three Major Modules, you will receive a certificate that shows a grade for each of the 6 modules, together with an overall grade for the course. The pass grades on the UFP are A to E. The certificate will be signed by our External Examiners, selected from UK universities.

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