What will I learn?

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 one of our partner universities. All students who successfully complete the UFP are guaranteed placement on a suitable programme of undergraduate study. 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 reading week. You will undertake up to 25 hours of classroom-based study per week.

What will I study?

This programme includes English and 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 five 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 and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Art and Design.

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 examinations.

• Globalisation and Internationalisation

The module is organised thematically and chronologically. The module starts with an introductory session on the discipline of International Relations and how it was developed and then it looks in more detail at political events and economic developments such as the rise of globalisation; the emergence and transformation of the nation-state; the main causes of social tensions, specifically, the module considers ethnic and religious conflict in fragmented societies; capitalism and uneven development. In later sessions, the module looks in more detail at concepts and practices such as the concept of humanitarian intervention and its legality; the rise of a new type of war - virtual terrorism; the rise of China; environmental degradation; the political economy of oil; geopolitical tensions and nuclear proliferation.

• Human Interactions

This module seeks to explain human interactions by combining study of a variety of academic disciplines such as, economics, sociology, psychology, media and the environment. This interdisciplinary module aims to introduce you to different theoretical perspectives and provides materials by which we can better understand the workings of human interactions. Among the topics to be covered are income inequality, unemployment, economic growth, education and development, economic reforms, trade and FDI, urbanisation, environmental management and sustainability, media influences. Economic topics will familiarise you with key developments in economic analysis mainly from a macroeconomics perspective and will also investigate the relations of some core economic topics (corruption and institutions) with sociology. The module will also stimulate your knowledge with some of the most up to date and crucial topics of the economic policy agenda, such as the effects of the recent global economic crisis and the associated reforms in the public sector.

• Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences

This module aims to equip you with successful skills and strategies required within the Humanities and Social Sciences programme.

Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£16,785 for 9 months. All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 refundable deposit which is offset against the first term's fees.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

5 January 2021



G01 Greenbank Building,

London Road,


RG1 5AQ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Minimum age: 17+. Students need to have an IELTS score of 5.0 or equivalent (with no single element less than 4.5).

About this uni

International students can prepare for degree-level study in subjects including art, design, film, theatre, economics and business.

  • Progression to the University of Reading
  • Reading campus 30 minutes by train from London
  • Plenty of facilities, support services and resources
  • #18 in UK for Art & Design (Guardian University Guide 2018)