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Overview

ONCAMPUS Aston’s pathways prepare international students for degree-level study in the UK. The available pathways are:

  • Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)
  • International Year One (IY1)
  • Master’s Foundation Programme (MFP)
  • ONCAMPUS Aston Graduate Diploma

After successfully completing a pathway programme, students are guaranteed entry to an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Aston University.

Aston focuses on employability and entrepreneurship by ensuring all students take part in valuable industry experiences. The university is known globally for its excellence and it was named University of the Year by The Guardian in 2020.

Benefits of a pathway programme at ONCAMPUS Aston include the chance to:

  • Improve English language abilities
  • Develop academic and study skills, such as writing, reading and presentation
  • Understand how to be successful in a UK university
  • Develop further research study skills at master’s level
  • Receive specialised university progression support

ONCAMPUS Aston takes place within Aston University’s campus so students can enjoy all of the facilities available to university students. It’s located in vibrant and diverse Birmingham, one of the largest cities in the UK.

At Aston, international students have an unforgettable university experience where they can grow as people and have access to a wide range of exciting opportunities.

Average tuition fees per year

Undergraduate
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£21,310

Costs per year

Living costs
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£12,000

Average private rent
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£8,034

What's new

What's new

New ONCAMPUS partnership at Aston University

It’s an exciting time for international students to join ONCAMPUS Aston, as they will be part of its first cohort.

ONCAMPUS Aston is one of the newest additions to the ONCAMPUS group, providing many opportunities to international students. It means more students can access the university’s excellent teaching and support while transitioning to university life in the UK. Aston is renowned for its focus on employability, as all students benefit from invaluable industry placements and work experiences.

Aston University was recently named University of the Year (Guardian, 2020), demonstrating its excellence in teaching, student satisfaction and graduate outcomes, as well as a commitment to employability, diversity and sustainability.

iCAS now available

iCAS – the integrated Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies – ensures that international students at ONCAMPUS Aston don’t have to reapply for a visa after completing their pathway programmes. They can progress directly to university-level study without having to extend their student visas.

ONCAMPUS Aston programmes that qualify are:

  • Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Engineering
  • Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Business
  • International Year One
  • Master's Foundation Programmes in Business, Life Sciences, Engineering and Humanities

iCAS also allows students to take on up to 20 hours of paid employment each week.

Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Teaching and support from ONCAMPUS are outstanding throughout the student journey. International students are supported and work closely by experienced staff who are dedicated to their success. They meet regularly with personal tutors who ensure students are on the right track towards their chosen degree.

ONCAMPUS is part of Cambridge Education Group, one of the top university pathway providers in the UK. It successfully gets students ready for degree-level study every year and the programmes offered are regularly reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Aston University

ONCAMPUS Aston students benefit from the high-quality standards of Aston University. Aston is globally recognised for its excellence in areas such as Business, Engineering, Health and Life Sciences.

Some of the university’s awards and achievements include:

  • University of the Year (Guardian, 2020)
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurial University (Times Higher Education Awards, 2020)
  • Top 30 university in the UK (Guardian, 2021)
  • Gold award for teaching excellence (TEF)
  • Ranked in the Top 100 Business Schools in Europe (Financial Times, 2020)
Department structure

Department structure

ONCAMPUS Aston programmes provide a pathway for international students. They are designed for those who can’t quite meet the entry requirements for direct entry to Aston University. After a pathway programme, students have access to various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the university.

Successfully complete a pathway and students have guaranteed progression to a degree-level programme at Aston University.

Undergraduate degrees are in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine

Postgraduate degrees are in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Engineering and Physical sciences
  • Humanities and Social sciences
  • Life Sciences

Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP)

Those who successfully complete the UFP can progress onto the first year of an undergraduate degree at Aston. The UFP lasts one year/three terms. An extended four-term programme is also available.

International Year One (IY1)

Students who successfully complete the programme can progress onto the second year of degree-level study at Aston. The IY1 lasts one year/three terms.

Master’s Foundation Programme (MFP)

The MFP lasts one year/three terms. Students who successfully complete the programme can progress on top of a master’s programme at Aston University.

ONCAMPUS Aston Graduate Diploma

The Graduate Diploma lasts one year/three terms. Students who successfully complete the programme can progress onto a range of specified Business postgraduate degrees at Aston University.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Students need a good understanding of the English language to study at ONCAMPUS Aston. However, they receive support for the development of their language skills throughout the programme.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

For the three-term programme, students need an IELTS score of 4.5 (with no band lower than 4.0) or an accepted equivalent. For the extended four-term programme, students take an extra English language module.

International Year One

For the three-term programme, students need an IELTS score of 5.5 (with no band lower than 5.5) or an accepted equivalent. For the four-term programme, students need an IELTS score of 5.0 (with no band lower than 5.0) or an accepted equivalent.

Master’s Foundation Programme

For the three-term programme, students need an IELTS score of 5.0 (with no band lower than 5.0) or an accepted equivalent. For the extended four-term programme, students take an extra English language module.

Master’s students also need to have successfully completed a degree at bachelor’s level, or equivalent, from a recognised institution.

ONCAMPUS Aston Graduate Diploma

For the three-term programme, students need an IELTS score of 5.5 (with no band lower than 5.5) or an accepted equivalent. For the extended four-term programme, students need an IELTS score of 5.0 (with no band lower than 5.0) or an accepted equivalent.

Scholarship & funding

Scholarship & funding

Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, programmes are now as flexible as possible. Students have the option to start either online or in-person and travel to campus when they’re ready.

ONCAMPUS Aston programmes include a GBP 300 registration fee. Students must also pay a GBP 2,200 deposit which is deducted from the last term's fees.

Depending on the subject and level of study, students can expect to pay upwards of GBP 15,000 for a three-term programme. Tuition fees also vary depending on the length of the programme.

Those under the age of 18 must pay a supplementary fee for extra support, as they are classed as minors. This is usually at a rate of GBP 575 or GBP 1,150, depending on when the student turns 18. The extra support is designed around younger students’ wellbeing and safeguarding.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation

International students can book safe and secure accommodation through ONCAMPUS Aston’s free service. The two main residences, Bromsgrove House and Canalside are close to the campus and centre of Birmingham. Accommodation costs include utility bills and wifi.

Accommodation facilities include:

  • Studio rooms
  • Private and shared kitchen areas
  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Large bed, study space and storage
  • Gym, karaoke, TV lounge, gaming room, cinema room

University facilities

ONCAMPUS Aston students have access to the university’s world-class facilities. These include:

  • Extensive library
  • Health and wellbeing services such as a dentist and optician
  • Multi-faith centre
  • Sports centre with a swimming pool
  • Shops and cashpoints
  • GBP 10 million Students’ Union building with food and drinks facilities, games area, social spaces and exhibition spaces

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