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University Foundation Programme (UFP), Pre-Bachelor

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 9 months
Canterbury, United Kingdom
You study for one year to gain the University Foundation Programme (UFP) from CATS. The programme provides you with an important base, ready to build on at university, and allows you to learn at a detailed and challenging level.
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The University Foundation Programme (UFP) from CATS is specially designed for international students and helps bridge the gap from your high school at home, allowing you to enter a top UK university. With national recognition from a huge range of top UK universities, it provides progression opportunities to almost all UK degree programmes.

The UFP is ideal for focused students, aged 16 ½+. If you want to study a particular degree course or aspire to a certain career you may like the UFP as it allows you to explore a small range of subjects in depth, providing specialised preparation for further study.

How the UFP prepares you for further study before university

The programme will prepare you for university success by giving you a good grounding in your chosen subjects, as well as teaching you important research methods and the study skills needed for university.

How the UFP prepares you for a successful career

Strong performance in the UFP is a great way for you to stand out from the crowd, showing potential employers that you have performed consistently and have the ability to meet high academic standards.

How you are assessed

You take examinations in each subject at the end of the year. To ensure that you are well prepared you will also take part in mock exams so that your teachers can help with anything you are finding difficult. English is tested through an IELTS examination. Most subjects have 30% coursework which is written or practical work completed throughout the year and counts towards your overall grade.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
    • Duration description

      3 terms

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Students choose three subjects to study for the full one year programme.
  • English for Academic Purposes is compulsory on all pathways for non-native speakers.
  • Courses are subject to availability.

Subjects include:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Studies

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Age:16 1/2+
  • A secondary or high school level of education

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24990 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
  • EU/EEA

    20985 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20985 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
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Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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