Learn more about the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at Reading.
- Programme structure
- Choosing the right modules for your degree
- Entry requirements
- Qualifying for your degree
The IFP is a modular programme, which allows you to choose to study the subjects that interest you most. Each IFP module has a credit value, and you select modules to a value of 140 credits in total.
Everyone on the IFP takes the Academic Skills module, and, if you need to improve your English language skills, you must also take the International English module.
Modules for 2020/21
(All modules are taught on the September Start IFP, whereas modules on the January start and IFP Online are limited).
|Module||Credits||September Start||January Start*||IFP Online**||Entry requirements|
|Biology||40||✓||GCSE Biology (C) or equivalent|
|Chemistry||40||✓|| GCSE Chemistry (C) or equivalent|
GCSE Combined Science (C) or equivalent
|Economics||40||✓||✓||✓||GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent|
|Further mathematics & physics||40||✓||GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent|
|Information systems & statistics||40||✓||✓||✓||GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent|
|International English||40||✓||✓||✓||IELTS 5.0|
|Introduction to business & management||40||✓||✓||✓||–|
|Mathematics for finance, economics & business||40||✓||✓||✓||GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent|
*The fast-track pathways in Business and Law, which start in January, have a limited number of modules available.
**The Online IFP that starts in September and January supports most pathways except science and architecture.
Read our module descriptions for more information about each module's aims, learning outcomes, content, and teaching and learning methods.
Our flexible IFP allows you to choose modules suitable for progression on to nearly all of the undergraduate degrees available at Reading.
As an international student without qualifications equivalent to A levels, you can apply for the IFP if you have either:
- completed secondary school and achieved good results in your school-leaving examinations
- GCE/GCSE qualifications gained in your own country.
In exceptional circumstances, you may be accepted if you have A levels but failed to achieve the grades you need to progress to a degree course.
English language requirements
You will need to show proof of your language ability, unless your situation is an exception, as set out by the UK government on their website.
The English language level required for entry on to the IFP depends on your chosen pathway and your future degree course.
You can submit your IFP application before you take an English test. If you meet all other entry requirements, you will receive a conditional offer, and you will be able to join the programme once you can provide evidence of your level of English.
Each degree at Reading sets its own entry requirements. You will need to pass the IFP with the specified marks for your chosen degree in order to progress.
Find out how you can apply for the IFP and get one step closer to a UK undergraduate degree.