We offer a range of foundation programmes for students who are not eligible for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree course.
Students with English as a second language, or those without the traditional entry requirements to study on a UK undergraduate degree, can enrol on one of our foundation programmes and gain the academic training and/or the language skills needed for undergraduate study.
Foundation programme for international students
If English is not your first language and you don't have British A levels or the equivalent qualifications, the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at Reading provides you with a pathway to study an undergraduate degree course in the UK.
Once you have successfully completed the IFP, and if you meet the additional entry requirements, you are guaranteed a place on your chosen degree course. (Please check the admissions requirements of your undergraduate progression degree.)
Popular subjects include business, law, science, social science, construction, and humanities.
Find out more about our International Foundation Programme.
Science Foundation Programme
If you are interested in studying an undergraduate science degree course but do not hold A levels in the necessary subject, one of our Science Foundation Programmes could be the perfect solution for you.
We offer a range of degree courses from three schools within the University: the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development; the School of Biological Sciences; and the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy.
Find out more about our Science Foundation Programmes.
Arts and Humanities Foundation Year
If you are interested in studying an undergraduate arts and humanities degree course but do not hold the typical entry qualifications, one of our Arts and Humanities Foundation Year Programmes could be the perfect solution for you.
Two schools within the University offer foundation year courses that will prepare you to join one of these established undergraduate programmes:
School of Humanities
- BA Classics
- BA History
- BA Philosophy
- BA English Literature
- BA English Language and Linguistics.
Read more about our Arts and Humanities Foundation Programmes.
International Art and Design Programme
International students interested in the Arts can enrol on the Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) in Art and Design at the University of Reading for an opportunity to progress onto an Art, Design, Film or Theatre undergraduate degree.
For more information about the Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Art and Design, please visit the ONCAMPUS Reading website.
Choose from over 250 undergraduate courses.
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How to apply
You can apply online for all of our courses via UCAS, the national admissions service.
See our information on how to apply.