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  • Excellent progression rates

    In the last 2 years 96% of our IFP students qualified for a degree at Reading

Programme details

Learn more about the International Foundation Programme (IFP) at Reading.

Programme structure

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.


(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
 Academic skills  20  ✓  ✓  ✓  Compulsory
 Art  40  ✓      Portfolio
 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  ✓  ✓  ✓  –
 Law  40  ✓  ✓  ✓  IELTS 5.5
 Mathematics for finance, economics & business  40  ✓  ✓  GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
 Politics  40  ✓    –
 Psychology  40  ✓    –
 Sociology  40  ✓    –

*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.

Choosing the right modules for your degree

Our flexible IFP allows you to choose modules suitable for progression on to nearly all of the undergraduate degrees available at Reading.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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.

Qualifying for your degree

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.

​Apply now

Find out how you can apply for the IFP and get one step closer to a UK undergraduate degree.

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