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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 Academic English module.


All modules are taught on the September-start IFP, whereas modules on the January-start are limited. 

Module Credits  September Start January Start Entry requirements
Academic skills


Foundation Programme: Biology 40   GCSE Biology (C) or equivalent
Chemistry 40   GCSE Chemistry (C) or equivalent or GCSE Combined Science (C) or equivalent
Foundation Economics: Macroeconomics


GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Foundation Economics: Microeconomics 20  GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Further Mathematics  20   GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Physics 20   GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Foundation Statistics & Data Science 40 GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Academic English 1 & Academic English 2 40 IELTS 5.0
An Introduction to Business Management 40 -
Introduction to Foundations of Law 20   IELTS 5.5
Further Foundations of Law 20   IELTS 5.5
Core Mathematics
20 GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Quantitative Methods 20 GCSE Mathematics (C) or equivalent
Concepts in Politics 20   -
Government and Politics 20  
Psychology and The Body 20   -
Psychology and Research Methods 20   -
Introduction to Sociology 20   -
Topics in Sociology 20   -

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 study on nearly all of the undergraduate degrees available at Reading.

Find out which modules are available for your chosen degree

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.

Check the academic entry requirements for the IFP by country

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.

Check the English Language requirements for each programme

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 meet the undergraduate entry requirements, as well as meeting any other relevant degree entry requirements.

What marks do I need for admission onto an undergraduate degree?


IFP programme options

You can choose a four-year degree with an integrated International Foundation Year, a standard one-year International Foundation Programme (IFP) or study through our University-based partnership with ONCAMPUS Reading (UFP).


IFP scholarships

As well as country-specific scholarships, we also offer an IFP Ambassador Scholarship where students create content and share their experiences about the IFP.


How to apply for an IFP

Applications for an IFP may be made through UCAS, or directly to the International Foundation Programme at the University of Reading. You should only apply through one route.