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International Foundation Programme – University of Reading

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    Acquire the academic training, language and study skills to succeed

International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed to give you a head start on the undergraduate LLB Law, as well as introduce you to life and study in the UK.

The IFP is an intensive course specifically for international students without British A levels or the equivalent. It will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start undergraduate studies in most degrees at the University of Reading.  IFP students have been accepted at many other top-ranking universities in the UK and around the world. 

What modules do I need to progress to a degree in law?

All students must take a 20 credit module in 'academic skills'. In addition, all students must take three 40 credit modules. This gives a student a total of 140 credits.

If your intended degree programme lies within the Department of Law you must take the Law module, although there may be discretion in accepting a Foundation student who has opted to take another compatible module instead, achieving the required grades in that module and in their overall Foundation Programme.

"I have had such a wonderful experience throughout my IFP year. It was an outstanding year where studying in  a friendly, competitive and enthusiastic environment were its main characteristics. I am very proud and happy that I have done it.”

Humaid Al Saqri

Former IFP student who progressed onto LLB Law

what would I study if I chose law as an ifp module?

This module aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the nature of the British Constitution, the law making process, and the interpretation and the application of the law. Alongside the learning of facts, the student is given the opportunity to develop their research, critical analysis, team-working and communications skills. The course of study includes examining the legal institutions and ideologies and students are encouraged to develop the ability to interpret, analyse and apply a critical understanding of the way the Law has been used to shape the values of our society within the English Legal System.

Encouraging an awareness of current affairs, and using the classroom seminars as a forum for the exchange of law-based ideas and interests are features of the course, and students are encouraged to explore the different ways in which countries deal with diverse legal, moral and ethical issues. Students also begin to formulate their own opinions based on a more critical and evaluative way of thinking. Providing this Socratic approach to learning prepares the students for undergraduate study, creating a bridge between their more fact-based school learning with the aim of creating a more inquisitive and confident approach to study.

The course of study allows the students to form their own opinions based on a structured foundation. In this way, not only do students mature in their own concepts of a world view, but the connections between the law, politics, economics, sociology and psychology as well as other academic disciplines can be readily appreciated. In applying their new-found knowledge to a practical application of resolving civil disputes, the students soon learn, sometimes through personal experience, the benefits of their study.

"Lecturers were so friendly and always entertained discussions, debates and questions. This gave me a sense of confidence, assurance and academic security. It provided a great way for me to get incorporated into the British educational system.”

Anita Omonuwa

Former IFP student and winner of the 2010 IFP Award for Academic Excellence who progressed to the LLB Law

if I  progress from the ifp to an undergraduate degree with the school of law, what will I study?

LLB Law requires students to think about key issues: how the law determines the way we live within Europe and the world, how diverse issues are resolved and concepts formulated, and by whom. The basis of study includes looking at the Law from a historical, current and future perspective.

This degree programme offers students a wide choice of many dynamic and exciting compulsory and optional modules including: commercial leases; company law; criminal justice; criminology; discrimination law; employment law; environmental law; family law; history of English law; human rights law; intellectual property law; international law; jurisprudence; medical law; revenue law.

New modules are sometimes added to the choices available depending on the expertise and interests of the academic and research staff in the School of Law. In addition to the law modules to study, we offer many other practical ways to learn about the law.

Can I change my chosen degree programme during the foundation year?

Providing you are studying the appropriate subjects, you can request permission to change to an alternative degree programme. It is normal for such requests to be agreed although it is at the discretion of the relevant School or Department.

do I have to apply through ucas for my degree programme at reading?

No. Your offer of a place on the foundation programme guarantees you a place on your degree programme providing that you gain the necessary grades in the final foundation year examinations.

where can I find out more about the ifp?

For much more information on the IFP including how to apply, terms dates, fees, student life and accommodation, please click here.

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