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A one-year programme designed for international students looking for entry to UK higher education. Designed for motivated students looking for a supported and focused bridge programme from international high school to a range of extremely good universities.


University Foundation Programme (UFP)

You study for one year to gain the UFP. The programme provides you with an important base, ready to build on at university, and allows you to learn at a detailed and challenging level.

Quick facts:

  • Age:16 1/2+
  • Course length: 3 terms (Sep and Jan start)
  • English level: IELTS 4.5+, or intermediate

Fast-Track University Foundation Programme

At CATS we offer both the traditional UFP as well as a Fast-Track 2-term version. The Fast-Track UFP is designed for students who are able to complete the full-year programme within a shorter period of time, and is ideal for highly ambitious students or those requiring additional revision for examination retakes. You will receive extra teaching hours each week to ensure you are well prepared for your exams.

Quick facts:

  • Age:16 1/2+
  • Course length: 2 terms (Jan start)
  • English level: IELTS 5.0+, or upper intermediate

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“The lessons are taught in an interesting way. We often discuss the subjects together in class. I like interacting with other students and hearing their opinions. Everyone’s perspective is useful and helps us all to learn.”
Rayan Farag Ali El Zawawi - Libia - Studying Medicine at UCLan

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Frequently asked questions

Why you should study UFP

The UFP is specially designed for international students and helps bridge the gap from your high school at home, allowing you to enter a top UK university. With national recognition from a huge range of top UK universities, it provides progression opportunities to almost all UK degree programmes.

Who should study UFP

The UFP is ideal for focused students, aged 16 ½+. If you want to study a particular degree course or aspire to a certain career you may like the UFP as it allows you to explore a small range of subjects in depth, providing specialised preparation for further study.

Where UFP fits into the overall UK education system

The UFP provides a bridge between international high schools and UK universities. It can be a very good way for you to get into university and study for an undergraduate degree.

Where UFP fits into the overall UK education system

Subjects available

At CATS you will choose three academic subjects to study for the full one year programme. As a non-native speaker, you also study an intensive compulsory English course, preparing for IELTS examinations.

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Accounting - - -
Applied Computer Studies - - - - -
Art - - - - -
Biology
Business
Chemistry
Computing - - - - -
Economics
English Literature - - - - -
French - - - - -
Geography - - - -
Government and Politics - - - -
Global politics - - - - -
History - - - -
Italian - - - - -
Law - - - -
Mathematics
Mathematics Studies - - -
Media Studies - - - - -
Performing Arts - - - - - -
Physics
Psychology - -
Sociology
Spanish - - - - -

Other subjects may be available by agreement.
CATS Canterbury also offer: Art portfolio (non exam) for January start and Elite Sports.

Subjects may change, and are not guaranteed.

Subjects studied

We help guide you to the best combination of subjects for the degree you wish to study at university. It is important that you select a pathway that is relevant to the degree programme you wish to apply for as some courses may require a certain combination of subjects in order to apply.

Example subject combinations, in preparation for some of the key professions:

Law Engineering Business Media Sciences
Mathematics Mathematics Business Media Studies Biology
Sociology Physics Mathematics Psychology Chemistry
Law/History Chemistry Economics Business Studies Mathematics

How the UFP prepares you for further study before university

The programme will prepare you for university success by giving you a good grounding in your chosen subjects, as well as teaching you important research methods and the study skills needed for university.

How the UFP prepares you for a successful career

Strong performance in the UFP is a great way for you to stand out from the crowd, showing potential employers that you have performed consistently and have the ability to meet high academic standards.

How you are assessed

You take examinations in each subject at the end of the year. To ensure that you are well prepared you will also take part in mock exams so that your teachers can help with anything you are finding difficult. English is tested through an IELTS examination. Most subjects have 30% coursework which is written or practical work completed throughout the year and counts towards your overall grade.

When do you find out your result

UFP results are published soon after you take the exams each year. Grades range from A* (the highest possible grade) to U (the lowest grade).

CATS Cambridge University Foundation Programme Fast-Track University Foundation Programme
Course length 3 terms (Sep start) 2 terms (Jan start)
Age 16 ½ + 16 ½ +
English level IELTS 4.5+, or intermediate IELTS 5.0+, or upper intermediate
Entry requirements A secondary or high school level of education
Subjects studied 3 subjects (sometimes 4) 3 subjects
CATS Canterbury University Foundation Programme
Course length 3 terms (Sep and Jan start)
Age 16 ½ +
English level IELTS 4.5+, or intermediate
Entry requirements A secondary or high school level of education
Subjects studied 3 subjects (sometimes 4)
CATS London University Foundation Programme Fast-Track University Foundation Programme
Course length 3 terms (Sep start) 2 terms (Jan start)
Age 16 ½ + 16 ½ +
English level IELTS 4.5+, or intermediate IELTS 5.0+, or upper intermediate
Entry requirements A secondary or high school level of education
Subjects studied 3 subjects (sometimes 4) 3 subjects