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Access to University Via a University Foundation Programme


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At the 2014 ICEF Berlin Workshop, Keith Broomer, Programme Director at TRC Colleges in the United Kingdom, described the various opportunities University Foundation Programmes (UFP) hold for international students. His presentation covered the development and philosophy of UFPs, their content, assessments, and degree pathways. It also reviewed the types of delivery available and organisations offering such programmes.

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Access to University Via a University Foundation Programme

  1. 1. Access to University via a University Foundation Programmes - about UFPs -
  2. 2. University Foundation Programme International transfer to UK Universities Compulsory School 11Years (GCSE) A Levels 2Years BACHELOR DEGREE with Honours 3Years Masters Degree 1Year Your High School (Year 12) TRC UFP 1Year Bachelor Degree 3Years Masters Degree 1Year
  3. 3.  It is a 1 year full-time programme designed to aid international students enter UK/US/CAN/AUS/NZ universities  UFPs are usually part preparation and part matriculation  Students gain a full year over standard entry methods like A levels which are 2years full- time
  4. 4.  There is a difference between INTERNATIONAL University Foundation Programmes (UFPs) and UK/EU Student UFPs. 1. The International student UFP is a one year replacement for Level 3 e.g. Instead of 2 year A levels/IB/ Btec programmes etc 2. The UK/EU student UFP is for ‘home’ students who do not have the correct combination of A level/IB/ Btec subjects and need to convert e.g. From Humanities to Science
  5. 5.  Art Foundation Programmes This step is usually required by many UK art faculties first – after A levels etc – in order for the student to experience different art forms prior to their main degree  Foundation Degrees These are degrees that have 240 credit (two year) status in order to give students basic knowledge. Successful Foundation Degree students can ‘top – up’ with a further year to gain an Honours degree (similar can be done with HNDs).
  6. 6.  International University Foundation Programmes are widely acceptable now – although not by all universities and not by all departments.  Programmes are run by many; INTO; NAVITAS; NCC; STUDY GROUP;TRC etc  Progression is often to specific university partners with a guarantee of a place with a specific pass mark.  UCAS offers are a possibility
  7. 7.  IELTS in order that students exit the UFP with at least a score of 6.0  CORE STUDIES: - Maths - CIT - AcademicWriting - Study Skills - Research Skills  ACADEMIC MODULES (for your degree) x Three Modules; Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Government and Politics, Economics, Maths, Physics, Sociology, Psychology.
  8. 8. Core Studies General English Academic Writing Research Skills Study Skills Presentation Skills IELTS Core Maths IT Academic Module 1 Academic Module 2 Academic Module 3 Academic Modules French Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry Economics, Law, French Further Mathematics, Physics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology French Assessments Mini Exams Assignments Coursework ALL COMBINE FOR AN OVERALL MARK AND GRADE Academic Modules Accounting, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry Economics, Law, Further Mathematics, Physics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Sociology
  9. 9.  Progress is usually monitored on a continuous basis through critically marked course work and class tests  The final grade for each unit is usually based on a combination of course work and end of term exams  Students can usually retake some tests to improve their marks if necessary.
  10. 10. YES but they may not all have a universal currency  University Foundation Programmes are usually endorsed or validated by a partner university – and may not appear on the UK NQF.  However some may be independently validated. Example;TheTRC University Foundation Programme is overseen by the UK Examinations Board QUALIFI and is therefore a recognised UK Level 3 qualification.  Caution – some providersUFPs are just enhanced English language programmes. Always check their content and progression potential first
  11. 11.  Students know that the are going to university from the time of enrolment on to a UFP - 98% success rate ‘at the first attempt’.  User friendly assessment methods  Save money and time  Students get a good IELTS score  Students are fully prepared for university study in order that they graduate with a good class of degree  Students can get credit exemptions from the first year in the USA from some providers programmes
  12. 12. DIFFERENTTARGET GROUPS:  Students who know exactly what they want to study as a degree and who will have the potential to complete a degree programme eventually after their UFP.  Students who have the financial capacity to study through their university foundation programme and Bachelor Degree programme...and beyond!  Students who are happy to be placed in a provider’s partner university  Students who want to save time and money at this stage  Students who need to strengthen their English language and study skills to suit the rigors of the analytical style of UK university education
  13. 13.  Those that may not do so well (or suffer from bad exam nerves) in a formal national exam, in a second language  ‘Second chance’ – students who have not achieved entry to their own universities through national exams  Those that want to be fully prepared for university and ‘hit the ground running’ academically in standard of work and understanding  Those that want ‘Guaranteed’ entry to university
  14. 14. Tuition Fees in the UK range from around £6000 to £14000 for 30 – 40 weeks (3 terms or two semesters (add accommodation and living costs at around £8000)
  15. 15. Please feel free to ask questions now Also please feel free to come by theTRC Colleges exhibition stand No 7 if you would like to discuss further any points With thanks - Keith