University Foundation Programme
- Entry Requirements
University Foundation Programme Entry RequirementsAge:17 years at the start of the academic year.Start date:September.Ideal For:International and EU students who have completed High School and prefer a one-year option before progressing to a UK university.Entry requirements:Completed High School Diploma or Certificate.Language Requirements:IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
- Course Outline
What is the UFP course?The UFP is a one year course designed specifically for international applicants and prepares students for the demands of undergraduate study at University. The UFP offers an alternative to A Level study. However, students should be confident when they apply that they know which career route they wish to follow at University. Bosworth College has a strong Foundation Programme that is widely recognised by UK universities and it includes English Language tuition alongside the chosen area of study.Very often, international students who have completed their Senior High School education programme are required to do a Foundation year in order to gain access to a degree programme of their choice. The course will develop students’ language skills and will also provide knowledge in specific academic subject areas. It is therefore an ideal course for students who are slightly older and prefer a one-year option rather than a two-year A Level course.
Course contentThe programme provides approximately twenty five lessons a week of directed study, as well as supervised study periods and optional enrichment classes. Students will study six subject areas in total. Three of these subject areas are compulsory, plus three electives are chosen based on the students’ career route. The electives course content is based on A Level specification.The core modules provide a fundamental background to academic work at university level, ensuring that students are equipped with the necessary communication, numerical, evaluative and analytical skills.
Students then choose either the Business route or Science route to complete their elective modules selection.
How is the course assessed?All elective modules are subject to four written examinations, but these are taken at strategic intervals during the course. IELTS preparation is also a vital component of the course, providing an opportunity for students to secure a good IELTS result as they are tested in November during the autumn term, then again in March during the spring term and, if necessary, students may take a final IELTS test again in May during the Summer term. We recognise that universities are looking for higher than ever IELTS scores.Students receive extensive counselling about which institution and course would be their best choice and, throughout the year, students are encouraged to make university visits. Please look online at our results section for our most recent UFP results and the degree options and universities to which students have progressed.
University ProgressionThroughout the year, University Admissions Tutors visit the College to give presentations to the Foundation students. All students receive extensive counselling about which institution and course would be their best choice. We have progression agreements with several universities including: Bath, Sussex and Queen Mary’s. Indeed, a representative at Birmingham University commented:
‘Bosworth students all seem so determined, organised and know what they want to achieve at University.’
- Business Route
Business UFPAll students will study the 3 core modules: Mathematics, Communication Skills and Information Technology (ICT).
Students then choose one from the following 4 programmes on offer:Programme 1Programme 2Programme 3Programme 4Advanced MathsAdvanced MathsInternational Studies*International Studies*Business StudiesManagement Finance & AccountingBusiness StudiesManagement Finance & AccountingEconomicsEconomicsEconomicsEconomics*International Studies – this is a humanities course looking at worldwide issues
- Science Route
Engineering and Science UFPAll students will study the 3 core modules: Mathematics, Communication Skills and Information Technology (ICT).
Students then choose one from the following 3 programmes on offer on the Engineering and Science UFP:Programme 1Programme 2Programme 3Advanced MathsAdvanced MathsInternational Studies*ChemistryEconomicsEconomicsMechanicsMechanicsChemistryPlease find below a range of degree courses to progress onto:
Actuarial Science, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering Systems, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Pharmacy.
Science UFP modules information in more detailUnit 1 covers the following elements: in Pure Mathematics, differential calculus and integral calculus involving polynomial functions and rational functions, optimisation, applications of calculus including determination of stationary points of a curve, equation of tangents and normals to curves, area bounded by a curve and a line or area bounded by two curves. In Statistics, game theory, the binomial and Poisson distributions and an introduction to the normal distribution.
Unit 2 covers the following elements: in Pure Mathematics, partial fractions, composite and inverse functions, logarithms, trigonometry and areas of sectors and segments of circles. In Statistics, the normal approximation to the binomial and Poisson distributions, the distribution of the sample mean, construction of and interpretation of confidence intervals.
Unit 3 covers the following elements: in Pure Mathematics, advanced differentiation techniques and applications including the chain rule, product and quotient rule, differentiation of parametric forms and implicit functions. In Statistics, hypothesis testing of the mean and hypothesis testing of contingency tables.
Unit 4 covers the following elements: in Pure Mathematics, advanced integration techniques including integration by substitution and integration by parts, solution of ‘variables separable’ differential equations, iteration and vector theory. In Statistics, the product moment correlation coefficient, Spearman’s rank coefficient, regression analysis and continuous probability distributions.Unit 1 covers the topics of: scalars and vectors, kinematics, motion on an inclined plane, Newton’s laws of motion, motion of a projectile under gravity, the principle of moments, equilibrium, the principle of conservation of linear momentum, conservation of energy principle.
Unit 2 covers the topics of: circular motion at a constant speed, moments of inertia, rotational kinetic energy and angular momentum, motion in a horizontal circle and a vertical circle, circular orbits, oscillating systems, simple harmonic motion, the simple pendulum, Hooke’s law, compression and extension of a spring, centre of mass of a rigid body.
Unit 3 covers planning, implementation, analysis of evidence and drawing conclusions for experimental work. This includes evaluating evidence, checking reliability of conclusions drawn and discussing limitations of experimental work. This unit is assessed via an ISA examination, set at A2 level standard.
Unit 4 covers the topics of: gravitation, equipotentials, application to satellites, the concept of a geostationary orbit, thermodynamics and thermal transfer, Brownian motion, structures, stress and strain, Young’s modulus.Unit 1 covers Core Chemistry including atomic structure, the amount of substance, concept of a mole and the Avogadro constant, bonding, periodicity, redox reactions and the halogens.
Unit 2 covers Core Chemistry including energetics, kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry.
Unit 3 covers the planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation of a practical assignment. This incorporates a practical and written assessment in the form of an ISA examination, set at A2 level standard.
Unit 4 covers Extended Chemistry including study of acids and bases, redox equilibria, organic chemistry, structure and determination.Unit 1 covers Microeconomics: The Market Mechanism. Including; resources, production, supply and demand, economic growth, recession, the importance of elasticity, the meaning of market failure, merit and demerit goods, positive and negative externalities and reasons for state intervention in the supply of goods and services.
Unit 2 covers Macroeconomics: Managing the Economy. Consideration of the different types of economies; command economy, free economy, mixed economy and measures of these economies.
Unit 3 covers Development Economics, concepts of the developed world and the developing world. Including; definition of development, constraints on development, costs of economic growth, development strategies, sources of external finance and the impact of globalisation.
Unit 4 covers the UK in global economy (the application of material studied in unit 2). The aims of Economic Policy and indicators used: (a) Economic Growth (b) Inflation (c) Employment (d) Balance of Payments, links to the global economy and globalisation.
- Sample TimetableFrom this example you will see the student has chosen Programme 4 on the Business route, but also included in their weekly timetable is enrichment activity, Personal Tutor session, and supervised study hall.We ensure the student has a full and varied timetable that will allow them, not only to achieve academically, but also to develop as an individual.
- UFP Reflections 2012