University Foundation Programme

Part of the David Game Group

LILA* College marries the expertise of London’s David Game College in order to deliver an outstanding level of education for students enrolled on our University Foundation Programme.

What is UFP?

Founded in 1989, our foundation programme is one of the oldest and most respected independent foundation courses in the UK. The University Foundation Programme (UFP) is a one year foundation course that prepares students to attend some of the UK’s top universities including the members of the Russell Group. Recognised as an A Level (RQF Level 3) equivalent, the UFP is an alternative route to degree level studies. Our Foundation Course is recognised by over 90 universities in the UK, so you have the freedom to choose your university.

The UFP is a fantastic alternative for students wanting to go to university who do not wish to study A Levels but have appropriate GCSE or equivalent qualifications.

On this course you will:

  • Study six modules, comprising of three compulsory and three elective modules
  • Be assessed at regular intervals and via a blend of progress tests, coursework and examinations throughout the course, rather than in one block at the end of the year

The UFP will not qualify you for entry to dentistry or veterinary science degree courses or to Oxbridge, all of which require high grades in three A Levels.

Who applies for UFP courses?

  • The majority of students on the UFP course come from an international background. They may have an excellent educational track record in their own countries, but their qualifications do not meet UK university entrance requirements
  • As well as international students, we accept British students with good GCSE grades who have attempted A or AS Levels but did not achieve the grades required to enter the university course of their choice
  • We also recommend UFP to students who have stopped at Certificate level on the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Key Facts for UFP

  • UFP has two start dates per year: September (to June) and January (to August)
  • Students study 6 modules in total: 3 minor modules in pre-determined subjects (Mathematics, IT and Communication Skills); then choose 3 major modules in subjects relevant to their intended degree course
  • For those international students who require it, the UFP includes English Language tuition to prepare students for the IELTS examinations. This ensures that all UFP students meet university English Language entry requirements
  • The UFP is fully accepted by over 90 British Universities and Colleges and has also been accepted by Universities in the USA, Canada and Australia

Why study your UFP at LILA* College?

Unparalleled Experience

We bring together students from all over the world and from different backgrounds, giving them the chance to make friends they’ll keep for life. We support them every step of the way and make sure they develop personally as well as academically, developing students with international mindsets ready to embark on the next step in their educational career.

A Quality Education

Our UFP has a 100% success rate in securing qualifying students offers from UK universities. Most importantly though, we prepare our students for the challenge ahead, allowing them to make a smooth transition to undergraduate level education.

Freedom to Choose

Our independence allows students to consider multiple universities and apply for degrees that best suit them. Throughout the process, our staff can offer extensive educational and career advice. We also allow our students to choose their modules according to their future subject area.

Application process


Complete our Application form and Medical and SEN declaration form, and send it to us with a copy of your passport and certificates/transcripts of your academic results.


If you meet the entry requirements, we’ll invite you for an interview so we can learn more about you, your goals, and your potential, and you can meet us and learn more about studying at LILA* College.

Welcome to the family!

We’ll offer you a place or let you know why your application was unsuccessful within two working days. Once you’ve accepted the offer and paid your deposit, we’ll start the visa sponsorship process (if applicable) and get ready to welcome you!

University Foundation Programmes available:

When studying your University Foundation Programme with LILA* College, you can choose from the following foundation pathways detailed below depending on popularity and student volume.