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University Foundation Programme

At Cambridge Regional College we offer the University International Foundation – Access to HE programme, a high-quality intensive course that prepares students for Higher Education in the UK. We offer three different pathways which are Business Studies and Economics, Humanities, and Science. You can start the course in September or in January (Business Studies and Economics pathway only).

The University International Foundation – Access to HE programme is an intensive course that prepares students for studying at a wide range of universities in the UK. The total length of study is one academic year or 7 months (only Business Studies and Economics pathway). Upon successful completion of the course students will receive a Cambridge Regional College International Certificate as well as an externally recognised qualification: Access to HE diploma awarded by Cambridge Access Validating Agency.

University Foundation Programmes are designed for students whose school leaving qualifications, possibly from another country, will not allow them to progress directly onto a British university degree programme. For example, if you have only completed 12 years of school education, it is likely that you will need to complete a University Foundation Programme before you can apply to university.

Business Studies or Management and Economics

This programme is for students who are seeking to follow a Higher Education Degree in Business related degrees, Economics, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, International Trade and Management. Students study: Business Environment, Economics, Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Mathematics, English and preparation for Higher Education such as Academic Writing, Examination Techniques.


This programme is for students who are seeking to follow a Higher Education Degree in Engineering, Science or Health and Medical Fields. Students Study: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Academic English and Preparation for Higher Education.

Humanities and Social Sciences pathway

This programme is for those students who are seeking to follow a Higher Education Degree in English, History, Law and Sociology. Students Study: English, History, Sociology, Academic English and Preparation for Higher Education

Access to HE programme – It is a high quality university preparation programme that offers students a good experience of study in a UK college environment. Our programme is externally validated. In order to obtain the full diploma, you have to complete all of your assignments successfully. You will enjoy the following during your study:

  • A minimum of 24 study hours per week
  • Personal tutorial throughout the programme
  • Experienced lecturers and course tutors.
  • Modern teaching facilities
  • Access to a wide range of college facilities and enrichment activities
  • Guidance on HE progression
  • A range of university visits, HE talks and fairs

Over 17 years old

High school certificate with average academic grades over 75% or equivalent
IELTS: 5.0 (for September intake) IELTS: 5.5 (for January intake and for Science and Humanities pathways) or equivalent.
Some qualifications may not be recognised by the UKVI if you need to obtain visa in order to come and study in the UK ( e.g. GCSEs).

It is a full time course.

September to June (9 months) January to July (7 months) (only Business Studies and Economics pathway)


The course takes place at Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT. Look on the college website for maps and information about our facilities.

You can apply online by clicking on the button below. Prospective candidates will be assessed initially through their application form and then with an interview face-to-face or via Skype. The purpose of the interview is both for tutors to assess your suitability for the course and also to give you the opportunity to find out more about the commitment you are taking on.

Click on the button to begin your University Foundation Programme Application


Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.