Foundation courses

UCLan students

UCLan offers a range of foundation courses for international students who do not meet the minimum academic and /or language entry requirements for a course.


ONCAMPUS offers high quality undergraduate and masters foundation courses on our UCLan campus. These courses are designed for international students who need to improve their academic and English language skills before joining their undergraduate/ postgraduate course at UCLan.

An ONCAMPUS foundation course typically lasts from 9 to 12 months.

Undergraduate pathways are available in:

  • Business, Economics, Finance and Management
  • Engineering and Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine



Foundation entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but do not have the necessary grades in their formal qualifications to enter directly on to their chosen degree programme.

Students wishing to be considered for these programmes, must already meet the University’s English language entry requirements.

Foundation entry degree courses are available with most UCLan undergraduate subject areas.


UCLan offers Pre-Sessional English Language Programmes throughout the year; allowing students to study for between 5 and 30 weeks to meet the University’s English language entry requirements.

The Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course, offered by UCLan’s Language Academy, will help you:

  • to improve your English Language (e.g. grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation);
  • to improve your academic English skills (e.g. for writing assignments, understanding lectures, participating in seminars, reading books and articles, making presentations)
  • to develop the study skills you need to succeed (e.g. a more independent approach to learning, participating in group work, managing your time, identifying and using sources of information)
  • to improve your social English and understanding of British culture
  • to get to know other students from around the world as well as the UK

Students who successfully complete the Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course, at the required level for their chosen degree programme, will be deemed to have met the English language requirements for their course at UCLan and do not need to take an additional IELTS test.

View further details about this programme