University First is a high-quality foundation and A level programme for international students established by outstanding British public colleges.

What is UF

University First is a high quality foundation programme for international students. It was established by outstanding British public colleges, all of which have been granted ‘Tier 4 Sponsor’ status by the UKVI. These colleges deliver the academic excellence of a British public education whilst providing an outstanding student experience. The personal and academic growth that students achieve through the University First programme will provide a solid platform from which to progress to UK universities.


The average class hours per week of most foundation programmes in the UK is 16 to 20 hours. Public education offered by UF provides students a high standard of education with 26 class hours per week and weekly individual tutorial. Class hour per week reaches up to 31 hours in the intensive 2-term programme, featuring the longest class hour per week in the UK. The programme prepares students with solid acquisition of knowledge for their future study in top universities.


Over 95% of students in public colleges where University First Foundation Programme is delivered are local students, even 99% in some campuses. It is beneficial for international students to be involved in a local language environment and social life. UF students studying Art and Design, Media and Music in the Bournemouth and Poole College are classed with local students on subject lessons.


The University First Foundation Programme is recognised by all major UK universities. Many University First graduates have successfully advanced on to top universities, including universities from the Russell Group and the 1994 Group.