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University of Roehampton - QA Higher Education

United Kingdom


The University of Roehampton Pathways provides an easy transition to a UK degree. It's for international students who can't meet the requirements for an undergraduate course.

The Pathway College is part of the University of Roehampton – a campus university in London. It's just 30 minutes away from London city centre and has beautiful green surroundings.

The pathways on offer are the International Foundation Programme and International Year One. Expert tutors help students develop their English language and academic skills. Those who complete the programme can progress to study for an undergraduate degree at the university.

For the International Foundation Programme, there are two and three-term options, depending on the learner's English language ability. Students choose subject-specific modules in:

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Science

This helps them gain the knowledge needed for their chosen undergraduate course. They also build general academic skills and prepare for their future careers.

The International Year One (Business) is a 9 month programme designed to equip students with the necessary linguistic and academic skills and business-specific knowledge to be successful in the second year of their chosen undergraduate degree and beyond.

The University of Roehampton is home to more than 10,000 students. It provides extensive support to all, helping everyone reach their goals. Each student becomes a member of one of the four historic colleges each provides an inclusive and supportive environment.

The university has a Silver TEF award as well as great graduate prospects. 92 per cent of students found employment or furthered their studies within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017).

The Pathway College is a partnership with QA Higher Education. It provides validated programmes taught by both university and QA Higher Education staff.

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What's new

What's new

Covid-19 update

The University of Roehampton Pathway College considered for pathway programmes to go ahead as planned in October. There will be flexibility to help internationals who are unable to travel due to restrictions. Pathway programmes are planned to be taught through a mix of on-campus and online learning activities.

Internationals can get in touch with teams (such as admissions or accommodation) if they require further information. The university is reviewing the situation continuously and updates applicants and students when necessary.

Commended by the QAA

The University of Roehampton Pathway was reviewed by the QAA which released a positive report of its progress in 2019. It has also been awarded the QAA Review Graphic, as it met or exceeded expectations of quality and standards in the review.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Typically, a teaching week for pathway students consists of 19 to 22 hours of lectures and seminars. Students also complete ten to 15 hours of independent studying. There are one-to-one tutorials for projects and certain modules. Classes are held between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays.

Roehampton pathway programmes are run with QA Higher Education. They are taught by both university and QA Higher Education lecturers and academics. Staff are experienced in helping internationals progress to undergraduate level study. Each teacher has at least a Level 7 qualification in teaching language.

Teachers provide regular feedback to students on their assessments and coursework. Module tutors can discuss assessments and results to help learners improve. Students also meet with the Pathway Campus team who provide support with the pathway programme.

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Department structure

Department structure

International Foundation Programme

Students boost their skills and abilities while preparing to study at undergraduate level. The programme provides the opportunity to build English language skills. It covers writing, speaking, reading and listening.

As well as language and academic modules, internationals learn about their undergraduate subjects. They choose two of the following modules:

  • Humanities and Social Science in Action
  • Life Sciences in Action
  • Business Innovation
  • Scientific Thinking

Students also develop general skills needed for success at university and employment. For example, numeracy, presentation and communication.

Programme length:

  • The three-term programme (nine months) starts in October
  • The fast track two-term programme (seven or eight months) starts in October or January

Those who successfully complete the programme can progress to their chosen degree course at the University of Roehampton.

International Year One

This programme is the equivalent of the first year of a University of Roehampton undergraduate degree. Students will develop the necessary academic and English language requirements to successfully enter Year 2 of their chosen degree. Additionally, they will expand their subject knowledge in areas such as management, marketing, accounting and analytics.

Programme length: 9 months

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the International Foundation Programme, applicants must meet a number of entry criteria.

Age requirements

Students must be aged 17 or above in the month before their course starts. Those aged 17 or below will be assessed according to the university's Safeguarding Policy.

Academic requirements

Students will need the following, or equivalent to:

International Foundation Programme:

  • Five GCSEs/iGCSEs at grades C and above
  • 30 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 AS Levels

International Year One progression:

  • Good High School graduation grades, or equivalent
  • Five GCSE/iGCSEs at grades B or above

English language requirements

International Foundation Programme: Students need a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no band below 5.5.

There are specific entry criteria for different countries. Students can find information of local equivalents to test scores and the Combined CAS.

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With a history of more than 175 years, the University of Roehampton offers a unique learning environment. It consists of four tight-knit colleges: Digby Stuart, Southlands, Froebel and Whitelands. They are the centre of the university's social and sport activities. Students belong to one of the colleges and get to know their teachers and peers closely.

University facilities include:

  • Libraryover 350,000 books, eBooks and other materials are available in the award-winning library, as well as computers, study areas and group spaces
  • Sports and fitness – a modern and equipped gym on campus, as well as a sports hall, studio and outdoor courts
  • Social amenities – students can enjoy bars, food and drinks vendors, club and music venues and other social spaces


A number of on-campus housing is available for students, as well as university halls in Vauxhall, a zone one London location. Facilities range from en-suite bathrooms to private swimming pools. Accommodation Services provide friendly assistance with finding something suitable.

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Fees & funding

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for the International Foundation Programme 2021/22

International Foundation Programme

  • 2 terms – GBP 12,500
  • 3 terms – GBP 15,000

International Year One: £13,474

Tuition fees may increase due to annual inflation.

Discount guarantee

Discounts are guaranteed throughout the undergraduate course. For example, if a student receives a 10% discount on their pathway programme fees, they will also receive a ten per cent discount on their chosen degree tuition fees. This is applicable for both January and October intakes. Terms apply.

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