Study at a teaching centre
You must study the IFP at a teaching centre that has been approved to provide support for the programme. It is not available for independent study.
Attending classes will help you to build your study skills and understand the subject matter with support and feedback.
You should contact your local centre directly for information on their teaching start dates and schedules.
Find a local teaching centre near you.
We give you access to core study materials that are developed by academics to guide you through the programme.
These resources include:
- The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access interactive resources, discussion forums, news alerts and a study skills area.
- A subject guide for each course you study.
- A programme handbook containing practical information and advice (such as how to enter exams).
- Mock examination papers and examiners' commentaries, which give you tips for performing well in exams.
The course should be completed in a minimum of one year or a maximum of three years. As a guide, each course requires approximately 150 hours, which includes classroom time and your own private study.
Each approved teaching centre offers its own study schedule. The number of hours you need to attend each week depends on the centre's timetable.
Each course is assessed by an unseen written examination of around two hours. The grades available are 'Pass', 'Merit' and 'Distinction'.
Exams are held in late April each year. You can sit these when you are ready at one of our 400 examination centres. A fee is payable to your local centre for hosting the exams.
In certain circumstances, the Board of Examiners may invite students who meet a specific criteria to re-sit examination(s) in July.
More about exams.