Your entry to the International Foundation Year

With our extended course you will achieve the language level you need to maximise your success on the International Foundation Year programme and at University.

This course is the best option for students who don’t meet the entry requirements for the Standard International Foundation Year programme as they will do 8 weeks of pre-sessional English prior to commencing the International Foundation Year.

With options in Business and Humanities, you'll find the pathway to suit your needs and kickstart your academic career.

Discover our courses:

Business Foundation Year

Humanities Foundation Year

Extended International Foundation Year Details

Start dates

1 August 2022

Course duration

11 months (8 weeks Pre-sessional English plus 37 weeks tuition and exam inc holidays)

Average tuition

20 hours a week



Entry requirements

IELTS 4.5 & country specific high school scores

Minimum age


Max class size





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Get guaranteed entry to a UK university

Upon successful completion of the Extended International Foundation Year, students are guaranteed a minimum of
2 conditional offers and 1 unconditional offer from NCUK universities. Contact us today to start your journey.

Why study the extended foundation year?

Some students may wish to start the International Foundation Year in October but don't have minimum IELTS score. This course is specially designed for students to complete 8 weeks of Pre-Sessional English before the course commences to get their language level where it needs to be to start the course. The International Foundation Year opens up many opportunities and guarantees entry to a UK university. Many students find taking a foundation year to be incredibly beneficial for reasons including:

  • Receive expert support applying to universities in the UK and around the world.
  • Study dedicated modules to help you develop your academic English.
  • Enhance your chosen subject.
  • Gain an understanding of UK teaching styles, research methods and lecture environments.
  • Get guaranteed entry to an NCUK university upon successful completion of the course.
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Who is the course for?

  • International students who would like to study for their degree in the UK.
  • Students who have not met the minimum IELTS score for the International Foundation Year but wish to commence the course as soon as possible
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What universities can you apply to?

With our International Foundation Year programme, you get guaranteed entry to one of our partner universities. Take a look at the full list of NCUK universities.

Student Case Study

“I chose to study at the University of Leeds because its business-related subjects are well-known in the industry. The ranking is quite high in a number of different ranking systems.”

Wa Shing Chung, NCUK International Foundation Year, University of Leeds, BA (Hons) Management with Marketing

Student Case Study

“Everyone at my NCUK University has been very friendly and helpful. I get lots of information and support from the staff.”

Wanying Liu, Queen Mary University of London, BScEcon (Hons) Economics and Finance

Student Outcomes

“My English has been improved as a result of this programme.

I was able to interact with different cultures and nations, while also cooperating and collaborating within groups.”

Anton, Ukraine, BSC International Foundation Year Student, City University London, BSc Accounting and Finance (with professional placement)

Student Outcomes

"Everything they teach you, you will need in the first or second semester of university!

Everything I learned on my foundation year course, everything I learnt in class - it all made my life so much easier!"

Abdul from Mozambique - Business Foundation Year at BSC London
Now studying Accounting and Finance at Aston University

What degrees can you apply for?

The Extended International Foundation Year from British Study Centres can help you prepare for degrees in a number of subjects including:

  • Business & Management
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • International Relations

Contact us today to start your journey. For a full list of progression courses, please visit the NCUK website.

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of students accepted at first choice University

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achieve a first or second class degree

Ready to start your journey?

Get in touch with our expert team today