International
Foundation
Year

Get guaranteed entry to a leading UK university with the International Foundation Year


The International Foundation Year programmes is designed specifcally to prepare international students for undergraduate study at a UK university.

The course will help you improve your English language skills to the required level but will also give you the academic skills you need to succeed in your higher education.

Using content from our leading Skills for Academic Success programme, designed in partnership with National Geographic Learning, you will graduate the course prepared and ready to excel in your university studies.

On successful completion of the course you will receive guaranteed entry to one of over 20 leading UK universities.

Your future is waiting - contact us to start your journey today.

Student Outcomes


“I had a really good experience with my teachers and I enjoyed this programme.

It helped me to know more about my future when I study at university.

This is a great preparation before I start my course.”


Mohamed, Algeria
BSC International Foundation Year Student
BSc (Hons) Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

International Foundation Year Programmes

Engineering Foundation Year

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The right choice for any students looking to study Computer Science or Engineering courses at university.

Humanities Foundation Year

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Perfect for students who want to progress to a degree such as law, journalism, literature or politics after their foundation year.

Business Foundation Year

Smiling Masters student graduates after university pathways course

Choose this foundation year to progress onto a range of business-related courses and begin an international career.

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What is an International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year gives access to Year One of a UK university degree. The programme is taught over an academic year and is assessed via examinations and coursework. As well as equipping you with the English skills and academic qualifications for studying in the UK, the IFY will also increase your cultural awareness.

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What degree can I study after my International Foundation Year?

There are a range of degree courses you can progress to from the IFY in a wide range of subjects, such as Accounting, Architecture, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Law, Literature, Marketing, Maths, Psychology.

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Which university can I go to?

Students on the BSC Foundation Year programme are guaranteed a place at an NCUK partner university upon successful completion of the course.

When you complete your IFY you can apply to up to five NCUK partner universities. Each university has their own entry criteria for each course andyou will receive support throughout the application process.

Student Outcomes


"Everything they teach you, you will need in the first or second semester of university. Everything I learnt on my foundation year course, everything I learnt in class, I needed in the first semester at university and it made my life easier."


Abdul, Mozambique, NCUK International Foundation Year, Accounting and Finance, Aston University

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


“I had a really good experience with my teachers and I enjoyed this programme.

It helps me to know more about my future when I study at University. This is a great preparation before I start University.”


Mohamed, BSc (Hons) Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, Algeria

Student Outcomes


“I have made amazing friends and also learned to deal with obstacles. This course is great if you are planning to do a Business Degree.”


Nicole, South Africa, MA Fashion Media at the London College of Fashion

What is NCUK?

The Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK) is a global provider of pathway programmes specifically designed for international students. It is uniquely positioned as an organisation because it was founded by 11 leading UK universities. This gives NCUK centres and students unprecedented access and support throughout the university application process.

Your future is waiting

Contact us today - we can help find the right university pathway for you