International Foundation Year

NCUK's International Foundation Year gives you the choice of access to a wide range of universities and degree courses.

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Your future. Your choice.

The NCUK IFY is a modular programme that will prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. You will study a combination of modules that fit in with your degree destination.

Business Foundation


  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Maths

Who is it for?

  • Students interested in taking a business-related course after the Foundation Year
  • Students who would like to keep their options open to more scientific subjects such as Computer Science or Engineering
  • Students who consider themselves to be strong in mathematics

Humanities Foundation


  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Society and Politics

Who is it for?

  • Students who would like to progress to a degree such as Law, Journalism, Literature or Politics after the Foundation Year
  • Students who are highly literate and have a flair for writing essays
  • Students who are not as confident in mathematics

Course content

The programme is made up of 3 core modules and 1 elective module.

The final summative assessment is made up of 30% continuous assessment (coursework) and 70% final examination(s).

Progression options

NCUK Guaranteed Access to Universities

Guaranteed progression to some of the UK's best universities

Part of the NCUK guarantee is that students are guaranteed a minimum of 2 conditional offers to the universities and 1 unconditional offer if you pass the course.

Guidance on your university applications

To ensure you are fully supported as you step towards studying for a UK university degree, we offer a range of student placement services. Our Student Placement Co-ordinator will provide you with practical advice and support on study options available at a wide range of UK universities.

  • One-to-one student counselling to help you select the most appropriate degree programme
  • Assistance with all stages of your university application process
  • Help writing your personal statement
  • Preparation for university interviews
  • Opportunities to attend presentations by university admissions tutors
  • Assistance with attending university open days and education fairs
  • Visit the academic departments within the university you are most interested in
  • Access to university prospectuses
  • Help finding alternative university options if you need to

Wide choice

  • We have a course directory of around 4000 degree programmes across the 16 universities in the NCUK portfolio.
  • More than just Business degrees. Our graduates can progress to a wide range of different degree programmes including Architecture, Law, Psychology, Computer Science and English Literature.
  • Late application deadlines for NCUK candidates.

NCUK universities

NCUK students are guaranteed a place at one of the 16 NCUK universities listed below.

Our Students

Anton, Ukraine

"My English has been improved as a result of this programme. I was able to interact with different cultures and nations, whilst also cooperating and collaborating within groups."

Anton, Ukraine

BSc Accounting and Finance (with Professional Placement)
City University London

Bamba, Senegal

"It helped me in different ways. The programme taught me how to be independent and how to carry out research. And the best of all? It allowed me to work around others in groups."

Bamba, Senegal

BA Business Management
University of Leeds

Mohamed, Algeria

"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, Algeria

BSc Management
Manchester Metropolitan University

Nicole, South Africa

"It has been an experience. 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
London College of Fashion

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