Pre-university Summer Programme

Immersive academic skills programme with visits to NCUK universities for students aged 15-17.

NCUK Taster and Academic Skills Programme

The programme is designed to prepare you for access to the very best of British university education, developing your skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and leadership.

Our goal is to maximise your potential and to help you achieve academic excellence. We will inspire you and set you on the road to success.



Tangible outcomes

By the end of the course learners will have a better sense of what living and studying in the UK entails and of the opportunities that taking an NCUK International Foundations programme affords.


NCUK universities

The programme includes guided visits to some of the NCUK universities so students can experience university life in the UK first-hand.


2-week immersive programme

Please note that this is the outline of a typical course. Some units may alter in content.

Week 1 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
09:00-11:00 Arrivals day Welcome talk and induction Academic skills: Critical listening Academic life: Career choices Full day excursion: Leeds Becket University & University of Leeds Academic life: University lifestyle Academic skills: Writing a personal statement #1
11:30-12:30 Academic life: University education in the UK Academic skills: Effective note taking Academic skills: Referencing, paraphrasing and plagiarism Academic life: Industries of the future Academic skills: Writing a personal statement #2
14:00-16:00 University visit: University of Salford University visit: University of Manchester Academic skills: Interview skills University visit: Liverpool John Moores University University visit: Manchester Metropolitan University
16:30-17:30 Academic life: UK universities and their courses
19:30-21:00 Get to know you activities Building challenge Teambuilding games Sports night Salford Quays University challenge Music night

Week 2 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
09:00-11:00 Full day excursion: Exploring Manchester Full day excursion: University of Birmingham Academic skills: Essay writing #1 Full day excursion: Sheffield Hallam University & University of Sheffield Academic life: Mental health and self-care Academic skills: Academic presentation #1 Departure day
11:30-12:30 Academic skills: Essay writing #2 Academic life: Coping with exams Academic skills: Academic presentation #2
14:00-16:00 Academic life: Time management Academic life: UCAS applications and clearing process #1 Academic skills: Debating and academic discussions
16:30-17:30 Academic life: Independent studying Academic life: UCAS applications and clearing process #2 Graduation ceremony
19:30-21:00 Movie night Debate club Egg drop Quiz night Minute to win it Bowling night

Course fees include


University of Salford

The programme takes place at a dynamic, modern university. The campus is within easy reach of Manchester city centre, providing an excellent base for students to have an unforgettable experience.