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International Foundation Year

Get to where you want to be with the International Foundation Year – bridging qualification between High school (and O Levels equivalent) and university with guaranteed entry*.


Designed exclusively for students, just like you, who are looking to study a university degree programme


Help bridge the gap between your current qualifications and starting your first-year university degree


It will equip you with the academic and English language skills required for university study and help you succeed when you get there

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Progression routes to over 50 University Partners

What modules will I study?

3 modules + English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to study

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Business Studies
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Mathematics (Business)
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English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

International Foundation Year students will study the above module which is designed to ensure all students get to university with the required high standard of English language skills.

NCUK’s EAP shows that you

  • can communicate effectively orally and in writing in an academic environment
  • understand academic integrity and can demonstrate it in your work
  • have a level of English that enables you to meet the challenges of disciplinary study at university

Did you know?

NCUK’s EAP grades are equivalent to IELTS and are accepted for visa requirements for study at most NCUK University Partners.

A = IELTS 7.0

B = IELTS 6.5

C = IELTS 6.0

D = IELTS 5.5

E = IELTS 5.0

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the programme, you will complete both formative and summative assessment. The formative assessment, such as mock exams, allow you to receive feedback and guidance from your teachers in Semester 1 and prepare for the summative assessments. The summative assessment are a combination of coursework and exams, as detailed below:

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End of Semester 1 Test
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Final Exam

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Next Intake

September 2024

Entry Requirements

To gain entry onto the NCUK International Foundation Year, you must meet the entry requirements:

Minimum Age Requirements

16 years old (Applicants must be 17 years old by 31 December in the year of admission)

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of 5 modules with minimum of grade 4 O-Level/ IGCSE or equivalent

English Language Requirements

Minimum IELTS 5.0 or equivalent

Don’t meet entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the entry requirements of the International Foundation Year, you might be eligible for our EAIM programmes. Discover more here.

Start Your Own Path Today

Ready to start your route to your dream university? Learn more about how our International Foundation Year programme can help you kickstart!

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