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If you are an international student finishing your high school exams, have completed less than 13 years of education and would like to take your first degree in the UK, you will need to study a foundation course at a UK university or college. A foundation course is a one-year preparation course, designed for international students, which leads to undergraduate programmes in the UK.

Normally it is for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university. The foundation course acts as a bridge between your current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements and is designed to plug academic gaps, improve your English and familiarise you with UK life and culture in preparation for university.

Foundation course duration, format and start dates

Most universities in the UK or continental Europe offer prep courses that usually take one academic year to complete (a total of 32 weeks). Preparation courses are usually divided into three semesters, or phases, each with its own number of modules. Modules are split into minor (more generic) subjects and major ones, more specialised towards the student’s future career. Usually, students start their foundation degrees in September, graduating in time to start their Bachelor or Master in October, the next year.

Intensive 6-months pathway programmes are available for students who want to complete their studies faster. Faster foundation study tracks start in January and end in August of the same year. However, many international foundation programmes have flexible start dates.


Benefits of IUFP

  • Provides a one year fast-track alternative direct entry route to prestigious UK Universities for Degree courses in up to 65 disciplines.
  • Enables students to secure direct admittance into leading UK Universities without the need to undertake a two year GCE A levels course.
  • Allow students to progress to a wide range of degree courses, which include Accounting, Business, Computing, Finance, Information Technology, International Relations, International Development, Law, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Sciences, Politics, etc.
  • Option to select leading UK Universities of choice, Visit our office or call us on:+234 703 154 6358.
  • Equips students with the skills required to ease into degree programmes of their choice once they arrive in the United Kingdom.
  • Familiarise students with the standard of academic study obtained in UK Universities.
  • Give students a thorough grounding in British History and Institutions and prepare them for life in the United Kingdom.


Course Structure

IUFP is an intensive university foundation programme and requires students to undertake at least seven subjects over a period of one year. All students on the programme will undertake four core compulsory subjects and three electives of their choice, depending on the degree they wish to pursue.

Students will undertake the four compulsory core modules in the first term. Thereafter, they will study their elective modules in the second and third terms These modules will be subject areas relevant to the student’s choice of degrees.


Core Subjects
Communication Skills
Study Skills
IT Applications
British History and Institutions
Business Studies
Government and Politics

Admissions Criteria

Candidates must have completed Secondary School or High School and be at least 16 years old and possess at least 5 Credits at GCSE ‘O’ Level standard (or equivalent), which must include English language and Mathematics. With respect to English language, an IELTS overall band score of 5.0 and a score of at least 4.5 in each sub-test will be considered as satisfactory. Candidates between the ages of 16 and 17 are required to have Guardians in the United Kingdom. In circumstances where such students do not have Guardians that are based in the UK, Home Family Accommodation can be arranged as a last resort for those that are at least 17 years old.

IELTS Provision

Partner Schools and Colleges delivering the IFP will offer additional English language classes to students undertaking the IFP in order to improve their IELTS score to at least an overall score of 6.5 (6.0 in each sub-test) and above during programme. Additional classes will be offered to students in order to improve their IELTS score to at least an overall Score of 6.5 and above during the programme. Unless a student already possesses an IELTS overall score of 6.5, all IUFP students will be required to undertake the IELTS course, which is designed to improve their English language skills.

Start Dates

January and September every year.


Examinations will be held twice a year in June and December.


On successful completion of the IUFP, students will be awarded the IUFP Completion Certificate on the recommendation of the IUFP Assessment Committee, which reports to the MCL Academic Advisory Board