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 by applying for UK INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION PROGRAMME (IUFP) . 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
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.
British History and Institutions
Government and Politics
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.
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.
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