International Foundation in Business and Humanities

Preparing you for an undergraduate degree in a variety of subjects at leading UK universities, in areas such as finance, management, law, politics and sociology, and more.

Why apply for this course?

  • Guaranteed conditional offer from an NCUK university for all successful students
  • Recognised by a wide range of other leading UK universities
  • University-style teaching
  • Multiple start dates
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What is special about this programme?

The International Foundation in Business and Humanities combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation - all that is necessary for successful study on a range of degree subjects related to business and humanities.

It offers:

  • a quality-assured, NCUK-accredited programme
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • university-style teaching supported by e-learning provision
  • high contact hours and small class sizes
  • experienced and qualified teachers
  • regular assessment to monitor your progress
  • the highest levels of individual care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country.

The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to apply for entry to NCUK and other universities in the UK.


Course options available

  • Intensive International Foundation (2 terms) - this fast-track option provides intensive tuition and English language entry requirements are typically higher.
  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students.
  • Headstart Foundation (3 terms) - this includes an additional two weeks of learning that introduces you to British culture and history.
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support and English language entry requirements are typically lower.

What will I study?

You will study the following compulsory modules:

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills Introduces reading techniques for academic study and the structure and function of academic writing. You will develop the ability to take part in academic discussion.

It will help you to work in groups, present ideas, manage your time, conduct research, make lecture notes, organise the content of essays and understand how to evaluate your own work.
ICT Learn how to use ICT (Information Communication Technologies), including word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software, as well as using the internet, email and virtual learning environment (VLE) software.

You can choose three from the following optional modules:

Business and Management Examines models of management, the business environment and managing people and leadership. Teaching is by lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Economics Explores microeconomics and macroeconomics and includes key terminology, theoretical models and concepts, real-world applications and develops your skills in essay writing and seminar presentations.
Mathematics Part 1: you will develop a methodical approach to problem solving using mathematical techniques and theory.

Part 2 (for business): you will develop mathematical skills that can be applied to the world of business, including statistics and probability.
Politics Develop a critical awareness of British politics, through knowledge and understanding of the different political institutions, the structures of authority and how they differ from other countries.

How will I be assessed?

Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests. The final grade for each unit is based on a mixture of coursework and end-of-course examinations.

Basic information will be delivered in lectures, while the individuals' understanding of the subject and their ability to utilise the information will be supported by tutorial work and by extensive e-learning provision - which will also enhance the presentational style of lectures.

Assessment will be by:

  • regular coursework - assignments, unit tests, experimental reports, computer use etc
  • mid-course and end-of-course examinations

Assured university placement

All students who pass are guaranteed a place on a relevant undergraduate degree at an appropriate NCUK university

To gain entry to any NCUK university, you must pass all subject modules. You will also need to have a sufficient command of English.

Some degree courses will require minimum grades in specific subjects. University admissions staff may also take into account previous academic attainment.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements: You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements: 4-term programme: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing) or equivalent.

3-term and Headstart Foundation: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.

2-term programme: IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us.

If you do not meet the minimum English language entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.
Age: 17 years and above.

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year.

For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old by 31 December of the preceding calendar year.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
June 2016 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 27 Jun 2016 - Fri 09 Sep 2016
Term 2: Mon 12 Sep 2016 - Fri 16 Dec 2016
Term 3: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 4: Tue 18 Apr 2017 - Fri 16 Jun 2017
£18,145
August 2016 start
(3 terms) - Headstart Foundation
Term 1: Mon 29 Aug 2016 - Fri 09 Dec 2016
Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 3: Tue 18 Apr 2017 - Fri 16 Jun 2017
£14,855
September 2016 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 26 Sep 2016 - Fri 09 Dec 2016
Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 3: Tue 18 Apr 2017 - Fri 26 May 2017
Term 4: Tue 30 May 2017 - Fri 01 Sep 2017
£18,295
September 2016 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 12 Sep 2016 - Fri 16 Dec 2016
Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 3: Tue 18 Apr 2017 - Fri 16 Jun 2017
£13,995
January 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 2: Tue 18 Apr 2017 - Fri 26 May 2017
Term 3: Tue 30 May 2017 - Fri 01 Sep 2017
£13,995
March 2017 start
(2 terms)
Term 1: Mon 06 Mar 2017 - Fri 26 May 2017
Term 2: Tue 30 May 2017 - Fri 01 Sep 2017
£13,995
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Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme, charged upon confirmation
  • text books: an additional charge in the region of £225 (2-term and 3-term) or £300 (4-term) per academic programme
  • accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.


What's the difference between the 2, 3 and 4-term courses?

The 4-term Extended International Foundation incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition on the same visa, allowing you to improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study.

It will typically have a lower English language entry requirement than the 3-term programme. You will be required to pass the initial English language component before progressing to the next stage of the programme.

If you English language skills are sufficiently advanced (above IELTS 6.0) you may apply for the 2-term Intensive International Foundation programme.

This fast-track programme has been designed with challenging academic tasks to further develop your study skills and independent research techniques.


Headstart Foundation - helping you to get used to the UK

For students starting their International Foundation programme in August, the Headstart Foundation programme is a two-week course designed to provide you with an introduction to British culture and history.

It has been designed to provide international students studying overseas for the first time with the perfect introduction to studying in the UK.

The course will:

  • provide a basic understanding of British society and institutions
  • provide an understanding of national and local history
  • develop your confidence and speaking skills through participation in activities

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • work effectively with other students in a team
  • understand and respond to spoken and written texts
  • communicate effectively through both individually based written work and group based spoken work
  • use English language skills effectively in a range of situations

Where will this programme take me?

Our 100% progression guarantee

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.


Degree options

This programme leads to undergraduate degrees at NCUK universities and INTO partner universities in areas such as:

NCUK universities and INTO partner universities
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Architecture
  • Business Studies
  • Criminology
  • Development Studies
  • Economic and Social History
  • Economics
  • Fashion and Textile Retailing
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Management
  • IT Management for Business
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Management
  • Management and Marketing of Textiles
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics with Finance
  • Media Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sports Business Management
  • Urban Studies