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 the International Foundation programme?

    • Guaranteed progression to one of NCUK's 11 universities (subject to meeting progression requirements).
    • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme.
    • Recognised by a wide range of other leading UK universities.

    Course options available

    • Fast-Track International Foundation (2 terms) - this 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.
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    What is special about this programme?

    The International Foundation is designed to increase your English language skills, improve your study and research skills, and develop your understanding of key academic subjects.

    The programme covers everything you need in order to progress successfully to university.

    It offers:

      • university-style teaching
      • qualified and experienced teachers
      • high contact hours and small class sizes

    You will receive advice and feedback during seminars and tutorials. Regular one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will help you plan for future effective study, and answer any questions to ensure your academic success.


    Teaching methods

    During university-style lectures and seminars you will have the opportunity to take part in both presentations and group work.

    Each week you will have a test which will help improve your exam skills and give you guidance on how to structure essays suitable for university study.

    To give you a headstart, teachers use online resources to upload relevant articles and videos which you can read or watch in advance.


    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.


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.

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

Learn how to use word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software, as well as using the internet, email and virtual learning environment (VLE) software.

You will choose three from the following four 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

You will develop a methodical approach to problem solving using mathematical techniques and theory.

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.

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
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
June 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Wed 28 Jun 2017 – Fri 08 Sep 2017
Term 2: Mon 11 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 4: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
£18,795
August 2017 start
(3 terms) - Headstart Foundation
Term 1: Tue 29 Aug 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
£15,385
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 11 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
£14,495
September 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 08 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 25 May 2018
Term 4: Tue 29 May 2018 – Fri 31 Aug 2018
£18,945
January 2018 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 2: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 25 May 2018
Term 3: Tue 29 May 2018 – Fri 31 Aug 2018
£14,495
March 2018 start
(2 terms)
Term 1: Mon 05 Mar 2018 – Fri 25 May 2018
Term 2: Tue 29 May 2018 – Fri 31 Aug 2018
£14,495
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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 £240 (2-term and 3-term) or £320 (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 Fast-Track International Foundation programme. This intensive 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?

Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme leads to the award of International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from NCUK.


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.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

Degree options

This programme leads to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at NCUK universities and INTO partner universities.

The following are some of the most popular degree choices for international students - for a complete list of all available progression options, please visit NCUK's website.

University of Bradford
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Security Studies
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Peace Studies
The University of Huddersfield
  • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance (ACCA, CIMA and ICEAW accredited)
  • BA (Hons) Advertising and Marketing Communications
  • BSc (Hons) Air Transport and Logistics Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management
The University of Leeds
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Mathematics
  • BA (Hons) Business Economics
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Development
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
Leeds Beckett University
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Economics for Business
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Leadership and Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Marketing and Advertising Management
  • BA (Hons) Public Relations with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Sport Business Management
The University of Liverpool
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business Economics
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) E-Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) International Politics and Policy
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • BA (Hons) Urban Regeneration and Planning
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Management Transport and Logistics
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Media, Culture, Communication
  • BA (Hons) Tourism and Leisure Management
The University of Manchester
  • BAEcon (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies
  • BAEcon (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion and Textile Retailing
  • BAEcon (Hons) Finance
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Accounting and Finance)
  • BSc (Hons) Management and Marketing of Fashion Textiles
Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Advertising Management and Brand Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Digital Media Communications (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Events Management (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Financial Services, Planning and Management
  • BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) International Fashion Marketing
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Marketing Management
  • BSc (Hons) Public Relations and Digital Communications Management
  • BA (Hons) Sports Management
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management
University of Salford
  • BSc (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business with Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Management
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Finance
  • BA (Hons) Leisure and Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Sport and Leisure Management
The University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Informatics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Urban Studies
Sheffield Hallam University
  • BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Business Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Events and Leisure Management
  • BSc (Hons) Hospitality Business Management/International Hospitality Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Hotel Management
  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Marketing Communications and Advertising
  • BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media Studies