International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences

Study at one of the most successful faculties of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 academic staff and an income of around £200 million a year.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed conditional route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester (subject to meeting the conditions of the offer set).
  • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme recognised by The University of Manchester.
  • Access to a range of university facilities, including a world-class library, and various sport and social facilities.

Course options available

There are three options available for this course:

  • 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 is special about this programme?

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

It offers:

  • university-style teaching (for academic modules)
  • English language classes are taught in an interactive, inclusive classroom environment
  • helpful and supportive teachers
  • high contact hours and interactive teaching

You will receive advice and feedback from your teachers throughout your studies. Regular access to your teachers will help you plan for future study, and answer any questions to encourage academic success.

Regular university contact

As well as access to library and sporting facilities, admissions staff from the Schools to which you are applying will be in regular contact to ensure you feel part of the University.

There will also be opportunities to undertake visits to the University for activities such as departmental tours and open days, where you will be able to meet current students.

You’ll receive advice and feedback from your teachers. They will be able to answer questions and provide guidance, to assist with your academic success.

Teaching methods

This programme provides the perfect combination of university-style lectures and interactive seminars.

By gaining hands-on experience you will be able to put theory into practice to help prepare you for undergraduate study.

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 at The University of Manchester.

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

INTO The University of Manchester Nnamdi Irocheonwu from Nigeria

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"When I was looking for a university, I was looking for a university with balance. I wanted a university that was known for its quality of education.

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Meet Nnamdi from Nigeria who:

  • completed the International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences with INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester
  • graduated with a 2.1 in LLB Law from The University of Manchester
  • is now working as an Analyst for Ten10 Group in Manchester

Are you excited about your future?

Yes, I’m doing an LPC next year which is what will allow me to practice as a solicitor. I’m looking forward to that, it’s going to be the next step and it’s going to be a big challenge. But from the Foundation at INTO Manchester to undergraduate studies at The University of Manchester- I think I have the right to take this challenge and take on anything at the moment. I’m definitely excited.

Do you think you would have graduated without INTO Manchester?

What I can say about INTO Manchester, is that they teach you things that they don’t teach at university; like referencing and that’s really vital. You don’t really have a lot of time during your degree to learn those things. So I mean the Foundation helped me with those kind of things and helped me to settle down in Manchester very well and that’s great. The Foundation is really key; it settles you into Manchester, you make a few friends and in your first year at university you’re not too overwhelmed. I might be here, but I might not be as happy as I am now. I might not have the friends. I might not have a 2.1. So, it definitely helped me.

What do you think this University’s strongest features are?

The University of Manchester is a Russell Group university and it has a very good world-wide reputation. It balances the academic life with social life. It’s in a big city and it’s a big university. So it balanced everything that I was looking for in a university.

Would you recommend INTO Manchester?

It’s a very good foundation for university. I believe it’s a great place to start. It really is.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills

This module introduces reading techniques for academic study and the structure and function of academic writing.

You will develop skills in writing English clearly and appropriately as well as the ability to take part in academic discussion.

The study skills component is an essential preparation for university life. It will help you work in groups, present ideas, manage your time, conduct research, make lecture notes, organise the content of essays and understand how to evaluate your work.

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

This module will teach you how to use word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software, as well as using the internet, email and virtual learning environment (VLE) software in support of your learning.

Independent Research

The module prepares you for independent study through developing your research skills and abilities. The aim of this module is to:

  • introduce you to the academic culture of UK higher education
  • provide you with the intellectual development necessary for undergraduate study in the UK
  • help support key study skills for successful undergraduate study

You will study the following specialist modules - please note that your choice of specialist modules will depend on your chosen degree and some combinations may not be available:

Business and Management

This module examines key features of commerce, including models of management, the business environment and managing people and leadership.

Teaching is mainly through seminars with the use of case studies and project work.


This module explores microeconomics and macroeconomics and includes key terminology, and important theoretical models and concepts used in both areas.

You will look at various real-world applications and develop your skills in essay writing and presentations.


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


The module is designed to help you develop a critical awareness of British politics through knowledge and understanding of the different political institutions, the structures of authority and power within them, and how they differ from other countries.

Skills in research and quantitative methods will be developed across all the modules.

How will I be assessed?

Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests. Assessment will be by:

  • coursework (prepared assignments, unit tests, experiment reports, computer use)
  • mid-course and end-of-course examinations
  • formal assessment of levels and progress in English is through NCUK's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme

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 very good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements contact us.

English requirements:

3-term programme (including Headstart): IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent

If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


16 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 the 31 December of the preceding calendar year.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
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
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
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
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
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

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme, charged upon confirmation
  • IELTS examination fees
  • text books: an additional charge in the region of £240 (3-term and Headstart) or £320 (4-term) per academic programme
  • social programme (costs for some excursions and activities are in addition to fees paid)
  • 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 is the difference between the 3 and 4-term courses?

The 4-term Extended International Foundation incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, 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.

Headstart Foundation - helping you to get used to the UK

For students starting their International Foundation programme in September, 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.

The University of Manchester seeks to attract students with high academic ability and this is reflected in typical entry requirements of grades A and B across all modules taken.

The University of Manchester admissions staff may also take into account previous academic attainment when considering candidates for progression.

Our conditional progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a conditional 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.

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Degree options

This programme leads to the following undergraduate degrees at The University of Manchester:

Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting
  • BAEcon (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BAEcon (Hons) Finance
  • BAEcon (Hons) Finance and Economics
  • BA (Hons) Architecture
Business and Management
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Economics
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Politics
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Sociology
  • BAEcon (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics
  • BAEcon (Hons) International Management
  • BAEcon (Hons) International Management with American Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) International Management with American Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (Accounting)
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (Marketing)
  • BSc (Hons) Management
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Accounting and Finance)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Human Resources)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (International Business Economics)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Marketing)
  • BSc (Hons) Management, Leadership and Leisure
  • BAEcon (Hons) Development Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BAEcon (Hons) Economics and Philosophy
  • BAEcon (Hons) Economics and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • MGeog/GIM Geography Integrated Master’s
  • MGeog/GIM Geography Integrated Master’s with Planning
  • LLB (Hons) Law
Manchester Institute of Education
  • BA (Hons) English Language for Education
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Financial Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics with Financial Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Finance Pathway)
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics
Planning and Environmental Management
  • BA (Hons) Environmental Management
  • MPRE Integrated Master’s in Planning with Real Estate
  • MPLAN Master of Planning
  • BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning
  • BSc (Hons) Urban Studies
Social Science
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BA (SocSci) Philosophy and Criminology
  • BA (SocSci) Politics and Criminology
  • BSocSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • BA (SocSci) Politics and Social Anthropology
  • BA (SocSci) Politics and Sociology
  • BSocSc (Hons) Social Anthropology
  • BA (SocSci) Social Anthropology and Sociology
  • BSocSc (Hons) Sociology
  • BA (SocSci) Sociology and Criminology
Textiles (including Fashion/Business)
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Management
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Retail
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