International Foundation in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences

Preparation for direct entry to year one of an undergraduate degree in mathematics, actuarial science, finance and accounting, or economics at UEA.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • You are a student of the University from day one, on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.

Course options available

  • International Foundation (3 terms) -this is the standard option, suitable for most students.
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, and English language entry requirements are lower.
Apply

What is special about the programme?

The INTO UEA International Foundation programme is designed to improve your academic theory, intensive English language skills, and study and research abilities to prepare for undergraduate study at the University of East Anglia.

It offers:

  • university-style teaching with high contact hours and small class sizes
  • a campus-based programme with access to world-class university facilities
  • degrees taught by expert academics, research scientists, and practising actuaries
  • UEA's Actuarial Science degree provides exemption from the first eight professional examinations set by the Actuarial Profession

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.

We also have an International Progression team, who will help with your application to the University of East Anglia and arrange visits to your future school of study so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.


Teaching methods

Learn problem-solving and project planning and management skills and have the opportunity to put these into action through team projects, such as designing and programmming robots.

Through practical laboratory classes and a three day residential field trip you can put theory into practice by collecting and analysing your own data.

Benefit from carrying out your own independent research project with tutorial support, supervision and feedback on your assignments throughout the programme.


Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

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.

In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the International Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

Through the study of authentic academic materials related to your field of study, you will develop the skills to read and interpret academic texts, practise using specialist vocabulary and write academic assignments.

You will also learn academic conventions such as referencing. Extensive group work will help you gain the confidence and skills to participate in seminar discussions and give presentations.

This module also provides study skills sessions in time management, critical thinking and preparing for exams.

Economics

This module aims to introduce you to thinking like an economist, along with the terminology to understand the main models and concepts used in economics.

In addition, you will examine various 'real-world' applications.

Introduction to Accounting

This introductory module covers financial management, and social and environmental accounting.

It demonstrates some of the basic accounting concepts and procedures used in the preparation of financial statements and helps you understand financial performance.

Mathematics

This module is designed to equip you with the key mathematical skills required for the study of engineering, mathematical sciences and actuarial science.

You will be introduced to relevant topics including trigonometry, calculus, logarithms, probability, vectors and statistics.

You will then build on this knowledge to study more advanced topics, for example further calculus, arithmetic and geometric series, complex numbers, trigonometric and transcendental functions, linear algebra and numerical measurements for solving equations.

Physics

This module introduces the fundamental principles of physics.

You will be introduced to the key building blocks of physics (key physical quantities, forces and motion, electricity, waves, electromagnetism, radioactivity and thermodynamics) and will then apply these principles to solve numerical problems.

In addition to introducing theory, there will be an emphasis on how physics is applied to real-world situations, for example fluid dynamics, spectroscopy and nuclear fission.

This will give you the key problem solving skills required for further study in the physical sciences.

Problem Solving for Mathematical Sciences

This module aims to develop your problem-solving and team-working skills through a series of interactive workshops and seminars.

You will be taught how to approach mathematical problems and be introduced to a range of topics in computing, decision maths and data analysis.

You will use all of these skills to complete both group and individual projects.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Grades from the International Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

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:

3-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

If the University degree programme you wish to progress to has an English language requirement of IELTS 7.0, we recommend you commence your International Foundation with a minimum of IELTS 6.0

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 entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.

Age:

16 years and above.

You must be 17 years old by 15 September of the year you start your degree with UEA.


Advanced English language speakers

If your English language skills are sufficiently advanced (above IELTS 7.0), you may be set alternative challenges that further develop your study skills and independent research techniques.

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: Mon 10 Apr 2017 – Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 25 Aug 2017
£16,995
July 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 15 Sep 2017
Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
£22,245
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
£17,495
October 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 02 Oct 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 4: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018
£22,245
January 2018 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018
£17,495
Apply

What's the difference between the 3 and 4-term course?

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 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 need to study more than one term of English in order to reach the level necessary for academic study you should apply for the English for University Study course.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees include access to the virtual learning environment; library, internet and IT services; exam fees; and field trips and course-related excursions.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £205 per academic course (3-term) or £280 per academic course (4-term)
  • 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.

Where will this programme take me?

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


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 course leads to the following bachelor's degrees at the University of East Anglia:

Norwich Business School
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business Finance and Management
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Management
School of Computing Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Sciences with a year in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems with a year in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Business Statistics
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with a year in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Graphics, Imaging and Multimedia
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science
  • MComp Computing Science
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science with a year in industry
  • MComp Computing Science with a year abroad
School of Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Business Finance and Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Accountancy
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with a year abroad
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Politics and Economics
School of Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering
  • MEng Energy Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering and Environmental Management
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering
  • MEng Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering with a year in industry
School of Geography
  • BA (Hons) Geography and International Development
  • BA (Hons) Geography and International Development with overseas experience
School of International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Economics
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Economics with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Politics with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) Media and International Development
  • BA (Hons) Media and International Development with overseas experience
School of Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • MMath Mathematics
  • MMath Mathematics with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Business
School of Physics
  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • MPhys Physics
School of Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Psychology with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology with a year abroad