International Foundation in Business and Humanities

This programme will prepare you for undergraduate business study at the UK's second largest business school, or for a highly respected humanities degree.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed conditional route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at MMU (subject to meeting progression requirements).
  • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme, recognised by MMU.
  • Associate university status with access to many campus 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 increase your English language skills, improve your study and research skills, and develop your understanding of key academic subjects.

It offers:

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

Teaching methods

During lessons, you will have the opportunity to take part in both presentations and interactive group work.

You will have continuous assessment and weekly homework to help improve your exam skills and give you guidance on how to structure essays suitable for university study.

To give you an advantage in your studies, 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 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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

INTO Manchester in partnership with MMU Muhammad Nabeel from Pakistan

from Pakistan

"By going to INTO Manchester you get support from the start, you know how to reach everything and they teach you to be successful. Through their help I went for the right subject and graduated from MMU with a first class degree."

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Meet Muhammad from Pakistan who:

  • 2011 - completed International Foundation with INTO Manchester in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2014 - graduated with BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance from Manchester Metropolitan University with First Class Honours
  • 2015 - now working as a Director at Paracha International Exchanges in Pakistan

What do you think the strongest feature of this University is?

I think MMU is the best university because the teachers have so much experience in their field and they teach you very well. Due to the support of my teachers, I’m standing here with a first. They are so helpful; whenever you go to them, whenever you contact them, they’re really happy to help out. They have a very strong background and practical experience as well as teaching experience. When you mix both together, you get the perfect outcome.

They also provide a mentor programme whereby if you have any problems in your first year you can go to senior students and ask for help. I joined this programme to help my juniors.

Is Manchester Metropolitan University strong for Accounting and Finance?

ACCA [a leading international accountancy body] are partners with Manchester Metropolitan University. When you graduate with this degree, you are exempt from nine of the ACCA papers. Once I complete a further five exams I can practice anywhere in the world.

Do you think your international qualification makes you stand out in the job market?

Big companies do not recognise every degree in the world, but the UK education system is accepted and recognised everywhere. You can get a job anywhere!

Would you recommend INTO to future students thinking of studying in the UK?

I thank INTO and MMU, both! I highly recommend INTO Manchester to fellow future students. It’s a great opportunity for you to come to INTO Manchester first; get some basic information and then go on to study at prestigious UK universities. If you go direct, you may struggle. INTO Manchester will help you.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills

The module introduces reading techniques for academic study and the structure and function of academic writing. You will develop skills in writing in English clearly and appropriately, as well as the ability to take part in academic discussion.

The Study Skills element is an essential preparation for university life. 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 (Information Communication Technologies)

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

You will choose three of the four following modules (please note that the choice of subjects will depend on the student's chosen degree programme):

Business and Management

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

Teaching is by lectures, seminars and tutorials with the use of case studies and project work and you will practise examination questions of various types covering a broad range of the syllabus.


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

In this module, you will be looking at various real-world applications and developing your skills in essay writing and seminar 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.

Academic guidance

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 Manager who will help with your university application.


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

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

Progression to Manchester Metropolitan University

The International Foundation in Business and Humanities is validated and quality-assured by NCUK and is an agreed progression route to Manchester Metropolitan University.

Successful completion, subject to meeting the specified progression requirements, offers guaranteed conditional entry to an undergraduate degree at the University.

If you do not qualify for entry to Manchester Metropolitan University you can apply for entry to an appropriate course at one of NCUK's other owner universities, or to another UK university that recognises the International Foundation.

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 programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) 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 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 (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • text books: an additional charge in the region of £240 (3-term) or £320 (4-term) academic course
  • 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 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.

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.

Degree options

This course leads to a wide range of bachelor's degrees at MMU.

You can search for a particular degree on the Manchester Metropolitan University website or view the list below.

Please note that this information is subject to change - contact us with any questions you may have around available progression degrees.

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