International Foundation in Science and Engineering

Gain invaluable practical experience through placement years and strong links with industry for science and engineering degrees.

It includes access to Manchester Metropolitan University facilities for the best possible start to your higher education experience.

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.

  • 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

You'll 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.

Teaching methods

This programme provides a combination of university-style lectures, interactive seminars and practical experience in laboratories.

During your Foundation year you will have the unique opportunity of having access to the fully equipped science labs at Manchester Metropolitan University.

By gaining hands-on experience you will be able to put theory into practice to fully 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 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 Karim Halani from India


from India

"I’m really interested in software engineering. I went to a counsellor and she explained the Foundation programme. I wasn’t expecting anything great, but to my surprise it’s more than great."

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Meet Karim is from India and studyied the International Foundation in Science and Engineering.

Can you describe what your teachers are like?

They have been really sweet. They really help you with everything, provide you with all the information that you need for your exams, and teach wonderfully. The teaching techniques are very different. It’s very easy for a new student to understand what they’re teaching and because of this, I’ve improved a lot. The work I’m doing now is preparing me for university; presentation skills, group work and lab reports.

Can you tell us about the Student Services team?

They’ve been like pals. The student Resident Tutors are really helpful. If you don’t understand something, they explain how to overcome problems you may have. They organise football every week, social parties, chess club, treasure hunts and all different types of things. I’ve got to know a lot of people from taking part in these activities.

What do you think of the study facilities?

The Learning Resource Centre is great. I’ve seen both the university libraries, and the one here is not different. It’s very organised and anything you want, you can find. They have very good systems for studying here.

Do you make use of the Manchester Metropolitan University facilities?

I go to the library a lot. There are different zones; quiet areas and areas for group work. It took me a whole day to work my way around. I’ve also met the MMU progression manager, she’s very useful for students making their university application to MMU.

Was Manchester as you expected when you arrived?

Way better than I expected! I came to INTO Manchester in September and I’ve been loving it since. It’s a great experience studying internationally. I’ve been to other countries but nothing has been better than Manchester because it’s a very friendly environment. Right now, I feel at home, because Manchester has given me so much love and affection. They’re friendly, they help you. I’ve been to all parts of Manchester including the countryside - I love the greenery. It’s amazing and exactly like you see in the movies.

Would you recommend INTO Manchester?

Absolutely, yes! If you can’t apply directly, you should go to INTO Manchester.

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


This module takes an evolutionary approach to biology and considers different levels of organisation in living systems.

You will study life processes showing fundamental similarities between living things.


This module builds on the fundamental principles of general chemistry to develop concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

You will develop an appreciation of the social, environmental, economic and technological impact of chemistry on the community.


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

Further Mathematics

This module is intended for more expert mathematicians and extends into a wide variety of more complex areas of mathematics.


A wide variety of topics are included of particular relevance to students wishing to pursue a degree in an engineering-related field.

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.


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

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
  • use of lab facilities: an additional charge of £400 per year
  • 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 Manchester Metropolitan University.

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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