Student discuss progression options at INTO Manchester

Your university options

A pathway to some of the the UK's best universities

INTO Manchester programmes are designed, validated and quality-assured by the Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK).

NCUK was created by 11 leading UK universities and has a 30-year history of delivering success for international students.

Which universities can I progress to?

Successful completion (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements) guarantees you a conditional place on an appropriate degree course at one of these universities:

* Please note that progression to these universities is not currently available for International Year One students.

INTO Manchester also offers the freedom and flexibility to apply to other UK universities.

8 of the top 10 UK universities have welcomed INTO Manchester students, including the University of Cambridge.

More about NCUK progression universities

Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led University. Students from over 120 countries benefit from it’s world-class teaching and strong links to industry, government and commerce.

  • 2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality (THE, TEF).
  • 11th in UK for student experience (2016 Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide).
  • 89% or higher student satisfaction in each of the last four years (National Student Surveys 2013-2016).
  • 9th in the UK for students achieving 1st and 2:1 Degree Classifications (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).
  • 33rd Most International University in the world and 10th in the UK (THE Most International Universities’ table).
  • 5 QS Stars for Employability and Internationalisation.
  • 73rd in the World and 12th in the UK for graduate employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings).
University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is located in a 276-acre green parkland, only three miles from the heart of the city. It has 5,000 students from over 150 countries – the fourth-largest population of international students at any UK higher education institution.

  • 89% overall student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey), including 90% for teaching and learning.
  • Joint 21st out of 117 institutions (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016).
  • 91% of international students said they were satisfied with their overall university experience and 86% would recommend to other students thinking of applying here.
  • 13th out of 119 institutions (Guardian University Guide 2017), including 18 subjects in the top 10.
  • 82nd in the QS World University Rankings, including 15th amongst UK universities.
  • Consistently top 100 in the Financial Times and Economist Business School world rankings.
University of Bradford

With 50 years of academic excellence, the University has continued to grow its international reputation and course offering.

  • Top 50 in the UK for student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015).
  • 74% of research is 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Triple-accredited Business School with EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB accreditations.
  • Courses are designed with international industry partners and recognised by relevant professional bodies.
  • The campus is just a 10-minute walk from Bradford's city centre.
  • Diverse community of more than 14,000 students from 130 countries.
University of Bristol

The University of Bristol offers over 200 degree courses. It’s located in a vibrant, dynamic city with a reputation for creativity and sustainability.

  • Winner of the ‘City Life’ category of the 2015 Whatuni Student Choice Awards.
  • Top 10 UK university (QS World Rankings 2016).
  • Rated in the top 50 universities in the world (QS World University rankings 2016).
  • 29th most international university worldwide (THES World University Rankings 2017).
  • 87% of students awarded a First or 2:1 (who completed their first degree in 2015/16).
  • The 3rd most targeted university by top UK employers (High Fliers Research).
  • Top 5 for research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework).
University of Huddersfield

An award-winning, student-centred university with a strong focus on employability.

  • 100% of students have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience during their studies.
  • Four-star university (QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2015).
  • Top 10 in the UK for paid work placement years in industry (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2014-2015).
  • 94% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2013-2014).
  • The only university in the UK where 100% of teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.
  • £22.5 million Student Central building with a library, sport and social facilities.
  • A welcoming international town with great social, cultural and sports activities.
  • The main University campus is just five minutes from the town centre.
  • Huddersfield offers a lower cost of living compared to the UK's major cities.
University of Kent

The University of Kent is rated internationally excellent, with 158 nationalities of students representing 16.1% of the academic population.

  • 4th in the UK for student satisfaction, including 90% for quality of teaching (National Student Survey 2016).
  • 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) 'Table of Tables' 2017.
  • 22nd in the UK, including over 20 subjects in the top 20 (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • 95% of Kent’s undergraduate students who graduated in 2015 were in work or further study within six months.
  • 17th in the UK for research output and intensity (Research Excellence Framework, not including specialist institutions).
  • 97% of our research was judged to be of international quality in the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Many programmes offer dual UK and European qualifications at Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level.
Kingston University

Kingston University is only 30 minutes from central London, with the area consistently reported as one of the happiest places to live in Greater London.

  • One of the UK’s most diverse and multicultural universities, with students from over 140 countries.
  • In the top 15 per cent of higher education providers across the globe (QS World University Rankings 2015).
  • One of world's top 150 most international institutions (Times Higher Education).
  • One of the world’s top 150 young universities (Times Higher Education).
  • The top university in the country for graduate start-ups, for 6 years running (Higher Education Statistics Agency).
University of Leeds

Established in 1904, the University has an international reputation for teaching and research, and is a member of the Russell Group of universities.

  • 14th in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).
  • 10th in the UK for 'research power' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Top 100 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2015-2016).
  • 90% student satisfaction (The National Student Survey 2015).
  • Four libraries with over 4,000 study places and 2.8 million resources.
  • 'Triple accreditation' for Leeds University Business School.
  • Over 300 clubs and societies for you to join and extensive volunteering opportunities.
  • A multicultural city home to over 64,000 university students.
  • Excellent transport links make Leeds a great base from which to explore Yorkshire, the UK and Europe.
Leeds Beckett University

With over 190 years of experience, the University is one of the largest in the UK.

    92% of students say Leeds Beckett University is a good place to be (International Student Barometer 2015).
  • 32,000 students from over 100 countries.
  • Top 5 in the world for libraries and campus buildings (International Student Barometer 2015).
  • 94% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2013–2014).
  • Three research institutes and 10 research centres.
  • Cloth Hall Court offers law students a mock court room and skills suite.
  • Music studios awarded JAMES Integrated Learning Centre status.
  • A multicultural city home to over 64,000 university students.
  • Excellent transport links make Leeds a great base from which to explore Yorkshire, the UK and Europe.
    Liverpool John Moores University

    A top university worldwide with over 200 years of experience.

    • Top 600 higher education institutions in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).
    • Launched the UK's first Sports Science degree.
    • The World of Work Careers Centre International Project runner up (Guardian University Awards 2014).
    • Facilities include healthcare practice suites, mock courtrooms, TV studios and a 360-degree ship bridge simulator.
    • The largest internet library in Europe.
    • Three Learning Resource Centres: open 24/7 offering welfare and support.
    • Access to over 2,000 workstations and flexible learning spaces.
    • 25,000 students from 100 countries.
    • The UK's fourth largest city but compact and easy to get around.
    • 3rd top city in the world to visit (Rough Guide 2014).
    The University of Manchester

    The University offers a world-class learning experience with a history of educational excellence.

    • 5th in the UK (Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016).
    • 83% of research is 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
    • 25 Nobel Prize winners among former and current staff and students.
    • 35th in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016).
    • Alan Gilbert Learning Commons is open 24/7 and provides IT facilities, learning spaces and student-centred services.
    • The Library is one of the largest in the UK with 4 million books and publications.
    • Manchester has of the largest student populations in the UK.
    • Top 10 city in the world to visit (Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016).
    Manchester Metropolitan University

    Linked with over 70 professional bodies and associations, the University has over 3,000 international students.

    • Top 3% of universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).
    • Top 25 modern universities in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).
    • £35 million Faculty of Art and Design building offers workshops and studios.
    • Industry-led courses, with employability at the heart of students' learning.
    • Libraries with over 750,000 books.
    • £49 million Science and Engineering complex offers excellent research facilities.
    • 94% of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2013-2014).
    • Manchester has of the largest student populations in the UK.
    • Top 10 city in the world to visit (Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2016).
    Queen Mary University of London

    Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group, which is made up of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, teaching and learning, and graduate employability.

    • 9th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
    • Top 10 in the UK for highest graduate starting salaries (The Sunday Times).
    • 7 Nobel Prize winners.
    • 3 Athena Swan Silver awards and 7 Bronze awards.
    • Over 130 years of teaching excellence to over 155 nationalities of students.
    • First institution to be awarded the Engage Watermark Gold Award for excellence in public engagement.
    University of Salford, Manchester

    Specialising in industry-focused degrees, the University works closely with business.

    • Top 200 most international universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).
    • 75% of degrees offer work or study exchange placements.
    • 30+ undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught at MediaCityUK.
    • One of the largest arts and media faculties in the country.
    • £10 million Law School includes a law library and trial room.
    • £22 million Health and Social Care building has practice clinics, hospital ward and a human performance lab.
    • 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Manchester city centre, with regular buses and trains.
    The University of Sheffield

    As a member of the Russell Group, The University is a research-led institution with a global reputation.

    • 21st in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016).
    • Top 100 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2015-2016).
    • 15th in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016).
    • Top 10% of universities in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
    • 1st in the UK for student experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014-2015).
    • Best Students' Union in the UK for six years running (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2009-2014).
    • Partnered with world leaders in industry including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, GSK and Siemens.
    • The city has over 50,000 students, and the main campus is just a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
    Sheffield Hallam University

    A first-class modern university with over 34,000 students from more than 100 countries.

    • INTO Manchester students are eligible for a £1,000 discount on their tuition fees.
    • 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (Student Barometer Survey 2014).
    • Top 5 modern universities in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
    • One of the largest providers of work placements in the UK.
    • Eight subjects in the top 20 in the UK (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).
    • More than £100 million invested in the campus in the last decade.
    • Two libraries open 24 hours a day.
    • Careers and Employability team offer job application and interview advice.

    Supporting your university application

    Our dedicated International Student Placement Officer will provide you with practical advice on the study options available to you at a wide range of UK universities and assist you with completing your university application.

    Based within the INTO Manchester Study Centre, the International Student Placement Officer, along with other staff, will ensure that you are provided with the very best counselling and advice in relation to course choices. Help and support available to you will include:

    • one-to-one student counselling to help you select the most appropriate course to achieve your academic goals
    • practical advice and assistance with all stages of the university application process, including help with writing a personal statement
    • preparation for university interviews
    • opportunities to attend presentations by university admissions tutors
    • visits to academic departments within the university for courses you are interested in
    • assistance with attending university open days and higher education fairs
    • opportunities to attend presentations delivered by former INTO students
    • assistance with finding an alternative university place if you need to consider other options
    INTO Manchester Sung Yeul Lee from Republic of Korea

    Sung from
    Republic of Korea

    "The classrooms have state-of-the- art facilities like interactive whiteboards. They allow teaching to be much more interesting and interactive. It’s fantastic!"

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    Sung is from Korea and studied the International Foundation in Business and Humanities at INTO Manchester.

    Can you tell us a bit more about your teachers?

    I have four teachers, they’re all different and they each suit the subject they teach. I really enjoy listening to my politics teacher - she is really engaging with students; she doesn’t just present her own PowerPoints with lots of facts. She loves telling her personal stories to expand on fundamental points that we must learn for the subject’s sake, which make politics really interesting. I think it’s a tough subject and that teachers have ways to make that interesting really helps our learning. They’re always helpful and available and I’ve really appreciated it when I found things difficult.

    Do you think the work you’re doing this year is preparing you for university?

    Absolutely! Besides the subjects that are directly relevant to the subject I will be studying at university, subjects like English for Academic Purposes (EAP) I think are really useful. It’s not just about learning English; it teaches you skills to present and tailor your thoughts into a well prepared academic piece of work which is acceptable for university study. Had I not done EAP, I would have bypassed developing the skills used to write a proper report and referencing which leads to academic honesty. I think I was able to learn important methods that I will have use at university. I strongly urge any future INTO students to value EAP.

    Have you been given guidance with your university application at INTO Manchester?

    UCAS is a really comprehensive way of applying to a university and is the system that is used in the UK. But, there are so many steps to it, you definitely need help with it. My personal tutor and IT lecturer were able to help me with the process at all times and it got done fairly quickly. I’ve received all my offers so I’m happy. I couldn’t have done it without their help.

    What accommodation do you live in?

    I live in the halls of residence. It’s a high-end accommodation offering with a really nice, quiet environment. I understand that other halls in the UK have problems. But ours doesn’t. You can enjoy peace and quiet, and you’re able to spend quality time there. I would recommend it to people who want a close community around them.

    Have you received any help from any non-academic staff in the study centre?

    Our first week at INTO was all about getting along with your classmates from all different parts of the word. They arranged all different kinds of activities that really helped us to break the ice and get rid of any awkwardness fairly soon. I think it was really useful. I remember the activities we did, they were all fun and through them I have the friends I hang out with today. It really helps your school life, I guess.

    Would you recommend INTO Manchester to future students?

    I would, definitely, because every student has different needs and purposes. INTO Manchester accommodates international students’ needs really well, by having staff members who have been around international students their whole careers. Just being around others who have the same need as you, has been really useful and been a success for me.

    Guaranteed conditional progression to 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 follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

    Some degree courses will require minimum grades in specific subjects. University admissions staff may also take into account previous academic attainment.

    Our Students Placements team will begin working with you from very early on to help you consider what will be the best route for you once you complete your studies with us.