Certificate of International Foundation Studies


Program Description

The Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a pre-degree access foundation year programme designed specifically for international students who do not have the necessary qualifications for registration directly onto a degree course.

Unlike many foundation year courses, successful completion of this programme will enable you to progress onto a wide range of the University's undergraduate degrees. You can study modules that meet the entry requirements for courses in health, nursing, computer science, media, social sciences, business, and law.

The programme enables you to communicate and study effectively at the undergraduate level. We will help you to develop:

  • advanced English language skills (both general and subject-specific English).
  • higher-level study skills.
  • subject-related knowledge.

You will:

  • be taught by language and subject specialists.
  • develop academic-level English language skills.
  • receive help and support in choosing your career path.

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points OR please contact us for details of the requirements for qualifications from your country.

For further information or specific details please contact our Admissions team. See individual course pages to find out progression requirements and modules required.

English language requirements

  • 1.0 IELTS points below the overall English requirement for the chosen degree programme you wish to progress onto. See specific course pages for details.
  • This must be the IELTS Academic test and taken at a UKVI approved test centre. For a list of approved centres please see the UK Visas and Immigration website.
  • If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

The Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a pre-degree access programme which helps international students to develop the advanced English language skills, higher-level study skills and the necessary subject-related knowledge and skills required to communicate and study effectively at the undergraduate level.

You will study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. The core modules aim to support your transition in the UK higher education academic environment, including English language skills and academic study skills. You will be introduced to research activity and develop the numeracy, statistical and digital literacy skills needed to succeed at the undergraduate level. To further support your transition into university life in the UK you will explore the culture and institutions of UK society.

You will study four core modules in semester one and two optional modules in semester two - you will be guided in the choice of optional modules.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.



for students who do not meet the University's English language requirement:

  • Carrying Out Research (HRM3002-B)
  • Foundation Year Project (SAC3013-B)
  • English for Academic Purposes (LAU3001-B)
  • English for Specific Academic Purposes (LAU3002-B)

for students who meet the University's English language requirement:

  • Academic Literacies (LAU3003-B)
  • Practical Research Skills (LAU3004-B)


  • Human Biology (HES3001-B)
  • Foundation in Chemistry (CHE3001-B)
  • Global Business Environment (SIB3001-B)
  • Introduction to Social Science (SAC3014-B)
  • Foundation Mathematics 2 (ENM3002-B)
  • Creative Industries (FAM3001-B)
  • Introduction to Computing (COS3003-B)

Learning and assessment

You will learn via:

  • Keynote lectures
  • Seminars and group tutorials
  • Practical and simulation classes
  • Online learning activities and directed study tasks packages
  • Collaborative learning
  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Reflection on learning experiences collected via an e-portfolio

You will be assessed by written assessments, requiring different skills, including written, practical and oral skills which include both coursework and tests under examination conditions.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Home: £9,250
  • International: £12,800


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships website.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Starting salaries will vary depending on the career path you choose. Below are the average starting salaries for a few key areas:

  • Chemistry & Forensic Sciences - £20,242
  • Pharmacy (5 years) - £31,201
  • Nursing - £22,831
  • Midwifery Studies - £22,636
  • Computer Science - £24,028
  • Management (business/accounting/marketing/HRM) - £22,246

All figures derived from HESA DLHE statistics 2018.

Study support

This programme has been designed with input from our existing international students, and by academics who teach on the programmes, you can progress to. Having access to such a diverse range of programmes to progress to gives you options and allows you to focus your degree on your chosen area.

A small dedicated programme team will provide guidance about making the right choice for your further study, as well as help you settle in the UK. This team will be with you every step of the way, and you can rely on them for academic and pastoral support.

Many of your lecturers are research active, and you will benefit from their expertise in a multitude of areas such as healthcare, medicines development, social sciences and business.

You will have access to The Effective Learning Service (ELS), a dedicated facility located at the Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences. The ELS supports our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g. assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students, adapt quickly to UK academic requirements. The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.

Whilst at Bradford you will also have the chance to join over 100 societies from the breakdancing society to the debating society – there are many ways to get involved. You will have access to a wide range of facilities on campus and we are also a sustainable campus with herb gardens across campus and our own beehives. Students at Bradford have a #teambradford approach and you will be welcomed into this community both academically and socially.


You will be taught by lecturers who are expert researchers in the fields of:

  • Cancer research
  • Biomedical science
  • Computer science
  • Social sciences
  • Healthcare
Last updated Jan 2020

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