Preparing you for an undergraduate degree in a variety of subjects at leading UK universities, in areas such as finance, management, law, politics and sociology, and more.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • Guaranteed conditional progression to one of NCUK's 16 universities (subject to meeting progression requirements).
  • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme.
  • Recognised by a wide range of other leading UK universities.

Course options available

  • Fast-Track International Foundation (2 terms) - this option provides intensive tuition and English language entry requirements are typically higher.
  • 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.

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 programme leads to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at NCUK universities and INTO partner universities.

The following are some of the most popular degree choices for international students - for a complete list of all available progression options, please visit NCUK's website.

University of Bradford

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Business Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Security Studies
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Media Studies
  • BA (Hons) Peace Studies

The University of Huddersfield

  • BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance (ACCA, CIMA and ICEAW accredited)
  • BA (Hons) Advertising and Marketing Communications
  • BSc (Hons) Air Transport and Logistics Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management

The University of Leeds

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Mathematics
  • BA (Hons) Business Economics
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Development
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance

Leeds Beckett University

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Economics for Business
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Leadership and Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Marketing and Advertising Management
  • BA (Hons) Public Relations with Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Sport Business Management

The University of Manchester

  • BAEcon (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies
  • BAEcon (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion and Textile Retailing
  • BAEcon (Hons) Finance
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Accounting and Finance)
  • BSc (Hons) Management and Marketing of Fashion Textiles

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Advertising Management and Brand Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Digital Media Communications (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BA (Hons) Events Management (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Financial Services, Planning and Management
  • BSc (Hons) Hospitality Management (Sandwich)
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BSc (Hons) International Fashion Marketing
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Marketing Management
  • BSc (Hons) Public Relations and Digital Communications Management
  • BA (Hons) Sports Management
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management

University of Salford

  • BSc (Hons) Business Studies with Marketing Management
  • BSc (Hons) Business with Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Management
  • BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Finance
  • BA (Hons) Leisure and Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Sport and Leisure Management

The University of Sheffield

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Informatics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • BA (Hons) Urban Studies

Sheffield Hallam University

  • BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Business Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation
  • BSc (Hons) Events and Leisure Management
  • BSc (Hons) Hospitality Business Management/International Hospitality Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Hotel Management
  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Marketing Communications and Advertising
  • BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media Studies

What is special about this programme?

The International Foundation is designed to increase your English language skills, improve your study and research abilities, and develop your understanding of key academic subjects.

The programme covers everything you need in order to progress successfully to university. It offers:

  • university-style teaching
  • qualified and experienced teachers
  • high contact hours and small class sizes

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.

Teaching methods

During university-style lectures and seminars, you will have the opportunity to take part in both presentations and group work.

Each week you will have a test which will help improve your exam skills and give you guidance on how to structure essays suitable for university study.

To give you a headstart, 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.

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

Key course facts

Course length: 2, 3 or 4 terms (6 - 12 months)

Start dates: June, August (Headstart), September, January, March

Fees: From £14,495

Entry requirements

Age: 17 years and above

Academic: Completed 12 years of schooling with good grades

English language: IELTS 4.5 - 6.0 or equivalent

Don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer an Academic English course.

Program taught in:
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