International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences


Program Description

Study at one of the most successful faculties of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 academic staff and an income of around £200 million a year.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed conditional route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester (subject to meeting the conditions of the offer set).
  • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme recognized by The University of Manchester.
  • Access to a range of university facilities, including world-class library, sport and social 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

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.

The University of Manchester seeks to attract students with high academic ability and this is reflected in typical entry requirements of grades A and B across all modules taken.

The University of Manchester admissions staff may also take into account previous academic attainment when considering candidates for progression.

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.

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Degree options

This programme leads to the following undergraduate degrees at The University of Manchester:

Accounting and Finance

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting
  • BAEcon (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BAEcon (Hons) Finance
  • BAEcon (Hons) Finance and Economics


  • BA (Hons) Architecture

Business and Management

  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Economics
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Politics
  • BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Sociology
  • BAEcon (Hons) International Business, Finance and Economics
  • BAEcon (Hons) International Management
  • BAEcon (Hons) International Management with American Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) International Management with American Business Studies
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (Accounting)
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business (Marketing)
  • BSc (Hons) Management
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Accounting and Finance)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Human Resources)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (International Business Economics)
  • BSc (Hons) Management (Marketing)
  • BSc (Hons) Management, Leadership and Leisure


  • BAEcon (Hons) Development Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BAEcon (Hons) Economics and Philosophy
  • BAEcon (Hons) Economics and Politics


  • BA (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Geography
  • MGeog/GIM Geography Integrated Master’s
  • MGeog/GIM Geography Integrated Master’s with Planning


  • LLB (Hons) Law

Manchester Institute of Education

  • BA (Hons) English Language for Education


  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Financial Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics with Financial Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Finance Pathway)
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics

Planning and Environmental Management

  • BA (Hons) Environmental Management
  • MPRE Integrated Master’s in Planning with Real Estate
  • MPLAN Master of Planning
  • BA (Hons) Urban and Regional Planning
  • BSc (Hons) Urban Studies

Social Science

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BA (SocSci) Philosophy and Criminology
  • BA (SocSci) Politics and Criminology
  • BSocSc (Hons) Politics and International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • BA (SocSci) Politics and Social Anthropology
  • BA (SocSci) Politics and Sociology
  • BSocSc (Hons) Social Anthropology
  • BA (SocSci) Social Anthropology and Sociology
  • BSocSc (Hons) Sociology
  • BA (SocSci) Sociology and Criminology

Textiles (including Fashion/Business)

  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Management
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Retail

What is special about this programme?

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

It offers:

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

Regular university contact

As well as access to library and sporting facilities, admissions staff from the Schools to which you are applying will be in regular contact to ensure you feel part of the University.

There will also be opportunities to undertake visits to the University for activities such as departmental tours and open days, where you will be able to meet current students.

You’ll receive advice and feedback from your teachers during seminars and tutorials. They will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance, 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.

You will have regular tests 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 at The University of Manchester.

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

Key course facts

Course length: 3 - 4 terms (9 - 12 months)

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

Fees: From £16,495

Entry requirements

Age: 17 years and above

Academic: Completed 12 years of schooling with good grades

English language: IELTS 5.0 - 5.5 or equivalent

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

Last updated July 2019

About the School

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Manchester is one of the liveliest cities in Europe – which is why it's home to more international students than any other region of the UK. The location of both your INTO Study Centre and nearby halls of residence means you'll always be close to the excitement And as an INTO student, you'll also be able to access The University of Manchester's range of unrivalled academic and leisure facilities. Read less