Prepare for life as a science and engineering student, with university-style teaching, experienced teaches, and use of university labs for practical learning.

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

  • 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) Automotive Design Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy

The University of Huddersfield

  • BA (Hons) Architecture
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Chemical Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic and Communication Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Health
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Software Engineering

The University of Leeds

  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering (International)
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
  • BSc/MEng (Hons) Computer Science
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Food Studies and Nutrition
  • BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

Leeds Beckett University

  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

Liverpool John Moores University

  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology
  • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology G450
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electro
  • MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy

The University of Manchester

  • BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
  • BA (Hons) Architecture
  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • MEng Civil and Structural Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Material Science and Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering
  • MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Textile Technology
  • BA (Hons) Town and Country Planning

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • BEng (Hons) Automative Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Media Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Chemistry

University of Salford

  • BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology

The University of Sheffield

  • BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
  • BA (Hons) Architecture
  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic and Communications Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry
  • MEng (Hons) Structural Engineering and Architecture

Sheffield Hallam University

  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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

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

You will have the unique opportunity of having access to the fully equipped science labs at 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.

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: 3 - 4 terms (9 - 12 months)

Start dates: June, August (Headstart), September

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 - 5.0 or equivalent

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

Program taught in:
  • English
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