NCUK International Foundation Year


Program Description

NCUK have been working with international students since 1987 and have so far helped 23,500 students progress to degree courses. NCUK was founded by 11 UK universities in order to help international students achieve a place on a UK degree programme. They deliver pathway programmes that allow you to gain the skills and qualifications you need to succeed at university.

All NCUK programmes are created in conjunction with their founding universities, and all of them are designed to give students the skills needed to get their UK studies off to a flying start.

Once students have passed the NCUK programme, they are guaranteed entry into one of 11 NCUK Universities. No one else can offer this guarantee.

Entry Requirements

  • Age: 16+
  • English level: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
  • Academic entry requirements: Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades

Your best possible start

Most foundation programmes offer you very limited choices, often to just one university. NCUK’s International Foundation Year (NCUK IFY) taught at MPW gives students access to a wide range of universities and degree courses worldwide.

All NCUK programmes also include a specialist English for Academic Purposes module designed to provide the language and study skills that will give students a head start on their undergraduate degrees in the UK.

An accredited partner

As an NCUK fully accredited partner, MPW offers outstanding academic and social facilities, giving students access to a stimulating and safe learning environment. All of our staff are fully qualified and are experts in their field.

Excellent university progression

Because of NCUK’s relationship with their 11 founding universities, they can guarantee entry into over 3,000-degree programmes in the UK. NCUK also work with a number of partner universities offering progression to successful NCUK IFY students. Students can choose the programme and university that are right for them.

NCUK Founding Universities include:

  • University of Bradford
  • The University of Huddersfield
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • The University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University

NCUK Partner Universities include:

  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Kent
  • Kingston University, London
  • Queen Mary, University of London

NCUK students have also gained places at the following universities:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Durham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • King’s College London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Warwick

What options are open to you after your NCUK programme?

NCUK's programmes are designed to give you maximum amount of choice when you are ready to move onto your degree programme. There are almost 4,000-degree courses you can progress to from the IFY in a wide range of subjects such as:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Architecture
  • Biosciences
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Politics
Last updated Nov 2018

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