International Foundation Programme (Biosciences) - Credit

The Kent International Foundation Programme (IFP) is primarily designed for international students, allowing them to develop their academic knowledge and skills and, if required, their English language ability, for entry to undergraduate study at university.

This course progresses onto a wide range of degree options at the School of Biosciences and the School of Sport and Exercise Science.


The programme, on offer at the University of Kent for over 25 years, takes place on the Canterbury campus and students are full members of the University with access to University accommodation and all academic, welfare, social and sport facilities on campus.

With academic subject modules and academic skills modules taught by highly qualified University of Kent tutors, the Biosciences IFP leads to a range of degree programmes in the School of Biosciences or the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, including pathways to Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Sport and Exercise Science, and Sports Therapy.

The Biosciences IFP starts in September only.

Teaching Excellence Framework

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning, and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Course structure

The International Foundation Programme is a modular course taught over three terms, starting in September. All students take one core module in Academic Skills Development and either complete a Foundation Project module or take a module in English for Academic Study.

The Academic Skills Development classes help you work to develop all the necessary skills to fully enjoy your academic experience in the UK, for example, seminar and group work communication skills, developing as an independent student, improving skills in analysis, critique, time management, and project management. You will then take modules which are relevant to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

This course structure is indicative of the modules available for this programme. Modules are based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Foundation year

Modules may include, Credits

  • BI305 - Fundamental Human Biology, 15
  • LZ045 - Life Sciences for University Study, 30
  • LZ013 - Mathematics and Statistics for University Study, 30
  • LZ035 - Foundation Project, 15
  • LZ036 - Academic Skills Development, 15
  • LZ037 - English for Academic Study, 15


Students progress to studying at degree level in the following disciplines:

Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Science, Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport Management.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

To gain entry on to the IFP programme, you need the following:

  • a good academic school-leaving certificate with particular strengths in subjects that are relevant to your intended area of study.

Qualification and typical offer/minimum requirement

Access to HE Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)


International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must pass IELTS at 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in all four categories. Please note that the IELTS test must be taken at an approved UKVI test center and the test report must include a UKVI number.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
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1 year
9,250 GBP
UK/EU; £15700 Overseas
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