International Foundation Year

At A Glance

Course Title

NCUK International Foundation Year

Course Type

Foundation Course

Course Level


Study Method

On Campus

Start Date

September / January

Course Duration

12 months

Awarded & Delivered By

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Guaranteed Scholarship of £4,000 exclusively for all Chestnut Education students!

Course Description

Guaranteed access to thousands of university degrees – Universities worldwide and UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) formally recognises the NCUK International Foundation Year as a comparable level to GCE A Level; Australian high school (SSCE); American high school (AP); and Hong Kong high school (HKDSE) qualifications.

A qualification designed with NCUK university partners to prepare you for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Studying in small classes with NCUK in your home country before you start your degree will give you the confidence you need before you start your degree course.

International Foundation Year allows you to studying core modules (common across all our International Foundation Year Programmes), and then tailor your learning by taking progression degree-related streams.

Benefits of enroling through Chestnut Education:

  • Guaranteed scholarship of £4,000
  • Free Airport pick up
  • Free Mobile SIM card
  • Accommodation arrangement assistance
A foundation qualification is normally required by students who have completed high school outside of the UK education system and/or in a language other than English. If you have applied directly to university and were not eligible, the IFY qualification may be able to help you bridge the gap between your current qualification and university study. If you’re not sure, please speak to one of our counsellors.

  • Accelerated Programme: Six months
  • Standard Programme: Nine Months
  • Extended Programme: Two years

Please check with us to see what options are available.

Course Content

Like A Levels, you choose three academic modules from the list below depending on which degree you want to study at university. You may also need to study one of our English for Academic Purposes modules. If you’re not sure which modules would be best for you, our counsellors will be able to advise you.

You can choose 3 subjects from:

  • Mathematics for Business
  • Mathematics for Engineering
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Further Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Society and Politics
  • Art and Design – This module supports students in the preparation of a portfolio in order to apply for UK university programmes in a range of art-related subjects.

All NCUK English modules provide essential preparation for university study. Your options are:

  • English for Academic Purposes for non-native speakers of English
  • English for Academic Purposes for Proficient Users for students who have previously studied in English but need a an English language qualification for visa purposes
  • Research and Communications Skills for students who already have an English language qualification such as IELTS.

Guaranteed Universities

  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Kent
  • Kingston University London
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • The University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Salford, Manchester
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University

Please get in touch to know more details about each of these universities.

  • Business & Management Stream
  • Accounting & Finance Stream
  • Humanities & Social Science Stream

NCUK students have the choice of thousands of degree courses. Whether you want to study Art or Computer Science and Engineering, Life Sciences and Pharmacy or Business, Law and Management, your NCUK qualification guarantees you two conditional offers and one guaranteed place.

NCUK has a dedicated team that helps you with your university application. We also have Counsellors in each of our Study Centres that are dedicated to helping you. We will help you with your application and let you know about all the deadlines. With the NCUK guarantee, we ensure you get at least two conditional offers and if you pass the IFY, a guaranteed place.

About NCUK

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NCUK is unique in UK higher education. Established in 1987, NCUK is a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there. With a diverse set of qualifications available as well as opportunities for qualified students to progress directly to university, NCUK supports thousands of students each year on their academic journeys. As the qualifications are recognised by universities from within the NCUK Global Network and beyond, NCUK are able to give students the best start and guarantee access to an NCUK University upon successful completion of their studies.

NCUK qualifications are designed in collaboration with universities and combine high academic standards, with language, study, social and cultural skills. Students can study in their own country or at one of the Study Centres in the UK and Europe, taught by quality assured partners. NCUK qualifications are backed by fantastic levels of service and support, and an outstanding track record with over 35,000 students progressing to university since our inception.

Students completing the NCUK foundation programme can access courses from the following partner universities:

Course Fees

Please get in touch with us to get the most up-to-date course fee for this programme.
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Entry Requirements

  • Academic entry requirements vary depending on where you studied. Please get in touch with us for verification.

  • UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no subtest below 5.0.

  • 16 years of age. Students must turn 17 by December 31 of the year of course commencement.

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This foundation programme has intakes in September and January. Click the Enrol Now button and share your information so that one of our Academic Advisors will get in touch with you promptly.

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