Wrexham Glyndwr University

International Foundation Year

At A Glance

Course Title

WGU International Foundation Year

Course Type

Foundation Course

Course Level


Study Method

On Campus

Start Date


Course Duration

12 months

Awarded & Delivered By

Wrexham Glyndwr University
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Course Description

The International Foundation Year is an intensive pathway programme designed to provide international students with supportive access into undergraduate degree programmes at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

The course, with up to 25 hours guided tuition per week has been designed by qualified and experienced language lecturers in collaboration with the University’s specialist departments offering highly rated programmes with a Silver Award for their teaching. Tuition takes place in modules through seminars, tutorials and lectures – giving students good preparation for their future studies and involving a variety of delivery modes. Language lessons cover a wide variety of language and culture related aspects with an average group size is 10-20 participants, and lessons usually run between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday-Friday.

By taking a pathway course you will be fully enrolled as a Glyndŵr student, giving you the benefit of on-campus accommodation and access to all University facilities and services. After completing the course, you will then be able to progress seamlessly to full degree-level study without having to apply for a new visa.

The pathway programme is offered in five subject areas:

  • International Foundation Year (Art & Design)
  • International Foundation Year (Business)
  • International Foundation Year (Computing)
  • International Foundation Year (Engineering)
  • International Foundation Year (Media and Creative Technology)

The course has been created for students who have completed a 12-year school system and need to bridge both the required academic entry standards into their undergraduate degree programme and to upgrade and enhance their skills and knowledge of English to satisfy the University’s entry criteria in English.‌

Course Content

Students spend the first semester of the course rapidly improving their English, learning about British culture, and acquiring academic skills needed for studies at a British University.

In the second semester, students join subject-specific courses in their pathway with British students. This will give them a unique opportunity to learn together with native speaker students, whilst still continuing their English language module in addition to three further modules – all of which are completed at the end of the second semester:

  • English for IFY 1 (standard) or English for IFY 2 (fast track)
  • Integrated Skills for Undergraduate Studies
  • Creative Processes and Progression Project (pathway Art & Design)
  • Media Culture and Personal Project (pathway Media & Creative Technology)
  • Fundamentals of Finance and Introduction to Marketing (pathway Business)
  • Computing Mathematics and Developments in Technology (pathway Computing)
  • Mechanical Science and Electrical and Electronic Science (pathway Engineering)


Successful completion of the pathway programme guarantees entry into the following programmes within the chosen pathway, which must be stated at the application stage:

BA (Hons)

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business
  • Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
BSc (Hons)
  • Financial Technology Management

BA (Hons)

  • Children’s Books
  • Animation
  • Applied Arts
  • Comics
  • Fine Art
  • Game Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography and Film
  • Visual Effects

BSc (Hons)

  • Live Sound
  • Music Technology
  • Professional Sound & Video
  • Sound Technology
  • Television Production & Technology
BA (Hons)
  • Radio Production
  • Sound Design
  • Theatre, Television and Performance

BSc (Hons)

  • Computer Game Design and Enterprise
  • Computer Game Development
  • Computer Networks and Security
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Cyber Security

BEng (Hons)

  • Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainable Engineering

The English language modules are assessed by both formative in-class exercises to inform students of their progress and further learning needs as well as by final online tests in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
Overall, assessment on the IFY programme is designed to be supportive and to build confidence. The various modules use diverse and inclusive assessment methods to ensure that students experience a range of formats in preparation for study at University level, e.g. presentations, reports, in-class tests and course work.

Course Fees

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

Students who progress on to their undergraduate degree course at Wrexham Glyndwr University will be eligible for a scholarship bursary of up to £2000 per year during their entire undergraduate degree studies.

Entry Requirements

The programmes are aimed at international applicants who will have completed –

For Foundation Year Only:

  • IFY standard (31 learning weeks):
  • UKVI IELTS with an overall score of 4.5 with no subtest below 4.5.

IFY fast track (24 learning weeks):

  • UKVI IELTS with an overall score of 5.0 with no subtest below 4.5.

For Foundation + Degree:

  • IFY standard (31 learning weeks):
  • Academic IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 and no subtest below 5.5.

IFY fast track (24 learning weeks):

  • Academic IELTS with an overall score of 5.5 and no subtest below 5.5

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