International Foundation Programme

International Foundation YEAR 2017/18

Year of entry

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is designed for students who wish to gain admission to a range of undergraduate courses at Canterbury Christ Church University, and have applied for a BA/BSc degree which includes an additional foundation year.

The IFY will prepare you for both your English language level for entry and also for content knowledge you will need to begin the BA/BSc course. Once you have successfully completed the IFY, you are guaranteed a place onto the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree course at the University.

The IFY is the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree, which aims to improve your English, study skills and content knowledge to the level necessary to join the undergraduate course you have selected. You will study a combination of compulsory language-focused modules (English for University Study 1 and 2, and Academic English Skills), and subject-based optional modules.

These options are normally dependent upon the BA/BSc course you intend to study and availability. You will be advised by your Course Director on this.

The IFY course is divided into two semesters, the first from September to December, and the second from January to June.

English for University Study 1

The aim of this module is to broaden your knowledge and develop your correct usage of grammatical structures and vocabulary.

English for University Study 2

The aim of this module is to develop your ability to understand and produce English in an academic context.

Investigating Business Practices 1

The aim of this module is to develop your awareness in the key concepts of basic business terminology and functions in order to prepare you for the ‘Foundation Business’ module in term 2.

Investigating British Life and Culture:

The aim of this module is to develop a broader awareness of Britain and British Institutions so that you can function effectively in Britain and integrate comfortably into the life of a student living in Britain.

Academic English:

The aim of this (double) module is to introduce you to the necessary English language skills for understanding undergraduate study. The focus will be on raising your awareness of the requirements of academic writing in the context of British universities, and on techniques and strategies in reading for academic study.

Investigating Business Practices 2:

The aim of this module is to further that what was covered in Investigating Business Practices 1 and to give additional language support for the ‘Foundation Business’ module.

Foundation Social Sciences:

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a variety of the major themes and perspectives on human behaviour and social life that characterise the social sciences.

Foundation Media Studies:

The aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the key concepts and media institutions that help structure knowledge and understanding of how the media produce, and exhibit texts and how these texts reach the audience.

Foundation Business:

The aim of this module is to provide you with a systematic understanding of the world of business. It will introduce you to the different nature of organisations of both public and private sectors in a range of national and international environments.

Foundation Science Skills:

The aim of this module is to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand scientific reasoning and to undertake scientific investigations.

Foundation Biology – Processes of Life:

The aim of this module is to introduce you to living systems and life processes. The module introduces you to the movement across cell membranes and transport in plants and animals.

Foundation Law:

This module aims to equip you with the basic understanding of law in general and to introduce you to some of the major themes and issues involved.

The International Foundation Year (EU) focuses on developing key academic skills with an emphasis on analytical and critical thinking. It also aims to equip you with good study practice enabling you to deal with the requirements of undergraduate studies.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £7,710* £9,000*
Part-time N/A N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate UK/EU/Overseas tuition fee set for each year. Visit the relevant degree page for full details.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Text books Approximately £25 for text book in term 1 on the EUS1 & 2 modules

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

The IFY is designed primarily as a first year of a four-year undergraduate programme to enable you to improve your English, study skills and content knowledge to a level necessary to join the undergraduate course you have selected. There are option modules you can choose, which would normally depend upon the BA/BSc course that you are intending to study, and availability. You are advised by the Programme Director on this. Morning classes are between 9.00am and 12.30 pm, and afternoon classes are between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm. There is an examination at the end of each of the two semesters.

Class sizes for English for University Study 1 and 2, and Academic English are typically between 15 and 20 students, with a maximum class size of 20

Academic input

There are currently approximately 8 experienced teachers who teach/deliver the programme. Of these most are full time senior lecturers.

Important information

A 40% pass mark is required to proceed to Year 1 of undergraduate study. However, for degree courses in Law and English Literature 60% is required, and 70% is required for Psychology and Multimedia Journalism.

When you arrive, you will be given a placement test in order to determine your level of English. You will then be placed in a class suitable for your level. You will also be assessed on the work completed in all the modules you take. The majority of modules offer more than one type of assessment, being either a mixture of coursework and examination, or just coursework. With coursework there is a range of assessments which include oral presentations, written coursework assignments, language proficiency tests, reflective diaries and portfolios.

The British Council accredits the English language teaching provision for the University (including this programme) every four years.

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Length

  • 1 year full-time plus 3 years full-time

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