The International Foundation Year helped me improve my spoken and written English. I also learned study skills that will help me when I continue with my chosen degree.


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The International Foundation Year will enable you to improve your English language, study skills and content knowledge to the level necessary to take an undergraduate degree. It lasts one year, after which you will be able to join your chosen degree course. 

You will study a combination of compulsory language-focused modules and subject-based optional modules. These options are normally dependent upon the BA/BSc course you intend to study and availability. 

Entry requirements

English requirements for the integrated foundation year (For EU/non-EEA applicants)

IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each element (this meets the B2 requirement for Tier 4 sponsorship). Applicants who have taken other English language tests, or who have studied English as part of their secondary school qualifications may be considered in line with our standard overseas entry requirements. We can also accept the equivalent of B2 in other English Language tests (such as Pearsons and TOEFL). This route would be suitable for applicants who need both the academic skills as well as extra English Language provision.

English Language requirements for the stand-alone foundation programme (For EU/non-EEA applicants)

IELTS 5.0 overall, with no less than 4.5 in all skills or equivalent for one year (2 semesters). This would need to be evidenced by a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for any students who need Tier 4 sponsorship. We are able to consider equivalencies for students who do not require Tier 4 sponsorship.

We are able to consider equivalencies for students who do not require Tier 4 sponsorship

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All about the course

The International Foundation Year course is divided into two semesters, the first from September to December, and the second from January to June. The compulsory modules will focus on your use and abilities with English language, and key concepts of academic study. Further courses will provide an introduction to specific subjects that will feed into your undergraduate degree when you progress onto it. 

Module information

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

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

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

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.

The International Foundation Year has been running for many years and by now hundreds of students have successfully passed through this programme and onto undergraduate degrees. It is a full-time course, and the staff, both the tutors and support staff will do what they can to help you succeed. The rest is up to you.

Richard DavieInternational Foundation Year Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

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 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £8,520 £11,975
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

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

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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