International Foundation Year Courses

Giving Students a Globally Portable Qualification

International Foundation Year

NCUK is a unique organisation which prepares international students for entry onto UK university degree courses. Astrum Education colleges are highly experienced in providing students with the skills and qualifications needed for university on the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) programme.

Guaranteed Offer

Students who pass their IFY are guaranteed entry onto a choice of nearly 3,000 degree programmes at one of the NCUK’s 11 partner universities. The entry criteria for each NCUK university varies, so where students are placed depends on exam results. The better students perform, the greater chance they have of getting a place at their first choice university.

Assurance of Quality

NCUK programmes are recognised and accepted not only by their partner universities, but also by the majority of universities around the world. Their programmes give students a globally portable qualification.

NCUK Universities

NCUK and Astrum Education colleges work together to provide a supported application service to the following universities:

  • University of Bradford
  • The University of Huddersfield
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • The University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University

Benefits of Studying IFY at Chelsea Independent College

Our London sixth form colleges specialise in providing high quality education tailored to the needs of each individual student. We ensure that students reach their full potential and exceed their expectations.

We guarantee:

  • Small class sizes (maximum 12 in a subject class; 12-15 in English)
  • The highest quality teaching
  • More contact hours (21 hours)
  • Personal tutor for every student
  • The opportunity to mix socially with our British students
International Foundation Year
International Foundation Year
International Foundation Year

Pathways

The NCUK IFY is a modular programme that prepares students for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Students can choose one of the following pathways:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Science

All NCUK programmes include a specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module designed to give students the language ability and study skills needed for a head start on their undergraduate degree in the UK.


Business International Foundation Year

Students study three compulsory modules including English plus one optional module.

Compulsory modules:
  • Economics
  • Maths
  • English for Academic Purposes
Optional modules (choose one):
  • Business Studies
  • Society & Politics

Humanities International Foundation Year

Students study three compulsory modules including English plus one optional module.

Compulsory modules:
  • Economics
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Society & Politics
Optional modules (choose one):
  • Business Studies
  • International Relations

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