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Overview

The International Foundation Programme is ideal if you are looking to study an undergraduate degree in Computing, English Language, Law, Media Production, Psychology or Sport at Northumbria University but don’t currently meet the entry requirements.

The programme is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and abilities to succeed in your future studies. Taught over 2 semesters, you will develop your English language, academic and study skills and be introduced to academic culture in the UK.

Upon successfully passing this programme (subject to progression requirements) you will be guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate degrees.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Upon successfully completing your International Foundation Programme you will be guaranteed a place on a Northumbria University undergraduate degree
  • Progress on to degrees in Computing, English Language, Law, Media Production, Psychology and Sport
  • Other pathways are available for progression on to undergraduate degrees in Art, Design and Media; Business; and Engineering subjects
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Course information

Level of study: Foundation – NQF Level 3
Fee: £13,500 (International)
Leads to: Undergraduate degrees in Computing, English Language, Law, Media Production, Psychology, Sport
Entry requirements: 12 years of schooling or 5 GCSE/IGCSE passes at A-C, or equivalent
English language requirements: IELTS 5.0 (5.5 for students progressing on to Law) with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre
Minimum age: 16 years
Duration: 2 semesters
Class hours per week: Average between 15-18 hours
Average class size: 19
Assessment methods: A mix of group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, September
Next application deadline: TBC
About this course

What will I study?

The programme is taught over 2 semesters with modules that are designed to prepare you for successful study at undergraduate level in a broad range of subjects at Northumbria University.

The modules are designed to build your English language abilities and core academic skills in reading, critical analysis, essay and report writing, and grammar, and to also develop your intercultural understanding through global studies. You will also discuss weekly topics of global studies across two modules to develop a broad understanding of core issues and how they can affect business. You will discuss topics of global studies across two modules to develop a broad understanding of core issues and how they can affect business. In addition, you will cover the key aspects of applied mathematics and ICT, enabling you to perform at the level required in your chosen undergraduate degree.

Studying this programme both academically prepares you for undergraduate study, whilst providing an excellent opportunity to develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK and intercultural issues to help you successfully integrate into student life within a UK university. The intercultural skills that you develop during this course can prove to be a useful employment tool in the future with many businesses operating in global marketplaces.

How will I be taught and assessed?

To support you in your transition into studying at a UK university, each of your modules will be taught by our experienced academics who have all helped many international students throughout this experience. They will work with you to help build your confidence to participate in lectures, seminars and group work, whilst offering you the opportunity to develop your independence. You will also be allocated your own Guidance Tutor with whom you will have 1-2 hour weekly tutorials and who will support your individual academic and general study needs throughout your course.

In addition to this, you will be allocated a guidance tutor at the start of the programme. Your guidance tutor is your first point of contact for anything outside of the classroom that affects your learning. You will meet your guidance tutor at the start of each semester for a formal meeting. In-between this you can arrange to meet them at any point and they may also contact you if they need to meet you. All conversations with the guidance tutor are confidential and they will always be the first point of contact should you need them.

You will be taught in seminars, lectures, tutorials and workshops to prepare you for the teaching methods used at undergraduate level, and will be expected to spend 15-20 hours per week on independent study through self-directed learning. The University’s electronic learning portal (Blackboard) is used to support teaching and self-directed learning and is where you will be able to access a range of learning materials online.

Assessment will take place through a mix of group presentations, oral examinations, written assignments and exams.

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Upon successful completion and subject to specific entry requirements, you can go on to study a range of undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University.

To progress and be eligible for entry on to our undergraduate degree programmes you must achieve at least 50%* in your foundation programme. Use the table below to compare pass rates with UCAS tariff points. For example, if you achieve a 50% pass mark then you can go on to study programmes that require 112-120 UCAS tariff points.

* Pass rate varies dependant on chosen route of study.

% achieved on IFP Equivalent UCAS tariff point for undergraduate study
50-59% 112 and 120
60-69% 128 and 136
70%+ 144 and above

BEng Engineering courses require 65% from the Maths module for progression onto undergraduate level study.

Please note that our undergraduate degrees are currently being reviewed, however, we have previously offered the opportunity for students to progress on to the following courses:

Your target course International Foundation Programme pass mark required
American Studies BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Applied Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Applied Sport Science With Coaching BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Building Surveying BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Childhood and Early Years Studies BA (Hons) 50% and grades AAAA in English
Computer and Digital Forensics BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer and Digital Forensics MComp 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Networks and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science MComp (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science with Games Development BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science with Games Development MComp (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science with Web Development BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Computer Science with Web Development MComp (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in Enlgish
Construction Engineering Management BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Criminology BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
English Language and Literature BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
English Language Studies BA (Hons) / English Language Studies with TESOL BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
English Literature and History BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
English Literature BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Environmental Science BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Fashion Communication BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Film and Television Studies BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Guidance and Counselling BA (Hons) To be confirmed
History and Politics BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
History BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Information Technology Management for Business BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
International Relations and Politics BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Journalism and English Literature BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Journalism BA (Hons) / Journalistic Practice BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
LLB (Hons) / MLaw (FT) 60% and grades AAAA in English
LLB (Hons) Law with Business 50% and grades AAAA in English
LLB (Hons) Law with International Business 50% and grades AAAA in English
Mass Communication BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Mass Communication with Advertising BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Mass Communication with Business BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Mass Communication with Public Relations BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Media and Journalism BA (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English
Quantity Surveying BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Real Estate BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Sociology BSc (Hons) 50% and grades BBBB in English
Sport Coaching BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English and commitment to sport
Sport Development BA (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English and commitment to sport
Sport Management BSc (Hons) 60% and grades BBBB in English and commitment to sport

Students progressing on to Law courses

To progress on to our Law courses, you will need IELTS 5.5, or equivalent, when you apply for your International Foundation Programme.

Alternative progression options

If you would like to progress on a degree in Art, Design and Media, Business or Engineering, please see our alternative pathway programmes:

Upon successfully passing your programme you will receive a Foundation Diploma in International English for Academic Communication which some other universities may also accept as an entry qualification.

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • 12 years of schooling, or
  • GCSE/iGCSE – 5 passes at A-C

We welcome applications from students who have obtained good grades in their upper secondary education.

We also now accept the following:

  • China – Second year of Higher Secondary with 70% and above. Gao Kao certificate not required. 60% average for year three.
  • India – Standard 11 with 55%, Standard 12 with 50%.
  • Malaysia – SPM Malaysia School Certificate, Forecast results accepted – UEC pass grades also accepted.
  • Senegal – Baccalaureate Technique.

Depending on your chosen degree course, specific subject requirements may apply. Our team will be able to help confirm the details for you.

For other country specific entry requirements, please check our Entry Requirements. Alternatively, please contact our team who will be able to help you.

English language requirements

Students not intending to progress on to Law: IELTS 5.0 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Students intending to progress on to Law: IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Age requirements

You must be over 16 years old

If you are under 18 at the start of the International Foundation Programme, you will need to include with your application a signed consent form by your parent or legal guardian. You can find a copy of this on our How to Apply page.

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All modules are core.

This module has a lecture and seminar component and helps to prepare students for this type of module approach used by the university in their target degree programmes. Each week the topic will alternate between grammar and global studies. The global studies topics will also be explored over two weeks of the Reading and Critical analysis module. A key focus is to understand key points of a lecture, ask relevant questions and then analyse further in the weekly seminars.

This module provides weekly reading texts covering Global Studies that provide students with exposure to and the experience of the types of academic texts they will be expected to read during their course.

A key focus of the module will be to develop critical and analytical skills to enable students to select appropriate ideas to support argument and to paraphrase these ideas effectively in speaking and writing.

This module aims to develop reflective, intellectual, analytical and oral skills. Its focus will be to raise students’ awareness of themselves as carriers of culture, to investigate concepts of otherness and to reflect on how they and others are represented within society.
The module will develop oral skills, as students will be involved in discussions, debates, presentations and role-play, with the aim of developing communicative competency and confidence.

This module introduces students to academic writing and focuses in particular on allowing the students to acquire skills in essay and report writing, basic research, and academic conventions. The main focus is on planning, outlining and constructing coherent discursive and persuasive essays and research reports.

This module aims to provide a thorough introduction to the study of ICT.  There is a focus on both practical sessions for applied ICT as well as some of the underpinning theory and concepts behind this including data protection and safe storage of data.  On the applied side of the module, the focus is on gaining practical skills for future undergraduate study with a knowledge of relevant theory to understand good practice.  The module encourages students to produce work through a range of Microsoft Office applications at the standard required by university including spreadsheets, presentations, databases and a variety of report and word-based documents.

This module aims to develop a range of mathematical knowledge and concepts useful for undergraduate study.  Students will be taught with practical exercises including work using Microsoft Excel and have guidance from the tutor.

The elements of mathematics taught have been designed to meet the demands of undergraduate study on a range of programmes including dealing with quantitative data.  The module itself is diverse in elements covered including core mathematical functions and statistics.  Mathematics is applied to examples and different contexts in order to make it relevant and more applied than just theoretical.  In the second semester, students engage in a statistics project based upon real-world data and produce analysis based upon this.

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Tuition fee 2018/19

International students: £13,500

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

How to find out more

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How to apply

When you are ready, you can apply online to study the International Foundation Programme. Applying online allows you to upload all of your supporting documents and you will automatically receive your student application number.

When applying you will need to choose the undergraduate degree course that you intend to progress on to after your International Foundation Programme and you must state this on the application form.

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If you are accepted you will receive one offer letter for the International Foundation Programme followed by the appropriate degree programme. Once you have successfully completed the International Foundation Programme and achieved the required grades, you can gain direct admission onto your chosen degree at Northumbria.

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving your offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on to your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to pathway.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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“I love Newcastle as a study city, it’s safe, it’s big and it’s a lot less crowded than London. The general atmosphere is great and teaching is very helpful. All lecturers do their best to help students understand the modules and support us so that we succeed.”

Abdulrahim Zaghmout
International Foundation Programme

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We accept applications from students from across the world on to our pathway programmes. You can check our local country-specific entry requirements here.

Dates and fees
Dates and fees

Dates and fees

We run start dates throughout the year depending on your chosen course. Check our application deadlines, tuition fees and payment plans we offer here.

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