Choose Your Pathway

Our pathway programmes are ideal if you need to build your qualifications and English language skills to study your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme with us.

Each of our programmes are designed to prepare you for your next steps in studying at a UK university and are taught by staff who are used to supporting international students through this important transition.

International Foundation

International Year One

Pre-Masters

English language requirements

IELTS

4.5

With no component
less than

down

4.0

Course length

6,9,12x

Months

clock

15-18

hours per week

Tuition fee (2020/21)

6 months – £10,000
9 months – £15,500
12 months – £19,500

Start dates
Jan
Apr
Jul
Oct
Leads to

Art

Architectural Engineering

Automotive

Business

Computing

Design

Engineering & Environment

English Language

Law (IELTS 5.5 required for IFP application)

Mechanical

Media Production

Multimedia (computer-based)

Sport

Available courses

Why choose the International Foundation programme in Art, Design and Media?

This programme is ideal if you need to boost your English and academic qualifications to join your chosen undergraduate degree programme in an Art, Design or Media subject. The course lasts for 9 or 12 months, depending on your IELTS, and offers you the opportunity to develop your English language and study skills, combined with the study of subject-specific modules.

The International Foundation Programme focuses on the key skills across all areas of Art, Design and Media whilst allowing you to specialise in your target area e.g. fashion, fine art, textiles, animation or design. In addition to the specialism modules, the programme provides a solid foundation in the core knowledge and skills that the University recognises and will help you to succeed in your future studies.

The programme is multidisciplinary and upon successful completion, you will be guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate degrees in an Art, Design or Media subject area.

Key facts

  • Progress on to an undergraduate degree in Art, Design or Multimedia
  • Develop an understanding of theory and concepts by demonstrating through practical work
  • Upon successfully completing this course, we will offer you guaranteed progression on to an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Other pathways are available for progression on to undergraduate degrees in Business; Engineering; and Computing, English Language, Law, Media Production, Psychology and Sport subjects

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Business and Law?

The International Foundation Programme in Business and Law is ideal if you are looking to study a business-related undergraduate degree.

This programme is designed to prepare you for degree-level study in the UK. You will be taught by staff who have a combination of academic and real-world business experience to enhance your understanding of business theories and concepts.

The course offers you the opportunity to develop your English language and study skills, combined with the study of academic subjects. The programme is multidisciplinary and provides progression on to a wide range of business degree programmes at Northumbria University.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate business degree
  • Ideal if you do additional English and academic support before starting your undergraduate degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Upon completing this course, we will offer you guaranteed progression on to one of our undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Engineering?

If you want to study an engineering-based undergraduate degree but need additional academic and English language support, this Engineering pathway will provide you with a basic foundation for further studies and the skills required to progress on to an undergraduate degree in Engineering.

You will learn about different engineering concepts, the principles of mechanics and the mathematical knowledge required to develop both the theoretical and practical applications of engineering. In addition to the engineering specialism modules, the programme also provides a solid grounding in the core knowledge and skills recognised to prepare you for future study.

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

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate engineering 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 an engineering-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress on to courses in Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Computing?

The International Foundation Programme in Computing is ideal if you are looking to study a computing-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Computing pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of science degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Computing modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Computing.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate science degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Upon successfully completing your International Foundation Programme you will be guaranteed a place on a computing-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks and IT for Business

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Applied Science?

The International Foundation Programme in Applied Science is ideal if you are looking to study a Science-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Applied Science pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of science degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Science modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Science.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate science 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 science-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Nutrition and Sport Science

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences?

The International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences is ideal if you are looking to study a humanities or social science-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Humanities and Social Sciences pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of Humanities and Social Sciences degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Humanities and Social Sciences modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Humanities and Social Sciences.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Upon successfully completing your International Foundation Programme you will be guaranteed a place on a Humanities and Social Science-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in a range of subjects from English Language and History, Politics and Sociology to Mass Communication, Psychology and Surveying

Graduate Certificate

International Foundation

English language requirements

IELTS

4.5

With no component
less than

down

4.0

Course length

6,9,12x

Months

clock

15-18

hours per week

Tuition fee (2020/21)

6 months – £10,000
9 months – £15,500
12 months – £19,500

Start dates
Jan
Apr
Jul
Oct
Leads to

Art

Architectural Engineering

Automotive

Business

Computing

Design

Engineering & Environment

English Language

Law (IELTS 5.5 required for IFP application)

Mechanical

Media Production

Multimedia (computer-based)

Sport

Available courses

Why choose the International Foundation programme in Art, Design and Media?

This programme is ideal if you need to boost your English and academic qualifications to join your chosen undergraduate degree programme in an Art, Design or Media subject. The course lasts for 9 or 12 months, depending on your IELTS, and offers you the opportunity to develop your English language and study skills, combined with the study of subject-specific modules.

The International Foundation Programme focuses on the key skills across all areas of Art, Design and Media whilst allowing you to specialise in your target area e.g. fashion, fine art, textiles, animation or design. In addition to the specialism modules, the programme provides a solid foundation in the core knowledge and skills that the University recognises and will help you to succeed in your future studies.

The programme is multidisciplinary and upon successful completion, you will be guaranteed a place on one of our undergraduate degrees in an Art, Design or Media subject area.

Key facts

  • Progress on to an undergraduate degree in Art, Design or Multimedia
  • Develop an understanding of theory and concepts by demonstrating through practical work
  • Upon successfully completing this course, we will offer you guaranteed progression on to an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Other pathways are available for progression on to undergraduate degrees in Business; Engineering; and Computing, English Language, Law, Media Production, Psychology and Sport subjects

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Business and Law?

The International Foundation Programme in Business and Law is ideal if you are looking to study a business-related undergraduate degree.

This programme is designed to prepare you for degree-level study in the UK. You will be taught by staff who have a combination of academic and real-world business experience to enhance your understanding of business theories and concepts.

The course offers you the opportunity to develop your English language and study skills, combined with the study of academic subjects. The programme is multidisciplinary and provides progression on to a wide range of business degree programmes at Northumbria University.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate business degree
  • Ideal if you do additional English and academic support before starting your undergraduate degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Upon completing this course, we will offer you guaranteed progression on to one of our undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Engineering?

If you want to study an engineering-based undergraduate degree but need additional academic and English language support, this Engineering pathway will provide you with a basic foundation for further studies and the skills required to progress on to an undergraduate degree in Engineering.

You will learn about different engineering concepts, the principles of mechanics and the mathematical knowledge required to develop both the theoretical and practical applications of engineering. In addition to the engineering specialism modules, the programme also provides a solid grounding in the core knowledge and skills recognised to prepare you for future study.

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

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate engineering 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 an engineering-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress on to courses in Automotive Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Computing?

The International Foundation Programme in Computing is ideal if you are looking to study a computing-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Computing pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of science degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Computing modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Computing.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate science degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Upon successfully completing your International Foundation Programme you will be guaranteed a place on a computing-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Networks and IT for Business

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Applied Science?

The International Foundation Programme in Applied Science is ideal if you are looking to study a Science-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Applied Science pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of science degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Science modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Science.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate science 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 science-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Nutrition and Sport Science

Why choose the International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences?

The International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences is ideal if you are looking to study a humanities or social science-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Humanities and Social Sciences pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of Humanities and Social Sciences degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Humanities and Social Sciences modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Humanities and Social Sciences.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Upon successfully completing your International Foundation Programme you will be guaranteed a place on a Humanities and Social Science-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in a range of subjects from English Language and History, Politics and Sociology to Mass Communication, Psychology and Surveying

International Year One

English language requirements

IELTS

5.5

With no component
less than

down

5.0

Course length

12 or 9x

Months

clock

24

hours per week

Tuition fee (2020/21)

9 months – £15,000
12 months – £19,000

Start dates
Jan
Jul
Oct
Leads to

Business

Available courses

Overview

The  International Year One – Business is a degree preparation programme for international students who want to study on one of the many Northumbria University undergraduate business degrees, but don’t quite have the right entry qualifications to gain direct entry in to year one.

The programme is the equivalent of the first year of these undergraduate degrees and on successful completion of the International Year One, you will join directly into year two of your chosen programme of study. By choosing an International Year One you will still be able to complete your degree in three years.

Key facts

  • Develop your cultural awareness of studying in the UK as you integrate into student life
  • Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, upon successful completion you will progress onto the second year of you chosen degree
  • You will develop the required business knowledge and skills equivalent to those studying the comparative 1st year undergraduate degree on modules alongside enhanced academic skills
  • Progress onto a range of exciting undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University’s AACSB accredited Newcastle Business School, part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation
  • Benefit from continual assessment via portfolios throughout the year, supporting your gradual assimilation to learning at Northumbria

Pre-Masters

Graduate Certificate

English language requirements

IELTS

6.5

With no component
less than

down

5.5

Course length

1x

Semester

clock

15-18

hours per week

Tuition fee (2020/21)

£6,750

Start dates

jan

may

sept

Leads to

Business

Mass Communications

Computing and Information Technology

Available courses

Overview

If you do not currently meet the academic entry requirements to study one of our Masters programmes, the Graduate Certificate in Business is designed to help you gain the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to successfully transition to Masters-level study.

Upon successfully completing the course and subject to specific requirements, you will be able to join one of our range of Masters programmes with a detailed understanding of how business works.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills to prepare yourself for postgraduate study
  • Upon successful completion (subject to progression requirements) you will be guaranteed a place on a Masters programme with Northumbria
  • Also available to study at our London Campus
  • Progress on to Masters programmes at our Newcastle or London campuses
  • Northumbria University’s business faculty (Newcastle Business School) is part of a select group of business schools worldwide, following accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting – the first in Europe to gain the double accreditation

Why Northumbria

innovation

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

We’re 1st in the UK for graduate start ups (HEBCIS 2016/17).

Unbeatable Facilities

10th in the UK for Student Facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience 2017)

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employment

Employment

We’re ranked 9th in the UK for graduates in employment (DLHE 2014/15)

Locations

Our Newcastle Campus is situated in the North East of England, which has a reputation for a very low cost of living and the UK’s friendliest locals.

locations
city life

City Life

We’re regularly named as the UK’s Best University City (MSN Travel Guide).

Scholarships and Fee Discount

We have a number of scholarships on offer for high achieving students.

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support

Student Support

At our Newcastle Campus we offer a free airport ‘Meet and Greet’ to ease your arrival into the UK.

Alumni

Our success stories include Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton and Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, Sir Jonathan Ive.

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international

International Student Population

We’ve been welcoming international students for decades. Our Alumni network includes 186,000 people in 167 countries.

Royal Appraisal

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize was awarded to us in recognition of the Student Law Office’s outstanding community work.

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“Following my degree programme I am considering studying a postgraduate degree in another country – maybe New Zealand. I have enjoyed the cultural experience so much in the UK that I’m keen to discover the rest of the world.”

Emmanuela Rosdale Lima Moutou
International Foundation Programme - Business

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