International Foundation Programmes

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What are our International Foundation Programmes?

Our International Foundation Programmes are specifically designed to help develop your English language and academic skills in preparation for a range of undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University.

Is this programme right for you?

The International Foundation Programme offers an excellent opportunity to fully prepare for your undergraduate studies and adjust to life in the UK.

You will develop English language skills relevant to your subject, studying alongside other international students and guided by academics, tutors and support staff with experience in supporting international students in this important transition.

Which pathway should you study?

We have 6 exciting pathways that offer you the chance to study on almost all of the undergraduate degrees offered at Northumbria University. These pathways are in:

  • Applied Science
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Business and Law
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Science

What are the IELTS requirements?

Our International Foundation Programme is open to students with IELTS from 4.5, with no single element below 4.0. The length of your International Foundation Programme will depend on your IELTS level, please see our study plan below.

Study plan

IELTS* July-Sept Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Mar-Jun July-Aug Sept
4.5 International Foundation Programme
(12 month)

Summer break Start your undergraduate degree at Northumbria University

4.5   International Foundation Programme
(12 month)
5.0   International Foundation Programme
(9 month)
Summer break
5.0     International Foundation Programme
(9 month)
5.5


    International Foundation Programme
(6 month)

*from a UKVI approved centre

Progression

In order to progress onto your target undergraduate degree and subject to specific university entry requirements, you must successfully complete the International Foundation Programme with a pass mark of 40%.

A list of the progression options available to you are provided on the course pages.

Course structure

Depending on your IELTS level, you may study a term(s) of English before beginning the main International Foundation Programme modules.

You will all study a set of core modules designed to improve your English language skills and develop your academic knowledge.

Alongside these you will also study 3 modules specific to your pathway.

Modules

If you have IELTS 4.5 you will study 2 terms of the English for University Studies Module. If you have IELTS 5.0 you will study 1 term of this module. If you have IELTS 5.5 you will not study this module.

  • English for University Studies  (0 credits)

You will then progress onto the following modules.

  • English for Foundation (20 credits)
  • Academic Practice (20 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Biology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Chemistry (20 credits)
  • Ethical Practices in Action (20 credits)
  • Art, Design and Media Specialism Development (20 credits)
  • Digital Design Skills and Practice (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Theory and Practices in Art, Design and Media (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Business Issues (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Business (20 credits)
  • Ethical Practices in Action (20 credits)
  • Digital Design Skills and Practice (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computing and Coding (20 credits)
  • Information Systems Design and Performance (20 credits)
  • Applied Algebra and Trigonometry (20 credits)
  • Engineering Skills (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Engineering Design and Problem Solving (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences (20 credits)
  • Ethical Practices in Action (20 credits)

Assessment

You will be continuously assessed through out each module however, assessments are weighted towards the end of each module.

This allows more time for you to gradually assimilate to the learning and teaching style, helping you to develop your skills over a longer period and receive feedback from your tutor.

You will be assessed completely through coursework via presentations, essays and in-class tests**. These will form the portfolios you will submit at the end of each module.

**Except for Applied Science Pathway where assessment methods also include the use of exams

International Foundation Programmes

International Foundation Programme - Applied Science
International Foundation Programme - Applied Science
Full-time | 12, 9 or 6 months | International Fee: £19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) £10,000 (6 months) (20/21)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Leads to undergraduate degrees in:

  • Science

Start dates: Oct, Jan 2021, Mar 2021, Jul 2021

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International Foundation Programme - Art, Design and Media
International Foundation Programme - Art, Design and Media
Full-time | 12, 9 or 6 months | International Fee: £19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) £10,000 (6 months) (20/21)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Leads to undergraduate degrees in:

  • Art, Design and Media

Start dates: Oct, Jan 2021, Mar 2021, Jul 2021

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International Foundation Programme - Business and Law
International Foundation Programme - Business and Law
Full-time | 12, 9 or 6 months | International Fee: £19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) £10,000 (6 months) (20/21)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Leads to undergraduate degrees in:

  • Business and Law

Start dates: Oct, Jan 2021, Mar 2021, Jul 2021

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International Foundation Programme - Computing
International Foundation Programme - Computing
Full-time | 12, 9 or 6 months | International Fee: £19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) £10,000 (6 months) (20/21)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Leads to undergraduate degrees in:

  • Computing

Start dates: Oct, Jan 2021, Mar 2021, Jul 2021

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International Foundation Programme - Engineering
International Foundation Programme - Engineering
Full-time | 12, 9 or 6 months | International Fee: £19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) £10,000 (6 months)(20/21)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Leads to undergraduate degrees in:

  • Automotive Engineering, Civil Engineering*, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
*Please note that there are limited spaces on this programme

Start dates: Oct, Jan 2021, Mar 2021, Jul 2021

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International Foundation Programme - Humanities and Social Sciences
International Foundation Programme - Humanities and Social Sciences
Full-time | 12, 9 or 6 months | International Fee: £19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) £10,000 (6 months) (20/21)

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Leads to undergraduate degrees in:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Start dates: Oct, Jan 2021, Mar 2021, Jul 2021

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“I heard a lot of positive things about Northumbria University from the agency back in my home country, Kuwait. I also received positive recommendations from close relatives who currently live in Newcastle.”

Abdulaziz J Y M Alyaqoub
International Foundation Programme

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.

Download a Prospectus

Download a Prospectus

Download our Northumbria University Pathway Programmes prospectus for more information about studying with us in Newcastle and the progression options available for you.

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