International Foundation Programme (IFP)
Foundation (QCF_NQF Level 3)
Yes, after progressing to degree course
For entry onto our International Foundation Programme you will need to have graduated from high school (year 12) with good grades and an equivalent of one year post-GCSE study or an equivalent of AS level qualifications.
Students for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no less than 5.0 in any subcomponent.
After successfully completing the International Foundation Programme (IFP) students can be considered for a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
Upon successfully completing the foundation year, students automatically progress to the first year of their chosen degree. These degrees enable students to develop valuable work experience and industry contact while on work placement, and offer graduates excellent employment opportunities.
A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course including continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations and project work. Using these methods, your all-round ability will be appraised providing you with the best opportunity to excel.
Main learning outcomes
The programme incorporates a streamlined, integrated design based on four modules with a common underlying core theme. The core theme provides a stimulating learning platform which will relate to real life scenarios. Possible core themes include tourism, sustainability, education, environment or hosting a global event.
The core theme will also include a series of subthemes covered in three week blocks, which will introduce you to a range of subjects taught on undergraduate programmes. These subject 'tasters' aim to inform your future choice of undergraduate degree and may include business, media, communications, global and social sciences subjects.
What you will learn from IFP modules
This module aims to develop the extensive reading and advanced writing skills necessary at undergraduate level and introduces you to different styles and types of university level writing. You will look at pieces of academic writing and analyse the structure with a view to incorporating what you have learnt into your own writing.
Throughout the course, there will be multiple opportunities for you to practise academic writing, upon which you will receive feedback to help you improve. You will also be introduced to academic reading and be given multiple opportunities to develop the necessary reading skills required for undergraduate study.
Researching and presenting
This course provides skills training for and substantial practice in carrying out small-scale research projects connected to the chosen core theme. It gives you the opportunity to work with other students to produce a written report and to give a short oral presentation based on the project. Research areas will be linked to the core theme and subthemes.
Developing independent learning
This module provides an excellent foundation for degree level study and is designed to develop key study skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
Through the use of a range of ICT applications you will have the opportunity to develop your learning and communication skills, providing you with competency and confidence across a range of IT user skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the Internet.
The course also provides an introduction to Maths and Statistics for the analysis and presentation of data and the use of Virtual Learning Environments and the Internet.
Integrated subject based projects
This module aims to consolidate the academic and study skills developed on the other three modules through project work and to develop your group working and problem solving skills by applying them to a range of case studies that relate to real life scenarios.
You will work on a project based on the core theme through a series of case studies in a range of subject areas including Business, IT, Social Science Global World and Media and Communications. For example, one possible case study would be to find a suitable and creative solution to a global transport crisis that threatened the core theme event.
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