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International Foundation Programme (IFP)

Course Overview

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) will prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK. You will gain high levels of support as the university helps you settle into student life in London, and build the skills and confidence needed for successful degree study.

The programme is aimed at students with intermediate to advanced levels of English, who have completed secondary school with good grades, but would like to improve their study skills to meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree.

During the course you will:
• improve your academic language skills and general level of English
• develop your study skills and independent learning ability
• become familiar with living and studying in the UK
• be introduced to a range of undergraduate subject areas
• receive support in choosing and applying to your degree

Key information

    Course name

    International Foundation Programme (IFP)

    Total academic credits

    120 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Middlesex University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Foundation (QCF_NQF Level 3)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees




    Work placement

    Yes, after progressing to degree course

    Course location


Academic entry requirements

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.

English entry requirements

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.

Progression route

After successfully completing the International Foundation Programme (IFP) students can be considered for a wide range of undergraduate degrees.

Career opportunities

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.


  • Academic writing
  • Researching and presenting
  • Developing independent learning
  • Integrated subject based projects


Assessment methods
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

Academic writing

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.