Foundation courses are suitable for students who do not meet entry requirements for direct entry to degree courses at UK universities. Foundation courses bridge the gap between your current qualification and prospective higher study.
A foundation course enables students to gain access to university degree programme. It is a preparatory course for university-level study and builds academic foundations to start undergraduate and postgraduate degree education.
It is designed for international students who need additional English language support and academic preparation for degree level study. The course bridges the gap between your current qualifications and UK university undergraduate and postgraduate degree academic entry requirements.
Foundation courses are ideal for International students who do not have required level of qualifications or have lower grades to meet academic entry requirements of UK university degree programme. To undertake a foundation course in the UK as an international student, you must have IELTS for UKVI or other UKVI SELT.
Types of foundation courses taken by International Studentsinclude:
Undergraduate Foundation Programme
International Foundation Programme
International Foundation Year
International Year One
Study in the UK – Key Information
Level 3 to Level 8
Full-time, part-time or on-line
4 months to 12 months
Throughout the year*
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Most popular foundation courses
Most popular Foundation courses taken by International Student include:
Art & Design
Health & Social Care
Sales & Marketing
Foundation course duration
Stand-alone foundation course
4 -12 months
Foundation course with Undergraduate degree
Foundation course with postgraduate degree
1.5 to 2 years
Foundation course tuition fees
Tuition fees for Foundation courses could be anything from £5,000 to £15,000 or more depending on course duration and course providers.
Tuition fees guide for Foundation course
Tuition fees (GBP)
4 to 6 months
£5,000 to £10,000
6 to 9 months
£10,000 to £15,000
9 to 12 months
£13,000 to £20,000
Bachelor degree, Postgraduate degree course and Professional course
11 main reasons to study Foundation course in the UK for international students
Designed specifically for international studentsFoundation courses in the UK offer a range of proven and practical benefits for international students including
Gives direct pathways to UK university entry
Fills the gap in knowledge between high school & university
Specialise in your chosen field
Prepares you for university-style teaching
Develops academic study skills for higher level study
Gives time to adjust and settle into academic and everyday life
Teaching provide in focused syllabus and intensive mode
More contact hours with teachers in small size class
Additional English language support by personal tutors
Require lower level English entry i.e. lower IELTS scores
Q What is International Year One foundation course?
A International Year One is equivalent to the first year of a UK undergraduate degree (or second year undergraduate degree at Scottish universities). It will prepare you for second year-entry to your chosen university degree programme (third year if you are studying at a Scottish university).
It is offered for 3 terms (one-year) – you will typically study 3-4 subjects, depending on the pathway chosen or the intended progression degree, as well as English Language.
The International Year One is suitable for international students who have studied A levels, International Baccalaureate, a recognised Foundation programme or an international equivalent.
To undertake an International Foundation Year course in the UK, you must have a UKVI SELT.
Q What is International Foundation Year course in UK?
A The International Foundation Year is a course of academic subjects, study skills and English language training designed specifically to provide international students with a pathway to undergraduate degree at UK universities.
To undertake anInternational Foundation Year course in the UK, you must have a UKVI SELT.
Q What is a Graduate Diploma foundation course?
A A Graduate Diploma in the UK is a pre-master's course. It will prepare you for a master's degree in the UK. You’ll learn about postgraduate study, covering areas such as research skills, English language skills, group work and effective time management. You’ll also benefit from guidance on personal and academic development.
To undertake a Graduate Diploma foundation course in the UK, you must have a UKVI SELT.
Q What is an Extended Master’s course? What is the difference between extended master’s and pre-master’s course?
A An Extended Masters course is an integration of pre-masters & a direct master’s course – it provides a bridging route for students who don't meet the initial entry requirements for a subject-specific Master's degree. Universities issue combined (joint) CAS for Extended Master’s course.
A Pre-Master's course prepares students for a master's degree in specific subject areas for target master’s course. Following successful completion of the Pre-Master's at the required grades, you will be able to progress onto your master's course. Unlike, Extended Master’s, it is a stand-alone course. To undertake a pre-master’s course in the UK, you must have a UKVI SELT.
Q What does guaranteed progression mean?
A If you pass your foundation course successfully with the required grades for your pathway degree for your chosen university, maintain minimum attendance requirements that is to say meet progression requirements, foundation course providers guarantee that you can progress onto your degree course.
Q Will I get permission to work in the UK on a student visa for foundation course?
A Yes, you can work in the UK on your student visa for foundation course if you are sponsored by a provider that has track record of compliance. You can up to 10 hours a week in term time if you are studying for a qualification below degree level and full time outside term time (for study at all levels).
You are not allowed to work if your student sponsordoes not have the words "track record" in the Status column of the register of Student sponsors, and is listed as
a private provider, or
a publicly-funded college or
an embedded college offering pathway courses.
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