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International Foundation Year (IFY)

The IFY is a level 3 foundation year that is an equivalent qualification to A levels. During your programme you will develop subject-specific knowledge with a strong focus on improving your academic English language skills in preparation for studying at university. You will study this course for one year and after successful completion receive a level 3 award and can then progress to year one of your chosen university degree course.

It is important to note that completing the International Foundation Year programme does not guarantee admission to the University of Bradford. Students who have completed the Foundation Year programme must still meet the entry requirements for their chosen degree course at the university. This may include passing an interview or achieving higher grades.

Subjects offered

  1. Business and Management
  2. Computing and Creative Industries
  3. Law and Social Sciences
  4. Science, Engineering and Health

Degree courses available from this pathway

  • BSc Accounting and Finance
  • BSc Business and Management
  • BSc Business Studies and Law
  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Finance and Business Analytics
  • BSc Finance and Economics
  • BSc International Business and Management
  • BSc Management and Business Analytics
  • BSc Marketing
  • LLB Law with Business and Management

  • BA Film and Television Production
  • BEng Software Engineering
  • BSc Animation
  • BSc Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Computer Science for Cyber Security
  • BSc Game Design and Development

  • BA Criminology and Criminal Behaviour
  • BA International Relations, Politics and Security Studies
  • BA Sociology
  • BA Working with Children, Young People and Families
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology and Criminology
  • BSc Psychology with Counselling
  • LLB Law

  • BA Heritage and Archaeology
  • BSc Archaeology
  • BSc Biomedical Science
  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Clinical Sciences
  • BSc Forensic and Medical Sciences
  • BSc Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
  • BSc Forensic Science
  • BSc Optometry
  • BSc Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science
  • MPharm
  • MPharm (with Pre-Reg Placement)
  • BEng Architectural Engineering
  • MEng Architectural Engineering
  • BEng Biomedical Engineering
  • MEng Biomedical Engineering
  • BEng Chemical Engineering
  • MEng Chemical Engineering
  • BEng Civil and Structural Engineering
  • MEng Civil and Structural Engineering
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering

  • BSc Clinical Technology
  • BSc Nursing (Adult)
  • BSc Nursing (Mental Health)
  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Public Health and Community Wellbeing
  • MPhysio Sport and Exercise Medicine

Core modules

These are modules designed to enhance your academic and personal development skills for university study in the UK.

Core Module Credits

English for Academic Purposes (English Support)


English for Academic Purposes


Academic Skills


Introduction to Maths, Data Analysis and Statistics


Students entering the IFY with an IELTS between 4.5 and 5.0 will study English for Academic Purposes (English Support) module to help them to succeed on the course and reach the required level to progress.

Subject Specific Modules

Depending on your chosen pathway you will study a variety of subject-specific modules designed to prepare you for your degree course.

  1. Introduction to Business Functions and Organisations (20 credits)
  2. Fundamentals of Economics (10 credits)
  3. International Relations and Global Issues (10 credits)

  1. Introduction to Computer Science and Systems (20 credits)
  2. Introduction to Programming (10 credits)
  3. Digital Media and Software (10 credits)

  1. Introduction to the Social Science and Sociology  (20 credits)
  2. Two of:
  • Politics and Society (10 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Economics (10 credits)
  • International Relations (10 credits)
  • The English Legal System (10 credits)
  • Foundation Psychology (10 credits)

A total of 40 credits from the following:

  1. Introduction to Chemistry and Biology (20 credits)
  2. Applied Life Sciences (20 credits)
  3. Introduction to Engineering (20 credits)
  4. Further Mathematics (10 credits)
  5. Computer Aided Design (10 Credits)