International Certificate of Foundation Studies
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
The International Certificate of Foundation Studies is a pre-degree access foundation year programme for all subjects which helps you, as an international student, to develop:
- advanced English language skills
- higher level study skills
- subject related knowledge
This additional programme of study enables you to communicate and study effectively at undergraduate level.
- be taught by language and subject specialists
- develop academic level English language skills
- receive dedicated pastoral support in choosing your career path
This course is designed for students who do not have the necessary qualifications for registration directly onto a degree course.
Successful completion of this programme will allow you to progress to degree level programmes across the university.
See the career prospects section below for details.
This programme has been designed with input from our existing international students, and by academics who teach on the programmes you can progress to.
A dedicated programme team will provide guidance about making the right choice for your further study, and help you settle in the UK.
Many of your lecturers will be research active, and you will benefit from their expertise in a multitude of areas such as healthcare, medicines development, social sciences and business.
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Entry requirements differ depending on your country of residence. Please see the Your Country pages or contact Admissions for specific details:
English language requirements:
1.0 IELTS points below the overall English requirement for the chosen degree programme you wish to progress onto. See specific course pages for details.
This must be the IELTS Academic test and taken at a UKVI approved test centre. For a list of approved centres please see the UK Visas and Immigration website.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
You will study four core modules in semester one and two of four optional modules in semester two.
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Learning activities and assessment
You will learn via:
- Keynote lectures
- Seminars and group tutorials
- Practical and simulation classes
- Online learning activities and directed study tasks packages
- Collaborative learning
- Enquiry-based learning
- Reflection on learning experiences collected via an e-portfolio
You will be assessed by written assessments, requiring different skills, including written, practical and oral skills which include both coursework and tests under examination conditions.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
If you meet the progression criteria you could be eligible to progress to one of the following programmes below. Progression requirements onto different undergraduate degrees vary, both in terms of optional modules required and the pass mark students need to achieve. Please read the entry requirements on each page below for further details.
Progression requirements are equivalent to UK UCAS entry requirements and some degree courses also include an interview process.
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
- Film and Television Production (3 years)
- Film and Television Production (4 years)
- Film and Media Studies (3 years)
- Film and Media Studies (4 years)
- Film and Visual Effects Technology (3 years)
- Film and Visual Effects Technology (4 years)
- Graphics for Games (3 years)
- Graphics for Games (4 years)
- Game Design and Development (3 years)
- Game Design and Development (4 years)
- Animation (3 years)
- Animation (4 years)
- Computer Science (3 years)
- Computer Science (4 years)
- Computer Science for Business (3 years)
- Computer Science for Business (4 years)
- Computer Science for Cyber Security (3 years)
- Computer Science for Cyber Security (4 years)
- Computer Science for Games (3 years)
- Computer Science for Games (4 years)
- Software Engineering (3 years)
- Software Engineering (4 years)
Faculty of Health Studies
There will be a limited number of places on the programmes below:
- Diagnostic Radiography
- Occupational Therapy
- Nursing (Child)
- Nursing (Adult)
- Nursing (Mental Health)
- Midwifery Studies
- Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Life Sciences
- Pharmacy (4 years)
- Pharmacy (5 years)
- Biomedical Science
- Integrated Science (3 years)
- Integrated Science (4 years)
- Chemistry (BSc)
- Chemistry (MChem)
- Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry
- Chemistry – Industrial Experience
- Chemistry – Materials Chemistry
- Chemistry – Medicinal Chemistry
- Forensic Science (3 years)
- Forensic Science (4 years)
- Forensic and Medical Sciences (3 years)
- Forensic and Medical Sciences (4 years)
- Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (3 years)
- Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology (4 years)
- Archaeology (BSc) (3 or 4 years)
Faculty of Management and Law
- LLB Law (3 years)
- LLB Law (4 years)
- LLB Law (Commercial Law) (3 years)
- LLB Law (Commercial Law) (4 years)
- LLB Law (Criminal Law) (3 years)
- LLB Law (Criminal Law) (4 years)
- LLB Law (Social Justice) (3 years)
- LLB Law (Social Justice) (4 years)
- LLB Law with Business and Management (3 years)
- LLB Law with Business and Management (4 years)
- Business and Management (3 years)
- Business and Management (4 years)
- Accounting and Finance (3 years)
- Accounting and Finance (4 years)
- Marketing (3 years)
- Marketing (4 years)
- Human Resource Management (3 years)
- Human Resource Management (4 years)
- Business Studies and Law (3 years)
- Business Studies and Law (4 years)
- International Business and Management (3 years)
- International Business and Management (4 years)
- Economics (4 years)
- Financial Economics (3 years)
- Financial Economics (4 years)
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Development and Peace Studies
- Peace Studies
- International Relations and Security Studies
- Sociology and Psychology
- Psychology and Crime
- Applied Criminal Justice Studies
- Psychology with Counselling
- Social Work
- Working with Children, Young People and Families
Starting salaries will vary depending on the career path you choose. Below are the average starting salaries for a few key areas:
- Chemistry & Forensic Sciences - £21,419
- Pharmacy ( 5 years) - £28,852
- Nursing - £22,417
- Midwifery Studies - £23,412
- Computer Science - £25,100
- Management (business/accounting/marketing/HRM) - £22,186
You will be taught by lecturers who are expert researchers in the fields of:
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
How do I find out more?
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How to apply
Apply through UCAS or directly with the University of Bradford using the online form:
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 - July 2018 start dates)
Please select the following options:
- Type of Course: Foundation
- Faculty: Faculty of Health Studies
- Course Name: Full-time Certificate of International Foundation Studies
- Start Date: September 2017
If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.
They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.
Further information is available on our International Office website.
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.