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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.

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 Human Resource Management
  • BSc International Business and Management
  • BSc Management and Business Analytics
  • BSc Marketing
  • LLB Law with Business and Management
  • BA Film and Television Production
  • BA Graphics for Games
  • BEng Software Engineering
  • BSc Animation
  • BSc Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Computer Science for Cyber Security
  • BSc Film and Visual Effects Technology
  • BSc Game Design and Development
  • BSc Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • 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 with Counselling
  • LLB Law
  • 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
  • MChem Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry)
  • MChem Chemistry (Industrial Experience)
  • MChem Chemistry (Materials Chemistry)
  • MChem Chemistry (Mathematical and Computational Chemistry)
  • MPharm
  • MPharm (with Pre-Reg Placement)
  • 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

General English Skills (IFY students at IELTS between 4.5 and 5.0)

0

Digital Literacy

10

Foundation Mathematics

10

English for Academic Purposes

10

Academic Literacy and Practice

10

English for Specific Purposes

10

Advanced Academic Study Skills

10

Introduction to Research Methods

10

Students entering the IFY with an IELTS between 4.5 and 5.0 will study the same credit bearing modules for each pathway as listed above but will study an additional General English module at the beginning of their programme.

Subject Specific Modules

Depending on your chosen pathway and the number of terms you are studying, you will study a variety of subject-specific modules designed to prepare you for your degree course.

  1. Undergraduate Progression Project (20 credits)

  2. Introduction to Business Functions (10 credits)

  3. Two of (10 credits each):
  • Foundation Mathematics 2
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • International Relations and Global Issues
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Economics
  • Digital Media and Software
  1. Undergraduate Progression Project (20 credits)

  2. Introduction to Computing and Creative Industries  (10 credits)

  3. Two of (10 credits each):
  • Foundation Mathematics 2
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Digital Media and Software
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • Understanding Organisations
  1. Undergraduate Progression Project (20 credits)

  2. Introduction to the Social Sciences  (10 credits)

  3. Two of (10 credits each):
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • International Relations and Global Issues
  • Understanding Organisations
  • Foundation Psychology
  • Foundation Sociology
  1. Introduction to Science (10 credits)

  2. Either:
    Undergraduate Progression Project (20 credits)
    Or:
    Applied Life Sciences (20 credits)

  3. Two of (10 credits each):
  • Foundation Mathematics 2
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • Foundation Sociology
  • Foundation Psychology