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International Foundation Year Integrated with Law, Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences

This International Foundation Year (IFY) is for talented students from outside the UK who have had at least 11/12 years of full-time education. If you don't have the right qualifications for direct entry to a UK undergraduate degree course then this is the course for you.

This same Foundation Year leads onto many different undergraduate degrees (listed below).

Introducing your degree

This International Foundation Year is integrated with Law, Arts, Humanities, Business, Economics, Social and Political Sciences. Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees you progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree programme, as long as your achieve the required grades. 

You'll take a number of compulsory modules alongside your choice of specialist modules relevant to your chosen degree.

Programme Structure

Here are the degree courses you can go on to from this Foundation Year:

BSc Accounting and Economics
BSc Accounting and Finance
BA Archaeology
BSc Business Analytics
BSc Business Entrepreneurship
BSc Business Management
BSc Economics and Philosophy
BSc Economics and Management Sciences
BSc Education
BA English Literature, Language and Linguistics
BA Fashion Design
BA Fashion Marketing/Management
BA Film Studies
BA Fine Art
BA Games Design and Art
BA Geography
BA Graphic Arts
BA History
BA Textile Design
BSc International Relations
LLB Bachelor of Laws
LLB European Legal Studies
LLB International Legal Studies
LLB Maritime Law
BSc Marketing
BA Music
BA Philosophy
BSc Politics
BSc Politics and Economics
BSc Politics and International Relations
BSc Sociology

Key Facts

  • Gives international students the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate programme at a global top 100 university (QS World Rankings 2019)
  • Provides students with English language and study skills they need to be a successful undergraduate
  • Ensures students have a broad knowledge of a range of contemporary topics on which to build in their academic careers

Hoa Tran, IFY 2011

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The IFY course has greatly helped me improve my English in all necessary skills including writing, speaking, listening and reading
Hoa TranInternational Foundation Year, BSc Sociology and Social Policy
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It is an extremely lively and interesting place, and you will learn a huge amount whilst you’re here. I would highly recommend the course to others.
Kritsada YubanyongInterational Foundation Year followed by BA Music

Typical entry requirements

Selection process:

You are eligible to apply for the IFY if you have been educated exclusively outside of the UK

have been educated outside of the UK for most of your life but have chosen to complete secondary school within the UK Educational System

You are not eligible for the IFY if you have completed all of your education via the UK Educational System.

Selection process

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the academic reference and personal statement on either your Direct or UCAS application.

Entry requirements:

For details of entry requirements by country, please email the International Foundation Year team at

You will find our International Foundation Year entry requirements at the link below:

International Foundation Year Entry Requirements

English language level:

To join the IFY you will need one of the following:

- A minimum level of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent with at least 5.5 in each component
- Pearson Test of Academic English 51 in each component
- TEEP 6.0 overall
- FCE Grade A or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University


Applications to combined Economics

IFY Applicants wishing to progress onto an undergraduate programme for the combined Economics programmes are required to have a minimum Grade B in AS level Mathematics.

Please note: BSc Economics is not a degree of progression we can offer through the Foundation Programme.

Applications to BA Music

IFY students will be required to obtain Grade 8 Practical or demonstrated equivalent standard** and Grade 6 Theory before progressing onto the BA in Music.

** Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM.

Applications to BA courses at Winchester School of Art

The IFY will progress onto undergraduate degrees at Winchester School of Art. We will require students to submit a portfolio of their work electronically. Portfolio advice is found here.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

On the International Foundation Year you will complete a set of core (compulsory) modules as well as elective (specialised) modules relevant to your chosen degree.

Each week you will have approximately 20 hours of tuition including lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will also spend at least 15 hours a week studying independently with the guidance of your tutors and personal academic advisor.

Your work will include essays, presentations and exams as part of your assessment. In addition, you will have to do a Personal Research Project in your second semester. This will be a study of a topic related to your chosen degree area supported by your academic advisor.

Year 1

All students take three core modules.

Semester One

Academic English (semesters one and two)
This module has been designed to ensure that students have the specific English language skills needed to study as an undergraduate student. Students are also taught how to show the sources of the information they use in their work by referencing their work using the Harvard referencing convention.

Critical Thinking and Research Skills (semesters one and two)
This module has two elements. First, students are introduced to the key concepts of critical thinking needed to analyse, evaluate and compare arguments and develop different points of view. Secondly students are taught how to research a topic using the resources available at the university. The students use all these skills in the second semester to carry out a research project on a topic related to their chosen undergraduate degree subject.

The Global Society (semesters one and two)

In this module students explore a wide range of concepts, trends and problems which impact upon global society today. These could include the globalised economy, the role of international organisations, international aid, health, human rights, and the effects of globalisation on cultural, economic, political and social life. The module gives students foundational general knowledge about current global issues which is essential for their undergraduate studies.

Semester Two

Subject-specific modules
Students who are going to study management, law, languages or economics or will have the choice subject-specific modules during the year: e.g. English for Law, Understanding law; Mathematics and statistics; Mathematics for economists, Survey Methods for Business and Social Sciences, Understanding management and organisations.

Students who are not going to study in these areas can select from any of the modules they are interested in, take a module to learn a new language or consolidate their general English.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Foundation International Foundation Year in Arts, Humanities, Law and Social SciFoundation2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
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As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligible for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Your work will include essays, presentations and exams as part of your assessment. In addition, you will have to do a Personal Research Project in your second semester. This will be a study of a topic related to your chosen degree area supported by your academic advisor.

By the end of the year you will have gained:

– effective academic study skills

– the English language skills you need for your
undergraduate degree

– an understanding of the demands and requirements
of British University life

– an introduction to your chosen field of academic study

Study Locations

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