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International Foundation Year

Foundation Year

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Start Dates(s): January; September


September: 19 September 2016 (ends June 2017) 

January: 9 January 2017 (ends July 2017)


UK - £8,225

In Brief:

  • Progression on to over 100 undergraduate degrees at the University of Salford
  • All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council
  • You will study with other international students from all round the world
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The International Foundation Year (IFY) prepares non-native speakers of English students who want to study for an undergraduate degree at university in the United Kingdom.

This course is for you if you have finished high school in your own country but don’t yet have the qualifications to go straight on a UK university programme.

This course provides you with tuition in English and study skills as well as subjects relating to your chosen degree course. When you pass the IFY at the required standard you will then be able to progress onto over 100 degree courses at the University of Salford.

The IFY can be joined at two entry points, in January and in September.

As a self-funding international student, you may be entitled to the Vice Chancellor’s Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship which is worth up to £5000 GBP depending on which course you study.

Download an application form

Course Details

This is a full-time two semester course with at least 24 hours of lessons a week plus homework.

During the International Foundation Year you will complete classes in English and Study Skills as well as subjects relating to your chosen degree course.

Course Structure

English and Study Skills

English and Study Skills classes help you develop the skills you need to make a success of your chosen degree. Even if you have some previous knowledge of English you will need to know how to write academic English, undertake projects in English, understand lectures and take notes, give presentations  and  carry  out academic research. All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council.  

In addition to English and Study Skills you will study (usually) two additional subjects, which will depend on the degree you eventually wish to study. Below is the range of undergraduate degrees available with the International Foundation Year.

Health Sciences (September start)

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthortics

Business and Law (September and January start)

BSc (Hons) Business and Management

BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management

BSc (Hons) International Business

BSc (Hons) Marketing

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport

BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management

BSc (Hons) International Events Management

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Law
Physics and Engineering

(September start)

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology

BSc (Hons) Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

BSc (Hons) Physics

BSc (Hons) Physics with Acoustics

BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology

BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management

BEng (Hons) Audio Acoustics


BSc (Hons) Biology

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons) Environmental Health

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management

BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases

BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology

BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Practical Conservation

BSc (Hons) Zoology

Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks

BSc (Hons) Media Technology (including Mobile & Internet Television pathway)

BSc (Hons) Multimedia and Internet Technology

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering


BA (Hons) Music: Creative Music Technology

BA (Hons) Music: Musical Arts

BA (Hons) Music: Popular Music and Recording

Arts and Media

BA (Hons) 3D Design

BA (Hons) Animation

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

BA (Hons) Photography

BA (Hons) TV & Radio

BA (Hons) Visual Arts

BSc (Hons) Computer and Video Games

The courses listed below are higher entry courses which require a higher entry level onto the first year of the degree.

Business and Law

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance

BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management

BSc (Hons) Business and Economics
LLB (Hons) Law

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

LLB (Hons) Law with Management

LLB (Hons) Law (Media and Digital Industries)

LLB (Hons) Corporate Law

Physics and Engineering

BSc (Hons) Mathematics

BEng Aeronautical Engineering

MEng Aeronautical Engineering

BEng Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies

BEng Civil Engineering

MEng Civil Engineering

BEng Civil and Architectural Engineering

MEng Civil and Architectural Engineering

BEng Mechanical Engineering

MEng Mechanical Engineering

BEng Electronic Engineering

BEng Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering

MPhys Physics

MPhys Physics with Acoustics

MPhys Physics with Studies in North America

MPhys Pure and Applied Physics

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

English Language Requirements

International and non-native speakers of English will be required to have a minimum of IELTS 4.5 overall to join the course, and with no less than 4.5 in each of the component scores (reading; writing; speaking; listening).

Applicant profile

Students who have not completed their education in the English Schooling System and have studied in a country with fewer than 13 years of school, and have not taken A-levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, may need to complete a foundation year before they enroll for a UK university degree. The following entry criteria is based on the UK equivalent of Secondary School Education and what would have been achieved upon 12/13 years of schooling for an international applicant. For Country specific information click here

Business Courses

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at C grade or equivalent including Maths. 

Physics and Engineering Courses

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at grade C, including equivalent GCSE Mathematics and Physics at grade C.


International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at grade C, including GCSE Biology and Chemistry at grade C.

Social Sciences

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK GCSE C standard. You will also be asked to complete an assignment. Details will be sent after the application is received, but may contain a personal statement, an article review and an essay question.

Computer Science

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at grade C, including GCSE Mathematics at grade C, or an equivalent qualification.

Fees and Funding


Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £8,225

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

More information

For more information, including frequently asked questions about deposits, refunds and deadlines for cancellations please visit our registration pages.

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.


All teaching on the International Foundation Year is carried out by highly experienced University staff and all English language teaching is accredited by the British Council.

You will be taught in:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops


There will be exams at the end of each semester. You will be assessed both on your exam performance and on your classwork and homework.


Alumni Profile

Emily Feltham, BA (Hons) Finance and Accounting with International Foundation Year

"I found out about the courses at the University of Salford when I went to a schools’ exhibition in Rotterdam. I knew that I wanted to go down the accounting route and after reading about the Finance and Accounting degree at Salford, it was everything I wanted.

However, in order to bring my foreign qualifications to the level required to proceed on to the degree course, I had to complete an International Foundation Year at Salford. This was an amazing year where I made friends from all over the world. I even went to stay in Hong Kong with some of the friends I made.

On successful completion of this Foundation Year I started my Finance and Accounting degree. At first it was very daunting because of the change in class size and the material that had to be studied. But after a few weeks I settled in to it and I found the mix of the modules very good.

I graduated with a 2:1 classification. I could not have done this without the amazing support of all the University lecturers and support staff. Since leaving the University I worked at an accountancy practice in Manchester city centre where I completed the ACCA exams and gained the three years’ practical experience required to become a member of the ACCA. I then changed jobs to a top accountancy firm where I am working as a tax advisor and studying for my CTA exams."

Links with Industry

We have accreditation from the British Council for all our EFL courses under the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme.

We are also members of EnglishUK (recently formed from ARELS and BASELT), BALEAP and IATEFL.

Further Study

The IFY is the first year of a full-time, minimum four year undergraduate degree course. You will automatically progress on to one of over 100 undergraduate degrees at the University of Salford when you pass the IFY at the required standard. Full list above.


You will have access to the Language Resource Centre which offers state-of-the-art audiovisual and IT facilities for the teaching and learning of languages. It provides a high-speed network environment giving access to advanced software packages used by language students for a range of purposes, including computer-assisted language learning and oral summarising. 

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