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International Foundation Year

Foundation Year

UCAS Code:

Start Date(s): January; September

Duration:

September: 24 September 2018 (ends  24 May 2019)

January: 14 January 2019 (ends 19 July 2019)

Fees:

UK - To be confirmed

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.

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.

*This course require a higher entry level onto the first year of the degree.

September Start

When you study on the Business with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Salford Business School programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 1 – Business. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Mathematics 40 Credits
Economics for Business 40 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and case studies for Economics for Business.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance*
BSc (Hons) Business and Economics*
BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management*
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

When you study on the Physics and Engineering with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Computer, Science and Engineering or Built Environment programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 2 – Physics and Engineering. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Mathematics 40 Credits
Physics 40 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have Laboratory classes to prepare you for your Undergraduate programme. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English, and 24 for the Laboratory.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and you will produce Laboratory Reports for Physics.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
BSc (Hons) Architecture
BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
HNC Construction
BSc (Hons) Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies
BSc (Hons) Physics
BSc (Hons) Physics with Acoustics
BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology
BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics
BEng (Hons) Audio Acoustics
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*
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
BSc (Hons) Mathematics*

When you study on the Biochemistry with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Environment and Life Sciences programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 3A – Biochemisty. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following five modules:

English and Study Skills 40
Credits Biological Principles 20 Credits
Scientific Method 20 Credits
Science for Health 20 Credits Chemical Principles 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have Laboratory classes to prepare you for your Undergraduate programme. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Biology
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

When you study on the Environment with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Environment and Life Sciences programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 3B – Environment. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following five modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Biological Principles 20 Credits
Earth Processes 20 Credits
Environmental Conservation 20 Credits
Science for Health 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have Laboratory classes to prepare you for your Undergraduate programme. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management
BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases
BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology
BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Practical Conservation
BSc (Hons) Zoology

When you study on the Prosthetics and Orthotics with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Prosthetics and Orthotics programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 4 – Prosthetics and Orthotics. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Mathematics 40 Credits
Physics 20 Credits
Biological Principles 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have Laboratory classes to prepare you for your Undergraduate programme. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English, and 24 for the Laboratory.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and you will produce Laboratory Reports for Physics.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

When you study on the Law with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Salford Business School programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme - International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within Strand 5 - Law. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Economics for Business 40 Credits
Introduction to English Law and Systems 40 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and case studies for Economics for Business and Introduction to English law and Systems.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Law
LLB (Hons) Law*
LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology*
LLB (Hons) Law with Management*
LLB (Hons) Law (Media and Digital Industries)*
LLB (Hons) Corporate Law*

When you study on the Computer Science with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Computer, Science and Engineering programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 6 – Computer Science. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Mathematics 40 Credits
Computer Programming 20 Credits
Computer Systems 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials and workshops. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work for Computer Science modules.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Computer Science
BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Data Analytics
BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
BSc (Hons) Media Technology (including Mobile & Internet Television pathway)
BSc (Hons) Multimedia and Internet Technology
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

When you study on the Music with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Music programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK. Music students from the IFY have won National Prizes.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 7 - Music. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following five modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Introduction to Music Theory 20 Credits
Music Theory & Compositional Techniques 20 Credits
Foundation Musicianship Skills 20 Credits
Foundation Performance Studies 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from small group tutorials to band work, individual tutorials and group workshops. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, performances, and project work.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BA (Hons) Music: Creative Music Technology
BA (Hons) Music: Musical Arts
BA (Hons) Music: Popular Music and Recording

When you study on the Art and Design with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your School of Arts and Media programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand 8 – Art and Design. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Creative Risk Taking 20
Credits Digital Media Applications 20 credits
Creative Practice Major Project 40 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from small group tutorials, to individual tutorials and group workshops. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment and project work.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

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

When you study on the Health with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Health programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within IFY Strand – Health. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40
Credits Mathematics 40 Credits
Science for Health 20 Credits
Communication for Health 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) Podiatry
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling Studies
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
BSc (Hons) Psychology with English Language
BSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport
BSc (Hons) Public Health

January Start

When you study on the Business with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Salford Business School programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme - International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within Strand 1 – Business. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Mathematics 40 Credits
Economics for Business 40 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and case studies for Economics for Business.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance*
BSc (Hons) Business and Economics*
BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management*
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

When you study on the Law with International Foundation Year strand, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Salford Business School programme. You’ll be ready to compete successfully with all the students on your Undergraduate programme – International Foundation Year students have produced amongst the highest results in their Undergraduate Programmes of any students, and year-on-year progression rates for students who have studied on the International Foundation Year are much better than those of students from the UK.

The following programmes are within Strand 5 - Law. If you take this strand, you’ll study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits
Economics for Business 40 Credits
Introduction to English Law and Systems 40 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and case studies for Economics for Business and Introduction to English law and Systems.

Have a look at the Undergraduate Programme you wish to progress to after the International Foundation Year by following the link below:

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Law
LLB (Hons) Law*
LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology*
LLB (Hons) Law with Management*
LLB (Hons) Law (Media and Digital Industries)*
LLB (Hons) Corporate Law*

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

English Language Requirements

International and non-native speakers of English will be required to have a minimum of UKVI IELTS with no less than 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in reading; 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.

Biochemistry

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

Fees

Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time To be confirmed

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time International £8,450

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.

Teaching

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

Assessment

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.

Employability

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.

Facilities

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. 

Other useful links:

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