This Foundation Course prepares international students for entry to the first year of a bachelor's degree at the University of Surrey, in subjects such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Food Science, Physics and Space Technology. On successful completion, you are guaranteed progression to one of the degree courses listed below (see Degree Progression).
The International Foundation Year is a rigorous programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language training. Classes are taught on campus at the University of Surrey using university style teaching methods, enabling overseas students to adapt quickly to academic life in a British university.
You will study academic English, study skills, mathematics and a self-study project related to your chosen degree subject. In addition, depending on your chosen degree subject, you will study a combination of the following academic modules:
Covering sound, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, electromagnetic waves, strengths of solids, fluids, heat and gases and the structure of the atom, electrical current and charge, potential difference, resistance, capacitance, transistors and amplifiers, electrical fields, gravitational fields, magnetic fields and electromagnetic fields.
Learn about formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding, understand equilibria, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.
- Pure Mathematics
Understand and interpret straight lines and linear equations, set theory and probability, statistics, linear programming, indices and logarithms and experimental laws, further algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors.
- Applied Mathematics
Learn about vectors, forces and equilibrium, relative motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction and work, energy and power, advanced vectors, forces as fixed vectors, centres of gravity/centres of mass and particle dynamics.
The International Foundation Year starts in September or January. On successful completion (minimum score 60% - 70%, depending on your chosen degree), you will progress to your chosen degree course, starting the following September. Students who do not meet the minimum English level for entry to the foundation year can study an extra term of English, starting June or September.
For Entry to the International Foundation Year
Completion of high school with good grades, equivalent to 5 passes (A-C) at GCSE. Minimum English level of:
- Standard foundation: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.
- Extended foundation: IELTS 4.0.
Non-EU students only. Minimum age 17 years.
For Direct Entry to a Bachelor's Degree
Students with strong English skills (IELTS 6.5+, with 6.0+ in all skills) and academic qualifications equivalent to A Level (AAB+) may be eligible for direct entry, without the need to study a foundation year first.
Contact your student advisor if you are not sure.
The International Foundation Year provides a direct path for international students to undergraduate degree study at the University of Surrey. There are pathways leading to degrees in subjects such as Business, Economics, Law, Politics, Film & Media Studies, Computing, Engineering, Sciences and Mathematics.
Classes are taught on campus at the University of Surrey International Study Centre using a variety of university style teaching methods, including tutorials, seminars and larger group lectures. There is regular assessment to make sure students remain on track to complete the programme successfully and achieve guaranteed progression to their chosen degree. Your final grade will be awarded based on a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations and extended essays.
At the end of the course, you will be equipped with the academic English and study skills needed to succeed in your chosen degree at the University of Surrey.