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University Of Manchester

Foundation Years For International Students

The University of Manchester usually requires A Levels (or equivalent) for direct entry to a bachelor's degree. Some overseas qualifications1 are accepted, but most international students have to study a foundation year before progressing to the first year of a degree at Manchester.

There are two foundation options, depending on the subject you want to study, your academic qualifications and your English level.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year is taught on campus at the university and offers progression to selected degrees2 in Science and Engineering. You will need excellent high school grades (A/B or 90% average in relevant subjects) to qualify for this course and you have to meet the university's standard English requirement (IELTS 6.0, with 5.5 in all skills). You must apply for this course using the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
  • The INTO Manchester International Foundation Programme offers guaranteed progression to a wider range of degree subjects and has lower academic and English requirements. It leads to a nationally recognised Foundation Certificate, which is accepted by many leading universities in the UK as well as Manchester. You can find out more and apply on our website using the following links: Biosciences, Engineering, Science, Law, Humanties, Pharmacy, Psychology and Social Sciences.

Important: IGCSE Students

IGCSE qualifications are not accepted for entry to a Foundation Year at The University of Manchester. If you are an IGCSE student and you want to study a foundation year at a leading UK university, we recommend the following options. All the universities listed below have a similar or higher rank to Manchester and accept IGCSE for entry to their foundation years.

  • University of Birmingham

    University Foundation Pathway
    Birmingham

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  • University of Bristol

    International Foundation Programme
    Bristol

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  • Cardiff University

    International Foundation Year
    Cardiff

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  • Durham University

    International Foundation Year
    Durham

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  • University of Exeter

    International Foundation Year
    Exeter

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  • Newcastle University

    International Foundation Year
    Newcastle

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  • University of Nottingham

    International Foundation Certificate
    Nottingham

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  • University of Sheffield

    International Foundation Year
    Sheffield

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  • University of York

    International Foundation Certificate
    York

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1 Acceptable qualifications include: Malaysia (STPM), Nigeria & Ghana (ND/HND), Hong Kong (HKDSE), India (HSSC).

2 Integrated foundation programmes are available for these degrees: Aerospace Engineering, Artificial Intelligence Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering Physics and Biosciences.

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