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University Foundation Courses

The Fastest Route To UK Universities For International Students

University Foundation Courses prepare international students for entry to the first year of a bachelor's degree (year 2 in Scotland1). They are intensive programmes of academic subjects, study skills and English language and take less than one year to complete.

Some foundation courses are taught on campus at the university where you will study your degree. Most offer guaranteed progression and you should choose this option if you have already decided the university where you want to study.

Other foundation courses are taught at private international schools. These do not offer guaranteed progression, but you will be able to apply to a wider range of universities. This is the best option if you have not decided on a particular university and want to keep your options open for as long as possible.

Why Choose This Course?

  • The fastest route to a British university for most international students.
  • Guaranteed progression on successful completion for most foundation courses.
  • The best option for students who want to study subjects like Art, Business, Engineering, Law, Humanities and Social Sciences. Students who want to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine should consider an A Level Pathway instead.
  • A low cost route compared to the alternatives.

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

For entry to these courses, you will need a minimum English level of IELTS 4.5 (4.0+ in all skills). If you do not meet this level, you may still be accepted if you study an Academic English Course before your foundation course begins.

Age Requirements

You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course.

Academic Requirements

If your qualifications are not listed below, ask your student advisor to assess your qualifications for you.

Your Country Minimum2 Requirements
International IGCSE 4 passes (C+) or IB (20+ points)
Angola Secondary School Certificate (GPA 10+)
Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
Ghana WAEC / NECO (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
India 10 + 0 (60%+) or 10 + 1 (55%+) or 10 + 2 (45%+)
Jordan Twajihi / Secondary School Certificate (4 subjects, 50%+)
Kazakhstan Attestat (4 subject passes)
Kenya KCSE / O Level (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
Kuwait General Secondary School Certificate (4 subjects, 60%+)
Malaysia SPM (5 subjects, 25 - 30)
Morocco Baccalaureate (10+ points)
Nigeria WAEC / NECO (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
Oman Thanawiya Amma (4 subjects, 60%+)
Qatar Thanawaya Aam Qatari (60%+ average)
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiya / General Secondary Education Certificate (4 subjects, 60%+)
South Africa Senior Certificate + Matriculation Endorsement (4 subjects, E+)
Tanzania Secondary School Certificate (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
UAE Tawjihiyya / School Leaving Certificate (4 subjects, 60%+)
Zambia Zambian School Certificate (4 subjects, grades 1 - 6)
Other Countries Completion of secondary school in your own country (Year 11+) with good grades.

Note: You do not need a university foundation course if you already have the qualifications for direct entry to a bachelor's degree. If you are not sure, see our guide to UK university entry requirements or ask your student advisor for advice.

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1 A Bachelor's degree takes 4 years to complete in Scotland (3 years in the rest of the UK).
2 Other equivalent qualifications will be considered. Where specified, the minimum number of subjects must be relevant to the degree you want to study and exclude your native language. Business, science and engineering foundation courses require maths.

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