What is a Foundation course in the UK?
Foundation courses are for high school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university. The foundation course acts as a bridge between your current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements and is designed to bridge academic gaps, improve your English and familiarise you with UK life and culture in preparation for your UK university degree course.
What is the duration of a foundation course in the UK?
Foundation courses are of one year duration if you start in September. Additionally, most UK foundation courses that begin in January also allow you start your degree studies in September.
Who should take a foundation course in the UK?
Generally, students who do not meet the entry requirements of a particular UK University and wish to study in that University can do a foundation course with the University and then progress to year 1 of Bachelors studies in the same UK University. Additionally, students who wish to acclimatise with the UK education system before entering in to the main Bachelors level programme can study a foundation course
Who runs foundation courses and where can I study?
Many UK Universities offer their own foundation degrees eg. Queen Mary University of London. There are also foundation education providers like Kaplan, INTO, Navitas, Study Group, Cambridge Education Group that run these foundation courses inside the campus of the UK University whose Bachelors degree you eventually wish to join
Foundation courses are available for which subjects/fields?
Foundation courses can prepare you for a variety of subjects such as: Business, Finance & Management; Computing; Law; Art and Design; Engineering; Social Science; Medicine; Science and Pharmacy, Media; and Humanities
Foundation Course Requirements
Minimum IELTS: 4.5 is required for international students to study foundation a UK foundation course with no single component lesser than 4.0. Some Universities have a higher entry requirement of up to 5.0 in IELTS.
Documents required to study a foundation course in UK include:
- Minimum IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent
- Higher Secondary School Certificate
- Higher Secondary transcripts
- Reference letter from your high school teacher
- Personal statement
- Scanned copy of passport and visa
- Completed application form
List of some foundation providers and the University you can enter for Bachelors thereafter:
Navitas UK university programmes are offered on campus at the following UK Universities:
- Anglia Ruskin University International College
- Birmingham City University International College
- Brunel University International College
- Edinburgh Napier University International College
- University of Hertfordshire International College
- Robert Gordon University International College
- Plymouth University International College
- University of Portsmouth International College
- Swansea University International College
INTO has centres at the following locations:
INTO London World Education Centre
INTO University of Stirling
INTO University of Stirling London
INTO University of East Anglia
INTO University of Exeter
INTO Newcastle University
INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
INTO Queen’s University Belfast
INTO University of East Anglia Newton A-level Programme
INTO City University London
INTO St George’s, University of London
INTO University of Gloucestershire
INTO Manchester IPW University of Manchester
INTO Manchester IPW Manchester Metropolitan
The Cambridge Education Group have long standing partnerships with many top UK universities, including:
Birkbeck, University of London
Queen Mary, University of London
London South Bank University
Goldsmiths, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
UCL, Institute of Education
UCLAN, University of Central Lancashire
University of Sunderland
Kingston University London
Royal Veterinary College
Study Group have International Study Centres at the following UK institutions:
Coventry University London Campus
University of Leeds
Royal Holloway, University of London
University College Dublin
University of Huddersfield
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
Liverpool John Moores University
University of Law
University of Sheffield
University of Strathclyde
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
And there are many UK Universities who offer their own foundation courses
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