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International Foundation Programme

Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is an intensive year 13 academic programme that offers international  students direct entry to a wide range of UK universities.

International Foundation Progamme course durations and start dates

Duration Starts Every English Requirement (Minimum) Available At
1 year September IELTS 5.0 Abbey College Cambridge, DLD College London, Abbey College Manchester
18 month January IELTS 4.5  Abbey College Manchester
2 year September IELTS 4.0  Abbey College Manchester

Why Study International Foundation Programme?

Unlike many foundation programmes, our destinations are not limited to a choice of one or two partne universities. This means students are free to progress to a wide range of UK universities, including many
UK top 20 ranked and Russell Group institutions.

How are International Foundation Programmes taught?

The programme offers a range of subject-related pathways, which give access to complementary subjects at university. Each pathway is made up of a number of modules, depending on which pathway you choose you might have a choice of modules, they may be all compulsory, or a mix of elective and compulsory modules.

Each module is assessed individually, with three assessment points through each term and an opportunity to resit modules if necessary. Students achieve an overall score based on all their individual module assessments.

Progression from the International Foundation Programme

Our foundation students can progress to a wide-range of top-ranked universities. University destinations in 2021 included Durham University, the University of Bath, King’s College London, the University of Manchester, City, University of London, and the University of York.

International Foundation Programme Destinations 2021

Our International Foundation Programme students progressed to the following universities in 2021:

  • Durham University
  • University of Bath
  • Loughborough University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Southampton
  • King’s College London
  • University of York
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Manchester
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Reading
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Newcastle University
  • Aston University
  • University of Kent
  • University of Sussex
  • Keele University
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Buckingham
  • City, University of London
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
  • Coventry University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • University of Huddersfield
  • The University of Law
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Regent’s University London
  • Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
  • Royal Colleg of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • University of Salford
  • St George’s University, Grenada
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Westminster

We offer the following International Foundation Programme Pathways at each of our colleges:

Abbey College Cambridge DLD College London Abbey College Manchester
Art Yes
Biomedical Science Yes
Business & Economics Yes Yes
Business Management & Economics Yes
Computer Science & Mathematics Yes
Creative Art Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes
Fashion Management Yes
Humanities Yes Yes
Mathematics & Economics Yes
Medicine Yes Yes
Science Yes Yes
Social Sciences Yes
Sport Yes

Special features

An exclusive agreement gives our Fashion Management and Art students the option to progress on to study  at the London, Milan, or Paris school of the prestigious Istituto Marangoni. Students can also progress onto fashion programmes at other top universities.

Our Medicine pathway is accepted by the medical schools of Aston University, Brunel University, the University of Buckingham, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the University of Nicosia, St George’s University Grenada, Queen Mary University of London (Malta campus), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and the American University of Antigua.