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NCUK International Foundation Year

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Prepare for your undergraduate studies by studying on our NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) Programme.


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    Upper Intermediate
    I can communicate without much difficulty but still make some mistakes and misunderstand sometimes.
  • c1
    I can speak and understand very well but in unfamiliar situations may have a few problems with topic-specific vocabulary.
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Key Dates
Start Date:16.01.2023
End Date:30.06.2023
NCUK Assessment:03.07.2023 - 14.07.2023

Course Details

Start Date:
Class Size:
Maximum 15 students
Course Length:
20 weeks
Total Course Length:
24 weeks (including orientation & assessment weeks)
Minimum Age:
Monday - Friday


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NCUK International Foundation Year

Our International Foundation Year is designed to give you the best possible preparation for undergraduate study at university. The course has been carefully designed to give you a balanced grounding in the skills you will need at university.

Our International Foundation Year offers:

  • Frequent and structured mentoring sessions with a personal tutor

  • Personalised guidance and support for careers and university applications

  • Personalised and individual attention

Successful completion of the NCUK International Foundation Year guarantees you a place at an NCUK University.
Choose from 6,000+ degree courses at 45+ NCUK Universities worldwide.

About NCUK

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) programme is a pre-university programme designed for international students to prepare them for study in English-language universities. It develops students’subject knowledge, study skills and English language competency to a level suitable for smooth progression to undergraduate study.

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NCUK Universities recognise the programme as meeting their entry requirements for international
students, with progression contingent on students satisfying the performance criteria published in the NCUK Course Finder. The list of accepting universities can be seen on the university pages of the NCUK

NCUK guarantees students a place on a programme of study at one of the NCUK Universities provided that the student performs to the level specified by the NCUK Guarantee.

Aims of the International Foundation Year Programme

The aims of the NCUK IFY programme are to:

  • Provide international students with a high quality pre-undergraduate education, with outcomes
    comparable with internationally recognised High School qualifications such as GCE A levels.

  • Prepare students for study at undergraduate level in English-language at universities that offer
    degree courses taught in English.

  • Enhance the English language ability of students to enable them to communicate and study
    effectively and confidently at undergraduate level.

  • Develop the study skills, subject knowledge and related capabilities required for successful study
    at undergraduate level in an NCUK University.

  • Cultivate a commitment to good practice in academic work.

  • Provide students with the necessary skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous

  • Give students practical experience of different methods that may be used to develop and assess their learning.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:
The aim of this module is to develop the relevant skills required to carry out research at master’s level. It will:

  • Use English confidently in an academic environment and demonstrate a proficiency in English
    language to a standard of at least NCUK EAP ‘C’ grade.

  • Make effective use of a range of generic and subject-specific study skills.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in subject-specific areas at a level suitable for undergraduate university

  • Demonstrate their learning through a range of assessment methods that prepare them for the expectations of university degree.


Tutorial and Guidance

In addition to your lessons, you will have regular group and individual tutorials with your tutors who will provide you with advice on how best you can improve.

University Guidance

You will have regular meetings with our University Counsellor who will provide you with guidance and support so that you can submit your university application.


Orientation Week

There will be an orientation week to help familiarise yourself with Cardiff, Celtic English Academy, Study Skills and NCUK.

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If you are thinking about going to university, then why not book a free initial appointment with our in-house University Counsellor? To find out more about this service, please visit our University Counselling page.

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