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