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International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a course for international students who wish to take a degree or Higher National Diploma course in the United Kingdom.

The University of Worcester IFP provides intensive study of the English language (including business English), combined with an introduction to study skills, to chosen subject studies, and to British life and institutions. You will receive excellent support from our experienced tutors, both during and outside class sessions.There will also be plenty of opportunity to explore the cathedral city of Worcester and other places of interest in the UK.

Once you have successfully completed the IFP and passed the final exam you can:

  • enter the first year of a degree course at the University of Worcester - a pass in our IFP guarantees you a place on a University of Worcester undergraduate degree course, subject to departmental approval, at an agreed level of achievement;
  • apply for entry into the first year of a degree course at another university in the UK - this has to be done via UCAS, the central organisation that processes applications for entry to higher education in the UK;
  • apply for entry to university in your own or another country to continue your studies;
  • get a job and start your working life.
Duration

How long is the course?

The duration of the standard course is a full academic year, split into three blocks. Students may join at any of the three starting points (block 1, block 2 or block 3), provided that they have sufficiently high IELTS scores to qualify.

Start dates standard course

Block 1: 3rd October 2016 - 9th December 2016

Block 2: 30th January 2017 - 24th March 2017

Block 3: 24th April 2017 - 26th May or 30th June 2017

Alternatively, if you have a higher level of English, there is a 12-week fast-track programme. Fast-track courses run throughout the year. For more information about the Fast-track programme, including dates, please contact us at languagecentre@worc.ac.uk.


Entry requirements

Standard full-year course

  • Home-country qualifications of at least university-entrance standard
  • An educational level that indicates likely success on the International Foundation Programme

and
for entry to IFP Block 1: an IELTS score of 4.5 or higher with not less than 4.5 in the written test
for entry to IFP Block 2: an IELTS score of 5.0 or higher with not less than 5.0 in the written test
for entry to IFP Block 3: an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher with not less than 5.5 in the written test

Fast-track course

  • Home-country qualifications of at least university-entrance standard
  • An educational level that indicates likely success on the International Foundation Programme

and
an IELTS score of 5.0 or higher with not less than 5.0 in the written test


Course content

Units

Standard full-year course

Block 1
IFPP 0100: The English Language Skills Unit
IFPP 0200: The Study Skills for Higher Education Unit

Block 2
IFPP 0300: The English for Academic Writing Unit
IFPP 0400: The English for Specific Purposes Unit
IFPP 0500: The Academic Listening and Reading Unit

Block 3
IFPP 0600: The Foundation Project Unit
IFPP 0700: The Introduction to British Life and Institutions Unit

Fast-track course

IFPP 0300: The English for Academic Writing Unit
IFPP 0400: The English for Specific Purposes Unit
IFPP 0500: The Academic Listening and Reading Unit
IFPP 0600: The Foundation Project Unit
IFPP 0700: The Introduction to British Life and Institutions Unit


Cost

Fees

Standard full-year course

EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students: £8,500

One block

EU students: £1,500
Non-EU students: £3,000

Fast-track course

EU students: £2,600
Non-EU students: £5,200

The final exam at the end of block 3 is included in the course fee. If you wish to take an examination at the end of block 1 or block 2, an examination fee of £155 applies.

*Fees as at December 2016 for the academic year 2016-17


How to apply

Application process

To apply for the programme, please complete the Part-time Study Application Form and post it to

Admissions Office
Registry Services
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester
WR2 6AJ
United Kingdom

Alternatively, you can scan in your completed form and email it to admissions@worc.ac.uk.