International Foundation Year - Computing

Are you looking for a foundation pathway into a British university?

Our International Foundation Year – Computing Pathway is the perfect introduction to studying in the UK. We will guide you from the moment you arrive in Manchester and prepare you to enter year 1 in a UK university.

The programme combines General English lessons with lectures and seminars in 5 different disciplines.  On successful completion of the course, you will receive the International Foundation Year certificate awarded by NCC Education (UK NQF Level 3) and best of all, you will be ready to start university!


Course Type Extended Academic Year
Start Dates July, August, September
Course Fees

July - £8500

August & September - £8000

January - £7500

Course Description

To complete the qualification you must study and pass eight units.


The course consists of the following six core units:


  • Developing English Language Skills - develops your English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve allfour skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables you to acquire a broad range of knowledge which you can use to confidently and effectively communicate in English. The unit guides you through Intermediate and then Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.
  • Advanced English Language Skills - enables you to put into practice the language you have acquired and develop into an advanced user of English. You will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending your knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
  • English for Academic Purposes - develops your understanding and use of the key linguistic skills necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment where you are being taught in English.  
  • Study and Communication Skills - equips you with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. You will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures to your studies.
  • Culture Studies - enables you to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures. You will learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture,with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
  • Foundation Mathematics - builds upon your existing knowledge in the areas of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for your future career.


A further two units must be taken to prepare for a business degree at university:


  • Introduction to Computing - provides you with a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
  • Introduction to Programming - exposes you to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.


Students will also follow an IELTS preparation course as part of their English Language studies in the final term.


As part of the IFY programme, you will study English language at three stages - Intermediate (CEFR B1) in Term 1, Upper-Intermediate (CEFR B2) and English for Academic Purposes in Term 2 and Advanced (CEFR C1) plus IELTS Preparation in Term 3.


In Term 2 and Term 3, students attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops in 5 different disciplines (3 core modules and 2 electives).


Our syllabus combines communicative classroom-based lessons, modern technology and exam training and techniques to prepare students for the NCC exams at the end of each English module.


All Lessons are Monday-Friday with morning and afternoon classes with approximately 20 x 60 minutes tuition per week. Students are also expected to do at least 12 hours of self-study per week.


This course is assessed by examination and assignments.


Average class size 10-12 (maximum 15 students, minimum 5 students).

University  Progression

Once you complete your course with us, you will be ready to move onto degrees like:

  • Kingston University – any undergraduate degree in computer science, Information Systems, Games Technology, Cyber Security/Forensics or Web Development
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – All computing degrees, including Software Engineering, Media Technology
  • University of Central Lancashire  – Computer Games Development, Forensic Computing, Software Engineering
  • University of Leeds – Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Information Technology
  • University of Salford – all computing school degrees, PLUS Civil Engineering, Aircraft Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics


This is just a small selection of available pathways – please see our page on progression for more information, or contact us directly.   


During your studies with us, you will also get help from our team on your university choices. This includes UCAS applications, interview preparation, writing a perfect personal statement, and even visits to open days.


In 2013, our students received offers from the following universities: Manchester Metropolitan, Nottingham, Salford, Coventry, Hull, Portsmouth and many more!

Entry Requirements

Completed secondary schooling in your home country




July entry: IELTS 4.0 minimum
August & September entry: IELTS 4.5 minimum
January Fast Track entry: IELTS 5.5 minimum


Minimum age 16/17.

Visa Advice International students from outside the EU/EAA will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Additional Costs

All course materials are included in the course fees. However, students will be expected to provide stationery and files for their personal use.


Manchester Airport Pick-Up Service: £50 one way or £100 return.


Registration Fee: £50 for Overseas Non-EU nationals, £30 for Overseas EU nationals and £20 for 'Local' students.


Express Courier Delivery Charge: £20.

Additional information

Last Updated:

 Tuesday, 07 August 2018 17:40