International Foundation Year + Football

Manchester is known for many things, from being the home of the Industrial Revolution, music and of course football. We are the world’s most recognisable place for football, with two of the most famous football teams based here. From Albania to Zimbabwe, millions (if not billions!) of people instantly associate Manchester with football.

IMG 5210Manchester International College is really proud to bring an innovative and exciting development in education. We recognise that young people are passionate about sports, and especially football. Together with our coaches, Richard Edghill and Paco Palacious, we will give you the skills and practice to develop as a football player.

You can choose the Business Foundation PLUS Football Training. Our courses are designed to develop your academic skills, prepare you for an academic qualification and develop your skills in football.

Key Features

    •    A Foundation Year Programme to get you into university
    •    Experienced Manchester City FC Coaches
    •    60 Hours of Training
    •    60 Match Hours on MIC sponsored team, FC Ardwick
    •    Excellent Football Social Programme
    •    Home and Away Kit

Our hRichard-Edghillead coach, Richard Edghill has a long track record of playing and coaching. He has played with some of the English Premier League's top clubs, including Manchester City FC, Queen's Park Rangers, Bradford City FC and Macclesfield Town FC.Richard is also a coach with Manchester City FC Soccer School. 

We have students from all over the world on our programmes so you can be sure that your experience will be a memorable one. Join us here in Manchester and take the first step to securing your future.


Course Type Extended Academic Year
Start Dates July, August, September
Course Fees £12,500
Course Description

You should also be interested in developing your skills in football, but you do not need to be a professional player to join this programme!


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 Business - provides you with an introduction to the purpose, types and organisation of businesses. You will also become familiar with a range of business concepts such as basic marketing practices.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics - introduces you to the key principles of accounting and economics. You will become accustomed to concepts such as market structures and monetary policy and also learn how to produce simple financial statements.


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

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


  • University of Salford – BSc Business Management with Sport


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.

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 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

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 Tuesday, 07 August 2018 17:40