Foundation Courses in the UK

In the United Kingdom, there are a variety of foundation courses available

What is the concept of a Foundation course?

If you are an international student finishing your high school exams, have completed less than 13 years of education and would like to take your first degree in the UK, you will need to study a foundation course at a UK university or college. A foundation is a one-year preparation course for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation for entry onto a UK university undergraduate course.

Foundation programmes are for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university. The foundation course acts as a bridge between your current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements and is designed to plug academic gaps, improve your English and familiarize you with UK life and culture in preparation for university.

Types of Foundation Courses

Foundation courses can help you prepare for a range of areas, including management, finance, business, law, design and art, engineering, social science, medicine, as well as computing, science, humanities, media, and pharmacy. 

Certain foundation institutions have agreements with colleges and can ensure a student’s admission if they get satisfactory results. Many programs will have students living on campus, with full university status and access to athletic facilities, equipment, and libraries. 

Requirements for the Foundation Course

International students intending to study a foundation must have a minimum IELTS score of 4.5, with no single element below 4.0. If you do not have any official English qualifications, you may be required to enroll in an English language course or college before beginning your foundation study. The following documents and admission requirements are required: 

  1. A 4.5 or comparable IELTS score is required. 
  1. Certificate of Postsecondary Education 
  1. Transcripts from Secondary School 
  1. a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher 
  1. Statement of purpose 
  1. Passport and visa scanned copies 

If you need to enhance your English, our London Language Centre offers IELTS preparation classes for all levels and skills. Learn how to improve your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by taking an IELTS to practice exam. 

What are the locations where I can take a Foundation course?

If you’d like to learn more about pursuing a foundation course to seek admission to a UK university, contact VISA VERTEX London now for a free consultation. 

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