International Foundation Year (IFY)  

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is a one year pre-university qualification, including a significant degree of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide candidates with an entry route to UK university courses or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business and Business IT.

The IFY aims to improve learners general and academic English language ability, enhance study skills and cultural understanding and introduce candidates to academic study in English in the fields of computing and/or business at a suitable level.

Why choose this qualification?

NCC Education’s International Foundation Year (IFY) is designed for speakers of English as a foreign language who are seeking to gain entry to Higher Education qualifications taught and assessed in English.

NCC Education’s International Foundation Year is:

  • Quality assured and well established in the UK and worldwide.

  • A valuable university preparation qualification which allows candidates to demonstrate their English language skills (both General and Academic) together with key transferrable study skills, cultural knowledge and mathematical understanding, as well as an understanding of the essential concepts of business and economics.

  • Recognized and valued by many universities, both in the UK and in other countries. There are over 30 university progression routes to UK and overseas universities.

  • A pathway to NCC Education’s level 4 Diploma qualifications and greater employment opportunities.

Course Structure

The qualification 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 all four 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 from a choice of four electives:

  • Introduction to Computing - provides you with a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organization 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.

  • Introduction to Business - provides you with an introduction to the purpose, types and organization 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.


Assessments and Examinations Assessments for all units will be offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are all assessed by either examination or assignments.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the NCC Education IFY qualification you must have:

  • Successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects;   AND
  • A valid score of 4.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively you can take the free NCC Education Standard English Placement Test which is administered by our Accredited Partner Centres.
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