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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.