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Foundation Programme - NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)

NCUK is unique in UK higher education. It is a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to providing international students with guaranteed access to universities and helping students to succeed when they get there.
NCUK qualifications are recognised by NCUK universities and by most others across the UK, including many in the Russell Group, and also by universities internationally.
Since 1987, NCUK has helped 30,000 students gain access to leading UK universities. NCUK delivers pathway programmes that allow you to gain the skills and qualifications you need to succeed at university.
The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) is designed with NCUK university partners to prepare international students for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses.
Its purpose is to help bridge the gap between a student's local qualification and starting a university degree.
Students who successfully complete the IFY gain guaranteed access to thousands of degree courses at NCUK universities. No one else can offer this guarantee.
Why study the NCUK IFY at MPW?
Your best possible start
Most foundation programmes offer you very limited choices, often to just one university. NCUK’s International Foundation Year (NCUK IFY) taught at MPW gives students access to a wide range of universities and degree courses worldwide.
All NCUK programmes also include a specialist English for Academic Purposes module designed to provide the language and study skills that will give students a head start on their undergraduate degrees in the UK.
An accredited partner
As an NCUK fully accredited partner, MPW offers outstanding academic and social facilities, giving students access to a stimulating and safe learning environment. All of our staff are fully qualified and are experts in their field.
Excellent university progression
Because of NCUK’s relationship with their 16 partner universities, they can guarantee entry into over 3,000 degree programmes in the UK. NCUK also work with a number of partner universities offering progression to successful NCUK IFY students. Students can choose the programme and university that are right for them.
NCUK Partner Universities include:
  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Kent
  • Kingston University London
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Salford, Manchester
  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University
NCUK students have also gained places at the following universities:
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Durham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • King’s College London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Warwick
University of Birmingham Law
University of Bristol Mathematics and Statistics
Monash University, Australia Nursing
University of Leeds Architectural Engineering
University of Lancaster Business Management

Campus Information

London Campus

Leading fifth- and sixth-form college offering a wide range of GCSE and A level subjects in a socially relaxed yet highly academically disciplined environment. Renowned for exceptional university placements, outstanding accreditation and bespoke approach to education. The academic achievements of our students are celebrated by the college and recognised by the wider sector. MPW students feature highly in the CIFE Awards presented annually to high achievers at the House of Lords.

Birmingham Campus

Leading independent sixth-form college offering a comprehensive range of A Level and GCSE courses giving students the flexibility to choose subjects that interest them the most. We strive to inspire and motivate our students to transform their academic aspirations into reality. The academic achievements of our students are celebrated by the college and recognised by the wider sector. MPW students feature highly in the CIFE Awards presented annually to high achievers at the House of Lords.

Cambridge Campus

Leading independent fifth- and sixth-form college offering a wide range of A Level & GCSE subjects in a friendly, successful and thriving environment right in the heart of Cambridge. Our goal at MPW is to equip students with the academic and personal skills they require to advance successfully to the next stage of their education; our academic successes are testimony to our dedication to work with our students to achieve these goals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 21

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The majority of students move on to university and enter a variety of degree-level courses, including medicine and dentistry. Staff keenly support students in their applications to university, which includes help with preparing for interviews, attending university summer schools and securing work experience.

PSW Opportunity

No stay back. only those who complete 1 or 2 years PG program will get

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet
the same standard) with good grades
English Language Requirement
IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with no less than 5.0 in any single band)
Validating Body: Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK)

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 21750 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
This Institution is not directly represented by us and applications / visa support (to them) attract a nominal charge