International Foundation Year - Business

The IFY is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study at a UK university. You will strengthen your English language skills and develop Business related knowledge.

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The International Foundation Year (IFY) in Business is a one-year pathway designed to prepare international students for first year entry to an undergraduate degree course at university in the UK or abroad.

This course will strengthen your English language and academic skills as well as develop subject specific knowledge in Business topics such as Marketing and HR.

By successfully completing our foundation, you are guaranteed access to one of the many NCUK Guaranteed Universities. In addition to these universities, many students have gone onto study at a number of other institutions in the UK and worldwide.

To join this course, you will need to have completed high school and meet the English language requirements. You will need to take a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

Key Information



Full course:

9 months

Shorter course:

6 months

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional Required IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional Required IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Subject-specific modules

This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts required in a range of
business subjects studied at degree-level. Students will begin to appreciate the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas.

The overall aim of this module is to introduce the basic economic concepts and principles. Reference is mainly to the UK experience in preparation for studying with British students at university. This module may cover a wide range of micro and macroeconomics.

This module gives you an English qualification recognised by universities and can be used for visa purposes. The module aims to develop your English language skills with a focus on Academic English.

*Please note: The English for Academic Purposes is for non-native speakers of English

Oxford International Pathway College (OIPC) – Oxford Centre is a recognised NCUK Delivery Centre. The curriculum studied is designed by NCUK. For more information please visit NCUK here.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)