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International Foundation Year
Undergraduate course
Foundation Certificate

International Foundation Year

Home/EU students ? This course is not eligible for funding via the Students Loan Company.


If English is not your first language, this international foundation year will give you the necessary English language ability and subject-specific knowledge to study an undergraduate degree within UK higher education.

You will gain an understanding of British culture and universities, and you will work on your intercultural communication, maths, research and study skills. You will also become more aware of the requirements of studying at a UK university, helping you to be more successful and confident on your chosen undergraduate degree.

You might study some parts of the course with British students, while other sessions will be with fellow international students. The teaching on this course is British Council accredited.


Class time: In Semester one, there will be 14.1 taught hours per week. In addition, in some weeks there will be personal tutorials, drop-in sessions, during which you can speak to tutors on an informal basis, and guest lectures, as well as15 hours per week of self-study.

In Semester two, there will be a minimum of 10 taught hours per week depending on your subject route. In addition, there will be some weeks with personal tutorials and drop-in sessions.

Please note: Your class timetable will be provided at induction. All classes take place during the working week from Monday to Friday. There will be no classes on national holidays.

Class size: Maximum 23 students, except in the Researching Contemporary Britain lectures and some subject module classes, which will be determined in the pathway Schools.

Teaching Materials: All materials will be provided with the exception of the English Skills and Maths course book, which you will need to purchase at the maximum cost of £30. Many of the materials are available for loan free-of-charge from the University Library. 

The minimum age upon entry to this course is 17. Please note that our English language courses are adult courses. The university does not act `in loco parentis' and cannot provide 24-hour supervision of 17-year-olds. A signed Parental Consent form for students under the age of 18 is required prior to enrolment.

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We will help you improve your study skills through projects, essays and practical exercises. Your lectures and seminars will develop your understanding of British culture and learning at UK universities. You will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and classroom tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You will also be given access to online self-study resources and matched with a personal tutor who will offer you guidance throughout the course.

After completing this course, your communication and presentation skills, time management, problem solving, and organisation and planning skills will all increase. Your intercultural awareness and self-confidence will benefit and you will be able to show greater initiative in all that you do. All of these skills will prepare you for your next programme of study and the workplace when you graduate.

This course welcomes a range of guest speakers. They will provide unique and insightful views and opinions on how best to settle into the UK and how to achieve the most from your time at university. When studying at Leeds Beckett University, you will be able to volunteer for a range of opportunities, both here and abroad.

The English modules on this course are accredited by the British Council and taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers. We are also an approved Cambridge Delta centre.

In the International Student Barometer Autumn survey 2016 Leeds Beckett University was ranked 2nd in the world for personal tutors**.

**i-graduate Student Barometer, Autumn Wave 2016.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Expert careers service
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements

GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs. Academic study to a minimum of GCSE equivalent plus one year of study or work experience is required. Where appropriate, experience and professional qualifications will be considered in place of academic qualifications. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa for study on this course you must take the IELTS for UKVI test, from a UKVI-approved IELTS test centre.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
You need to show English language ability of IELTS 4.5 overall with no skill below 4.5.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Grace Amarachi Lekwauwa


Grace Amarachi Lekwauwa
Current student

BA (Hons) International Relations & Peace Studies

“Following my foundation course, I decided to stay on and do my undergraduate degree - which I love. My dream is to work for a charity or government organisation and finding solutions that make the world a better place.

Teaching and learning

Core Modules

Develop academic English language competence in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to prepare for undergraduate study.

Enhance the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking with a focus on research for an independent study related to your degree subject choice. You will learn to read critically and summarise, paraphrase, synthesise and reference when writing texts for academic purposes.

Develop research skills, gain a deeper understanding of British society and learn how to take more responsibility for learning through leading and actively participating in seminars. You will develop skills in planning and managing learning, listening and understanding lecture content and applying that learning further in seminars as well as developing use of digital technology to evidence learning through an online portfolio.

Develop communication, creativity, enterprise, group work, digital literacy and IT skills in a group context, and learn to transfer these skills to your undergraduate degree and the workplace.

Develop the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto a wide range of undergraduate courses. You will focus on real world problem solving and understand the language and methods of maths used in a UK Higher Education setting.

Option modules may include:

Experience a module from your chosen undergraduate degree to help develop subject knowledge and appropriate study skills, and to manage expectations and integrate better with students and tutors on your selected course. If you are a student who is starting in January, this is a core module.

If you wish to progress on to an undergraduate course with 'Eng' in the title, you will need to study this additional non-credit bearing Applied Mathematics module in semester two. This will provide learning in specialist engineering mathematics content.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

 Wendy Altinors
Wendy Altinors
Senior Lecturer
Wendy uses her experiences of teaching around the world to support her international students during their time in the UK. She taught English in Japan, Ecuador and Turkey. She is also an experienced teacher trainer. Wendy is currently studying for a PhD researching the integration processes of Turkish immigrants in Germany.
The Foundation Year tutors really enjoy teaching and supporting you to fulfil your potential and develop your linguistic ability and confidence. We will also provide you with appropriate subject knowledge to enable you to be a successful undergraduate student at a UK university.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.


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