International Foundation Programme

Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one-year academic course specifically designed to prepare students for undergraduate study in the UK. Successful completion of the IFP will guarantee you a conditional place at the University of Bristol.

Why study International Foundation Programme at Bristol?

The programme provides a bridge between your existing qualifications and our undergraduate courses by developing your academic English and preparing you for undergraduate study. Through intensive classes, you will develop your language, critical thinking and independent study skills. This will enable you to fulfil your potential on an undergraduate course at Bristol. Your choice of subject-specific units will depend on the degree you wish to progress to.

The International Foundation Programme is taught by experienced teachers to nationally recognised teaching standards. You will study on campus with other international students from around the world.

Please visit the International Foundation Programme website for up-to-date information.

What kind of student would this course suit?

The programme is aimed at high-achieving students who do not have English as a first language and whose home high school system does not allow them to apply directly to the first year of an undergraduate degree in the UK. It is not suitable for students who have taken A-levels or the International Baccalaureate.

We are looking for students who will be successful on the International Foundation Programme. We also want you to do well on your undergraduate degree. To ensure this, we look at your high school grades and existing English language skills.

Read full details of our language and academic entry requirements.

How is this course taught and assessed?

As a student studying on the International Foundation Programme, you will attend lectures, tutorials and classes. Students studying on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pathway will also have practical and laboratory sessions. In addition to supervised teaching sessions, you will be expected to engage in independent study.

Our programmes are assessed in a number of ways, including through coursework and final exams in subject units and English units. Students on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pathway will also have practical assessments.

What are my career prospects?

Successfully completing the programme guarantees you a conditional offer from the University of Bristol for an agreed degree relevant to your previous studies. Our programme is also recognised by other UK universities.


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