International Foundation Programme

Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one-year academic course specially designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK.

Why study International Foundation Programme at Bristol?

This programme is aimed at high-achieving students who are aspiring to progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol. Through intensive classes you will develop your academic language, critical thinking, subject knowledge and independent study skills. These skills are essential in enabling you to fulfil your potential on an undergraduate degree course at Bristol.

When you pass the International Foundation Programme at the required level you will be guaranteed a place at the University. If you are considering our Medicine or Dentistry degrees, you will be guaranteed an interview.

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

What kind of student would this course suit?

This programme is aimed at high-achieving international students aspiring to progress to an undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol. There are four pathways for you to choose from depending on your chosen undergraduate degree. Within your pathway you will study units that prepare you for your future degree. You will need a minimum level of English to be accepted onto this programme.

Find out more about the entry requirements.

How is this course taught and assessed?

Our teaching is designed to help you transition into university life. You will be taught by highly qualified University of Bristol academic staff and will have access to all University resources and facilities. You will study with other international students from around the world.

You will attend lectures, tutorials, and classes. Many students on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pathway will also have practical and laboratory sessions. The Medicine and Dentistry pathway includes practical and laboratory sessions as well as clinical observations. In addition to supervised teaching sessions, you will be expected to engage in independent study.

You will have a personal tutor to support your academic progress and access to wellbeing advisers throughout your studies to make sure your time at Bristol is rewarding. They will also offer guidance on progressing onto an undergraduate course within Bristol or the UK.

Our programmes are assessed in a number of ways, including coursework and final exams in subject units and English units. Many students on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Medicine and Dentistry pathways will also have practical assessments.

What are my career prospects?

Passing the International Foundation Programme at the required level guarantees you a place at the University or an interview for those interested in our Medicine or Dentistry degree courses.

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