International University Foundation Programme

Starts from:Sun, May 19, 2019
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International University Foundation Programme (IUFP)

The International University Foundation Programme (IUFP) is a one year full-time pre-degree course, which offers students a fast-track alternative entry route to leading  Universities for degree courses.

The programme is aimed at international students including those based in the United Kingdom and seeking direct admittance into Universities after one year of study and without needing to undertake the two year GCE ’A’ Levels course.

Students successfully completing the IUFP can progress to degree courses at Universities that have signed Progression Agreements with London College of Business and Law (formerly Middlesex College of Law), or indicated through formal correspondence that they will consider IUFP applicants for admission to undertake specific courses, or in other cases have informally recognised the IUFP by agreeing to consider applicants on a case-by-case basis. Informal recognition of the IUFP indicates that such universities will consider applications from students completing the IUFP on a case-by-case basis.

Benefits of IUFP

  1. Provides a one year fast-track alternative direct entry route to prestigious Universities for Degree courses.
  2. Enables students to secure direct admittance into leading Universities without the need to undertake a two year GCE A levels course.
  3. Allow students to progress to a wide range of degree courses, which include Accounting, Business, Computing, Finance, Information Technology, International Relations, International Development, Law, Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Social Sciences, Politics, etc.
  4. Option to select leading Universities of choice, which includes Anglia Ruskin University, University of Hertfordshire, Middlesex University (C-by-C), University of Exeter (C-by-C for BSc Sociology), University of Sussex (C-by-C), University of Kent (C-by-C), University of Portsmouth, University of Greenwich, Nottingham Trent University (C-by-C) and Leeds Beckett University (C-by-C), University of Chester, University of Western Australia, amongst others.
  5. Equips students with the skills required to ease into degree programmes of their choice once they arrive in the United Kingdom.
  6. Familiarize students with the standard of academic study obtained at Universities.
  7. Give students a thorough grounding in Academic English helps to prepare them for the IELTS examinations, which is a prerequisite of most Universities.
  8. For students undertaking the programme in their home country, studying IUFP enables them to grow and mature at home and within a familiar territory for another year before they depart abroad for their degree studies.

Course Structure

IUFP is an intensive university foundation programme and requires students to undertake at least six subjects over a period of one year. All students on the programme will undertake three compulsory Core  subjects and three Electives of their choice, depending on the degree they wish to pursue.

Students will undertake the three compulsory Core subjects in the first term (Sept-Dec) in addition to the three elective subjects, which they will continue in the second (Jan-Mar) and third terms (Apr-Jun). These elective modules will be subject areas relevant to the student’s choice of degree course.

Core Subjects

Academic English

Study Skills

IT Applications




Business Studies




Government and Politics






IELTS Provision

Partner Schools and Colleges delivering the IUFP will offer additional English language classes to students undertaking the IUFP in order to improve their IELTS score to at least an overall score of 6.0 (6.0 in each sub-test) and above during programme.

Additional classes will be offered to students in order to improve their IELTS score to at least an overall Score of 6.0 and above during the programme. Unless a student already possesses an IELTS overall score of 6.0 or an English Language qualification that meets the University’s entry criteria, all IUFP students will be required to undertake the IELTS examination.

Teaching Methods

Traditional and modern methods, such as lectures, tutorials, group work, presentations and internet resourced based learning.

Student Support

The Programme Director at Partner Schools and Colleges will supervise the general academic progress of students and advise on the University degree application process. Course tutors will provide feedback to students regarding progress on their modules, whilst Individual Progress Records will be produced at the end of every term to measure each student’s overall performance level.

Our IUFP Team provides support for all IUFP students at Partner Schools. Where required, further assistance is provided by the IUFP Team with respect to matters concerning supply of textbooks, examinations and progress records at every stage of the course.

Assessment Method

The programme will be assessed throughout the academic year by a variety of methods including assignments, tests and written examinations (3 hour unseen paper).


On successful completion of the IUFP, students will be awarded the IUFP Completion Certificate on the recommendation of the IUFP Assessment Committee.

Quality Assessment

The elective subjects of the IUFP are based on the standard OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA) specifications, which meet the requirements of the Common Criteria (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) and the Advanced Level Qualification Specific Criteria. The programme is condensed GCE AS and A2 and designed to be more intensive and wider in scope than the standard GCE A level course.

Because the IUFP is benchmarked against the standard GCE A level course and designed to offer an alternative entry route to British Universities, an independent external moderator supervises the delivery and quality of the programme at regular intervals.

Annual Review

Every aspect of the programme including its delivery and quality assessment is reviewed annually by the IUFP team and the Independent External Moderator. A report of the review will be made available to British Universities that have recognised the IUFP on request.

Key Dates

Start Dates: September
End Date: June
Progression to University: September


Core Subjects: March
Elective Subjects: June
Results: July


The course is designed to be completed in 9-12 months.

Course Structure

Students on the course will undertake three subjects from September to December. These comprise of three compulsory Core subjects plus three Elective subjects from January to June. Examinations for the Core subjects will take place in March. The results will be known in April.

Intensive classes for the three Elective subjects will continue from January until June. Examinations for the Elective subjects will take place in the third week of June. The final results will be released in the second week of July. This will enable students to confirm their university offers and start preparing for their return to the UK to start their degree courses in September.

Students will be advised to start undertaking their IELTS examination from March, as it is imperative that they must attain B2 of CEFR if UK universities are to accept them.

The course will run from September to June every year. Completed online application forms are welcomed from potential students. Successfully students completing their course in June will progress to UK universities in September.

University Placement

Please note that our team at LCBL will assist students with their UCAS applications, which take place between April and May. Before returning to their countries in early July, successful students would have received offers from UK universities of their choice. Once their final IUFP results are released, they will be able to confirm their university offers and return to the United Kingdom to commence their degree study at UK universities.

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs ‘O’ Levels (or equivalent qualifications in your country) at grades A*- C which must include English language and Mathematics. Please note that your equivalent qualifications must have been taken within the last 5 years. Moreover, if you have taken an IELTS examination, please include it when you apply, as it will be taken into consideration before an offer is made, though it is not mandatory.

You will also need to be at least 17 years if you are applying in the UK and 16 years if you intend to study at one of our Partner School of overseas.

For more information on the International University Foundation Programme, please click here.

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