International Foundation Programme

Overview

The International Foundation Programme is specifically designed to build your English language, academic study skills and subject knowledge to the level required to progress on to an undergraduate degree. There are 2 different pathways available for you to choose between:

  • The business pathway if you are looking to progress on to a business-related undergraduate degree
  • The generic pathway leading to undergraduate degrees in non-business subjects

Following successful completion of your programme, you will progress on to the degree programme you applied for. These can be on to one of the University of Roehampton’s undergraduate degrees (excluding Dance courses).

Depending on your current English language level, you can undertake a 3 Term International Foundation Programme or the 2 Term Fast-Track International Foundation Programme.

  • IELTS 4.5 (with no single element below 4.0): 3 Term
  • IELTS 5.0 (with no single element below 4.5): 2 Term

This course is validated by the University of Roehampton and taught by QA Higher Education, who work in partnership with the University.

 

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  • Key Facts

    • Business and generic route available
    • IELTS 4.5: September start
    • IELTS 5.0: January start
    • Duration: 3 terms - Sept start
    • Duration: 2 terms - Jan start
    • 2017/18 Tuition fees: 3 terms - £13,000
    • 2017/18 Tuition fees: 2 terms - £10,000
    • Full-time classroom based programme
    • 3 term: Assessment via a mix of exams (37%), coursework (40%), presentations (13%) and practicals (10%)
    • 2 term: Assessment via a mix of exams (44%), coursework (35%), presentations (9%) and practicals (12%)
  • Key Dates

    • Jan application deadline: 08/12/2017
    • Jan start date: 15/01/2018
    • CAS deadline: 15/12/2017
Teaching

As part of your programme you will have 20 hours of teaching per week and you will be expected to spend a further 10 to 15 hours undertaking homework, assignments and independent study.

Throughout the course you will improve your academic reading, writing, speaking and listening. The programme will help you gain a better understanding of grammar use in the English language, and develop your academic vocabulary for your future studies.

You will study:

  • Essays: using reading in your writing, organisation, critical and analytical skills
  • Academic vocabulary and grammar development
  • Seminars: presentation and discussion based on your reading
  • Lectures: understanding the argument, note-taking and taking an active role
  • Listening and reading: understanding key ideas in an academic context

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the Pathway Campus Manager and is intended to help you learn. You are encouraged to discuss assessment with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of handing in your assessed work.

Academic support

The Pathway Campus aims to provide you with a wide range of academic support services during your studies. You will have access to a personal tutor during your course and will have regular meetings with the Pathway Campus team. You are welcome to drop in to the Pathway Campus office during the hours shown in your programme and module handbooks, and by appointment outside of these hours.

Our Disability Services team can help with additional needs resulting from disabilities, such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Modules

The table below shows the modules that you will study during either the 2 or 3 Term International Foundation Programme, for the generic or business pathway.

You will only study the Term Zero if you are on our 3 Term programme as this course has a heavier focus on English language for those starting with a lower IELTS level.

Term Zero requires a focus on English language as well as some English for Academic Purposes to prepare you for the remainder of the programme.

Generic pathway

Which Programme? Module Credits
3 Term Programme only Grammar and Vocabulary Development  0
Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing  0
Introduction to Academic Listening and Speaking  0
3 Term and 2 Term Programmes English for Academic Purposes 40
UK Academic Culture and Study Skills 20
Grammar and Vocabulary for University Study 20
Applied ICT Skills 20
Quantitative Methods 20

 

Business pathway

Which Programme? Module Credits
3 Term Programme only Grammar and Vocabulary Development  0
Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing  0
Introduction to Academic Listening and Speaking  0
3 Term and 2 Term Programmes English for Academic Purposes 40
UK Academic Culture and Study Skills 20
Grammar and Vocabulary for University Study 20
Introduction to Business 20
Quantitative Methods 20

 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in country
  • Additional country specific entry requirements are outlined here
  • Where UCAS tariff is applicable or relevant, applicants should have an equivalent of 30 UCAS tariff points from either 1 A Level and 1 AS, or a minimum of 2 AS Level qualifications.
  • The lower entry requirement shall apply if both a country specific and UCAS equivalent apply

You can check whether your local academic qualifications meet our entry requirements here.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 4.5 (with no single element below 4.0) for our 3 Term International Foundation Programme
  • IELTS 5.0 (with no single element below 4.5) for our 2 Term International Foundation Programme

If you have IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements), the University may be able to offer a 4 year CAS to cover both your International Foundation Programme and undergraduate degree at the University of Roehampton. This option will only be available to a limited number of students and therefore, will be awarded on a first come basis.

If you’re not sure which programme you will be best suited to or would like to find out more about the application process, you can register your interest and one of our team will contact you, or call +44 (0) 20 7656 8425.

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£Tuition fees

The tuition fees are detailed in the table below.

International Foundation Programme Tuition Fees
3 Terms – September start £13,000
2 Terms – January start £10,000

We operate both an early payment and full fee payment discount for our January and September intakes. For more information, including payment deadlines, please check our Dates & Fees page.

Fee Guarantee

By studying on our International Foundation Programme, you can benefit from our Fee Guarantee for each year of study. This means that the fee you pay for your International Foundation Programme will be the same fee that you pay for Year 1, 2 and 3 of your undergraduate studies.

Please note that a minimum fee is applicable to this offer.

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Application deadlines and key dates
January 2018 start September 2018 start
Application deadline 08/12/2017 TBC
Enrolment Week commencing 08/01/2018 TBC
Course start date  15/01/2018 TBC
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Progression options

Following successful completion of your programme, you will progress on to the degree programme you applied for.

These may include the options listed below. Additional entry requirements are included on the table where appropriate.

Undergraduate degree Pathway Additional entry requirements
Accounting Business
Anthropology Generic
Biological Sciences Generic A Level pass (A-E equivalent) Biology
Biomedical Science Generic A Level pass (A-E equivalent) Biology or Chemistry
Business Management Business
Business Management and Economics Business
Business Management and Entrepreneurship Business
Classical Civilisation Generic A Level pass (A-E equivalent) History, Classical Civilisation, Art History or English
Creative Writing Generic A Level pass (A-E equivalent) English Literature or English Language
Criminology Generic
Dance Studies Generic Students wishing to study this course are required to attend, and successfully pass a dance audition
Drama Studies Generic
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Generic A Level pass (A-E or equivalent) Art, Humanities or Social Science
Early Childhood Studies Generic
Education Generic
English Language and Linguistics Generic
English Literature Generic A Level pass (A-C or equivalent) in English Literature or (A-E equivalent) in English Literature and Language
Film Generic
History Generic A Level pass (A-C or equivalent) in a Humanities subject
Human Resource Management Business
International Business Business
Journalism Generic A Level pass (A-E or equivalent) in a Humanities subject
LLB (Hons) Law Generic International Foundation Programme pass grade of 55% required
LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology Generic International Foundation Programme pass grade of 55% required
Marketing Business
Media, Culture and Identity Generic A Level pass (A-E or equivalent) in a Humanities or Social Science subject
Nutrition and Health Generic A Level pass (A-E or equivalent) in a Science subject or Home Economics
Philosophy Generic
Photography Generic
Primary Education Generic
Psychology Generic
Psychology and Counselling Generic
Retail Marketing and Management Business
Social Anthropology Generic
Sociology Generic
Sport and Exercise Sciences Generic A Level pass (A-E equivalent) in a Science subject, PE or Psychology
Sport Coaching Generic
Sport Psychology Generic A Level pass (A-E equivalent) in a Science subject, PE or Psychology
Theology and Religious Studies Generic
Therapeutic Psychology Generic
Zoology Generic A Level pass (A-E or equivalent) in Biology or another Science
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