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Designed specifically for international students, the International Foundation Programme (IFP) offers you a pathway from your current qualifications to your chosen University of Roehampton undergraduate degree.

The IFP is a 3 or 2-term programme focusing on building your everyday English language confidence alongside the academic English and study skills needed for undergraduate success.

You will also study subject-specific modules in either business, science or humanities on your IFP that will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree.

If you have the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 with no sub score below 5.5, the majority of the target degrees are available for a joint CAS option. This means you will only apply for your Tier 4 visa once, for the whole of your foundation and undergraduate study at Roehampton.


Study plan

IELTS Oct – Jan Jan- Apr Apr- Jul Jul- Aug Sept
4.5 International Foundation Programme
(3 term)
Summer break Start your undergraduate degree at University of Roehampton
5.0 International Foundation Programme (2 term)
5.0 International Foundation Programme
(2 term)

Key Facts

Business, Science or Humanities route available
IELTS 4.5: October
IELTS 5.0: October or January start
3 term – October start
2 term – October or January start
Tuition Fees (2020/21 & 2021/22)
3 term – £15,000, 2 term – £12,500
Study mode: Full-time, classroom-based programme
Average class size: 17
Assessment methods: Coursework, presentations, portfolios and in-class tests

Key Dates

2 term start date: 11 January 2021
3 term start date: TBC
CAS deadline: TBC

About the course

The International Foundation Programme prepares you for university by developing your academic skills and your ability to use English in an academic context, together with helping to develop your subject knowledge.

By studying for an IFP you will have the opportunity to:

  • Study in a friendly environment alongside other likeminded international students
  • Introduce you to, and then develop the core skills that are expected at University
  • Prepare you to manage your time and learn independently
  • Gradually adjust to academic study at University and life here in the UK
  • Explore and learn subject knowledge relevant for your chosen degree and future career
  • Experience academic assessments helping you to prepare for undergraduate study

On passing the programme, you will have the opportunity to progress on to one of many undergraduate degrees in subject areas such as Bioscience, Sports Management, Psychology, Accounting, Business Management, Education, Journalism, and Social Sciences.

English term

For those of you who require additional English language support, you will study a longer IFP that includes a term of English preparation. The aim of this short programme is to improve your English language skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening alongside more academically focused skills such as critical analysis, reference and academic writing.

The opportunity of studying a term of English is that you will

  • Improve your English language self confidence in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Make friends with other international students from all over the world whilst improving your English
  • Become accustomed to how English is applied in a University context

The term of English is also applicable for those of you who have had little opportunity to study in an English institution or are looking for a more gradual introduction into studying at University.

Module progression routes

Depending on your chosen undergraduate degree you will have to study the following modules:

For undergraduate degrees in Modules to study
Accounting, Business, Computing, Humanities, Law, Sports and Arts
  • Business Innovation
  • Humanities and Social Science in Action
Anthropology, Science and Nursing
  • Life Sciences in Action
  • Scientific Thinking
Psychology and Social Anthropology courses
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Humanities and Social Science in Action

Following the successful completion of your programme, with a pass mark of 40%, 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).

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Your typical week of study will consist of:

  • 20 hours of teaching through lectures and seminars;
  • 20 hours of independent study (for assessment weeks study time is 25 hours per week);
  • 20-30 minutes of one-to-one tutorials for the project and subject-specific modules over the duration of the programme;

Teaching takes place between 9am and 5pm during the week. Should there be more than one session during the day, you will have a minimum 30-minute break between sessions. If you have a 3-hour session, you will have a 20-minute break within the session.

To prepare for your lectures and seminars, you will have access to our online learning portal, Moodle, where you can access course information, content and your weekly reading lists.

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 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 the assessment with your module tutor. We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of handing in your assessed work.

Academic support

You will be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their experience to develop your English and academic skills in preparation for progression onto your undergraduate course.

All IFP tutors hold a minimum of Level 7 qualification in language teaching discipline. In addition, many of them have extensive experience of working with students outside of the UK so are able to use their expertise to help international students integrate into UK academic culture.

The Pathway Campus aims to provide you with a wide range of academic support services during your studies. You will have access to an academic guidance 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.


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

You will only study the English Term if you are on our 3 Term programme, which focuses on key language development to better prepare you to succeed in Term One of the International Foundation Programme.

The English term prepares you for the remainder of the programme.


3-term only

All modules are 0 credits, unless specified

This module is designed to enable you to develop the core skills in academic reading and writing. You will develop essential reading skills such as skimming, scanning, prediction and reading for more detailed information to help take meaning from a range of academic texts.  Writing will build on your basic organisational language and techniques in order to group ideas together and produce basic essay structures.

The module will also examine a range of writing and essay types, including argument, discursive and report based writing.

The module will introduce key listening and speaking skills required for academic study and develop an appreciation of why these skills are relevant for success at undergraduate study.

You will be provided with opportunities to listen to texts and subsequently apply your enhanced listening skills including the ability to predict, listen for overall meaning and listening for specific information.  Speaking will include work on accuracy and fluency as well as some pronunciation work.

A significant proportion of the dedicated seminar time will allocated to class, group and pair discussions and debates.  These tutor and peer interactions are designed specifically to develop your confidence to engage in academic learning, discussion and everyday English.  These discussion skills form the basis of the module and encourages and will enable you to try and then use these skills across other modules.

This module is designed to bring together skills and language learned across the Academic Reading and Writing, and Academic Speaking and Listening modules to produce an academic project on a set question.

The module will introduce key skills required for the production of an appropriate academic project and presentation, such as research skills, paraphrasing, referencing and presentation techniques. You will be provided with a range of sources that you must use in your project and will be supported to find other reliable sources.

3 and 2 term programmes

All modules are 20 credits, unless specified

This module is designed to enable you to develop English Language skills within an academic context.  The delivery of this module will focus on the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking with each element covered typically every two weeks of teaching.

The reading and writing element aims to develop core academic knowledge while developing a range of academic skills in reading and writing in preparation for you to be able to produce writing suitable for undergraduate study. The module will help develop strategies for reading and understanding arguments from complex language and ideas.

The listening and speaking element will use academic lectures either delivered in class or recorded from academic sources such as TED talks and lectures. You will be able to identify key information and how to work with complex language and concepts delivered orally.

You will develop skills in how to discuss ideas critically in seminar discussions and how to maximise your own learning from the interaction with others.  In addition, you will learn how to present ideas and create an argument for discussions.

The aim of this module is to develop the necessary skills for academic learning and study and in doing so provide you with the tools and techniques needed to be successful in Higher Education study.

To meet this aim, the scope of the module and its content is wide and varied.  For example you will learn how to demonstrate good written/oral communication, presenting work which is well organised and relevant, interpreting and analysing a range of text and numerical information, listening to others, time management, ability to handle stress and become a valued team member.

In addition, the module will develop confidence and skills in being able to think critically and analytically, core skills required to produce and complete coursework and assignments.

This module is designed to enable you to develop skills in operational numeracy, basic statistical knowledge and problem solving.  In addition, this module will encourage you to assess the answers of others to identify issues such as flawed arguments, fallacies and misrepresentation data.

The module aims to develop your mathematical confidence by illustrating how solving small/basic problems using a maths toolkit, will provide useful information for decision making in the contexts of business, science, computing, education psychology etc.

The module has a practical approach by presenting problems in a variety of contexts relevant to your destination degrees.

This module is designed to guide you through the stages required to complete a research project in an area of interest within your chosen subject-specific progression degree.  By completing this module you will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed to finalise a research project successfully. You will gain an understanding of the steps in a project life cycle and have the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on their progress throughout their project work, from the planning to completion stage.

This module will also introduce your essential undergraduate to academic research skills and develop your ability to organise and critically evaluate and material. This module takes a reflective approach to the production of the project.

Pathway specific modules

Please refer to pathway progression route table above to see which modules are required to study for your chosen undergraduate programme. You will study 2 of the 4 modules.

All modules are 20 credits, unless specified

This module is designed to introduce you to humanities and social sciences in a UK context. You will gain an understanding of the foundations in areas such as social policy, History, education, Literature, psychology, politics, media, gender, and criminology. You will be encouraged to explore current issues and relevant topics in the subject area to gain an understanding of the issues that affect British society and the wider political, cultural and sociological perspectives.

You will learn how to evaluate information from sources, critically engage with literature, and present your ideas effectively. Success on this module will develop a broad knowledge base necessary to succeed during undergraduate study.

This module will provide a broad introduction to a range of issues within the Department of Life Sciences. Using a multidisciplinary approach you will gain an understanding of the foundations in areas such as nutrition, vaccination, genetic engineering, nanotechnology and climate change. You will be encouraged to explore current issues and relevant topics in the subject area as a way of introducing you to this knowledge and, in doing so the contemporary issues affecting global society and the wider political and cultural perspectives. The aim of this approach is to stimulate discussion and debate and encourage curiosity in the field of life sciences, both at University and beyond.

You will learn how to evaluate information sources, critically engage with literature, and present their ideas effectively. Success on this module will develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to succeed during undergraduate study.

This module provides you with the opportunity to explore how business thinking, leadership, planning and culture impacts business innovation.  To bring the subject to life, you will explore organisations, both now and in the past, that have created a competitive advantage through innovation including Telsor, Dyson, Microsoft, Disney and Apple.

You will also be introduced to business management theories and explore how they influence innovation both from the perspectives of individual and organisational performance. In particular, you will develop an understanding of how a culture of creative thinking can create an environment in which innovation thrives.

The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to learn basic management concepts in leadership, market research, business strategy and financing through the application of real world case studies of businesses and the entrepreneurs who lead them.

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to explore methods of scientific thinking, techniques and experimental design in an enquiry-based way. Problem-based learning and blended learning (combines online and face-to-face time in an optimal way to improve student learning outcomes) approaches will facilitate deep, experiential learning.

You are encouraged to explore correlational and experimental methods, the role of statistics, scientific argumentation and ethical working practices in relation to current scientific topics as reflected in news reports, recent academic publications and historical case studies.

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2020/21. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

Entry requirements

Age requirements

You must be 17 in the month before the course start date, students who are under the age of 18 will be assessed in line with the University’s Safeguarding Policy.

Academic requirements

  • GCSE/iGCSE – 5 Passes at A-C
  • 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 5.0 (with no single element below 4.5) International Foundation Programme
  • IELTS 4.5 (with no single element below 4.0) complete a term of English before joining the International Foundation Programme

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 8108 3087.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees are detailed in the table below.

International Foundation Programme Tuition fees
3 Terms – October start 2020/21: £15,000
2021/22: £15,000
2 Terms – October or January start 2020/21: £12,500
2021/22: 12,500

It is important to note that your tuition fees do not cover the cost of the following: stationery, printing and photocopying costs, accommodation, living expenses, travel, hobbies, sports or any other extracurricular activities.

All core course texts are provided.

Fee Guarantee

The fee guarantee does exactly what it says, and guarantees your fees in years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of your studies. For more information, eligibility and terms, please check our Dates & Fees page.

Application deadlines and key dates
January 2021  October 2021 
Application deadline 01/2021 TBC
Enrolment 4 January 2021 TBC
Course start date 11 January 2021 TBC


Progression options

Following successful completion of your programme, subject to a 40% pass mark, you will progress on to the degree programme you applied for.

If you have the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 overall with no sub score below 5.5 you will be able to apply for a joint CAS for the whole of your foundation and undergraduate study at Roehampton. This means you will only need to apply for your Tier 4 visa once for your entire UK study with no additional English testing requirements.

These may include the options listed below:

Option modules
Additional entry requirements
Humanities and Social Science
in Action
Business Innovation Life Sciences in Action Scientific Thinking
Ancient History
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Science*
Business Management
Business Management and Economics
Business Management and Entrepreneurship
Business Management and Finance
Business Management and Marketing
Classical Civilisation
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance (BA)* Attend, and successfully pass a dance audition
Dance (BFA)* Attend, and successfully pass a dance audition
Digital Media
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Early Childhood Studies
Education Studies
English Language and Linguistics
English Literature
English Literature and History
History and Philosophy
History and Politics
Human Resource Management
International Business
LLB (Hons) Law
LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology
Media and Communications
Media, Culture and Identity
Nutrition and Health


Require IELTS 6.5 in writing and at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking with an overall minimum of 7.0. GCSE English and Maths to Grade 4/C.
Psychology and Counselling
Psychology and Criminology
Social Anthropology
Sport and Exercise Sciences
Sport Psychology
Theatre Practices and Production
Therapeutic Psychology

*Joint CAS not available.

Apply online

You can apply online by choosing your preferred start date below.

For undergraduate degrees in Business, Law and Humanities

(Business Innovation + Humanities and Social Science in Action)

Apply for January 2021 (2-Term)

For undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences

(Life Sciences in Action + Scientific Thinking)

Apply for January 2021 (2-Term)

For undergraduate degrees in Psychology or Anthropology

(Scientific Thinking + Humanities and Social Science in Action)

Apply for January 2021 (2-Term)


If you 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 8108 3087.

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