International Foundation Year
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If you want to further your academic studies in an English-speaking country such as the UK, the US or Australia, you can fast track your progression onto an undergraduate course by following the International Foundation Year which ESE is offering in partnership with NCC Education, UK. The International Foundation Year (IFY) is recognised by over 50 universities and guarantees entry into some universities in the UK provided that you meet all other entry criteria.
|Entry level:||Standard Programme (September): 4.5 IELTS or equivalent
Intensive Programme (January): 5.5 IELTS or equivalent
|Min age:||17 years|
|Length of course:||30 weeks (Standard Programme)
24 weeks (Intensive Programme)
|Start date:||January / September|
|Hours/week:||25 – 28 including self-study|
|Class size:||Max. 12|
The IFY is a long-term academic programme which helps you develop your level of English proficiency and allows you to develop the skills necessary for academic success in the Business, IT or Engineering sectors.
Course content includes core modules in:
English language (Developing English Language Skills – 30 credits, Advanced English Language Skills – 20 credits, English for Academic Purposes – 10 credits)
Study and Communication Skills (20 credits)
Foundation Mathematics (10 credits)
Culture Studies (10 credits)
In addition, students must take any two of the following elective modules:
- Introduction to Computing (10 credits)
- Introduction to Programming (10 credits)
- Introduction to Business (10 credits)
- Introduction to Accounting and Economics (10 credits)
When you enrol on the International Foundation Year, you benefit from the following:
- Regular tutorials with a member of our academic staff to discuss your language development
- Ongoing guidance from the Programme Director with your choice of course
- Assistance with your university application and writing of your personal statement (if required)
- Access to the ESE daily student support group
- Access to NCC Education Campus where you can download all of your module materials and assessment information, programme handbook and booklist
- Participation on the Student Discussion Board platform through NCC Education Campus to ask questions;
- Use of the ESE Self-Access Centre and Computer Labs.
Successful completion of the IFY means that you can apply for an undergraduate degree course in a range of business, IT or engineering subjects. Typical degree courses include courses in Computing, Information Systems, Computer Games Development, Software Engineering, Accounting & Management, Business Administration, Marketing Management, Accountancy & Finance, Economics, Human Resource Management, Multimedia Computing, Software Engineering, Web and Mobile Application Technology, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Business Management with Sport, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
Successful IFY candidates can apply at any of the following universities which recognise the NCC Education IFY certificate* or to any other university through UCAS:
- University of Malta
- Bangor University, Wales
- Birmingham City University
- Buckinghamshire New University
- De Montfort University
- Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
- Heriot Watt University
- Keele University International Study Centre
- Kingston University London
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- Liverpool John Moores University
- London Metropolitan University
- Middlesex University
- Nottingham Trent University
- Oxford Brookes University
- Plymouth University
- Sheffield Hallam University
- The University Of Huddersfield International Study Centre
- The University Of Lincoln International Study Centre
- University of Northampton
- The University Of Sussex International Study Centre
- University Centre, Croydon College
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Essex
- University of Leeds
- University of Liverpool
- University of Northumbria University
- University of Salford
- University of St.Andrews, Scotland
- University of West of Scotland, Scotland
- University of Westminster
- University of Wolverhampton
- University of Worcester
- Heidelberg University
- Humboldt State University
- University of Idaho
- University Of North Alabama
- Southern Oregon University
- Southern Cross University
- Thompson Rivers University
- Letterkenny Institute Of Technology
Click here for more information about the NCC Education Articulations Booklet.
When following the International Foundation Year, you will focus on the following key areas of development:
The IFY has a strong English language component which allows you to make a marked improvement in your level of English. Core English study modules include Developing
English Language Skills, Advanced English Language Skills, English for Academic Purposes, Study and Communication Skills.
The IFY prepares you for undergraduate study at universities in English-speaking countries. Core study modules include Foundation Mathematics. Electives include Introduction to Computing, Introduction to Programming, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Accounting and Economics. Course participants must follow 2 of these modules.
Other core modules include Culture Studies and Study and Communication Skills. Culture Studies aims to enable students to increase their understanding and appreciation of other cultures while Study and Communication Skills equips students with key study skills to succeed at university. Students learn how to reassess their study skills, critical thinking, independent study practices and how to write longer academic papers in English.
What are the IFY course entry requirements?
To be admitted on the course, you need:
- To be 17+ years of age
- To have a 4.5 IELTS or equivalent certificate for the Standard IFY (September start) or 5.5 IELTS or equivalent for the Intensive IFY (January start)
- To be in possession of a High School certificate
*If you have not reached this level, you can join our Pre-Sessional IFY course in Malta until you reach the required level.
How long is the course ?
For successful completion of the programme you must follow the Standard Programme of 3 terms (30 weeks) in Malta. Students who join with an exceptionally high level of English (IELTS 5.5 or better) may be allowed to follow the Intensive Programme of 24 weeks only.
The total number of hours of study per week is 25 – 28 hours per week including research and self-study.
What certificate will I receive at the end of my International Foundation Year?
At the end of your course you will receive an International Foundation Year Certificate issued by NCC Education as well as an Academic Transcript giving details of your performance on the individual programme modules (Pass, Merit, Distinction).
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by global examination, global assignment and local examination. All assessment is carried out by NCC Education examiners. Assessment sessions are held over 4 sittings: January, June, July and September.
Higher Education Advisory Service
You benefit from academic counselling and support throughout your course. This will include:
individual guidance to help you choose the right subjects and university course for you and support with the application process and writing of your personal statement.