NCUK International Foundation

About NCUK

NCUK is unique in UK higher education. Established in 1987, NCUK is a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there. The NCUK main office is located in Manchester, UK with other key staff members being located in China and the wider Asia region.

With a diverse set of qualifications available as well as opportunities for qualified students to progress directly to university, NCUK supports thousands of students each year on their academic journeys. NCUK qualifications are recognised by universities from within the NCUK Global Network and beyond, giving students the best start and guaranteed access to an NCUK University upon successful completion of their NCUK qualifications.

NCUK qualifications are designed in collaboration with NCUK universities and combine high academic standards, with language, study, social and cultural skills. Taught by quality assured partners, students can study at NCUK Study Centres located around the world including APIIT. These qualifications are backed by fantastic levels of service and support, and an outstanding track record with over 35,000 students progressing to university since inception.

Students who progress to NCUK Universities have a choice to study one of thousands of different degree courses, and enables them to progress to enriching careers following graduation or obtaining further degrees.

NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)

A qualification designed with NCUK university partners to prepare you for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Studying in small classes with NCUK and APIIT before you start your degree will give you the confidence you need before you start your degree course.

Quality is at the heart of everything that we do so our qualifications meet the highest academic standards set by our university partners. As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give you specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of your degree course. This unique combination will help you to get in to the University of your choice and get on with your future career.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally be 17 years at the start of the IFY.

Successful completion of 5 modules at the GCSE O/Levels with grades of 4 or above (normally including Math and English)
Successful completion of 5 subjects at the GCE O/Levels with grades of C or above (normally including Math and English)

Normally students entering the standard IFY (two-semester full-time study programme) are expected to have successfully completed 12 years of school education to a defined level and should be able to demonstrate an English language competence level of at least IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.

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What modules will you study?

Humanities Stream



Society & Politics/ Government & Politics

Business Studies

Business Stream



Maths (Business)

Business Studies OR Society & Politics

Engineering Stream



Maths (Engineering)

Chemistry OR Further math

Assessment structure

70% Examination and 30% coursework


1 Year

Awarding body and recognition

Northern Consortium UK Ltd (NCUK) is an awarding body which delivers a range of qualifications that prepare international students for higher education.

UK ENIC which is the UK National Information Centre for the recognition and evaluation of international qualifications and skills, has independently evaluated the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) and found it comparable to:

Why should you study the NCUK International Foundation Year?

A foundation qualification is normally required by students who have completed high school outside of the UK education system and/or in an language other than English.

If you have applied directly to university and were not eligible, the IFY qualification may be able to help you bridge the gap between your current qualification and university study. If you’re not sure, please speak to one of our counsellors here at APIIT.

NCUK always acts in your best interests, helping you to realise your dreams and ambitions both at university and afterwards, in your life and career. That’s why upon successfully completing the NCUK International Foundation Year, you are guaranteed* a place on a suitable course at an NCUK University.

The NCUK Guarantee means you have an excellent choice of leading universities who will offer you a suitable place based on your grades and area of interest. NCUK gives you that offer on results day and takes the stress out of the application process.

*For full terms and conditions regarding the NCUK Guarantee, please visit www.ncuk.ac.uk/guarantee



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