Entry Requirements

Universities worldwide and UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) formally recognises the NCUK International Foundation Year as a comparable level to GCE A Level; Australian high school (SSCE); American high school (AP); and Hong Kong high school (HKDSE) qualifications.

What is the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)?
A qualification designed with our university partners to prepare you for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Studying in small classes with NCUK in your home country 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.

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Master's Preparation

NCUK's Master's Preparation: A qualification of exceptional quality, designed with and for universities

NCUK's Master's Preparation (also referred to as NCUK Pre-Master's Programme(PMP)) is the best route for success on your chosen postgraduate degree and in your future career – it ensures you Get In to university and Get On with your studies.

Age Requirements

Applicants must normally be 21 years at the start of the Pre-Master's Programme(PMP) (PMP).

Minimum Academic Requirements

Owing to the variation in standard for degrees and diplomas in different countries, all PMP applications should be submitted to NCUK for approval prior to enrolment (please email student details with certificates and transcripts to NSE@ncuk.ac.uk for a decision).

Students should normally have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree at a recognised university, in a subject relevant to their intended progression route. Students must complete a full Bachelors degree (note that the normal length of study for a Bachelors degree differs between countries). 3 year Diploma holders from some countries e.g. China may be accepted to PMP Route A (note that such students may have limited progression).

Progression from the PMP to higher-ranked owner universities is largely dependent on the subject and awarding university of the student's Bachelor's degree.

Students in the final year of a recognised Bachelors degree course may undertake PMP Route A, B or C in parallel with their university studies.

*Please note that the PMP is not suitable for students who have a Bachelors degree awarded by a UK university or studied fully in English.*

Work Experience

For both Route A and B entry, relevant work experience is highly desirable. Progression opportunities may be limited without appropriate work experience.

English Language Requirements