Foundation Courses

In order to obtain a place on an undergraduate course in the UK, students need to have completed 13 years of education. If you are an international student who has finished high school but has not completed these 13 years, you will need to study a foundation course at a UK university or college before you are able to study at undergraduate level. A foundation course is a one-year preparation course designed for international students, which aims to bridge the gap between a student’s current qualifications and the current UK university undergraduate entry requirements. Foundation courses also enable students to improve their English and become more familiar with the culture and way of life in the UK before they start university.

Foundation courses are available in a variety of subjects and foundation providers often have links with universities, which guarantee progression to a certain institution, provided that the student achieves the required grades.

Foundation pathway
requirement (2)

English Language entry requirement: Minimum IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent

Supporting documents for application:

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate
  • Higher Secondary transcripts
  • Minimum IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent
  • Reference letter from your high school teacher
  • Personal statement
  • Scanned copy of passport and visa
  • Completed application form

Our Education Consultants can answer all of your questions and help you to gain an offer on the foundation course of your choice and, ultimately, an undergraduate course. Please arrange a free consultation to find out how we can help you kick start your university career!

Foundation Providers:

  • Navitas
  • INTO
  • Kaplan International college
  • Cambridge Education Group
  • Kings Education
  • De Montfort University
  • Lansdowne College
  • London South Bank University


  • London Metropolitan University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • SOAS University of London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University College London
  • University of Westminster