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University Foundation Course

Our course will get you into the university of your dreams.

University Foundation Course

Why take our University Foundation Course?

If you’ve completed high school in your country but your qualifications aren’t recognised by UK universities, then our University Foundation Course is for you.

By taking our Foundation Course, you can apply for seventy universities in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA. For a select group of those universities, passing the NCC gives you guaranteed entry to your chosen course– so you can be confident that there’s a place at university waiting for you.

Or perhaps you just want to improve your English before going to university? We will give you intensive training in General English, Academic English and IELTS exam preparation classes. You will get the IELTS grade you need – and you’ll have the English and study skills to do well in university afterwards.

Be really ready for University

It’s not just about the IELTS score. The NCC is about really getting ready for UK higher education. At a UK university, you will have to keep up with the pace of study and you’ll be expected to have a “self-study ethic”. Most UK home students enter University without any knowledge of how to write an academic essay or how to properly reference that essay. They learn by trial and error in their first year. As a non-native speaker of English you will already be at a disadvantage. How about if you turned up ready?

How about if you were looking forward to scoring in the top ten per cent of students for your first tutor-marked-assignment? What if your first essay was constructed exactly how your tutor would like to see it presented? What if you were the first student in your tutor group to volunteer to run the first poster presentation because of the experience you gained at Bloomsbury International? It would be our pleasure!

On our course you’ll learn: how to write an academic essay; how to take notes in lectures; how to engage in tutorials; presentation skills, academic poster skills, academic reading strategies and academic referencing skills; UK university culture & social skills and anti-plagiarism rules.

What do I study?

You will study English and a range of academic subjects.

There are six core units, 3 of which focus entirely on your English skills.

  • Developing English Language skills*: You will take General English classes to help you reach an upper intermediate level.
  • Advanced English Language skills: You will study General English up to advanced level
  • English for Academic Purposes: You will learn how to write an essay and other academic writing skills; improve your academic reading; and learn other language skills to prepare you for university.
  • Study and Communication Skills: Get the study skills you need for university. Learn how to do research, write academic papers, give spoken presentations and make best use of your lectures and reading lists.
  • Culture Studies: Be prepared for the social side of university. Learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
  • Foundation Mathematics: study the core maths skills you’ll need for a wide range of degrees.

In addition, students take two elective options. Bloomsbury International specifically offers the Business stream:

  • Introduction to Business: Learn about different types of business and key business concepts.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics: Study the basics of economics and accountancy, including how to make simple financial statements.

We can also provide the following elective modules depending on demand:

  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Biology – Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Further Mathematics

* If you have an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher, you can skip the “Developing English Language Skills” module and take the other five units.

Frequently asked questions

What are the entry requirements?

Academic requirements:

  • You must have completed high school in your country
  • OR you must have at least one GCE O level

English Language requirements:

You need an IELTS score of 4.5 or above.

Note: If you have an IELTS score of 5.5 or above, you can skip the Developing English Language skills module.

How much does it cost?

Please contact us for details of price.

How long is the course?

The course lasts for one academic year (nine months of studying). If you want to take the course in a shorter time, please contact us: depending on your qualifications and English level, we may be able to run the course in six months.

When does the course start and finish?

Our next course is due to start on 4th May 2020 and run until March 2021. However, depending on your level of English, we can be flexible around your start date: please contact us for more information.

Which countries can I study in with the NCC?

The NCC is recognised by many universities in the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA

Which universities recognise the NCC?

More than seventy universities recognise the NCC IFD qualification, including the universities of Exeter, Leeds and York. You can find the complete list of recognised universities here. The Science pathway can lead to entry onto the University of Lancashire’s International Medical degree.

If you pass the NCC, you are currently guaranteed a place on the course of your choice at any of these eight universities: Bangor University, Birmingham City University, Carroll University, CQU University, Limerick Institute of Technology, Liverpool Hope University, National College of Ireland and the University of Derby.

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