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About the Course

The International Foundation Year (or IFY) is a one year bridging course designed to prepare students for study at a top UK university.

During the course you will study English Language, British Culture, research techniques and study skills. You will also specialise in one of eight subject pathways, which are Business & Management, Busienss & Finance, Social Science, Computing, Chemistry & Biology, Maths & Physics, Maths & Chemistry, and Education Studies. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded an Acess to HE Diploma and have the opportunity to progress to a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes at one of several UK universities.

  • Information on the progression rate and destinations of York IFy students can be found here
  • Recent examples of undergraduate courses undertaken by York IFY students can be found here

Entry Requirements and Practical Details

  • Aged 17 years or more on the day the course starts
  • IELTS 5.5 with at least 5.0 in all areas.
  • Good High School grades. Guidance for specific countries is available here
  • Course duration: one year – 1 September 2016 to 30 June 2017
  • Next start date: September 2016
  • Course Cost: £TBC

Candidates with IELTS Level 5.0 may be interested in our IFY Extra course.

Course Structure

The IFY is divided into study units. Some of these are general units taken by all students and some are specific to the different subject pathways. The programme evolves annually. However, an overview of the structure for 2014/15 can be downloaded here.

General units aim to improve English language ability and give students an understanding of the UK as a country and an appreciation of the skills needed to study at British universities. The general units are:

  • English Language
  • British Culture

The pathway specific units are numerous and the course aims to provide a flexible range of options from which students can choose. However, you will need to choose one of eight subject pathways. These are Business & Management, Busienss & Finance, Social Science, Computing, Chemistry & Biology, Maths & Physics, Maths & Chemistry, and Education Studies.

For further details of these units follow this link.

Assessment and Qualifications

Work is assessed throughout the course by a combination of essays, assignments, practical laboratory work (in the case of the Science pathway) and written examinations. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion issued by the College. This will give your grade and a detailed breakdown of your scores.

In addition, students will recieve a nationally recognised 'ACCESS to HE Diploma' which is suitable for entry to almost all UK Universities.

Finally, students will be entered for an IELTS English language assessment. This is widely recognised by UK universities and internationally, and you can use the results of this assesment to support your university application. The cost of your IELTS examination is included in the course fee.

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