International Foundation Certificate

Course Description

Objective: The aim of the course is to provide you with the knowledge, academic and language skills needed for success as an undergraduate. It also provides an introduction to your degree subject, and gives you the opportunity to get to know your future department.

 

100% student satisfaction on 2016-17 course.

Top 3 UK University English Language Centre (EL Gazette 2017, based on British Council accreditation reports)

There are two routes to the Foundation Certificate: A 30-week course with start dates in September and January, and a 15-week Fast Track option beginning in January. The following Foundation and Fast Track Foundation Pathways are available:

  • International Foundation Pathway into Business
  • International Foundation Pathway into Computer Science
  • International Foundation Pathway into International Politics
  • International Foundation Pathway into Theatre, Film and Television
  • International Foundation Pathway into Law & Criminology

Students who successfully complete the international Foundation Certificate are guaranteed progression to a degree at Aberystwyth University.

Students who successfully pass this course will have successfully achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2.

Minimum age: 17

Maximum class size: 16

More Information

Who is the course for?

1. Students who have completed high school in their own country but do not have the qualifications to begin a British degree. If your country has a 12 year education system, you probably need a Foundation Certificate Course.

2. Students who need to improve their English before starting their degree.

3. Students who already have the qualifications to begin a degree but want to gain more confidence in their language skills and subject knowledge.

 

Qualifications You must have completed high school to a level that indicates likely success on the Foundation Programme.
Age You must be at least 17 years old before the course start date.
English Test

Applicants must have an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity College SELT from a UK government approved test centre in order to get a CAS / Tier 4 Visa for a Foundation Course in the UK. Fast-track applicants without a UKVI recognised test may be able to apply for a Short-term Study Visa. Contact tesol@aber.ac.uk for more information

 

English Language requirementsPathway into:
Computer ScienceBusinessTheatre, Film & Television International PoliticsLaw & Criminology
30-week course (September - June) IELTS 4.5 (with no score below 4.0) IELTS 4.5 (with no score below 4.0) IELTS 4.5 (with no score below 4.5) IELTS 5.0 (with no score below 4.5) IELTS 4.5 (with no score below 4.5)
30-weeks course (January - September) IELTS 4.5 (with no score below 4.5) IELTS 4.5 (with no score below 4.5) IELTS 5.0 (with no score below 4.5) IELTS 5.0 (with no score below 5.0) IELTS 5.0 (with no score below 4.5)
15-week Fast Track course (January - June) IELTS 5.0 (with no more than 1 score below 5.0, and no score below 4.5) IELTS 5.0 (with no more than 1 score below 5.0, and no score below 4.5) IELTS 5.5 (with no more than 1 score below 5.5, and no score below 5.0) IELTS 6.0 (with no more than 1 score below 6.0, and no score below 5.5) IELTS 5.5 (with no more than 1 score below 5.5, and no score below 5.0)

What will I study?

The course is designed to enhance your language skills, your academic skills and your knowledge of your degree subject. The course is taught in close collaboration with academic departments, ensuring you receive a thorough preparation for your degree.

The course involves 20 classroom hours week, with regular one-to-one tutorials and plenty of individual attention.

The academic year is divided into three blocks. Students on the 30-week Foundation Certificate take either Blocks 1 & 2 or Blocks 2 & 3. Students on the Fast Track Foundation Programme take Block 2 only.

Block 1 Modules (September - January)

  • Language, Culture and Communication (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Reading & Writing for University (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Listening & Speaking for University (10 credits)

Block 2 Modules (January - May)

One of the following:

  • Keys to Business, Economics, Finance and Accounting (30 credits)
  • Keys to International Politics (30 credits)
  • Keys to Computer Science (30 credits)
  • Keys to Theatre, Film and Television Studies (30 credits)
  • Keys to Law (30 credits)

...plus...

  • Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking for University (10 credits)
  • Listening & Speaking for University (10 credits)
  • Language Enhancement for University Study (10 credits)

Block 3 Modules (June - September)

  • Advanced Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking for University (20 credits)
  • Advanced Listening & Speaking for University (20 credits)
  • Advanced Integrated Skills for University Study (20 credits)

Timetable

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9-10.30

Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking  or University

9-10.30

Language Enhancement for University          

9-10.30

Listening & Speaking for University  

9-10.30

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills

9-10.30

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills

Break

11-12.30

Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking  or University

                 

11-12.30

Language Enhancement for University

11-12.30

Listening & Speaking for University

11-12

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills

11-12

Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills                

Break

2-4

Academic Subject

2-4         

Academic Subject

 

2-4

Academic Subject

2-2.15

Personal tutor meeting

This sample timetable shows you what a typical week on the course looks like. It is not a definitive timetable for your course.

Dates & Fees

Dates and Tuition Fees 2017-2018

CourseDatesLengthTuition Fee
IFC1 25 September 2017 - 1 June 2018 30 weeks £10,500*
IFC2 8 January 2018 - 14 September 2018 30 weeks £10,500*
Fast Track IFC 29 January 2018 - 1 June 2018 15 weeks £6,500*
Holidays

16 December 2017 - 7 January 2018

24 March 2018 - 15 April 2018

7 May 2018

28 May 2018

2 June 2018 - 24 June 2018

27 August 2018

Christmas Holiday

Easter Holiday

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday

Summer Holiday

Bank Holiday

 * You may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

 

Dates and Tuition Fees 2018-2019

CourseDatesLengthTuition Fee
IFC1 24 September 2018 - 31 May 2019 30 weeks £11,000*
IFC2 7 January 2019 - 13 September 2019 30 weeks £11,000*
Fast Track IFC 28 January 2019 - 31 May 2019 15 weeks £7,000*
Holidays

15 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

6 April 2019 - 28 April 2019

6 May 2019

27 May 2019

1 June 2019 - 23 June 2019

26 August 2019

Christmas Holiday

Easter Holiday

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday

Summer Holiday

Bank Holiday

 * You may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

What our students say

Kassandra Jimenez Sanchez, Mexico - BA in International Politics and Intelligence Studies

"I'm using everything I learned on the Foundation Programme. It taught me all the skills I needed for my degree and really helped me improve my English and adapt to a new country."

 

 

 

Sung Yeajin, South Korea - Theatre, Film and Television Studies Pathway

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How to apply

You can download an application here.

  1. Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post, with a copy of your passport and any other documents specified on the application form.
  2. If you would like to stay in the university accommodation, tick this box on your application form. If you have ticked the accommodation box, we will arrange your accommodation. You do not need to do anything more to reserve your place in University Halls of Residence.
  3. We will assess your application to ensure that the course you have applied for is appropriate for your needs, and that you meet our entry requirements. If you have not met the entry requirements we will recommend a course for you (subject to availability).
  4. When we accept your application, we will send you an offer letter and an invoice. You will be asked to pay a deposit for your course. You can choose to pay the full fee at this time, or just the deposit.
  5. Once you have paid your deposit, your course application is complete. If you have not paid the full fee before, you must pay it on the first day of the course.

Key Facts

Course

International Foundation Certificate (IFC)

Course objective

The aim of the course is to provide you with the academic and language skills and knowledge needed for success as an undergraduate. It also provides an introduction to your degree subject, and gives you the opportunity to get to know your future department.

Maximum class size

16

Levels

Students who successfully pass this course will have successfully achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2.

Available to

Individuals

Taught hours per week

20

Private study periods

Students should typically expect to study independently for an additional

10 – 15 hours per week.

Minimum age

17

Dates

IFC1 – 25 September 2017 – 1 June 2018

IFC2 – 8 January 2018 – 14 September 2018

Fast Track IFC – 29 January 2018 – 1 June 2018

Non-teaching days

There are no classes on Saturdays or Sundays, or during the following holidays:

  • 16 December 2017 - 7 January 2018 (Christmas Holiday)
  • 24 March 2018 - 15 April 2018 (Easter Holiday)
  • 7 May 2018 (Bank Holiday)
  • 28 May 2018 (Bank Holiday)
  • 2 June 2018 - 24 June 2018 (Summer Holiday)
  • 27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday)

Tuition Fee

IFC1 - £10,500

IFC2 - £10,500

Fast Track IFC - £6,500

Course material costs

You may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

Social life

During the academic year the university offers many opportunities for social activities. You can join clubs and societies at the Students Union; enjoy the variety of films, music, drama and comedy at the University Arts Centre; get active at the University Sports Centre or get involved in the Global Experience Programme with trips, cultural events and international meals.

The IEC Summer Social Programme runs from 17 July – 18 September 2017 and includes a full day trip every Saturday, a half day trip every Wednesday and two evening activities per week. Most activities are free, and any costs will never exceed £25 per week.

Accommodation

If you request accommodation when you apply for your course, this will be reserved for you automatically in one of our self-catering halls of residence. Most of our IFC students are allocated rooms in Cwrt Mawr or Pentre Jane Morgan Residences.

These are a 5-10 minute walk from your classroom, and cost £95.41 per week in 2016-17.

You will have a single study bedroom in a 6 or 10 person apartment with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis.

If you want to live in a single-sex apartment, please inform us when you apply and we will arrange this.

If you want en-suite accommodation, please inform us when you apply. We will do our best to arrange this for you but cannot guarantee it.

Accommodation will be reserved for you from the Saturday before the course starts. Please contact us if you plan to arrive earlier.

When you arrive, you will be offered the option of buying bedding (sheets, pillows, duvet) at the cost of £25. Laundry facilities are located near all Halls of Residence.

Insurance

You are responsible for making your own insurance arrangements. We strongly advise you to take out insurance to cover your journey and your time in the UK. There are many insurance policies designed especially for international students.