International Foundation Year
Foundation courses to prepare for undergraduate study
The International Foundation Year will give you all the preparation required to succeed at the University of Sheffield. It includes English language tuition, study skills and an introduction to your degree programme.
What is the International Foundation Year?
The International Foundation Year is an intensive 1.5 or 2 semester programme designed specifically to provide you with a path to undergraduate degree study at the University. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.
Why study one of our foundation courses?
- Gain the academic skills need to study at undergraduate level.
- Raise your English language level needed to achieve a place at the University.
- Develop study skills such as essay writing and research.
- Adjust to the UK education system.
- Settle in to university life before you start your degree.
Course length: 1.5 or 2 semesters
2 semesters – September or January
1.5 semesters – March
Age on entry:
Students should be at least 17 years of age on entry to the International College. Please note that students must be aged 18 or over upon progression to the University.
Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements
The programme includes academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. It has been developed for international students and designed specifically to provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed on your degree. You will study subject-specific modules that focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.
Your offer of entry will contain the level you need to achieve on your International Foundation Year. Once you complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University.
You will study core modules common to each route, plus subject-specific modules. These have been carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.
You will be assessed regularly throughout the course. This may include a mixture of the following:
- continuous coursework
- end of semester module assessments
- extended essays.
The University of Sheffield International College introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience at postgraduate level. You'll build on your research skills and immerse yourself in critical writing, analysis and literature reviews to prepare you for your masters at the University.
Skills for your future success
Teamwork, problem solving and communication are all skills you will develop during your programme. These are the skills employers are looking for and will help you stand out in the job market. Through various activities, you will develop the self-awareness and confidence to be successful in a professional working environment.
Study plan options
You can start the International Foundation Year at several points in the year, as long as you meet the entry requirements. There is also a 1.5 semester option for those with an Academic IELTS for UKVI score of 6.0*. If your Academic IELTS for UKVI score is less than 5.0* you could take one of our English language courses to prepare you for the International Foundation Year.
|English language level (Academic IELTS for UKVI)||Programme length||Start date||End date||Next steps|
|4.0 (4.0 in all skills)||2 term ELP||March||August||Progress to the 2 semester IFY in September.|
|4.5 (4.5 in all skills)||1 term ELP||June||August||Progress to the 2 semester IFY in September.|
|5.0 (5.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other skills)||2 semesters IFY||September||June||Progress to University in September upon completion of IFY.|
|4.0 (4.0 in all skills)||2 term ELP||June||December||Progress to the 2 semester IFY in January.|
|4.5 (4.5 in all skills)||1 term ELP||September||December||Progress to the 2 semester IFY in January.|
|5.0 (5.0 in writing, 4.0 in all other skills)||2 semesters IFY||January||August||Progress to University in September upon completion of IFY.|
|6.0 (5.0 in all skills)||1.5 semesters IFY||March||August||Progress to University in September upon completion of IFY.|
IFY – International Foundation Year
ELP – English Language Preparation
Find tuition fees for all International College programmes, as well as information on insurance and taxi transfers from the airport.
Find out the academic and English language entry requirements for your chosen programme at the International College.
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