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International Foundation Year

Full-time

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One year

Course

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

The International Foundation Year (IFY) prepares non-native speakers of English students who want to study for an undergraduate degree at university in the United Kingdom.

This course is for you if you have finished high school in your own country but don't yet have the qualifications to go straight on a UK university programme.

This course provides you with tuition in English and Study Skills as well as subjects relating to your chosen degree course. When you pass the IFY at the required standard you will then be able to progress onto over 80 degree courses at the University of Salford.

You will:
  • Develop the skills needed to make a success of your chosen degree
  • Be taught by highly experienced University staff
  • Be taught English language accredited by the British Council
International

students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...

1.

You are a non-native speaker of English who wants to study for an undergraduate degree at university in the United Kingdom

2.

You have finished high school in your own country but don't yet have the qualifications to go straight on a UK university programme

3.

You want a guaranteed entry onto the linked degree programme if you pass

Course details

All about the course

The IFY is the first year of a full-time, minimum four year undergraduate degree course. You will automatically progress on to one of over 80 undergraduate degrees at the University of Salford when you pass the IFY at the required standard.

You can join the IFY at two entry points, in January and in September. It is a full-time two semester course with at least 24 hours of lessons a week plus homework.

During this course you will complete classes in English and study skills which will help you develop the skills needed to make a success of your chosen degree. Even if you have some previous knowledge of English you will need to know how to write academic English, undertake projects in English, understand lectures and take notes, give presentations and carry out academic research. All English language teaching is accredited by the British Council.

In addition to English and Study Skills you will (usually) study two additional subjects, which will depend on the degree you eventually wish to study. Below is the range of undergraduate degrees available with the IFY.

Degrees available with IFY

Business

When you study the Business IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Salford Business School programme. 

If you opt for the Business IFY you will study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Mathematics 40 credits 
Economics for Business 40 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and case studies for Economics for Business.

The following degrees are available with the Business IFY:

BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance*
BSc (Hons) Business and Economics*
BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management*
BSc (Hons) Business and Management
BSc (Hons) Business Management with Law
BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport
BSc (Hons) Digital Business
BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
BSc (Hons) International Business
BSc (Hons) International Events Management
BSc (Hons) Marketing

The Business IFY can be joined at two entry points, in January and in September.

*This course requires a higher entry level onto the first year of the degree.

Engineering and Physics

When you study the Engineering and Physics IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Computer, Science and Engineering or Built Environment programme. 

If you opt for the Engineering and Physics IFY you will study the three modules below:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Mathematics 40 credits 
Physics 40 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have laboratory classes to prepare you for your undergraduate programme. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English, and 24 for the laboratory.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and you will produce laboratory reports for physics.

The following degrees are available with this IFY:

BSc (Hons) Architectural Design and Technology
BSc (Hons) Architecture
BSc (Hons) Architectural Engineering
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management
BSc (Hons) Mathematics
BSc (Hons) Property and Real Estate
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
BSc (Hons) / MPhys Physics
BSc (Hons) / MPhys Physics with Acoustics
BSc (Hons) Professional Sound and Video Technology
BSc (Hons) / MPhys Pure and Applied Physics
BEng / MEng Acoustical and Audio Engineering
BEng / MEng Aeronautical Engineering
BEng Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
BEng / MEng Civil Engineering
BEng / MEng Civil and Architectural Engineering
BEng Electronic Engineering
BEng / MEng Mechanical Engineering
BEng Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering
MPhys Physics with Studies in North America

Biological Sciences

When you study the Biological Sciences IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Environment and Life Sciences programme. 

If you opt for the Biological Sciences IFY  you will study the following five modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits
Credits Biological Principles 20 credits 
Scientific Method 20 credits 
Science for Health 20 credits
Chemical Principles 20 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have laboratory classes to prepare you for your Undergraduate programme. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work.

The following degrees are available with the Biological Sciences IFY:

BSc (Hons) Biology
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

Environment

When you study the Environment IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Environment and Life Sciences programme. 

If you opt for the Environment IFY you will study the following five modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Biological Principles 20 credits 
Earth Processes 20 credits 
Environmental Conservation 20 credits 
Science for Health 20 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have laboratory classes to prepare you for your Undergraduate programme. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work.

The following degrees are available with the Environment IFY:

BSc (Hons) Environmental Management
BSc (Hons) Human Biology and Infectious Diseases
BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology
BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Practical Conservation
BSc (Hons) Zoology

Health (Prosthetics and Orthotics)

When you study the Health (Prosthetics and Orthotics) IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Prosthetics and Orthotics programme. 

If you opt for the Health (Prosthetics and Orthotics) IFY you will study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 Credits 
Mathematics 40 Credits 
Physics 20 Credits 
Biological Principles 20 Credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. You will also have laboratory classes to prepare you for your undergraduate programme. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English, and 24 for the laboratory.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and you will produce laboratory reports for Physics.

The following degree is available with the Health (Prosthetics and Orthotics) IFY:

BSc (Hons) Prosthetics and Orthotics

Law

When you study the Law IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Salford Business School programme. 

If you opt for the Law IFY you will study the following three modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Economics for Business 40 credits 
Introduction to English Law and Systems 40 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and case studies for Economics for Business and Introduction to English law and Systems.

The following degrees are available with the Law IFY:

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Law 
LLB (Hons) Law*
LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology*
LLB (Hons) Law with Management*
LLB (Hons) Law (Media and Digital Industries)*
LLB (Hons) Corporate Law*

The Law IFY can be joined at two entry points, in January and in September.

*This course requires a higher entry level onto the first year of the degree.

Computer Science

When you study the Computer Science IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Computer, Science and Engineering programme. 

If you opt for the Computer Science IFY you will study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Mathematics 40 credits 
Computer Programming 20 credits 
Computer Systems 20 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials and workshops. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work for Computer Science modules.

The following degrees are available with the Computer Science IFY:

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks
BSc (Hons) Computer Science
BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Cyber Security
BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Web Development
BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Data Analytics
BSc (Hons) Media Technology (including Mobile & Internet Television pathway)
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

Music

When you study the Music IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Music programme. 

If you opt for the Music IFY you will study the following five modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Introduction to Music Theory 20 credits 
Music Theory & Compositional Techniques 20 credits 
Foundation Musicianship Skills 20 credits 
Foundation Performance Studies 20 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from small group tutorials to band work, individual tutorials and group workshops. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, performances, and project work.

The following degrees are available with the Music IFY:

BA (Hons) Music: Creative Music Technology
BA (Hons) Music: Musical Arts
BA (Hons) Music: Popular Music and Recording

Art and Design

When you study the Art and Design IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your School of Arts and Media programme. 

If you opt for the Art and Design IFY you will study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits 
Creative Risk Taking 20 credits
Credits Digital Media Applications 20 credits 
Creative Practice Major Project 40 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from small group tutorials, to individual tutorials and group workshops. Classes for English are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment and project work.

The following degrees are available with the Art and Design IFY:

BA (Hons) Animation
BA (Hons) Fashion Design
BA (Hons) Fashion Image Making & Styling
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
BA (Hons) Photography
BA (Hons) TV & Radio
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Film & TV Set Design
BA (Hons) Interior Design
BSc (Hons) Games Design and Production

Health

When you study the Health IFY, you will be very well prepared for the modules you will take on the first year of your Health programme. 

If you opt for the Health IFY you will study the following four modules:

English and Study Skills 40 credits
Credits Mathematics 40 credits 
Science for Health 20 credits 
Communication for Health 20 credits

You will have a variety of class types, from large lectures to small group tutorials. Classes for English and Maths are streamed according to your previous subject knowledge so you will be with people at your level. You will have a maximum class size of 18 students for English.

There are different kinds of exams across the modules, ranging from traditional end-of-year assessments to continuous assessment, in-class mini tests, and project work.

The following degrees are available with the Health IFY:

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
BSc (Hons) Podiatry

BSc (Hons) Psychology 
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling Studies
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
BSc (Hons) Psychology with English Language
BSc (Hons) Psychology of Sport
 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops.

There will be exams at the end of each semester. You will be assessed both on your exam performance and on your classwork and homework.

SALFORD LANGUAGES

Salford Languages is a centre for international study and language learning, offering a range of British Council-accredited English language courses and foreign language programmes to current and prospective University of Salford students.

 

You will have access to the Language Resource Centre which offers state-of-the-art audiovisual and IT facilities for the teaching and learning of languages. It provides a high-speed network environment giving access to advanced software packages used by language students for a range of purposes, including computer-assisted language learning and oral summarising.

Other useful links:

askUS - go to the student advice site for information on all areas of your university life.

Life at Salford - including information about facilities on campus.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Once you have passed the IFY at the required standard you will then be able to progress onto over 80 degree courses at the University of Salford.

Career Links

We have accreditation from the British Council for all our IFY courses under the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme.

We are also members of EnglishUK (recently formed from ARELS and BASELT), BALEAP and IATEFL.

Requirements

What you need to know

The IFY is the first year of a full-time, minimum four year undergraduate degree course. You will automatically progress onto one of over 80 undergraduate degrees at the University of Salford when you pass the IFY at the required standard.

This course is based at our Peel Park campus.

International students can apply.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

International and non-native speakers of English will be required to have a minimum of UKVI IELTS with no less than 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in reading, speaking and listening.

IFY specific entry criteria

Students who have not completed their education in the English Schooling System and have studied in a country with fewer than 13 years of school, and have not taken A-levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, may need to complete a foundation year before they enroll for a UK university degree. The following entry criteria is based on the UK equivalent of Secondary School Education and what would have been achieved upon 12/13 years of schooling for an international applicant. For country specific information click here.

Business 

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at C grade or equivalent including Maths. 

Engineering and Physics 

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at grade C, including equivalent GCSE Mathematics and Physics at grade C.

Biochemistry

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at grade C, including GCSE Biology and Chemistry at grade C.

Social Sciences

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK GCSE C standard. You will also be asked to complete an assignment. Details will be sent after the application is received, but may contain a personal statement, an article review and an essay question.

Computer Science

International Secondary School qualification equivalent to a minimum of UK 5 GCSEs at grade C, including GCSE Mathematics at grade C, or an equivalent qualification.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,450per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £10,200per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

If you would like to apply for our 2019/20 International Foundation Year download and complete the application form.

You should then email it to IFY-Admissions@salford.ac.uk or post the completed form to the address on the front cover of the form.

NOTE: Together with the form, you will also need to send us a photocopy of the identity page of your passport and proof of your current level of English.

Enrolment dates

September 2019

January 2020

September 2020