NCUK International Foundation Year  

Your Best Route to University 

Guaranteed Access* 

Fast-track pathway

Scholarship opportunities  

Quality qualification

High academic standards 

Wide recognition 

Choice of degrees 

Track Record 

* Guaranteed access to an NCUK university upon successful completion

A unique organisation founded by UK universities​

The Northern Consortium United Kingdom (NCUK) is  an educational charity. The charity has ten member universities in the United Kingdom. Their framework provides university preparation and pathway qualifications for international students as preparation for study outside of their home country. 

 

The Northern Consortium was founded by the following universities in 1987:

Today, NCUK’s university network has grown to include additional UK universities as well as universities in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada providing NCUK students with more choice of study destination than ever before.

NCUK qualifications are of exceptional quality, designed with and for universities

NCUK programs are developed in collaboration with leading UK universities specifically to address the standards and skills they require of their students and in turn, to equip students to deal with the demands that their university courses will ask of them and successfully adapt to the country they study in. 

NCUK IFY programme aims 

NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) equips students with the skills and experience needed to make the best possible start at university and succeed in their chosen field of study.

  • To provide international students with a high-quality pre-undergraduate education, with outcomes comparable with GCE A levels.

  • To prepare students for study at undergraduate level in English-language universities. The programme is designed to meet the requirements of NCUK universities.

  • To certify a student’s academic English language skills in a way that is recognised by NCUK partner universities, without the requirement for further assessment of English language ability.

  • To develop the learning skills, subject knowledge and related capabilities required for successful study at undergraduate level in an NCUK partner university.

IT'S Your Journey to 

Since 1987, NCUK has placed tens of thousands of international students on to a wide range of university degree courses. Here is what students have to say about their NCUK IFY experience :

Thi Minh Trang Tran

“The NCUK qualification is like a bridge that covers the gap between my education in my home country and my degree programme in the UK.”

Studied the NCUK International Foundation Year

Progressed to The University of Manchester

BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Yan Kang Chai

"NCUK is a magnificent pathway that lays the essential foundations for prospective undergraduates."

Studied the NCUK International Foundation Year

Progressed to The University of Manchester

BSc (Hons) Accounting with Industrial/Professional Experience

Yuting Tang

“My greatest achievement so far was getting admitted to The University of Manchester and being awarded the NCUK Prize Award. NCUK was a brilliant platform for me to get to my dream university.”

Studied the NCUK International Foundation Year

Progressed to The University of Manchester

BAEcon (Hons) Business Studies and Sociology

Reuben Lim

"Research and referencing skills that I gained studying the NCUK International Foundation Year have been very important for my first-year of study at university in the UK."

Studied the NCUK International Foundation Year

Progressed to the University of Leeds

LLB (Hons) Law

There are more universities recognise the qualification of NCUK-IFY, please visit NCUK Universities Archive or get in touch with us for more information.

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