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 NCUK International Qualifications 

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A unique organisation founded by UK universities​

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.

The Northern Consortium (NCUK)

Established in 1987, NCUK is a consortium of leading universities, dedicated to providing international students access to universities worldwide and helping students succeed when they get there.

Exceptional quality, designed with and for universities

NCUK qualifications are designed in collaboration with NCUK universities and combine high-quality academic standards, with language, study, social and cultural skills. NCUK qualifications are designed to prepare international students for university study with guaranteed access to universities worldwide.

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

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NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)

A nine-month qualification designed with NCUK university partners to prepare students for first-year entry to their choices of undergraduate degree courses in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, The United States, and Canada.

Quality is at the heart of NCUK, NCUK IFY meets the highest academic standards set by university partners.

As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give students specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of university degree courses.

This unique combination helps students to get into the university of their choice and get on with their future careers.

Why NCUK IFY

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Which Universities recognise the NCUK International Foundation Year?

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*There are more universities that recognises NCUK qualifications as entry requirements 

NCUK Year One

The International Year One (IYOne) is a one year credit-bearing qualification that enables students to study the first year of an undergraduate degree at our NCUK Study Centre and upon successful completion, enter the second year of a wide range of degree courses at NCUK Universities. 

Complete the 1st year of the degree closer to home with the NCUK International Year One.

  • Study a  range of topics related to your chosen undergraduate subject area

  • Experience an international learning environment and build up a global network of contacts

  • Progress to leading universities in the UK and Australia (progression to some universities will depend on your subject of study).

Why study the International Year One?

  • Study closer to home

  • Save money on tuition fees and living costs

  • Benefit from university-style teaching in smaller classes

  • Progress directly into 2nd year at universities in the UK or Australia

Which universities can students progress to?

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What are the entry requirements? 

Students who have successful completion of the NCUK International Foundation Year are eligible to start the NCUK International Year One. The English entry requirement is an English language level of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). Other entry requirements are listed on the official NCUK website.

Which universities can students progress to?

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NCUK Year Two in Business Management

Designed with universities, exclusively for international students, the International Year Two in Business Management is a second-year undergraduate equivalent qualification that builds knowledge and skills in the Business Management field.

 

It prepares and qualifies you for entry to the third year (FHEQ Level 6) of a range of undergraduate degree courses including business management, marketing, events management, and many more at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford or Sheffield Hallam University.

Why study the International Year Two?

  • Study closer to home

  • Save money on tuition fees and living costs

  • Benefit from university-style teaching in smaller classes

  • Progress directly to the final year at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford or Sheffield Hallam University and graduate with a full bachelor’s degree with honours

  • Receive the same university certificate as if you studied at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford or Sheffield Hallam University for the full 3 years

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What are the entry requirements? 

 
 

The Northern Consortium (NCUK)

Established in 1987, NCUK is a consortium of leading universities, dedicated to providing international students access to universities worldwide and helping students succeed when they get there.

Exceptional quality, designed with and for universities

NCUK qualifications are designed in collaboration with NCUK universities and combine high-quality academic standards, with language, study, social and cultural skills. NCUK qualifications are designed to prepare international students for university study with guaranteed access to universities worldwide.

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

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OUR STUDY CENTRES

Accredited Study Centre Black & Red.png

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)

A nine-month qualification designed with NCUK university partners to prepare students for first-year entry to their choices of undergraduate degree courses in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, The United States, and Canada.

Quality is at the heart of NCUK, NCUK IFY meets the highest academic standards set by university partners.

As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give students specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of university degree courses.

This unique combination helps students to get into the university of their choice and get on with their future careers.

Why NCUK IFY

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Worldwide Study Opportunites Badge.png
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International Foundation Year Map Asset
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Which Universities recognise the NCUK International Foundation Year?

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*There are more universities that recognises NCUK qualifications as entry requirements 

NCUK Year One

The International Year One (IYOne) is a one year credit-bearing qualification that enables students to study the first year of an undergraduate degree at our NCUK Study Centre and upon successful completion, enter the second year of a wide range of degree courses at NCUK Universities. 

Complete the 1st year of the degree closer to home with the NCUK International Year One.

  • Study a  range of topics related to your chosen undergraduate subject area

  • Experience an international learning environment and build up a global network of contacts

  • Progress to leading universities in the UK and Australia (progression to some universities will depend on your subject of study).

Why study the International Year One?

  • Study closer to home

  • Save money on tuition fees and living costs

  • Benefit from university-style teaching in smaller classes

  • Progress directly into 2nd year at universities in the UK or Australia

Which universities can students progress to?

International Year One - Business University Logo Bar Online Landscape.jpeg

What are the entry requirements? 

Students who have successful completion of the NCUK International Foundation Year are eligible to start the NCUK International Year One. The English entry requirement is an English language level of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). Other entry requirements are listed on the official NCUK website.

NCUK year 1 entry

NCUK Year Two in Business Management

Designed with universities, exclusively for international students, the International Year Two in Business Management is a second-year undergraduate equivalent qualification that builds knowledge and skills in the Business Management field.

 

It prepares and qualifies you for entry to the third year (FHEQ Level 6) of a range of undergraduate degree courses including business management, marketing, events management, and many more at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford or Sheffield Hallam University.

Why study the International Year Two?

  • Study closer to home

  • Save money on tuition fees and living costs

  • Benefit from university-style teaching in smaller classes

  • Progress directly to the final year at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford or Sheffield Hallam University and graduate with a full bachelor’s degree with honours

  • Receive the same university certificate as if you studied at Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Salford or Sheffield Hallam University for the full 3 years

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"The university will be delighted to welcome students who have successfully completed the NCUK International Year Two qualification. NCUK qualifications are highly regarded and internationally recognised, the new International Year Two is an excellent addition to the portfolio. "

 


James Richardson, Director of Global Development and Partnerships at Sheffield Hallam University

James Richardson, Director of Global Development and Partnerships at Sheffield Hallam Univ

What are the entry requirements? 

Students who have successful completion of the NCUK International Year One Business Management (with an overall Pass grade)are eligible to start the NCUK International Year Two. The English entry requirement is an NCUK EAP grade C / IELTS 6.0. Other FHEQ Level 4 qualifications may also be used for entry on a case-by-case basis

NCUK Master’s Preparation qualification

Delivered over 10 weeks, the Master’s Pre-Sessional is a short course designed for international students who want to improve their English language and academic study skills to ensure they are fully prepared for a master’s degree at a UK, Australian or New Zealand University.

 

The Master’s Preparation course will improve your English language, academic study skills, and experience of working in a project group.

Why study NCUK Master’s Preparation qualification

  • Designed exclusively for international students

  • Recognised by leading universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand

  • Choose from over 2,500 master’s degrees in a wide range of subjects

  • Improve your English language ability and enhance your research skills

Master’s Degree Pathway Universities 

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What are the entry requirements?