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University Pathways

University Pathways

We are delighted to have become an NCUK Delivery Centre in London, offering the International Foundation Year (IFY) in Business, which leads to Year One of a UK degree at a wide range of prestigious NCUK universities.


NCUK International Foundation Year in Business

University pathway programmes specifically designed for international students.

British Study Centres is an accredited partner of NCUK who have almost 30 years of success in guaranteed university progression and progression opportunities. Upon successful completion of the programme, international students are guaranteed a place at one of the NCUK universities including the University of Manchester, University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield.

With the student facilities on offer at BSC London Hampstead (Hampstead School of English, the latest London addition to the BSC portfolio), and the pull of London – the most exciting city in the world – this is a great proposition for international students. You can obtain a world leading qualification in London whilst having the flexibility and choice to access a wide range of leading UK universities.

The programme is quality-assured by NCUK and the programme is designed and validated by the 16 university partners.

Course Content

NCUK's International Foundation Year gives you the choice of access to a wide range of universities and degree courses.

The NCUK IFY in Business is a modular programme that will prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. You will study a combination of modules that fit in with your degree destination. The programme is made up of 3 core modules and 1 elective module.

The final summative assessment is made up of 30% continuous assessment (coursework) and 70% final examination(s).

1. Economics

The overall aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the basic economic concepts and principles. Reference is mainly to the UK experience in preparation for studying with British students at university.

The first semester will deal with 'micro' economic issues and the second semester will deal with 'macro' economic issues.

Syllabus summary:

  • Micro Economics (the study of markets)
  • The Theory of Production
  • Macro Economics (the national economy)
2. Business Studies

The overall aim is to ensure that students have a solid grounding in many aspects of business studies and feel confident in commencing the study of business-related courses at undergraduate level. Operations management is not included.

Syllabus summary:

  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • People and Organisations
  • Business and the Legal Environment
  • Fundamentals of Management
3. English for Academic Purposes

All NCUK programmes include a specialist English for Academic Purposes module designed to give you the language ability and study skills that will give you a head start on your undergraduate degree in the UK.

All NCUK modules are integrated into the EAP module. This means that subject coursework will be used by the EAP teacher to introduce and practise specific academic language skills required for these subjects.

1. Maths

The overall aim of this course is to equip students with the mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for entry to the first year of any UK / Western undergraduate degree course.

Syllabus summary:

  • Algebra
  • Trigonometric, Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Calculus – Differentiation and Integration
  • Statistics, Further Differentiation, Trigonometric Identities, Functions, Probability, Correlation and Linear Regression, Probability Distributions, Further Integration
2. Society and Politics

The overall aim of this module is to ensure that students have a solid grounding in many aspects of the study of society and politics and feel confident in undertaking undergraduate studies in this field. The module is based mainly on sociology, and more specifically on 'A' and 'AS' level Sociology specifications approved by QCA.

Syllabus summary:

  • Introducing Society
  • Introducing Politics
  • Research Methods for Society and Politics

Key Details
  • Available in: London Hampstead
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration: 2 semesters of 14 teaching weeks
  • Hours per week: 20 hours + self-study
  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Minimum age: 17 years
  • Entry requirements: IELTS 5.0 or similar, country-specific requirements
  • Course fees: £14,500

About NCUK

What is NCUK?

The Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK) is a global provider of pathway programmes specifically designed for international students.

It is uniquely positioned as an organisation because it was founded by a group of leading UK universities. This gives NCUK centres and students unprecedented access and support through the university application process.

What is the International Foundation Year in Business?

The International Foundation Year gives you access to Year One of a UK degree.

The programme is taught over one year and is assessed via examinations and coursework. As well as equipping you with the English skills and academic qualifications for studying in the UK, the IFY increases your cultural awareness.

What options are available after my Business IFY?

There are a range of degree courses you can progress to from the IFY in a wide range of subjects such as:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
Can I choose which university I want to go to?

Yes. You can apply to up to three universities. NCUK Universities have their own entry criteria for each course. The better you do, the more choice you will have.

What about help with English language skills?

Our unique English for Academic Purposes language support gives you the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills you will be using in university. Unlike IELTS the EAP uses real materials from university level situations preparing you to succeed right from the start.

NCUK Universities

Once you pass the IFY, you are guaranteed to receive 2 offers from NCUK Universities. No one else offers students this unique guarantee.