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NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)


About NCUK

NCUK is distinguished in UK higher education. It is a consortium of high ranking UK universities committed to providing international students with guaranteed entry into universities and helping students to succeed with distinction.


NCUK qualifications are recognised by NCUK universities and by most others across the UK, including many in the Russell Group, and also by universities globally.

Since 1987, NCUK has aided 30,000 students gain access to leading UK universities. NCUK delivers pathway programmes that help you to acquire the skills and qualifications you need to excel at university.

Course Details

Age: 17+

English level: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no element less than 5.0. Pearson PTE (42-49) and TOEFL iBT (46-59) also accepted.

Academic entry requirements:Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades

Course length: 1 academic year

Fees for 2020/21: £18,900 (MPW Birmingham) or £20,850 (MPW Cambridge). This includes a £850 registration fee which we will pay to NCUK on your behalf.

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NCUK IFY Student Testimonial - Wanjing Jiang

2018/19 NCUK Success Stories:

2019 proved to be an outstanding year for our NCUK students. We are delighted with the results and destinations this cohort has achieved:

  • 100% of our students applying to higher education have gained an offer
  • 59% of students have achieved A*/A grades
  • 79% of students achieved A*/B grades

University progressions included but are not limited to:

Name Grade Nationality University Subjects
Mudiga A*A*A-A Nigerian University of Birmingham Law
Jingyi A*A*A*-A Chinese University of Bristol Mathematics and Statistics
Chung A*AA*-A Hong Kong Monash University, Australia Nursing
Amrita A*A*A*-A* Kenyan University of Leeds Architectural Engineering
Yu-Hui AA*A*-B Taiwanese University of Lancaster Business Management


NCUK international Foundation Year

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) is designed with NCUK university partners to prepare international students for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses.

Its aim is to help bridge the gap between a student’s local qualification and starting a university degree.

Students who successfully complete the IFY gain guaranteed access to thousands of degree courses at NCUK universities. No one else can offer this guarantee.

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Why study the NCUK IFY at MPW?

Your best possible start

Most foundation programmes avail you with very limited choices,almost always to just one university. NCUK’s International Foundation Year (NCUK IFY) taught at MPW guarantees students access to a wide range of universities and degree courses worldwide.

All NCUK programmes also include a specialist English for Academic Purposes module designed to provide the language and study skills that will give students a head start on their undergraduate degrees in the UK.

An accredited partner

As an NCUK fully accredited partner, MPW offers outstanding academic and social facilities, giving students access to a sound and safe learning atmosphere. All of our staff are fully qualified and are experts in their field.

Excellent university progression

Because of NCUK’s relationship with their 16 partner universities, they can guarantee entry into over 3,000 degree programmes in the UK. NCUK also work with a number of partner universities offering progression to successful NCUK IFY students. Students can choose the programme and university that are right for them.

NCUK Partner Universities include:

  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Kent
  • Kingston University London
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Salford, Manchester
  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University

NCUK students have also gained places at the following universities:

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Durham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • King’s College London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Warwick


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