NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Business

YEAR 13 // AGE 17–18


The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Business is a one-year qualification. It is designed to prepare international students for entry to undergraduate degree courses at reputable English-speaking universities around the world.  The programme is particularly suited to those seeking a career in business, finance or management.

On successful completion of the International Foundation Year at Padworth College, students are guaranteed a place at one of the 33 NCUK ‘guaranteed universities’, namely:

In addition, there are a number of universities worldwide that welcome applications from students holding the NCUK IFY qualification.

During and upon completion of the IFY, our University and Careers Advisor supports each student through the UCAS application process.

Course Components

Similar to A Levels, students enrolled on the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Business study three academic modules. The modules are designed to prepare them to study business, finance or management at undergraduate degree level.  There may also be a requirement to study the English for Academic Purposes module.

The academic modules are as follows:

  • IFYMB002 Mathematics (Business)
  • IFYBS002 Business Studies
  • IFYEC002 Economics

There is also scope to develop study and cultural skills that are an essential part of undergraduate degree courses.

Assessment and Accreditation 

The NCUK (IFY) is assessed 20% by coursework and 80% by examination.  All assessments are set and moderated by NCUK.

NCUK awards the final certificate.  Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate showing that they have passed the course, and a transcript that details their individual module results.

Universities worldwide and UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) formally recognises the NCUK International Foundation Year as a comparable level to GCE A Level, Australian high school (SSCE) and American high school (AP) qualifications.

About NCUK

NCUK is a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities and helping students succeed when they get there.  NCUK qualifications are recognised by NCUK universities and by most other universities across the UK, including many Russell Group institutions and also by universities worldwide.

Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain guaranteed access to leading UK universities.

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