NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Engineering

YEAR 13 // AGE 17–18


The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Engineering is a one-year qualification designed to prepare international students for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses at reputable English speaking universities around the world. The programme is particularly suited to those seeking a career in civil, mechanical, chemical and all other areas of engineering.

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 to this, there are a number of universities worldwide that welcome applications from students holding the NCUK International Foundation year 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 Engineering study three academic modules designed to prepare them to study science, engineering or medicine-related fields at undergraduate degree level.  There may also be a requirement to study the English for Academic Purposes module.

The academic modules are as follows:

  • IFYME002 Mathematics (Engineering)
  • IFYCH002 Chemistry
  • IFYPH002 Physics

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

Assessment and Accreditation 

The NCUK International Foundation Year (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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