• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One year and 15 weeks
  • Start Date: June and September 2020

Course Overview

Want to study for a UK degree, but don’t have the required English language skills to get onto your chosen course?

Our International Foundation Programme (IFP) helps you take that first important step towards achieving your goal – by giving you intensive language and study skills tuition before progressing onto the first year of your chosen degree with foundation year at Bucks.

Intensive support

As an international student on the IFP, you’ll receive intensive language tuition, and study skills and learning support, to get you ready and confident for studying at university level in the UK.

Guaranteed entry onto your chosen degree

We offer a diverse range of vocational and creative courses, to give you the skills and industry-relevant experience needed to get ahead in your chosen field. Once you successfully complete your International Foundation Programme, you will be able to join some of our degree programmes. See our full list of degrees you will be able to join.

The IELTS score you need

Over the course of the foundation year,  we will focus on building your language skills, alongside your employability, academic skills and subject knowledge.

Who is it for?

This programme is for international students who want to study for a UK degree but don’t have the required IELTS score.  We welcome applications from students with an IELTS for UKVI score of 5.0 overall (with no band below 4.5).

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

The IFP has been designed as a two-stage programme, so you’ll sign up to both stages:

  • Stage 1: Intensive English language development and study skills support
  • Stage 2: first year of your chosen with-foundation-year programme.

On successful completion of the foundation year you’ll then move onto your full UK degree programme at Bucks.

Building your skills

A big part of the IFP is about getting your study skills up to the required level. But we’ll also focus on your employability, and developing your subject knowledge in your chosen field.

You’ll learn by taking part in group projects related to your particular subject, and to developing your wider skills.  Activities could range from designing a board game to exploring opportunities for voluntary community work.

You’ll study alongside native speakers, helping you further develop your language skills and get to know the UK culture.

You’ll also have access to ongoing language support as you progress through your degree, through our Learning Development Unit, including timetabled classes and individual language support.

A supportive environment

We welcome people of all academic abilities onto the IFP (provided you have an IELTS score of at least 5.0 with no band below 4.5), and use different activities and projects to bring the teaching to life. You’ll be joining a supportive community of friendly staff and students, and be able to learn in ways that build your confidence, and suit your learning style.

By the end of your foundation year, we’ll make sure you have:

  • the English language skills you need to proceed to a full UK degree programme
  • a good understanding of the UK higher education system and the academic skills needed to study at degree level
  • a good foundation of knowledge in your chosen subject area.

Flexibility to change

If you reach the end of your foundation year, and change your mind about the subject you’re studying, you may be able to move onto a different degree programme at Bucks. Your course leader will be able to discuss the options available to you.

What are the course entry requirements?

We welcome applications from students with an IELTS for UKVI (or equivalent) score of 5.0 overall with no band score below 4.5.


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

As a graduate of this course, you will be qualified to move onto a Level 4 UK degree programme. A UK degree is widely recognised as a valuable qualification, designed to put you in a stronger position to progress your career, and secure a job in your chosen sector, both in the UK and overseas.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.