Undergraduate Foundation Certificate

International Foundation Year

Improve your English language, research and study skills and prepare for entry on to a full-time undergraduate course.

International Foundation Year

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    1 Year
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

If English is not your first language, this international foundation year will give you the necessary English language ability and knowledge to study an undergraduate degree within UK higher education.

As part of your course you’ll:

  • Develop intercultural awareness and self-confidence
  • Work on your communication, maths, research and study skills 
  • Increase skills in presentation, time management, problem-solving and planning
  • Gain an understanding of British culture and universities through a series of lectures and seminars

We’ll help you improve your study skills through projects, essays and practical exercises. You’ll be assessed by a mixture of coursework and classroom tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Degree preparation
After completing this course, your communication and presentation skills, time management, problem solving, and organisation and planning skills will all increase. You’ll also be able to show greater initiative in all that you do. All of these skills will prepare you for your next programme of study and the workplace when you graduate.

Class study
In semester one, there will be 16.50 hours classroom-based, daytime study per week, as well as a recommended 15 hours per week of self-study.

In semester two, there will be a minimum of 15 hours classroom-based, daytime study per week, depending on your subject route, as well as a recommended 15 hours per week of self-study. 

Your class timetable will be provided at induction. All classes take place during the working week from Monday to Friday, at any time between 09:00 and 18:00. There will be no classes on national holidays (Monday 3 May. Monday 31 May and Monday 30 August 2021).

Class size
Maximum 23 students, except in the Researching Contemporary Britain lectures and some subject module classes, which will be determined in the pathway Schools.

Academic support
You’ll be given access to online self-study resources and matched with a personal tutor who will offer you guidance throughout the course.

Like minds
You’ll study some parts of the course with British students, while other sessions will be with fellow international students.

Guest lectures
A range of guest speakers will provide unique and insightful views and opinions on how best to settle into the UK and how to achieve the most from your time at university.

Why study International Foundation Year at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK
  2. Expert course team
  3. Develop your understanding of UK University culture
  4. Improve your academic reading, writing and listening skills
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