International Foundation Programme

Starting every September, our International Foundation Programme is an intensive one year course designed to enable you to progress on to study at a range of top UK universities.

You can choose to study on one of five specialised subject pathways:

  • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS
  • HUMANITIES
  • ENGINEERING
  • MEDICINE
  • SCIENCE

Each term you will study four key subject related modules.

Admissions tutors at the UK’s top universities recognise the quality of an Abbey College Cambridge Education. Our International Foundation Programme graduates progress onto some of best institutions, including members of the prestigious ‘Russell Group’ such as Durham University, King’s College London, the University of Birmingham, and the University of York.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & ECONOMICS

On our Business Management and Economics pathway you will develop a critical understanding of three core interdependent subjects – Business, Economics and Accounting. These will underpin future enterprise success through knowledge of organisation, markets, competition and value.

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Business Studies Economics Accounting Mathematics & Business

Business Management & Economics pathway: Typical university offers received

University Course Academic Requirements IELTS Requirements
University of Bristol Economics 80% Overall Score with 80% in Advanced Mathematics 7.0 Overall. 7.0 in Writing. 6.5 in each other category
University of Manchester Management 75% Overall Score 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Durham Business Management 70% Overall Score 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Sussex Accounting & Finance 65% Overall inclduing 65% in Mathematics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Liverpool Law 75% Overall with no module less than 65% 6.5 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category

Student Profile: Olga from Russia

‘Friends and teachers made studying here special. Teachers provide extra lessons and answered all of my questions and the time spent studying with my friends will always stay in my memory.

My dream is to start my own business. Abbey College Cambridge is a nice place, full of many brilliant people. I enjoyed studying here.’

Olga achieved an overall score of 82% on the Business Management and Economics pathway. She is now studying Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

HUMANITIES

Our Foundation Humanities pathway is new for September 2020. The course has four components History, Politics, Geography, and Economics. Upon successful completion you will have access to a wide range of undergraduate degrees at top UK universities.

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
History Politics Geography Economics

Humanities pathway: Typical university offers received

University Course Academic Requirements IELTS Requirements
University of Surrey Law with Criminology 75% Overall Score 6.0 Overall
University of Bath Politics and International Relations 85% Overall Score with 85% in Advanced Politics & History 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Leeds History 75% Overall Score with 75% in History 6.0 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
Newcastle University Geography 80% Overall with 80% in Geography 6.5 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
University of Sheffield History 80% Overall with 85% in History 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category

ENGINEERING

On our Engineering pathway you will focus on the building blocks of the discipline; Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. You will consider in detail; mechanics, electricity, magnetism, solids and fluids.

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Chemistry Physics Mechanics Mathematics for Engineering

Engineering pathway: Typical university offers received

University Course Academic Requirements IELTS Requirements
University of Surrey Civil Engineering 75% in Mathematics 6.0 Overall
University of Bath Mechanical Engineering 85% Overall Score with 85% in Advanced Mathematics & Physics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Leeds Mechanical Engineering 75% Overall Score with 75% in Advanced Mathematics & Physics 6.0 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
Newcastle University Chemical Engineering 80% Overall with 80% in Chemistry & Advanced Mathematics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
University of Sheffield Software Engineering 80% Overall with 85% in Advanced Maths & Physics 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category

Student Profile: Kenechi from Nigeria

‘Teachers are always willing to help, my favourite memories will be just chilling with my friends. The experiences I’ve had will help me to pursue my career goals to the fullest of my abilities.’

Kenechi achieved an overall score of 72% on the Engineering pathway. He is now studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.

SCIENCE

On our Science pathway you will cover Biology, Biomedicine, Chemistry and Mathematics, developing and in-depth knowledge of chemical principles, additional Mathematics and gaining practical and theoretical biomedicine skills.

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Biology Biomedicine Chemistry Mathematics for Science and Pharmacy

Science pathway: Typical university offers received

University Course Academic Requirements IELTS Requirements
University of Manchester Biomedical Sciences 80% Overall with 75% in Biology & Chemistry 6.5 Overall. 6.5 in each category
University of Portsmouth Pharmacy 70% Overall with no less than 60% in each module 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
University of Leeds Nutrition 70% Overall Score 6.0 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category
University of Bristol Neuroscience 75% Overall with 75% in Chemistry & Biology 6.5 Overall. Minimum 6.0 in each category
Bangor University Health and Social Care 60% Overall 6.5 Overall. Minimum 5.5 in each category

Student Profile: Prang from Thailand

‘Abbey College Cambridge is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. I have met friends from around the world, seen different cultures and leaned different languages. Teachers make sure that every student understands in class and offer extra sessions if needed.’

Prang achieved an overall score of 67% on the Science pathway. She is now studying Psychology at the University of Westminster.

MEDICINE

Successful completion of our Medicine pathway opens up progression opportunities to study Medicine at both Aston University and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). Students need to have previously completed one year of level 3 study in Biology to be eligible for the Medicine pathway.

Medicine pathway: Typical university offers received

Aston University 75% Overall with 70% in Chemistry and Biology. IELTS 7.5
University of Central Lancashire* 70% Overall. IELTS 7.0

 

Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
Biology Biomedicine Chemistry Mathematics for Medicine

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Course Start Date September
English Level (minimum) IELTS 5.0 (all pathways other than Medicine)

IELTS 6.5 Medicine Pathway*

Age (on entry)
17 years +
Academic Qualifications 5 GCSE passes at grade C, or their equivalent

*English requirements for Medicine pathway are set higher than other pathways as students need to attain higher overall English levels to progress to study Medicine at university.

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