If you are an international student who has finished their high school and hopes to enter a UK university, the CSC Foundation Programme is the ideal next step.
Our Foundation programme is accepted by more than 90% of UK universities, as well as universities in Europe and the United States.
Our Pre-university Foundation Programme is:
- one of the quickest and simplest pathways for international students to enter UK universities.
- accepted by almost all UK universities for the majority of UK undergraduate degrees.
- a well-established, effective, progression route, with a trusted reputation built over 40 years.
- designed to help you with your Academic English, and teach you the study, research and personal skills needed to succeed at a UK university.
Minimum Age: 16-years-old
Academic Level: Secondary Education transcript, High School Certificate/Diploma, IGCSE/GCSE or equivalent
English Language Level: IELTS of at least 4.5 overall and in all elements, or its equivalent
Visa: Visa nationals would normally have to apply for a Student visa. Shorter courses (maximum 6 months) can apply for a Standard Visitor Visa.
The Foundation programme is designed to prepare you for your university studies, and we can provide a programme to help you access almost any UK undergraduate degree, from Business Studies, to Game Design, from Art and Design to Robotic Engineering
Each programme consists of three core subjects, linked by your area of study. A Foundation in International Business would comprise business studies, economics and international relations, while someone hoping to study Engineering might study Maths, physics and mechanics. We can also be flexible with the subjects studied within some programmes.
A full list of the Foundation programmes and their core subjects is laid out below.
In addition to your core subjects you will also study Academic English. Almost all international students will have to pass an IELTS exam or similar in order to enter a UK university, and we help to prepare you for this. In addition, the Academic English component also ensures that you can get the most out of your studies, life in the UK, and demonstrate the full range of your knowledge.
During the course, UCAS workshops guide you right through the process of selecting and applying to study at a UK university and our TRACES course teaches you vital study and research skills, such as how to research, format citations and construct essays effectively, as well as empowering you to give effective group and individual presentations.
The Foundation is usually taken over 6 or 9 months and while the key components are the same, the 9-month students also get the opportunity to take the Extended Project Qualification. This not only hones your academic skills and subject knowledge, but is valued by universities and worth additional ‘UCAS points’. The more points you have, the higher the level of university and course to which you can apply.
Whatever your dream degree, we can build a Foundation programme to help you achieve it.
Guideline combinations for Foundation Courses:
|Usually three choices from four|
|Ancient History||Ancient History||Int. Relations||Politics||Other|
|Architecture||Mathematics||Mechanics||Physics||Art and Design|
|Art and Design||Art and Design||Media and Communications||Art History||Other|
|Business and Management||Business||Economics||Accounts||Other|
|Computer Science||Computer Science||Mathematics||Mechanics||Physics|
|English Literature||English Literature||History||Philosophy||Other|
|Finance||Economics||Accounting||Business Studies||Corporate Finance|
|International Relations||Int. Relations||Modern History||Politics||Other|
|Journalism||Journalism||English Literature||Modern History||Other|
|Media and Communications||Media and Communications.||ICT||Politics||Other|
|Modern History||Modern History||Int. Relations||Politics||Other|
|Photography||Photography||Media Studies||ICT||Art and Design|
|Politics||Politics||Int. Relations||Modern History||Other|
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Students take one exam during the programme and one exam at the end of the programme. All exams are arranged internally (re-sit available in the same year if required).