International Foundation Year

International Foundation Year (IFY) at Queen Ethelburga’s College

New for September 2024! International students can now complete the International Foundation Year programme affiliated with the NCUK at Queen Ethelburga's College.

Take the first step towards applying for subjects related to business or science at university by completing the International Foundation Year at Queen Ethelburga's. The one-year course will develop your subject knowledge and skills, as well as improve your English Language. 

The IFY is accredited by NCUK, a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students entry to universities worldwide. The qualification is comparable to receiving A Level, AP (US), and HKDSE (Hong Kong) qualifications and is formally recognised by the top universities across the UK. 

The International Foundation Year programme offers progression options to 50+ leading universities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and more. Including partnerships with many Russell Group universities:

  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Durham
  • Exeter
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Queen Mary
  • Sheffield
  • York

International Foundation Year business class with NCUK

In 2023, the University of Manchester was the most popular university chosen by students who passed the course.

Which subjects are available?

You can choose either a Business, or a Science pathway.

Business Pathway Modules

Science Pathway Modules (Any three of the following)

  • Economics
  • Business
  • Mathematics for Business
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics for Science

Depending on your English Language level on entry you will also complete one of:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Academic Purposes for Proficient Users
  • Research and Communication Skills

Student at QE College working in art class

The International Foundation Year equips you with the skills and cultural experience needed to apply for university.
What Are The Entry Requirements?

We recommend that you are 17 years old and have successfully completed the equivalent of UK Year 12 (AS Level). 

You should also:

  • Have an English language level of at least IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Achieve at least the 25th percentile in the Verbal, Non-Verbal and Spatial elements in the CAT4 entry exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Contact Admissions to begin your application process. 

Begin Your Application

We recommend you visit the school to see the excellent facilities and boarding houses at QE! 

What are the course fees?

You will pay the equivalent of the Year 13 international fees. 

See International Fees

What are the accommodation arrangements?

You will be accommodated in the Year 13 boarding houses where you will share an en-suite room, usually with two other students.

Discover Boarding

What are the Visa arrangements?

You must be aged 17 or 18 years at the start of the academic year.

Students aged 17 will be able to apply for a child student visa.

Students who are 18 years old on 1st September at the start of their course will require a student visa.

Why should I choose International Foundation Year rather than 2 year A Levels?

We recommend the International Foundation Year for students who have completed the equivalent of UK Year 12 and who want to benefit from the excellent teaching and pastoral care offered by QE.

Why Choose QE?

Queen Ethelburga’s has an outstanding academic reputation. By choosing to study at QE, you will receive:

  • Experience and highly qualified teachers
  • Qualified careers staff to support with the university transition and application
  • Excellent pastoral care
  • Safe, rural campus
  • Boarding with international and UK students
  • Full catering
  • A programme of evening and weekend activities and trips.