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University of Bath International Foundation Year

– an introduction

Welcome to the University of Bath International Foundation Year (IFY). This is a one-year full-time course, beginning in September each year, which will prepare you for entry onto your chosen degree at the University of Bath. If you achieve the necessary grades at the end of the course, you will be guaranteed automatic entry into Year 1 of your chosen degree course. You will not need to apply through UCAS.

The IFY is a licensed course, delivered by Bath College, which is a partner organisation of the University of Bath. Bath College is located in the centre of Bath, and all your teaching will take place at Bath College. This means you will be a registered student there while you are on the course. You can find out here what it means to be a licensed student on the IFY.


Who is the IFY for?

The course is for international students whose qualifications are not considered for direct entry to a degree programme because of  their home country’s education system, or for those who have studied the correct qualification but are not quite at the standard required for direct entry. It is designed to cover the key principles, theories and practical skills which are the standard entry criteria for the University of Bath, and broadly based on the A-level syllabus.


What do you want to study?

Students who want to progress to degrees in the Science and Engineering faculties at the University of Bath can find a wide variety of exciting opportunities, with challenging and interesting subject areas. Science graduates are sought after in all areas of business, as well as in the scientific industries. Mathematics graduates are some of the most sought-after across all industries, and mathematics can provide an excellent grounding for various careers including those in finance and accounting.

Those students who want to progress to degrees in the Humanities and Social Science faculty (including Economics) or the School of Management will also find a wide range of fascinating subject areas such as education, economics, health, politics, psychology, business and social sciences to choose from. A degree in economics, for example,  provides you with a wide array of both subject-specific skills and transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. Students in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies are the potential world leaders of the future, and those studying psychology have a variety of career options open to them including jobs in management, human resources, market research and communication.

For more information on all the available progression degrees, click here.


Bath College

The University of Bath has accredited Bath College to teach the International Foundation Year, and students may progress from Bath College to their intended undergraduate degree programme at the University of Bath if they achieve the progression grades in the required subjects. You can be sure of the highest quality teaching and learning experience, and excellent support while you are studying at Bath College.

Find out more about the college by watching the video on this page.


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What our students say

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Kejsi Maluta, from Albania, BSc Psychology.Bath already feels like home. It’s not a big city, it’s easy to get around, and I quickly got to know where to go for everything. The accommodation is really good, the IFY students are all together in the hall of residence, and we all get along well, so it’s like having a new family. The introduction to the IFY course was smooth, and the teachers are helpful and guide us. So the transition to this type of studying wasn’t so difficult, though we are more independent and are learning to manage our own study time. And the weather is fine!’