International Foundation Programme

Aston University Business Computing & IT
"The main reason that I chose Aston was because it was an internationally recognised and renowned university.

A range of one-year programmes specifically designed to prepare international students for a university education in the UK.

An excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject
Coaching to help improve your English language skills
Progression routes onto a range of Aston undergraduate degree programmes upon successful completion
Access to all Aston University academic, welfare, social and sports facilities.

You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat or Year 12) or equivalent. Please use the link below to view entry requirements by country

Applicants who will be under 18 years of age at the start of the IFP in September will be considered on individual basis upon receiving parental consent and evidence of a UK based guardian. 

English Language Requirements

To take the International Foundation Programme, you will need a valid IELTS result. The minimum entry requirements for the English language is IELTS from an approved UKVI test centre.  We require 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in each test).   Please note that the UKVI requirement only concerns IELTS tests taken on or after 23 April 2015.
If you only hold the minimum listed above, you will be required to undertake English language modules as part of the programme. 

If you meet the minimum 1st year English language entry requirements for a chosen degree programme, your English Language modules will be substituted by the Academic Study Skills.

Tuition fee (2017/18 session):  £13,300 

Programme Duration: This programme runs for one academic year (September to June)

Our admissions department will assess your suitability for the IFP and the undergraduate degree programme you have provisionally selected. They will get back to you initially via email with an admissions decision and guidelines for the next steps in the process.

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The International Foundation Programme is a one year course designed for International students who do not have the required GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications for entry to Aston University undergraduate degree programmes. The programme is equivalent to the UK’s Year 13. 

Progression onto an undergraduate degree 

You are guaranteed a place on an undergraduate degree if you successfully complete the International Foundation Programme and meet the specific academic and English language grades for the relevant programme.  

 Subject streams 

There are three subject streams available which act as an excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject at Undergraduate level.      
The programme also provides students whose first language is not English the opportunity to improve their academic English communication skills. Additional English language modules are included for students who require this to meet the entry requirements of their degree programme. 
Follow the links below to view core International Foundation Programme modules and find out what undergraduate progression paths are available.

ifp progress
MPharm (Pharmacy)

BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Biomedical Sciences 
Bsc Biomedical Engineering
BSc/MOptom (Optometry)
BSc Psychology
BSc Psychology and Business
BSc Psychology and Sociology

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Applied Physics
BSc Applied Physics

Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
BEng/MEng BioMedical Engineering
BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering
BSc Biological Chemistry
BSc Chemistry
BSc Applied Chemistry

Computer Science

BSc Computing Science
BSc Computing for Business
BSc Multimedia Computing
BSc Computer Science and Mathematics
Electrical, Electronic and Power Engineering

BEng Communications Engineering
BEng/MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering
BEng/MEng Electronic Engineering & Computer Science

Engineering Systems & Management
BSc Construction Project Management


BSc Mathematics
BSc Mathematics with Computing
BSc Mathematics & Business
BSc Mathematics with Economics

Mechanical Engineering & Design
BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering
BEng Electromechanical Engineering
BEng Design Engineering
BSc Transport Product Design
BSc Industrial Product Design
BSc Product Design & Management

Logistics and Transport Management
BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management
BSc Logistics with Transport Management
BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management

Creating a Business
Economics & the Business Environment
Marketing for New Businesses
Interpreting and Managing Financial Information
People and Organisations
Running a Business

Modules for students who meet the English
requirements of IELTS 5.5 with min 5.0 in each section -
Academic Language Skills I    
Academic Language Skills II 

Modules for Students who
meet the English requirements of 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each section -
Socially Responsible Business
English for Business Studies   

Please note, modules may be subject to change

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Aston Business School degrees
BSc Accounting for Management
BSc Business and Management
BSc Business Computing and IT
BSc Economics and Management
BSc Finance
BSc Human Resource Management
BSc International Business and Economics
BSc International Business and Management
BSc International Relations (Joint Honours)
BSc Marketing
LLB Law with Management

Joint degrees of Aston Business School and School of Languages and Social Sciences
BSc Business and International Relations
BSc Business, Management and Public Policy
BSc Business and Politics
BSc Business and Sociology
BSc Politics and Economics
BSc Business Management and English Language

School of Languages and Social Sciences degrees
BSc English Language and Social Policy
BSc International Relations and English Language
BSc International Relations and Social Policy
BSc International Relations and Sociology 
BSc Politics and English Language
BSc Politics and Sociology
BSc Politics with Social Policy
BSc Politics with International Relations
BSc Sociology
BSc Sociology and English Language
BSc Sociology and Social Policy

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences degrees
BSc Logistics with Supply Chain Management
BSc Logistics with Transport Management 
BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management

The International Foundation Programmes are externally examined so that you can be assured of their high quality.  The Academic English language modules are taught by CELCA (Centre for English Language & Communication at Aston) which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language.

The Business modules are taught in partnership with neighbouring Birmingham Metropolitan College, on Aston University's campus.

How will I be taught and assessed?

The programme is taught over three teaching terms, beginning at the end of September and ending in June the following year. It has been designed to ensure that you gain the right skills, experience and knowledge for degree level study.

A combination of teaching methods is used so that you will be prepared to progress onto the undergraduate programme of your choice.

When you have successfully completed the programme, provided you have met the progression criteria, you will be able to enroll into the degree programme at Aston University. 

Where will I be based?

As an International Foundation Programme student you will study and live alongside undergraduate and postgraduate students on our campus in the centre of Birmingham. You will also use the same facilities as other students including computer facilities, laboratories and the library. Many of your lecturers also teach on the other degree programmes so you will meet them again in your undergraduate studies.

What students say about IFP

When you apply to the International Foundation Programme (IFP), you must also indicate which undergraduate degree programme you want to progress onto afterwards, please indicate this in your personal statement.

Apply online (Please select All as University School) 

Together with your application you also must:

  • Supply copies of your academic qualifications achieved so far. If they are not in English, please provide a certified translation into English as well     

  • Provide copies of your English language qualifications(if you have any, or send it later)

  • Submit one academic letter of recommendation

  • Give details of the courses you are currently studying, along with any results you are waiting for 
  • Indicate which undergraduate degree programme you would like to progress on to.
If you have any queries, please contact us: international@aston.ac.uk


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