International Foundation Programme

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.
  • Guaranteed progression routes onto a range of Aston undergraduate degree programmes upon successful completion of IFP.
  • Internationally recognised course
  • 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 table below indicates the minimum entry requirements for the English language.  

If you only hold the minimum listed below, you will be required to undertake English language modules as part of the programme. 


Minimum 5.5 overall,
with a minimum 5.0 in each section


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 (2015/16 session):  £12,750

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.

Useful Links

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 two 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.

Core Modules

Mathematics 1

Mathematics 2
Academic language Skills 1 or Study Skills (For those who have met the 1st year English Language requirements)

Academic Language Skills 2

Introduction to Engineering and Applied Science or Biology (for those who plan to progress to Life and Health Sciences School)

Physical Science and Engineering Foundations
Elective Modules
(Select 1)
Mechanical Engineering

Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering Foundations

Electronic Engineering Foundations

Computing Foundations

ifp progress

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
Life and Health Sciences *
BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Biomedical Sciences
BSc/MOptom Optometry
BSc Psychology
MPharm Pharmacy
BSc Psychology and Business
BSc Psychology and Sociology 

*Progression to LHS programmes is subject to a prior agreement with the School and an interview

Creating a Business
Economics & the Business Environment
Marketing for New Businesses
Business Finance
People and Organisations
Running a Business

Modules for Students who
meet the Year 1 English
Socially Responsible Business
English for Business Studies
Modules for students who don’t
meet the year 1 English
requirements -
Academic Language Skills I    
Academic Language Skills II

Please note, modules may be subject to change

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BSc Accounting for Management
BSc Business and Management
BSc Business Computing and IT
BSc Business and International Relations
BSc Business, Management and Public Policy
BSc Business and Politics
BSc Business and Sociology
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 Logisitcs with Supply Chain Management
BSc Logistics with Transport Management
BSc Logistics with Purchasing Management
BSc Marketing
BSc Politics with International Relations
BSc Politics (Joint Honours)
BSc Social Policy (Joint Honours)
BSc Sociology
BSc Sociology (Joint Honours)
LLB Law with 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.

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

Student Profile

Student Profile

Hussain Al-Ghaith

Aramco Scholar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

"I was pleased that the IFP met my expectations. The programme gave a clear indication about what we would study in the first year of a degree and we had the opportunity to learn subjects which were not familiar to us."




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