About the International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed for students who have completed high school or partial university education overseas and need additional support to prepare for a successful transition into academic studies at bachelor’s level at London Metropolitan University.

Why study the International Foundation Programme (IFP)?

The International Foundation Programme will help you to:

  • develop English language skills as necessary for academic studies
  • prepare for Level 4 (bachelor’s) study through the acquisition of academic skills and knowledge
  • develop as an independent, reflective learner
  • develop effective self-management and personal awareness skills
  • become equipped with subject knowledge critical for successful higher education study
  • become an active user of learning technologies widely used in the UK higher education environment

What is the duration of the International Foundation Programme?

This is a two-semester-long programme, with each semester lasting 15 weeks. You can apply now to get started with the International Foundation Programme. 

What are the entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme?

The entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme are:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 overall with no individual element lower than 5.5 or PTE Academic 59 overall with no individual element lower than 59 or Language Cert 33/50 overall with no individual element lower than 33/50
  • successful completion of senior high school or equivalent
  • successful evidence of educational achievement in the country of origin equivalent to a UK Year 12 (leaving certificate is required)

If you're from a majority English-speaking country you may be exempt from the language requirement.

What is the course structure for the International Foundation Programme?

The International Foundation Programme contains two modules: Academic Preparation Programme Part 1 (60 credits) and Academic Preparation Programme Part 2 (60 credits)

Both modules are core for all IFP pathways:

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Engineering, Computing and Science
  • Art, Design and Media

Semester 1 Academic Preparation Programme Part 1 (APP1)

This module focuses on developing academic language skills while developing subject-specific knowledge in your chosen subject area in preparation for bachelor's-level study.

The APP1 module focuses on the following skills:

  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Listening
  • Academic Writing Theory and Practice
  • Academic Speaking and Presentations
  • Academic Grammar and Vocabulary in Context

Semester 2 Academic Preparation Programme Part 2 (APP2)

This module constitutes units around subject-specific weekly themes and aims to develop discipline-specific knowledge further while embedding these in the academic skills and literacies needed for bachelor's-level study in the UK.

The APP2 module focuses on the following skills:

  • Academic Reading
  • Academic Listening
  • Academic Writing Theory and Practice
  • Academic Speaking and Presentations
  • Research Skills
  • Academic Grammar and Vocabulary in Context

What are the benefits of the International Foundation Programme?

End-to-end support

You'll receive tailored academic and pastoral support from higher education experts to prepare you for a bachelor's degree with London Met, with access to state-of-the-art learning, library and IT facilities.

Improved study skills

The International Foundation Programme is designed to help you sharpen your skills and advance your knowledge of your chosen field of study at London Met. Additional study skills support will be provided to all international students to aid their progress in the programme.

Expert academic and student support

You will have the opportunity to learn from highly qualified academics and industry experts assisted by dedicated student support staff.

Post-study work rights

Once you've graduated, you will have access to a range of employment options with post-study working rights within the UK as well as the opportunity to explore global career opportunities.

Register your interest in one of these programmes

Get in touch with the International Foundation Programme and Pre-master's team

You can contact the ECA team at infolondonmet@eca.edu.au.

If you're an agent interested in working with ECA and London Met, register your interest through our agent application form.