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International Foundation Programme in Accounting

International Foundation Courses

Course outline

The International Foundation Programmes are designed for students, whose school leaving qualifications gained in their home country are not suitable for direct entry to a British university undergraduate degree. The course is at Level 3, which is equivalent to A-Level standard.

Our International Foundation Programmes were developed in association with the University of Nottingham, but they are widely accepted by many British universities, so the university you progress to is entirely your own choice.

In China, our Foundation Programmes are marketed by our Chinese Partner under the brand name ‘University First’.

This course is designed to prepare you for study on a range of accountancy-related degree programmes.

You will study the following modules:

  • Accounting (35%)
  • Mathematics (25%)
  • Economics (15%)
  • Information Technology (15%)
  • EFL (10%)

The percentage indicates the contribution of the module towards the final grade. You will also take an additional class in Enterprise, which will not be assessed as a stand-alone module, but will be incorporated into the assessment for the main course modules.

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International Foundation in Accounting – equivalent to NQF Level 3


3 terms starting in September.

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

The general entry requirements for our Foundation Programmes are as follows:

  • To have completed 12 years of high school with good school leaving qualifications, including relevant subjects (please ask for the specific entry requirements for your country).
  • For September start: English language at IELTS 5.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and Reading; 4.5 in Listening and Speaking

Please note that the IELTS qualification must be a SELT (Secure English Language Test). Alternative equivalent SELT qualifications, i.e. Trinity are also acceptable.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is on-going, through coursework and examinations. The proportion of coursework and examinations for each module is as follows:

  • Accounting 50% examination; 50% coursework
  • Maths 100% examination
  • Economics 50% examination; 50% coursework
  • EFL - 100% coursework
  • IT - 100% coursework

Examination fees for the above module examinations are included in the course fees. The College also arranges optional IELTS tests twice per year, for which an examination fee is payable. As a guide, the 2016 fee was £150 for the standard IELTS test offered in the College. For the SELT IELTS test taken externally at a UKVI Approved SELT Centre the price is higher (approximately £200).


On completion of the course students can progress to degrees such as: Accounting and Finance, Banking and Finance, Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Finance, Accounting and Management; and Maths, Accounting and Financial Management.

Many students choose to apply to the University of Nottingham, where our international students taking this course will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for selected degrees. A typical offer would be 70% and IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element.

Other students choose to apply to one of the many other universities which have accepted our Foundation Programmes for progression, including Aston, Bath, Birmingham , Bristol, Durham, Hull, Keele, Leeds, Lincoln, Loughborough, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield Hallam, UEA, Warwick and York.

As a guide, most universities will require a Distinction grade at a specified percentage and a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for entry to their degrees.

Additional information

Hours per week:

The academic year is divided into terms and includes some holidays when no classes will take place - please see our ‘Term Dates’ page for full details of non-teaching days.

Course Dates:

6 September 2016 - 29 June 2017 (3 terms)

5 January 2017 -  11 August 2017 (2½ terms)


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