NCUK International Foundation Year

Foundation Programme

About NCUK
NCUK  is unique in UK higher education. It is a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to provide international students guaranteed access to universities and helping students succeed when they get there. NCUK qualifications are recognised by NCUK universities and by most others across the UK, including many in the Russell Group (UK’s Ivy League), and also by universities internationally. Since 1987, NCUK has helped 30,000 students gain access to leading UK universities. NCUK delivers pathway programmes that allow you to gain the skills and qualifications you need to succeed at university.
Why study the NCUK IFY at Cardiff Academy

Your best possible start Most foundation programmes offer you very limited choices, often to just one university. NCUK’s International Foundation Year (NCUK IFY) taught at Cardiff Academy gives students access to a wide range of universities and degree courses worldwide. All NCUK programmes also include a specialist English for Academic Purposes module designed to provide the language and study skills that will give students a head start on their undergraduate degrees in the UK.

An accredited partner As an NCUK fully accredited partner, Cardiff Academy offers oustanding academic and social facilities, giving students access to a stimulating and safe learning environment. All of our staff are fully qualified and are experts in their field. Excellent university progression Because of NCUK’s relationship with their 16 partner universities, they can guarantee entry into over 3,000 degree programmes in the UK. NCUK also work with a number of partner universities offering progression to successful NCUK IFY students. Students can choose the programme and university that are right for them.

Pathways Offered


Key points

  • Small class sizes with an average of ten students per class
  • Expert teaching from subject specialists, most of whom are also examiners
  • High degree of individual academic and pastoral support
  • Regular exam-based testing and feedback
  • Flexible subject combinations
  • Expert up-to-date university admissions (UCAS) advice

Key facts

  • Age: 17+
  • Course Length: 1 academic year
  • English level: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
  • Academic entry requirements: Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades

NCUK Guaranteed Access

Students who successfully complete an NCUK qualification gain guaranteed access to an NCUK Guaranteed University. Please find a list of these universities below.  

  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Kent
  • Kingston University
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Liverpool John Moors University
  • The University of Manchester
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Salford
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University

NCUK Course Finder

Use the university course finder to search for your ideal course choice among the thousands of degree programmes available for you to progress to from our member universities in the UK.

NCUK Testimonials

Take a look to read some of our student testimonials and see what they have to say about their experience of studying with NCUK.
Get in touch to find out how we can help you

Cardiff Academy

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Cardiff, CF10 2FE

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Email – enquiries@cardiffacademy.co.uk

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