What is a Foundation Course?
Foundation courses in UK are designed to help students prepare for their first year in college. Mostly students who do not meet the eligibility criteria of an undergraduate program at a university must take a foundation course. A foundation course is a one-year preparatory course for international students mostly school-leavers, those with poor English or who come from a different education system and have not completed 13 years of education.
The Aim of Foundation Course:
The aim of a foundation course is to fill in the gaps in a person’s education and to familiarize them with the UK culture so they can easily transition into life in the UK. After completing the one-year foundation course, the students become eligible for attending university in the UK to pursue a degree of their choice unless they fail the course or do not meet any other requirement of the university. According to the Higher Education Student Statistics, between 2016 and 2017, as many as 36,975 students enrolled in foundation courses so they could pursue a degree at a university in the UK.
The requirements for being eligible for a Foundation Course:
However, not anyone and everyone can enrol in the foundation courses in UK. An international student must fulfil a certain set of criterion to be eligible for enrolling in these courses. Here is the list of documents, which a student must have along with the requirements that he or she needs to meet:
- A minimum overall IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent
- A reference letter from the student’s high school teacher
- A personal statement for the university
- Certificate from the higher secondary school the student attended
- Students transcripts from the higher secondary school he/she attended
- A scanned copy of the student’s passport
- A scanned copy of the student visa
Check the website of the university you are applying to for the foundation program to view the course fee and to see if there are any other requirements.