NCUK IFY: Pathway & Module Outlines

The NCUK IFY is specially designed for international students to provide you the skills you need to succeed at university.

The NCUK IFY gives you access to Year One of a UK degree. The programme is taught over one year and is assessed via examinations and coursework. It features the unique English for Academic Purposes module. The EAP course prepares you for success at a UK university by improving your reading, writing, listening and speaking – concentrating on building up your academic vocabulary and independent study skills.

As well as equipping you with the English skills and academic qualifications for studying in the UK, the IFY gives you cultural awareness, and teaches you how to learn in a western environment. 


You will have a choice of pathways in Science, Business, Engineering and Humanities and you will study a combination of modules that fit in with your degree destination.

NCUK Science Pathway   NCUK Engineering Pathway

Science Pathway

If you are interested in a Science degree you should follow the IFY Science pathway. This will provide the perfect preparation and access to wide range of science degrees through the addition of chemistry and biology module options. In addition, if you study the IFY Science pathway, you can also be placed on many of the same degrees as the Humanities, Engineering and the Business pathways.


Engineering Pathway

With maths and physics as compulsory modules this is the perfect route for those wishing to study Engineering related degrees at university. This pathway will give you access to virtually all Engineering degrees and keeps open the options of most Business and Humanities degrees.

NCUK Business Pathway   NCUK Humanities Pathway

Business Pathway

This pathway prepares you in a variety of subject areas and offers a wide range of progression options, particularly suited to those seeking a career in business, finance and all areas of management. If you are interested in studying maths as one of your modules during your foundation year and want to keep your options open to both business and humanities degrees this would be the best pathway to follow.


Humanities Pathway

An ideal pathway for those students wishing to access a wide range of degree programmes in the social sciences and humanities and specific areas such as law and international relations. This pathway is aimed at those not wishing to include maths as one of their modules, though many of the business and management degrees will be opened as a future choice to graduates of this route.


Alongside the EAP you will study 3 additional modules directly related to your chosen pathway:


The overall aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the basic economic concepts and principles. Reference is mainly to the UK experience in preparation for studying with British students at university. The first semester will deal with “micro” economic issues and the second semester will deal with “macro” economic issues. 

  • Micro Economics covers: Economic Systems; Demand, Supply and Market Price; Business Economics.
  • Macro Economics covers: The main objectives of Government economic policy; Economic growth; Taxation and Government spending;Money and Monetary policy; Inflation and Unemployment; Trade Policy.


The overall aim of this course is to equip students with the mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for entry to the first year of any UK/Western undergraduate degree course. The module covers the following areas: Algebra, Binomial expansions, Trigonometric functions, laws of indices, exponential function; Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometric Identities, Functions, Probability and set theory, Correlation and linear regression, Probability distributions and Further Integration.

Business Studies

The overall aim is to ensure that students have a solid grounding in many aspects of business studies and feel confident in commencing the study of business-related courses at undergraduate level. Students will be studying: 

  • Marketing: The nature of marketing; Market analysis; Segmentation and positioning; Market research; Marketing strategy; The marketing Mix. 
  • Accounting and FinanceHuman Resources: Organisational Structure and design; Motivation; Leadership and management styles. 
  • Business and the Legal Environment, Fundamentals of Management: Strategy and Objectives. Operations management is not included.

Further Maths

This course is suitable for students who wish to study further mathematics in addition to the NCUK core Mathematics module. The topics in the Mathematics module will be assumed as background knowledge. However as students will be studying the two mathematics modules together, the Further Mathematics module topics have often been planned to follow on immediately from a topic taught in the Mathematics module. This further mathematics module contains some mechanics topics in addition to more advanced pure mathematics topics. Study of Further Mathematics will complement the study of the NCUK Physics module.  

Society & Politics

The overall aim of this module is to ensure that students have a solid grounding in many aspects of the study of society and politics and feel confident in undertaking undergraduate studies in this field. The module is based mainly on sociology, and more specifically on ‘A’ and ‘AS’ level Sociology specifications approved by QCA. This module covers the following areas: Social class, wealth and poverty, Globalisation, Democracy, Participation and Ideologies, British government, Society, Politics and the Environment.


This modules covers the following areas: Mechanics, Electricity, Vibrations and waves, Thermal Physics, Nuclear Physics, Fields. In order to be taught within the single academic year available, the syllabus has been modified and the following major topics, which would normally be taught in a Physics ‘A’ level, are not covered: First and second laws of thermodynamics; optional topics such as astrophysics, medical physics, particle physics and electronics. These topics are adequately introduced in relevant undergraduate courses in NCUK partner universities if required, and assume no prior knowledge.


This module is intended to give the student a firm grounding in many aspects of Chemistry and will enable students to feel confident in commencing the study of Chemistry and related subjects at undergraduate level. Students will be learning: Atomic Structure and Mass, Chemical Bonding, Metallic Bonding, Hydrogen Bonding and Simple Intermolecular Forces, Molarity and Balanced Equations, Empirical and Molecular Formulae, Oxidation and Reduction, Transition Elements. Alkanes and Alkenes, Alcohols, Aldehydes and Ketones, Energetics and Equilibrium, Kinetics, Spectroscopy.

Government & Politics

The overall aim of this course is to provide students with a strong foundation in a variety of political topics. Traditional Government & Politics syllabuses have been modified to account for students who will have little background knowledge in this area and a limited time to devote to this study. Existing knowledge of Government & Politics is not required. This modules covers the following areas: The British Parliament, Political parties, Electoral Systems, Political Participation, Central Government, Britain and the European Union, Constitutional Change in Britain, Politics in the USA.

International Relations

The overall aim is to ensure that students have a solid introduction to all aspects of the study of International Relations and to enable students to feel confident in undertaking undergraduate studies in this discipline. In its scope, this module will provide an introduction to the understanding of the modern world and how nation states interact. Students will be learning:

  • Theories: Realism & Power Politics; Liberalism & Idealism; Prisoner Dilemma; the Neo Evolution; Marxism & World System Theory.
  • Foreign Policy: Decision making; influences on policy; sub-state actors; public opinion; military industrial complex; religion; ideology; capitalism and MNC influences. 
  • War: Theories & types; rationale; strategy; territorial; economic and control type conflicts; religious, ethnic, ideological conflicts.
  • International Law: Behaviour; International Organisations. International Political Economy, Economic Integration, The Environment.


This module is intended to give the student a firm grounding in many aspects of biology and will enable students to feel confident in commencing the study of biology and related subjects at undergraduate level. This module covers the following topics: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules, Organs, Tissues, Cellular Organisation and Cell Structure, Plant structure and Photosynthesis, Cell Membrane Structure and Transport, Molecular Genetics: DNA Replication and Protein Synthesis, Cellular reproduction, Physiological systems, Homeostasis, Interpretation of scientific data.