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NCUK Foundation

NCUK Foundation

NCUK is unique in UK higher education. It is a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to providing international students with guaranteed access to universities and helping students to 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, 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.

Course Details

Age: 17+

English level: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with no element less than 5.0. Pearson PTE (42-49) and TOEFL iBT (46-59) also accepted.

Academic entry requirements: Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades

Course length: 1 academic year

Fees for 2020/21: £18,900 (MPW Birmingham) or £20,850 (MPW Cambridge). This includes a £850 registration fee which we will pay to NCUK on your behalf.


NCUK Partner Awards Highly Recommended Badge

2019/20 NCUK Success Stories

2020 proved to be an outstanding year for our NCUK students. We are delighted with the results and destinations this cohort has achieved:

  • 92% achieved grades A*-C
  • 100% achieved grades A*-B in humanities and science pathways


University progressions included but are not limited to:

DarrenA*A*A*-AIndonesianKing’s College LondonEconomics and Management
SybelA*A* A - ARwandan/NigerianBirminghamCivil Engineering
EbanehitaA*A* B - A*NigerianSheffieldChemical Engineering
JinA*AA - AJapaneseSouthamptonComputer Science
MiranoAAA - AJapaneseBristolAnthropology
ZhaokunAA*B - AHong KongLeedsLaw and Globalisation
OjuolapeBAA - BNigerianRoyal College of Surgeons in IrelandMedicine

NCUK international Foundation Year

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) is designed with NCUK university partners to prepare international students for first year entry to undergraduate degree courses.

Its purpose is to help bridge the gap between a student’s local qualification and starting a university degree.

Students who successfully complete the IFY gain guaranteed access to thousands of degree courses at NCUK universities. No one else can offer this guarantee.

Why study the NCUK IFY at MPW?

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 MPW 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, MPW offers outstanding 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.

NCUK Partner Universities include:

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

NCUK students have also gained places at the following universities:

  • Cardiff University
  • King’s College London
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Durham
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Southampton
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Warwick

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