International Foundation Programme
University of London

1 Year
Course Type
30th April 2019
Next Intake

Deadline 30th April 2019

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) equips you with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a wide range of demanding undergraduate degrees. It has been designed to ensure that you achieve high academic standards, learn appropriate subject knowledge and acquire both the skills and intellectual curiosity necessary for rigorous degree-level study. IFP graduates have gone on to study for degrees with the University of London International Programmes and at many other prestigious universities in the UK and elsewhere. The IFP curriculum encourages active learning by engaging with contemporary issues. Classroom teaching is supported by comprehensive subject guides, textbooks and a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which includes a variety of interactive online material. The learning experience is strongly focused on the development of academic skills alongside analysis and debate of real-world issues.

One compulsory course

  • FP0001 Foundation course: Mathematics and statistics

Plus 3 courses from the following

Plus three courses chosen from:

  • FP0002 Foundation course: Economics
  • FP0003 Foundation course: International relations
  • FP0005 Foundation course: Social psychology
  • FP0007 Foundation course: Pure mathematics

Course Outlines

Mathematics & Statistics

The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas. Topics include: an overview of arithmetic, algebra and calculus; insight into concepts of probability; an introduction to financial mathematics; basic knowledge of how to summarise, analyse and interpret data and an introduction to modelling the linear relationships. EEFP0002 Foundation course: Economics


The course offers a broad overview of the key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs. Course topics include: an introduction to the nature and scope of economics; competitive markets; market failure and government intervention; managing the economy; development and sustainability and the recent financial and economic crisis.

International Relations

This course offers a basic introduction to international relations (IR), its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas. The course has three major aims: to provide an introduction to IR as a social scientific discipline, its history, key contributors and methodologies; to consider key ways in which knowledge derived from IR can be applied to real-life contexts and to provide tools that support students in critical thinking and argumentation.FP0004 Foundation course: Politics

Social Psychology

The course provides a broad introduction to concepts, theories and methodologies used in the study of social psychology. Course topics include: an overview of the subject; the idea of the self in a social context; dealing with interpersonal relations; dealing with group and inter-group relations and cultural phenomena.

Pure Mathematics

This course develops proficiency in working with a range of mathematical methods including logic and proof by contradiction, algebraic equations, trigonometric functions and expressions, coordinate geometry, vectors and calculus. The theoretical concepts underlying these areas are explored and related to working methods and application which together build on the elementary techniques of mathematics.

To be eligible for the International Foundation Programme you must:

  • Normally be aged 17 or over before 31 December in the year of registration


  • Have passed a minimum of at least 4 separate subjects at GCSE/GCE O level, with grades A-C or the equivalent


  • Have demonstrated fluency in academic English by passing GCSE/GCE O level English language at grade C or above or the equivalent, OR have passed a test of proficiency in English such as IELTS at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each sub-test)

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