International Foundation Programme

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed specifically for international students who have not met the English language criteria of their undergraduate programme and do not have the requisite subject content 'A' level equivalencies. The IFP therefore provides a pathway for students to improve their English skills to meet University entry requirements and subject content. The Programme aims to develop self-confident, independent, globally responsible and motivated individuals who can bring their strengths to any area of their future degree programmes and subsequently their prospective employment. A high degree of academic support and pastoral care is provided to ensure that these aims are met. 

International Foundation Programme at University of Winchester

Entry Requirements

An overall IELTS score of 5.0 with 5.0 in Writing, with no components below 4.5 in Listening, Reading and Speaking

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

Total Cost: £9,250**

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Degree duration: 

1 year full-time

Start date: September 


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester 

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.


The IFP aims to develop self-confident, independent, globally responsible and motivated individuals who can bring their strengths to any area of their future degree programmes and subsequently their prospective employment. Skills developed on the IFP are expected to be transferable. 

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) modules are designed to develop academic confidence and English language abilities simultaneously. Academic skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are taught using a variety of authentic texts. Appropriate writing conventions, style and suitable referencing according to UK academic practice is developed. 

Students can also choose one optional content module per semester which allows the opportunity to explore an academic subject through the medium of English. The content-specific modules help tailor studies to meet student interests. Modules include: Arts in Britain, Business and Media.

The Arts in Britain modules cover aspects of British writers, artists, composers and musicians and students will be encouraged to respond to texts, music and images both orally and in writing.

The Business modules introduces students to the core theories of business, such as business structures, marketing, motivation, recruitment, and leadership and management styles.

The Media module covers key concepts in Media, such as media language, media forms, the cult of the celebrity, genre, audience and audience theory, deconstructing the narrative and electronic media. 

Award: International Foundation Programme Certificate


  • Academic English
  • Tutorial

Students choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Introduction to Business Studies
  • Introduction to Media*
  • Introduction to Arts in Britain
  • Academic English
  • Applied Business Skills
  • Introduction to Media*
  • Further Arts in Britain


The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available. 

The IFP is designed to enable international students to make the transition from their previous learning and teaching style to the style of the more autonomous learning environment of the UK Higher Education system. This is undertaken in a highly supportive environment and enables students to engage appropriately when they progress through their levels of study. 

The Programme employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing a range of knowledge and skills, providing students with the ability to apply them to a selected area of study. As well as the development of English language skills as an integrated set, students begin to develop academic and research skills that are relevant to the UK's Higher Education system. 

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc.), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Delivery of subject-specific content and language are through the following:

  • Practical classes and workshops, interspersed with mini-lectures when required. This approach provides the maximum opportunity for students to practice the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking within an integrated structure. Discussion of key concepts, research, theories and models relating to various aspects of EAP and subject specific content are covered in this way. 
  • Lectures are given by guest lecturers from various faculties which enable the IFP students to practice their listening and note-taking skills.
  • Individual and group projects to encourage collaborative working.
  • Student presentations. 
  • Website technologies to include use of CANVAS and students are encouraged to use virtual forums, such as discussion forums for collaborative working.
  • Peer review and feedback in relation to formative assessments develop student understanding of assessment criteria and their ability to provide and receive constructive developmental feedback.
  • Tutorials are provided on a one-to-one basis and as a group. This provides both pastoral and academic support to international students who may experience culture shock, favour different learning styles, and require further support in their L2 learning. 
  • Subject-specific educational visits are offered which helps to underpin the learning on the modules. 

Teaching team 

The teaching team have an established track record of teaching excellence, which is reflected in very high levels of student retention and satisfaction, as reported in student feedback. The teaching approach is based upon the University's established values of intellectual freedom, social justice diversity, spirituality and creativity. Individuals matter and we adopt a caring, supporting but challenging approach. Students at Winchester experience the benefits of a University education on a human scale.

  • Mandy Jones
  • Marija Davis
  • Howard Giles
  • Peter Boniface


A variety of summative and formative assessments are employed. This aims to develop an awareness of UK's Higher Education assessment practices to enable students to plan, undertake, and submit work which matches the standards and expectations of the University. Informal feedback is always an integral part of language learning, as students constantly receive feedback on their use of language in the classroom. More formally, the students receive weekly feedback on a wide range of assessment tasks, both in the classroom with tutor feedback to the whole group or on an individual basis for written or oral assignments. Students are introduced to the concept of self-reflection as a part of a cycle of learning, with feedback informing teaching and learning. 

Types of assessment are employed:

  • Written assignments are in the form of essays. In essays, students are required to write about a particular topic and answer a question in depth. 
  • Presentations are performed in class: both individually and in teams during the IFP. The expectations of the paired presentations are to engage students in collaborative activities and the sharing of responsibilities and allocation of tasks. 
  • The portfolio is a collection of work, which relates to a given topic, theme or element of practice, which has been produced over a period of time. 
  • Students are encouraged to reflect on their work, such as a diary. This provides an opportunity for the international student to evaluate their own learning and helps to promote personal development. 
  • Reports (individual and group) are set in the two business modules as this is the professional mode of written communication in management. 
  • Listening comprehension and Reading assessment are set at the end of the modules. This is a requirement of the UKVI and university entry, in that international students must achieve a minimum of 55% in each skill. These are key receptive skills, which the students need to be able to do well in order carry out the active skills of writing and speaking. 

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Whilst the principal progression route is undergraduate programmes at the University of Winchester, the Programme embraces the University's philosophy on employability (Employability Strategy 2014-16; Faculty Annual Operating Statement (FAOS) FAOS) 2015-16, strategic objective 1.4: A resolute focus on graduate employability). As a new initiative Nina Lazarski, volunteering coordinator, has been invited to speak to our students in group tutorial time to explain about the volunteering programme. This not only helps to 'ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage in volunteering' (Strategic Priority 1) but helps the student in their continuous improvement and use of English language skills. Students are also encouraged to attend Enterprise and Faculty wide Inaugural lectures and workshops and the Centre for Responsible Management talks (Strategic Priority 2).

The Programme also receives home students from the English Language and Education undergraduate programme who are embarking on TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualifications at our partner universities in Japan (Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and Seinan Jo Gakushuin University). Home students must observe a minimum of ten teaching hours in ELTSU and during these observations, the home students interact with our international students developing friendships, cultural understanding and an appreciation of different teaching and learning styles. When our international students have completed their programme at ELTSU, they become supportive and welcoming students to home students embarking on their Japanese journey. This is an annual cycle that due to its supportive nature and excellent feedback helps to increase the number of students taking part in study abroad activities (Strategic Priority 4). 

Throughout the programme, the core and soft skills of students are developed. These 'soft' skills include independence, self-awareness, decision-making, teamwork, global citizenship and communication and are embedded within the curriculum (FAOS). 

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement


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