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COURSE OVERVIEW

Our International Foundation Programme prepares you with the skills and knowledge needed for your undergraduate study.

It is designed specifically if you do not meet the English language criteria of your undergraduate programme and/or do not have the British ‘A’ level or equivalent qualifications. The IFP therefore provides a pathway for you to improve your Academic English skills to meet University entry requirements and subject content.

Academic Excellence

The IFP prepares you for undergraduate study by developing your subject knowledge and academic skills. By taking the IFP at Winchester, you will:

  • Be taught the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking for academic study
  • Learn how to study independently and gain academic study skills
  • Study subject-specific content at ‘A’ level standard
  • Be taught by a dedicated, caring and expert team

Programme Structure

This is a one academic year full-time Programme, which allows you to study a number of subjects that interest you the most. The academic year starts in the third week of September and consists of two semesters: semester one has 12 weeks of teaching, and Semester two has 12 weeks of teaching, and a three week assessment period, not including holidays.

Each IFP module has a credit value, and you select modules to a value of 120 credits in total. Everyone on the IFP takes the English for Academic Purposes modules and you may choose one optional module per semester.

Modules cover a variety of subjects including Arts in Britain, Business Studies, Media and English for Academic Purposes.

We have excellent progression rates. In 2017, all of our IFP students qualified for a degree at Winchester.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Learning and teaching

The Programme starts with a welcome and induction meeting for all students which introduces you to relevant staff and helps you to become familiar with the overall environment in which you will be studying.  It also introduces you to the University, city of Winchester and the Programme. The Programme employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, with a focus on developing a range of knowledge and skills, providing you with the ability to apply them to selected areas of study. As well as the development of Academic English language skills, you will begin to develop academic and research skills which are relevant to the UK's Higher Education system. Within the teaching staff there is a highly student-centred approach to teaching students, with the emphasis on bringing out the best in you. This comprises not only helping you realise your academic potential but ensuring you have benefitted from your cultural experience.

Assessment

A variety of summative and formative assessments are employed on the IFP. This aims to develop an awareness of the UK’s Higher Education assessment practices to enable you to plan, undertake, and submit work which matches the standards and expectations of the University. Informal formative feedback is always an integral part of language learning, and you will constantly receive feedback on your use of language in the classroom. More formally, you 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.

A range of assignment types are used, including essays (of various lengths), practical write ups, verbal presentations, reports, reflective diaries, research projects, portfolios of media genre, listening and reading assessments. This diversity of assessments is necessary to ensure that you meet a range of assessments that will prepare you for your future undergraduate programmes.

Student Support

The teaching team offers you extensive support and guidance whilst you are on the IFP and includes three hours per week of group tutorials. This includes pastoral and academic support to help you acclimatise to studying at a UK university. All students progressing from the IFP onto a degree programme at the University are given access to Academic English support by ELTSU in order to help bridge the transition to studying on a UK degree programme.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

RQF level 3 or equivalent qualification.

Course duration

Full-time: The course runs over two semesters.

Semester one: twelve weeks of teaching

Semester two: twelve weeks of teaching, and a three week assessment period, not including holidays.

If English is not your first language

Entry onto the International Foundation Programme requires an overall IELTS score of 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 or equivalent in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

More information

If you want additional information about this programme you can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

 

Modules

Semester 1 Credits

Introduction to English for Academic Study 45

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions

 

Optional modules

Introduction to Business Studies 15 credits
Introduction to Media 15 credits
Introduction to the Arts in Britain 15 credits

English for Academic Study 45

This module is designed to improve your ability to study effectively in English and ready you for your future undergraduate degree. You will develop your knowledge and skills in: reading authentic academic texts, listening to lectures and presentations, writing academic essays, preparing and giving presentations, recognising and using academic grammar and vocabulary, participating in seminar and group discussions. You will also improve your study skills such as, note-taking, critical thinking, time management and working independently. You will be given your own course study book for you to keep. We use the Oxford EAP: A course in English for Academic Purposes by Chazal and Rogers.

 

Optional Modules

Applied Business Studies - 15 credits
Further Arts in Britain - 15 credits
Introduction to Media - 15 credits

Semester 2 Credits

Introduction to English for Academic Study 45

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions

 

Optional modules

Introduction to Business Studies 15 credits
Introduction to Media 15 credits
Introduction to the Arts in Britain 15 credits

English for Academic Study 45

This module is designed to improve your ability to study effectively in English and ready you for your future undergraduate degree. You will develop your knowledge and skills in: reading authentic academic texts, listening to lectures and presentations, writing academic essays, preparing and giving presentations, recognising and using academic grammar and vocabulary, participating in seminar and group discussions. You will also improve your study skills such as, note-taking, critical thinking, time management and working independently. You will be given your own course study book for you to keep. We use the Oxford EAP: A course in English for Academic Purposes by Chazal and Rogers.

 

Optional Modules

Applied Business Studies - 15 credits
Further Arts in Britain - 15 credits
Introduction to Media - 15 credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures, guest lectures and tutorials, seminars and specialist teaching facilities. However, there may be the occasional additional costs such as text books that are not included in the cost below.

Costs 

£4,625 per semester

£9,250 for both semesters 

Key course details

Duration
2 semesters
Location
On campus, Winchester