International Foundation Diploma

The Find Education Pathways International Foundation Diploma (IFD) has been specifically designed for international students who want to study for an undergraduate degree but do not have British A-level qualifications. If you have completed your secondary school education in your own country and you are looking for a programme that will equip you with the English language skills and subject knowledge to embark upon an undergraduate course overseas, we have got you covered. Participating in our International Foundation Programme will also increase your cultural awareness and prepare you for living and studying in a truly multi-cultural environment. There are a range of undergraduate degree courses you can progress to from the IFD in four main subject areas:

Business, Finance, Computing or Engineering

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The Find Education Pathways International Foundation Diploma is accredited by NCC Education and is an Ofqual regulated qualification (Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies).

About NCC Education

NCC Education is a leading awarding body in Computing and Business, providing assessment and certification through recognised British qualifications throughout the world. Find Education is proud to be a part of NCC Education’s global network of Accredited Partner Centres. By studying on the International Foundation Diploma programme you can benefit from NCC Education’s
extensive network of partner universities. The IFD qualification taught at Find Education is recognised by over
70 Universities worldwide including the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and USA.

Blended International Foundation Diploma

We are committed to provide students an opportunity to complete the first 3 months of the International Foundation Diploma (IFD) course online – without interruption by the global pandemic – and we are looking forward to welcoming them back in the classroom, located at the Wheatley Campus of Oxford Brookes University in January 2021 for 5.5 months of face-to-face studies.

You only need an internet connection to access our fun and interactive yet professional online modules, where you will be able to interact with your classmates, submit your homework or assessments and receive the same high quality tuition delivered online.


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What will I study?

Six core units
Unit Description
Developing English Language Skills This module helps students to develop English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve one’s reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English. It guides students through Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.
Advanced English Language Skills This module enables a student to put into practice the language acquired and develop this into an advanced user of English. Students will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending the knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
English for Academic Purposes This module helps students to develop the understanding and use of key linguistic skills where necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment.
Study and Communication Skills This module equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures to your studies.
Culture Studies This module enables students to gain awareness and an increased understanding of other cultures. Students will learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
Foundation Mathematics This module builds upon student’s knowledge of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for their future career.


Two elective units
Unit Description
Introduction to Computer Science This module provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
Introduction to Programming This module exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic, to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.
Introduction to Business This module provides an introduction to the purpose, types and organisation of businesses. Students become familiar with a range of business concepts such as basic marketing practices.
Introduction to Accounting and Economics This module introduces the key principles of accounting and economics. Students become accustomed to concepts such as market structures and monetary policy and also learn how to produce simple financial statements.
Further Mathematics This module provides students with an understanding of different mathematical concepts and ideas, building on the work covered in the Foundation Mathematics module. It will allow students to develop further algebraic techniques on a broad range of mathematical topics, building towards area often seen and used in university courses.

Oxford is a vibrant city, steeped in history and with plenty of places to visit and good quality accommodation for all budgets.

From January 2021 you will be studying just seven miles from Oxford city centre at the O’Regan CentreOxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus which offers playing fields, library, computer rooms and a shop. As well as modern, innovative learning spaces, there are social venues and catering outlets to enjoy.

The Hub at Wheatley provides good-quality food and a space to relax during your day. Offering Starbucks coffee, artisan Deli sandwiches, an Asian broth bar and classic British dishes, there’s something to please everyone.

In addition, you will also be able to access the library services at Oxford Brookes University’s Headington Campus (but will not be permitted to take materials out of the libraries) and you are welcome to join the student gym at the Headington campus (membership fees are not included in your course fees).

  • Successful completion of secondary education
  • Minimum IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (standard 9-month course) or IELTS 5.5 (Fast Track course)

If you do not currently have an IELTS score, you can take NCC Education’s Placement Test administered by Find Education (applies to standard course only).

Dates 2020-2021
Blended 9-month Course
Fast Track Course
Start date
14th September 2020 6th January 2021
End date*
12th June 2021 12th June 2022

*Dates subject to change. Your final timetable will be confirmed upon enrolment.

Tuition Fees – Blended 9-month Course

£9,950 Business / Finance
£11,950  Computing / Engineering

Tuition Fees – 6-month Fast Track Course

£10,000  Business / Finance
£12,000  Computing / Engineering

Please note that the tuition fee does not include the cost of accommodation.

NCC Education offers students complete undergraduate pathways with university partners. For students who want to complete their degree overseas at a university campus can choose 70 universities in the UK and overseas including Canada, USA and Australia depending on their IFD results. These provide direct entry to progression routes and subject disciplines from our foundation programme pathways which enable students to develop the further study and career of their choice.

Here you can find details of all the universities which recognise NCC Education qualifications.

Guaranteed Entry

The following universities guarantee NCC Education students a place on their chosen course after successful completion of the International Foundation Programme (depending on exam results):

  • Bangor University (Wales, UK)
  • Birmingham City University (England, UK)
  • University of Derby (England, UK)
  • Liverpool Hope University (England, UK)
  • Carroll University (Wisconsin, USA)
  • CQU University (Queensland, Australia)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • National College of Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
Standard Entry

Universities that may not guarantee a place but welcome applications from NCC Education students for entry onto year 1 of a Bachelor’s degree, as the NCC Education qualification satisfies the university entry requirements.

All students who wish to attend a UK university usually have to apply through the University and Colleges Application Service known as UCAS.  Please check with the University you wish to apply to as to their admissions procedure.

UK Universities
Overseas Universities
Abertay University Staffordshire University Galway-Mayo Institute of IT (Ireland)
Aberystwyth University Teeside University National College of Ireland (Ireland)
Aston University University of Derby Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Bangor University University of Central Lancashire Thompson Rivers University (Canada)
Birmingham City University University of Essex Fraser International College (Canada)
Cardiff University University of Gloucestershire Berkeley College (USA)
City University of London University of Greenwich Carroll University (USA)
De Montfort University University of Northampton Eastern Connecticut State University (USA)
Glasgow Caledonian University University of Nottingham Heidelberg University (USA)
Kingston University London University of Leeds Humboldt State University (USA)
Leeds Beckett University University of Liverpool Southern Oregon University (USA)
Liverpool Hope University University of London The University of Vermont (USA)
Liverpool John Moores University University of Sussex University of Idaho (USA)
London Metropolitan University University of the West of England University of North Alabama (USA)
Northumbria University University of the West of Scotland CQ University (Australia)
Nottingham Trent University University of Westminster University of Western Australia Taylors College (Australia)
Oxford Brookes University University of Wolverhampton  
Plymouth University University of Worcester  
Sheffield Hallam University University of York  

If you’re studying in Oxford, Slade Park is an ideal choice for you. This residence gives you all you need to feel right at home.

The residence offers modern, fully furnished single en-suite rooms in cluster flats, perfect for international foundation students. With a large community space (offering a flat-screen TV), games room and central courtyard you will have everything you need to study, relax and socialise.

The cluster flats are made up of four, five and six en-suite bedrooms, with a shared, modern fully fitted kitchen and lounge area.
Slade Park is located in a residential area, just 30 minutes from Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus or the centre of Oxford.


+ Modern private en-suite rooms
+ All-inclusive utility bills
+ Free Wi-Fi throughout
+ Variety of communal spaces
+ Games room & study spaces
+ Secure bike storage
+ Free contents insurance
+ On-site laundry facilities
+ Secure bike storage

1. Complete application form and return with supporting documentation, below:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of any English language qualifications
  • Copies of previous school qualifications/reports/transcripts

2. Attend an online interview with a senior member of Find Education staff and sit an entrance test if you do not currently have an IELTS score. During the interview we will offer expert and honest advice on programme/subject selection and making a competitive university application.

3. Receive a decision on the application; usually within 5 working days

If a place has been offered:

4. Return your signed offer letter and pay the Registration fee (£250) plus the first instalment of your Tuition Fee of £3,000 (to be deducted towards the total amount of your course fee) to secure a place on the course.

Download application form

Please read the International Foundation Diploma Terms & Conditions carefully before applying to this programme.