At the heart of the IFP are the core academic courses but the timetable has been designed with a holistic approach to best prepare students for their academic journey. This means that in addition to the acquisition of academic knowledge, there are also opportunities to develop other key skills that will enhance the experience and provide a strong basis for entering university life.
These include one-to-one and small group tutorials to provide personalised support and ensure everyone’s studies are on track and their welfare is catered for properly.
English classes help to develop not only productive skills but also focus on specific areas such as essay writing, presentation skills, note-taking, critical thinking and debating. There will also be a focus on IELTS helping students to prepare for taking the test, developing the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, plus understanding the format of the test with tips and techniques.
In addition to classes, the programme also gives access to extracurricular events that include guest speakers from politics, business, law, finance, environment, industry, entertainment, media, internationalism, entrepreneurship, etc. There are also regular seminars from a range of education experts looking at topics such as academic culture, the transition into higher education and how to successfully apply to the right institution.
Finally, a social and cultural programme gives students the chance to explore Bristol and beyond, put new-found communication skills into practice and build on their cultural awareness and social interactions.
The goal of the programme is not only to prepare students academically but also to support them culturally, linguistically, socially and emotionally to enter university fully-prepared, confident and happy.
Below is a 2-week sample timetable showing how the academic courses and other elements combine (NB the 4 courses shown are just an example and students may choose any combination of the 7 course options).