What is the IFP?

The University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a pre-university programme of study equivalent to Level 3 UK school-leaving qualifications. It equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a wide range of demanding undergraduate degrees. It has been designed to ensure that students achieve high academic standards, learn appropriate subject knowledge and acquire both the skills and intellectual curiosity necessary for rigorous degree level study.

We are proud that Bristol International College is a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre, which means that in the view of the University we demonstrate a sustained commitment to developing excellence in respect of teaching, support to students and administrative processes.

The IFP curriculum offered by BIC encourages active learning by engaging with contemporary issues. Students’ learning experience is strongly focused on the development of academic skills alongside analysis and debate of real-world issues. 

All IFP examinations are conducted by the University of London and upon successful completion of their programme of study, students receive a University of London award (International Foundation Certificate). Any award from the University of London is a mark of excellence, respected by employers and universities worldwide.

The IFP at a glance

  • One-year pre-university study programme
  • Minimum age 16
  • English language minimum requirement IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Four courses chosen from seven options
  • Eight-weeks professional internship included
  • University of London International Foundation Certificate (Pass/Merit/ Distinction)
  • Recognised by the top universities in the UK and worldwide

The IFP in detail

What is the IFP and who should enrol?
How will it be taught and who will be teaching it?
Programme outline and course options
Assessment and examinations
University progression
Undergraduate degree options
Course syllabus: Mathematics and Statistics
Course syllabus: Accounting and Finance
Course syllabus: Business and Management
Course syllabus: Economics
Course syllabus: International Relations
Course syllabus: Law
Course syllabus: Pure Mathematics
Sample Timetable
Additional support and activities
What is the IFP and who should enrol?

What is the IFP and who should enrol?

  • The University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a pre-university programme of study equivalent to Level 3 UK school-leaving qualifications
  • It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to progress to degree level study
  • It is an eight-month full-time programme (minimum 5 hours study per day) equivalent to A-level or IB
  • It is academically demanding and not designed for study alongside mainstream high school
  • Students must be mature, self-motivated, disciplined and independent learners with a strong work ethic and who are fully committed to the programme and their chosen courses
  • The IFP is designed and accredited by the University of London
  • Successful students receive an internationally recognised University of London certificate
  • It is a fast-track pathway to University of London colleges & Russell Group universities
Entry criteria:
  • 16-18 year olds (must be 17 years old by 31st December)
  • High School Diploma or school reports with very good grades
  • Minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
  • Pass BIC online tests in English, Maths and General Knowledge
  • Successful online interview
The IFP is ideal for students who:
  • have had their study plans disrupted by COVID-19 in 2020-21
  • want to obtain a qualification to allow them to apply to attend a good UK university from 2022 onwards
  • have completed their local high school programme but need another year to reach university entrance standard
  • have completed all or part of an A-level or IB programme but are not getting high enough grades for university entrance
How will it be taught and who will be teaching it?

How will it be taught and who will be teaching it?

  • Tuition delivered face to face by specialist teachers in small classes and seminar groups
  • Specialist course material available on our own dedicated Virtual Learning Environment
  • Exclusive access to the University of London’s online library, VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and student chat rooms
  • Structured timetable (5-6 hours per day, 5 days per week)
  • Attendance monitored
  • Highly-qualified and experienced subject-specialist teachers, trained both by BIC and by the University of London
  • “Hands-on” Senior Management Team and Personal Tutors providing quality assurance and student support
The University of London provides:
  • a full subject guide for each course
  • access to online resources and materials
  • sample examination papers and Examiners’ commentaries
  • comprehensive revision programme
  • a programme handbook containing practical information and advice
  • a University of London email account and web area, which you can use to manage your personal information
Programme outline and course options

Programme outline and course options

    • The programme is delivered over 30 weeks of intensive tuition and study between August and April
    • Students choose 4 courses from these options:

– Mathematics and Statistics

– Accounting and Finance

– Business and Management

– Economics

– International Relations

– Law

– Pure Mathematics

    • 20 hours face to face tuition per week (5 hours per course) + 8 hours of additional support and activities
    • 150 hours of tuition per course (a blend of taught classes and small-group seminars)
    • 600 hours academic tuition in total + 240 hours of additional support and activities
Assessment and examinations

Assessment and examinations

Internal assessment and reporting structure:
  • Informal weekly tests and written assignments set by teachers – personal Tutor will discuss results with students
  • Formal monthly progress assessments – personal Tutor will discuss results with students and predicted grades with students and parents/agents
  • End of term mock exams December and March – Course Director will discuss results with students and parents/agents
  • Each course is assessed by an unseen written examination (2hrs, 15mins) set and marked by the University of London and taken at Bristol International College. Exams are held in late April/early May each year. Retake exams are available in July at the invitation of the University of London
  • All examinations are marked and verified in London
  • Candidates who pass all four courses are awarded the University of London International Foundation Certificate with a grade of ‘Pass’, ‘Merit’ or ‘Distinction’. The University of London will issue you with full official transcripts for the IFP. These transcripts can be sent directly to your universities of choice
  • Pass = 40%-59% / Merit = 60%-69% / Distinction = 70%+
  • Overall Distinction can be achieved by 3 x 70%+ and 1 x 40%+, or by 2 x 70%+ and 2 x 60%+
  • IFP compared to A-level grades: Pass = C / Merit = B / Distinction = A
University progression

University progression

  • UK university applications are all made via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Application Service)
  • The IFP provides an ideal route to a variety of University of London undergraduate degree courses at member institutions, but IFP students also apply to study at a wide range of other universities in the UK (including the prestigious Russell Group Universities) as well as many universities across the globe, including the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand
  • IFP students qualify for a wide range of degrees including:
    • BSc Accounting and Finance
    • BSc Business Administration
    • BSc Business and Management
    • BSc Computing and Information Systems
    • BSc Development and Economics
    • BSc Economics
    • BSc Economics and Politics
    • BSc International Relations
    • BSc Management with Law
    • BSc Law
  • Universities which have given the highest number of offers to IFP graduates in the UK are:
    • CASS Business School *(#5 UK Business School)
    • King’s College London *(7)
    • University of Manchester *(8)
    • Queen Mary, University of London *(12)
    • Durham University *(15)
    • Royal Holloway, University of London *(34)
    • London School of Economics and Political Science *(5)
    • University of Edinburgh *(6)

*(2020 UK university rankings from “The Times Higher Education”)

  • Overseas universities that have accepted IFP students include:
    • UC Berkeley (USA) *(13)
    • Columbia University (USA) *(16)
    • New York University (USA) *(29)
    • University of Toronto (Canada) *(18)
    • McMaster University (Canada) *(72)
    • University of Ottawa (Canada) *(141)
    • University of Vienna (Austria) *(134)

*(2020 World university rankings from “The Times Higher Education”)

  • Between 2014-15 and 2018-19 IFP graduates in the UK received 348 university offers in total and 214 (61%) of these came from prestigious Russell Group universities
  • Oxford, Cambridge and UCL do not recognise the IFP currently (this may change soon for UCL) but IFP students have previously applied successfully to these universities where extremely strong applications have been welcomed
  • IFP students who wish to apply to LSE will additionally have to take and pass the UGAA (Undergraduate Admissions Assessment) butif successful they then usually only have to achieve three merits and a pass in the IFP examinations to be accepted
  • The UK IFP pass rate in 2019 was 85%
  • The UK IFP university progression rate in 2019 for UCAS-track teaching centres like BIC was 100% (this includes acceptance on university foundation programmes for the very small number of students who did not pass IFP)
Undergraduate degree options

Undergraduate degree options

The information provided here is for your guidance and is not prescriptive. Generally, any combination of University of London IFP courses will open up access to a large number of degree courses offered by the University of London and other universities in the UK and worldwide. However, for some specific degree courses we suggest one or more IFP courses as being either strongly recommended or recommended. Otherwise, any combination is possible. At Bristol International College we offer seven IFP courses from which students select four: Pure Maths, Maths & Statistics, Economics, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, International Relations and Law.


(in these or related fields)







MATHEMATICS Pure Maths, Maths & Stats Economics Any other IFP courses
ACTUARIAL SCIENCE Pure Maths, Maths & Stats Economics, Accounting & Finance
ECONOMICS Economics, Maths & Stats Pure Maths Any other IFP courses
BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT Business & Management Maths & Statistics, Economics Any other IFP courses
ACCOUNTING/FINANCE Accounting & Finance Maths & Statistics, Business & Management Any other IFP courses
COMPUTING Maths & Statistics Pure Maths Any other IFP courses
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS International Relations Maths & Statistics Any other IFP courses
POLITICS International Relations Law Any other IFP courses
LAW Law International Relations Any other IFP courses
PHILOSOPHY Maths & Statistics Any other IFP courses
PSYCHOLOGY Maths & Statistics Any other IFP courses
SOCIOLOGY Maths & Statistics Any other IFP courses
GEOGRAPHY Maths & Statistics, International Relations Any other IFP courses
TOURISM Maths & Statistics, International Relations Any other IFP courses
MEDIA STUDIES Business & Management Any other IFP courses
NB: The IFP is not a preparation for degree courses such as MEDICINE, PURE SCIENCE(Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or ENGINEERING.
Course syllabus: Mathematics and Statistics


This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised quantitative courses in Mathematics and Statistics are based. The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas.

Topics covered
  • Arithmetic and algebra: The mathematics part of the course begins with a review of arithmetic (including the use of fractions and decimals). The manipulation of algebraic expressions (including the use of brackets and the power laws). Identities, equations and inequalities. Solving linear and quadratic equations. Solving simultaneous linear equations.
  • Functions: Some common functions (including polynomials, exponentials, logarithms and trigonometric functions) and their graphs. Inverse functions and how to find them (if they exist). The laws of logarithms and their uses.
  • Calculus: The meaning of the derivative and how to find it (including the product, quotient and chain rules). Using derivatives to find approximations and solve simple optimisation problems with economic applications. Curve sketching. Integration of simple functions and using integrals to find areas.
  • Financial mathematics: Percentages and compound interest over different compounding intervals. Arithmetic and geometric sequences. The sum of arithmetic and geometric series. Investment schemes and ways of assessing the value of an investment.
  • Data exploration: The statistics part of the course begins with basic data analysis through the interpretation of graphical displays of data. Univariate, bivariate and categorical situations are considered, including time series plots. Distributions are summarised and compared and their patterns discussed. Descriptive statistics are introduced to explore measures of location and dispersion.
  • Probability: The world is an uncertain place and probability allows this uncertainty to be modelled. Probability distributions are explored to describe how likely different values of a random variable are expected to be. The Normal distribution is introduced and its importance in statistics is discussed. The concept of a sampling distribution is explored.
  • Sampling and experimentation: An overview of data‐collection methods is followed by how to design and conduct surveys and experiments in the social sciences. Particular attention is given to sources of bias and conclusions that can be drawn from observational studies and experiments.
  • Fundamentals of regression: An introduction to modelling a linear relationship between variables. Interpretation of computer output to assess model adequacy.
Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Manipulate algebraic expressions
  • Graph, differentiate and integrate simple functions
  • Calculate basic quantities in financial mathematics
  • Interpret and summarise raw data on social science variables graphically and numerically
  • Appreciate the concepts of a probability
  • Distribution, modelling uncertainty and the Normal distribution
  • Design and conduct surveys and experiments in a social science context
  • Model a linear relationship between variables and interpret computer output to assess model adequacy
Course syllabus: Accounting and Finance


This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised university level courses are based.

Topics covered
  • Introducing financial reporting:What is accounting? Forms of business organisation, concepts. Income statements and statements of financial position.
  • Preparation of financial accounts: Double-entry bookkeeping: accounting for business transactions. Adjustments: accruals, prepayments, bad debts and provisions. Adjustments: depreciation, disposal of non-current assets, revaluation. Inventory and cost of goods sold.
  • Other financial accounting issues: Equity. Internal control: bank reconciliations, control accounts and suspense accounts. Incomplete records. Partnership accounting. Cash flow statements.
  • Interpretation of financial accounts: Published financial statements and auditing. Interpretation of financial statements.
  • Management accounting and finance: Management accounting introduction: the meaning of ‘cost’. Contribution, break-even analysis and limiting factors. Absorption costing. Budgeting and cash flow forecasting. Standard costing and variances. Capital investment appraisal.
Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain the key purposes and concepts of accounting and finance
  • Use established techniques, produce financial information which will enable users of the information to make informed economic choices
  • Interpret these financial statements while appreciating the inadequacies of these models
Course syllabus: Business and Management


This Business and Management course introduces students to the different types of businesses that exist and their reasons for so doing. It looks at changes that are taking place in selected aspects of the external environment for businesses. Selected internal functions are studied to show how businesses can use resources efficiently and take informed marketing decisions to respond to changes in their environment and fulfil their aims and objectives.

Topics covered
  • Unit One: What is Business? This unit introduces students to the different types of businesses that exist, to the reasons why they operate, to the groups of people who have an interest in businesses and how profits are calculated. This unit provides knowledge and understanding on which later units will build.
  • Unit Two: The Business Environment This unit aims to give students an understanding of some of the key components of the environment in which businesses operate. It focusses on the changes that take place in these elements of the business environment. This provides a basis for further study in later units.
  • Unit Three: Managing Resources This unit looks at the ways in which businesses can seek to manage human and physical resources efficiently in a changing environment. It considers the ways in which businesses measure their efficiency and key actions they can take to improve efficiency.
  • Unit Four: Making effective marketing decisions This unit looks at ways in which businesses can be successful in selling their products in markets. It will consider the importance of understanding customers and markets through market research. It will also examine the importance of using marketing information to help businesses to target particular groups of customers and to understand changes in the business environment. Finally, it will consider a limited range of marketing tactics available to businesses to improve their performance.
  • Unit Five: Choosing Appropriate Strategies This unit looks at the strategies that businesses can use to achieve their aims and objectives in a changing environment. It considers how businesses decide on their strategies, the strategic options that are available and how leadership may impact on implementing strategy.
Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Describe the different types of businesses that exist and the aims and objectives that they pursue.
  • Identify major changes in the business environment and analyse how these may affect businesses
  • Analyse ways in which businesses pursue their aims and objectives by using resources efficiently and taking informed marketing decisions
  • Discuss how businesses make their choices regarding strategies and the factors that help them to be implemented successfully
Course syllabus: Economics


The course offers an overview of key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs using modelling techniques.

Topics covered
  • The nature and scope of economics: This unit provides a broad introduction to the study of economics and its main lines of inquiry. The focus is mainly on the basic economic problem of choice and scarcity, and the concept of opportunity cost. You are required to use standard production possibility frontiers to illustrate simple applications of the problem to various real‐life situations.
  • Competitive markets: This unit examines how the price mechanism allocates resources in different markets through the demand and supply model. It introduces the concepts of elasticities and social welfare. You should be able to use the model to illustrate changes in factors influencing the price of commodities (for example, consumer taste and cost of production).
  • Market failure and government intervention: This unit considers a range of reasons why market forces may not be able to allocate resources efficiently. These include externalities, public goods, asymmetric information, factor immobility and market power. It examines possible government interventions and critically assesses their effectiveness. The unit is taught mainly through specific case studies (for example, pollution and congestion charges).
  • Managing the economy: This unit provides an introduction to key measures of economic performance and the main objectives and tools of economic policy. A basic model of aggregate demand and aggregate supply is used to represent unemployment and inflation, as well as the effectiveness of government interventions.
  • Development and sustainability: This unit focuses on the meaning and measures of economic development (for example, the Human Development Index and Gross Domestic Product per capita). You should be able to identify common and diverse features of both developed and developing economies, as well as understand why development must be sustainable.
  • The recent financial and economic crisis: This unit introduces you to the recent financial and economic crisis, outlining its causes, consequences and possible cures. You are not required to have extensive background knowledge of the crisis, although a basic understanding of the crisis is helpful.
Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key economic concepts
  • Use a range of simple microeconomic and macroeconomic models to predict market behaviour and analyse current economic affairs
  • Provide reasons for and explain the implications of market failure and the impact and effectiveness of government policies
  • Contrast and assess different approaches to the same economic problem
  • Interpret data presented in different forms, carry out simple calculations and construct diagrams
  • Describe measures of economic development
  • Explain possible causes and remedies of the current financial and economic crisis
Course syllabus: International Relations


This course offers a basic introduction to IR, its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas.

Topics covered

Unit One – States, nations, and countries: This unit introduces students to regional and global issues facing International Relations (IR). The six sections cover basic IR concepts and essential information about different parts of the world. This gives students empirical knowledge they will need to engage with issues facing regional and global international societies.

  • Section 1: An Introduction to IR
  • Section 2: Africa
  • Section 3: the Americas
  • Section 4: East Asia & the Pacific
  • Section 5: South & Southwest Asia
  • Section 6: Europe and the former Soviet Union

By the end of this unit, students should be able to define key concepts; identify the world’s states on a political map and discuss their power; identify major physical features and socio‐cultural divisions of regions; and comment on basic elements of international societies.

Unit Two – Four models of IR: The aim of this unit is to provide students with the theoretical tools needed to analyse world events. It introduces four different ways of understanding international events at the global and/or regional scale, defining key terminology and assessing the ability of each approach to inform our understanding of specific issues in International Relations.

  • Section 1: the English School
  • Section 2: Liberal Institutionalism
  • Section 3: Realism
  • Section 4: Marxism

By the end of this unit, students should be able to: explain the main arguments of the English School, Liberalism, Realism, and Marxism; define important terms and concepts associated with each theory, and use each set of arguments to explain an international event.

Unit Three – Analysing regional issues: This unit asks students to use Unit Two’s theoretical tools to analyse regional issues in IR. Its aim is to discuss the context behind regional issues; to consider them from four different theoretical perspectives, and to use the resulting information to analyse events.

  • Section 1: Humanitarian Intervention in Africa
  • Section 2: Non‐State Transnational Actors and International Organizations in the Americas
  • Section 3: International Security in East Asia and the Pacific
  • Section 4: Terrorism and Globalization in South and Southwest Asia
  • Section 5: Regime Building in Europe and the former Soviet Union

By the end of this Unit, students should be able to explain the context of each issue; consider its implications for English School, Liberal, Realist, and Marxist theory, and use different theoretical perspectives to analyse ongoing events.

Unit Four – Global issues in international society: This unit asks students to analyse key international issues at a global scale, using IR theories and concepts to explain context and evaluate proposed solutions.

  • Section 1: The Changing Character of War
  • Section 2: Development
  • Section 3: Global Environmental Change
  • Section 4: Key International Organisations
  • Section 5: Analysing the International Order.

By the end of this unit students should be able to: explain the context of the issue under discussion; trace its impact on global international society; use IR theories to propose solutions to each issue and evaluate proposed solutions on the basis of their empirical and theoretical assumptions.

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Identify and explain key concepts and theories in IR
  • Connect these concepts and theories to regional and global international issues
  • Discuss major world events in the news
  • Analyse these events from a number of theoretical perspectives
Course syllabus: Law


This course is particularly suited to anyone with a general interest in law who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and/or students who would like to go on to study law at a higher level.

Topics covered

Studying law. This sets the foundations for subsequent units. It considers the nature of law and why societies develop rules to enable people to live peaceably. It sets out the features that distinguish legal rules from rules of custom or morality. It also classifies English law and explains the role of the judiciary in the English legal system.

Sources of law. In the English legal tradition, the source of a rule determines its significance and whether it might take precedence over another source (such as the UK Parliament / EU law). This unit introduces the sources of law and their significance. See how the English legal system assembled various local customs into one standardised system – the Common law.

Precedent and Statutory Interpretation. This unit explains the operation of the doctrine of judicial precedent in the common law. The doctrine shows that legal principles made by judges in the higher courts bind all courts below in future cases of similar fact and in some circumstances, the rules of precedent require courts to follow their own previous decisions.

Overview of criminal liability and the criminal justice system. This unit introduces the general principles of criminal liability, including what is meant by a crime. It examines the objectives of civil and criminal courts and the aims of sentencing. This unit will help you produce case notes, both as a means of learning legal principles and for preparing for the exam.

Introduction to contract law. This unit explains how contractual terms are classified and the difference between express and implied terms. Explore the requirements for a legally binding agreement and the consequences of a breach of contract. The unit should enable you to identify legal issues in problem scenarios and apply the rules of contract law.

Tort law. An introduction to Tort law and, specifically, the tort of negligence. Discover the aims of tort law and the types of harm for which it provides compensation. Examine the elements of a claim in negligence and the operation of the doctrine of precedent to apply and further consolidate the legal skills you have developed.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, once you have completed the essential reading and activities, you should be able to:

  • Explain the nature and characteristics of English law
  • Evaluate the operation of the law within the English legal system
  • Demonstrate understanding of the criminal justice system and explain some general principles of criminal liability
  • Understand the elements of contract formation, contractual terms and breach
  • Explain the general principles of liability in tort and evaluate elements of the tort of negligence


Course syllabus: Pure Mathematics


This is the foundation course on which subsequent, university level pure mathematics is based.

Topics covered
  • Logic, Proof and Sets: Mathematical statements and proof. Some basic logic. Quantifiers and proof by contradiction. Set notation and operations on sets.
  • Algebra: Polynomial division. The factor and remainder theorems. Solving polynomial equations. The relationship between the roots of a polynomial and its coefficients. Partial fractions. The binomial theorem.
  • Trigonometry: Trigonometric functions and the Pythagorean identities. The compound angle formulae. Using trigonometric identities to simplify and evaluate trigonometric expressions. Solving trigonometric equations.
  • Calculus: Differentiating implicitly defined functions. Integration by substitution. Integration by parts. Using trigonometric identities and partial fractions in integration.
  • Differential Equations: Separable and linear first‐order differential equations with some applications.
  • Coordinate Geometry: Conic sections. Tangents and normals. Parametric equations and using them to find gradients.
  • Vectors: Vector addition and scalar multiplication. The dot product and the angle between two vectors. The vector equation of a straight line. Normal vectors and planes. The Cartesian and vector equations of a plane.
Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Use the concepts, terminology and methods covered in the course to solve mathematical problems
  • Solve unseen mathematical problems involving understanding of these concepts and applications of these methods
  • See how mathematics can be used to solve problems in economics and related subjects
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying mathematical principles
Sample Timetable

IFP Sample Timetable


08:45 – 09:45
Lesson 2
10:00 – 11:00
Lesson 3
11:15 – 12:15
13:00 – 14:00
Lesson 5
14:15 – 15:15
Lesson 6
15:30 – 16:30


08:45 – 09:45
Lesson 2
10:00 – 11:00
Lesson 3
11:15 – 12:15
13:00 – 14:00
Lesson 5
14:15 – 15:15
Lesson 6
15:30 – 16:30

Note: the 4 courses shown are just an example and students may choose any combination of the 7 course options.

Additional support and activities

Additional support and activities

  • Up to 240 hours of additional student support services in total
  • Additional one-to-one academic course support from a dedicated Personal Tutor
  • EAL & IELTS tuition according to individual requirements
  • UCAS application support from our university entrance and career guidance specialists
  • Guest speakers from industry & universities
  • Preparation for living and studying at degree level in the UK including English etiquette
  • A wide range of activities including sports, dance, yoga, art, and music
  • Students encouraged to explore Bristol’s culture, attractions, shops and social life
  • Trips organised to London, Bath, Oxford and many other places of interest


An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organization for a limited period of time. They are typically undertaken by students looking to gain relevant skills and experience in a particular field.

In partnership with UK International Group (also a member of Bristol Education Group), BIC organises an eight-week professional internship for all students enrolled on the IFP. There are a number of placements available with some of Bristol’s leading companies e.g. AIRBUS, Rolls-Royce, KPMG, BBC Bristol, Banco Santander etc, as well as with the best local small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Each internship requires students to work on specific projects related to the subjects studied on the IFP. The internship programme will begin after students have completed their final exams, usually in late April. Students will continue to stay in their residential or homestay accommodation (half-board on weekdays; full-board at weekends) while working on a full-time basis i.e. 09:00 – 17:00 from Monday to Friday with a one-hour lunch break. They can use their Bristol travelcard to travel to and from work if necessary. The internship programme is managed as follows:

  • The Internship Manager (IM) will meet and interview all the IFP students and their tutors towards the end of the first term in order to assess their communication skills, find out about them and their interests so that she can begin to match students to particular internship projects that are available.
  • During the second term, students will attend interviews at the local businesses to determine their suitability. By the end of that term, all students will have been placed for an eight-week internship.
  • During the internship, students will be closely monitored in-company by their line manager and will be visited on a regular basis by the IM as part of their assessment.
  • Feedback from the line manager and visit reports by the IM will form the basis for the students’ final assessment. Generally, the employers will also issue a company letter of recommendation.

Should extenuating circumstances necessitate a change or termination of the internship at any time during the eight-week period, this will be managed on a case by case basis by the BIC Senior Management Team in conjunction with the student and their parents.

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