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 six 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
How does the IFP work at Bristol International College?
The Course runs from September to April and operates on a five day a week timetable. Students choose four courses to study, from the following six options:
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Pure Mathematics
- International Relations
- Accounting & Finance
The timetable provides 150 hours of class teaching for each course throughout the year, as well as timetabled lessons in English as an Additional Language (EAL), Higher Education & Careers Tutorials and Study Skills classes.
Students are given access to the University of London Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which contains supplementary learning resources and opportunities, including audio-visual tutorials, academic interviews, self-testing activities and online discussion forums. They also receive a student handbook containing practical information and advice; and examiners’ commentaries which provide model answers for sample and past examination questions.
Why study the IFP?
On successful completion of the International Foundation Certificate, students can apply for a number of degree courses offered at University of London member institutions (incl. LSE, King’s, CASS Business School, Goldsmiths, Royal Holloway, Queen Mary, SOAS etc) and to a wide range of other top universities in the UK and worldwide.
Please Note: All applications to University of London degree courses offered within the UK must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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 and Australia.
Internships for IFP students
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 live at the BIC residence in Clifton Village (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.