Guaranteed university access

An International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a two or three-term course designed for international students who wish to progress onto undergraduate courses in the UK or internationally.

The programme consists of academic modules, study skills, and one-to-one tutorials.
We'll provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed on your chosen university course.



Business Management

Business Studies and Entrepreneurship
Maths and Statistical Methods
Corporate Social Responsibility
Finance and Accounting
Operations Management
Current Themes in Social Science
Customer Service Management


Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Systems & Programmes
Business Information Technology
Computer Systems & Networking
Computer Security and Gaming
Game Design


Social Sciences

Legal Systems and Processes
Government and Politics
Criminal Law
Social Justice
Economic Concepts and Theories



Physics 1, 2 & 3
Core & Advanced Mathematics
Computer Science

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Genes, Cells and Development
Atoms, Molecules and Reactions
Measurements in Life Sciences
Medicine, Disease and Society
Tissues, Systems and Regulation
Periodic and Organic Chemistry
Investigations in Biomedicine


Guaranteed access to one of our university partners upon successful completion of our course.

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    One-to-one support

    Our tutors are highly qualified and have experience teaching international students, so they understand the kind of personal support you may need.

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    University application assistance

    We support each individual student through the process of applying to your chosen universities. Our partner universities guarantee you a place on passing your course. 

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    Preparation for British academic life

    A vital part of our programme involves training students to adapt their skills and knowledge to the specific context and environment they will encounter when they are enrolled in undergraduate courses.

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    Top notch facilities

    SCL’s modern classrooms have the latest hardware and software and our libraries offer a flexible space for you to work alone or in groups. Students also have 24/7 access to online resources, study tools and materials.

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    An international environment

    Our team of academic professionals comes from all over the world and will help you develop the social and learning skills required for studying at a UK higher education institution.

    Plus, when you stay with us you’ll enjoy a ready-made community of international students from over 50 nationalities!

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    On-site accommodation

    Whether you're attending this course on your own or with friends, we'll always have space for you. All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and optional weekly cleaning and linen service.

    We also have an in-house events team who hosts regular activities free of charge.

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    Small class size

    At SCL International College, you'll enjoy our smaller classes for individualised learning, with 5 students average (maximum 12) per class.

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    Great location in London

    We're located in the student capital of the world – London! You'll have easy access to the entire city, major airports and railway stations. Stay with us and you’ll even get discounts to local restaurants, cafés and shops!


When you study with us, we offer guaranteed access to at least one of 24 universities thanks to our partnership with the International Foundation Group. Depending on your course, you can choose from 16 British universities, or you can study at an international university in Ireland or Australia, amongst others.

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Studying in London

Our pre-university programme is your gateway to a wide range of competitive degree courses through progression agreements with 24 universities including courses in Business Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Medical.

The SCL International Foundation Programme will:

  • Help you develop an analytical approach to your studies and apply newfound knowledge to practical academic scenarios.
  • Improve your study skills such as essay construction, research methods, and translating theory into practice.
  • Challenge you to work in teams and present to small groups.
  • Enhance your communication skills in speaking and writing.
  • Develop your 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Introduce you to university representatives and successful alumni.
  • Give you the confidence needed to excel at university both academically and personally.

As an integral part of the programme, students gain comprehensive knowledge of the British university environment and of different aspects of living and studying in the UK.

Entry requirements will vary from country to country, so it's best to contact us to discuss your individual education background and goals.



All the help you need to succeed.

At SCL International College, we are committed to ensuring you gain the necessary English language qualifications and study skills to advance to a British or international university.

Your academic tutor will take a personal interest in your progress and help you develop your study plan accordingly.



All the help you need to succeed.

At SCL International College, we are committed to ensuring you gain the necessary English language qualifications and study skills to advance to a British or international university.

Your academic tutor will take a personal interest in your progress and help you develop your study plan accordingly.

How to apply

Students who enrol on our International Foundation Programmes typically have good high school grades. Our Foundation Programmes will have different English language levels, but all will require a minimum of:

  • 5.0 in IELTS
  • 40 on TOEFL
  • 154 on Cambridge English
  • B1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

Have a question about your academic qualifications or visa requirements? We'd be happy to help you!


Spring Term 

8 January - 29 March

Spring Break

1 April - 12 April

Summer Term 

15 April - 14 June


Winter Term 

30 September - 13 December

Spring Term

6 January - 28 March

Summer Term 

21 April - 20 June

Winter Break

16 December - 3 January

Spring Break

31 March - 18 April


Winter Term 

14 October - 13 December

Winter Break

16 December - 3 January

Spring Term 

6 January - 28 March


English level not quite good enough? Don't worry!

We offer 8 and 12 week Pre-Sessional English courses year-round, helping you to improve your English in all four disciplines and enabling you to enrol on one of our main programmes or apply to university.

A smooth transition to UNIVERSITY


Everyone has been so friendly, helping me with the application process and giving guidance at each stage of applying to university. Teachers have also been really helpful, explaining topics clearly and making us understand the assessment tasks.


-- Agigi from Taiwan

received offers from Royal Holloway, Brunel and Sussex University

This programme provided a great foundation, giving me the skills I needed for studying at university and helping me step by step with the process of choosing the right university.


-- Sammy from Canada

is currently studying at Reading University

As an international student my biggest concern was the language barrier. Whenever I asked a question, the teacher always answered patiently, which really increased my confidence. And when I made my applications to universities, my mentor always coordinated everything smoothly and swiftly.


-- Lijia from China

is currently enrolled at the University of Birmingham

I thought the first year in Britain would be a very difficult time, but the school days were fantastic for me. My teachers answered all my questions, gave advice and helped me with college applications. I also met friends from different countries on campus. Dormitories and schools are conveniently located in the same building so I didn’t have to worry about traffic jams. Overall, my English level has been greatly improved during the school year and I have been more integrated into life in the UK.

-- Kaylie from China

received offers from University of Westminster, University of Manchester, University for the Creative Arts, and University of Birmingham


SCL International College offers an all-inclusive campus experience within a big city.

Everything you need is here in one place – from the classrooms to the café and everything in between!

On-Site Accommodation in London

Get ready to call London home

At SCL you’ll find a modern, safe and welcoming atmosphere where students live, study, socialise and enjoy the very best of London.

During your UFP programme, you will live on site and when you finish, you can stay as long as you like! Our campuses are an easy 15-30 minute journey to many universities across the city.

Students progressing on to university in London can easily extend their accommodation at The Stay Club.

  • No moving!
  • No stress!
  • No hassle!
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Wondering which course is right for you?