The International Foundation Programme with Cultural Studies is a pre-degree programme for international students, whose first language is not English but who have been educated in English and wish to study at a British University. Successful completion provides access to many University of Greenwich undergraduate degree programmes. However, some programmes have additional or alternative entry requirements - please contact the university for details.
The programme develops students' academic study skills, in particular those of writing, developing information literacy skills, working in groups and giving effective presentations. Students on the programme study a range of subjects that provide a suitable grounding for pursuing further studies at undergraduate degree level.
All courses develop students' learning skills - especially those of writing, reading, listening, note-taking, group work, speaking and presenting. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, use of the virtual learning environment (VLE) and other e-learning technologies; in addition to which there are practical computing classes and both individual and group tutorials. There are 15 hours per week of taught classes in addition to tutorials and independent study.
The aims of the programme are:
- To provide international students who have been educated in English with access to a range of undergraduate programmes at the University of Greenwich
- To provide these students with an opportunity to develop the academic skills needed for success in higher education
- To ensure that these students develop the knowledge, self-confidence and study skills needed to succeed in an academic environment.
What you'll study
You should have:
Successfully completed secondary education in your own country, and to be at least 17 years old on entry.
- The minimum English language requirement is 6.0 IELTS (or equivalent) or secondary education through the medium of English.
Students are assessed through examinations and coursework, including essays, portfolios of guided study and individual and group presentations.
Successful completion can provide the basic requirements for entry to most degree programmes at the University of Greenwich (although some programmes may require additional qualifications and/ or experience).
Fees and finance
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