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Next Intake September 2024



About the programme

The IFP has been specifically developed for international students who want to study for an undergraduate degree but do not possess British A-level qualifications (Year 13). It is a full time programme and provides students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark upon undergraduate study at an overseas university.

The Level 3 IFP (L3IFDHES) is a one-year pre-university qualification which includes a significant degree of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide an entry route to UK and international university courses.


IThe course aims to improve general and academic English language ability, enhance study skills and cultural understanding and introduce academic study in English in the fields of the 5 pathways available: Engineering, Science, Business, Computing and Healthcare Science.

CSL is an experienced school working with international students for over 10 years supporting the achievement of their objectives. Our past students who graduated from our IFP felt they were prepared  and confident to apply to an Undergraduate course to universities in the UK. Our success stories include students who have enrolled on University A, B and C.

The IFP (NCC Education International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education – L3IFDHES) at City School of Languages is awarded by NCC Education. CSL is an accredited Partner Centre. 




The IFP programme aims to:

  • Improve your English for academic purposes

  • Develop independent learning skills for entry onto a University course

  • Gain cultural awareness and prepare for overseas undergraduate study

  • Get a head start on the 5 pathways subjects: Business, computing, engineering, science and healthcare science

Entry Requirements:

  • September intake:           IELTS 4.5 overall with at least 4.0 in each component or equivalent

  • January intake:                 IELTS 5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each component or equivalent. 

  • Successful completion of secondary school education in your own country in an appropriate range of subjects.


September intake - You will need to apply for a 6 month short term study visa and then return to your country for another 6 month short term study visa in March 2024 so that you can complete the course.

NOTE: If a student does not have a valid IELTS score, we may carry out a Skype interview as part of the application process to verify their level of English and suitability for the course. 

To complete the qualification a student must study and pass eight units.


  • £14,500

Term Date 2022/2023

  • Semester 1 - 27th  September to 17th December 2022 (Christmas Break)

  • Semester 2 - 9th January to 30th June 2023

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Don’t have the required IELTS score?

Don't worry!


You can join our IELTS course to improve your level. Once you achieve the required IELTS you can apply to the IFP course.

With your dedication and our support we are confident that you can progress at a pace. 

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