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The University of Bath International Foundation Year


Welcome to the University of Bath International Foundation Year. We are delighted that you want to join one of the UK’s most prestigious  foundation year courses, which leads to a top ten UK university and a great undergraduate experience. The International Foundation Year is a one-year course, beginning in September each year, which will prepare you for entry onto your chosen degree at the University of Bath. If you achieve the necessary grades at the end of the course, you will be guaranteed automatic entry into Year 1 of your chosen degree course. You will not need to apply through UCAS.

The course is for international students whose qualifications are not appropriate for direct entry to a degree programme because of  their home country’s education system. It is a programme designed to cover the key principles, theories and practical skills which are the standard entry criteria for the University of Bath, and broadly based on the A-level syllabus.

We have two great pathways for students who want to progress to a degree at the University of Bath.

Science Foundation Year

This is for students who want to progress to degrees in the Science and Engineering faculties. Studying a degree in science at the University of Bath can offer you everything you are looking for in a university course, and more. The subject areas are challenging and interesting, and put many of your skills to the test. A recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers suggests that physics and chemistry graduates will earn more than other graduates over their lifetimes. Science graduates are sought after in all areas of business, not only in the scientific industries. Mathematics graduates are some of the most sought after across all industries, and mathematics can provide an excellent grounding for various careers including those in finance and accounting.

Humanities and Business Foundation Year

This pathway is for students who want to progress to degrees in the Humanities and Social Science faculty (including Economics), and the School of Management at the University of Bath. In these faculties you will find a wide range of fascinating subject areas such as education, economics, health, politics, psychology, business and social sciences to choose from. A degree in economics, for example,  provides you with a wide array of both subject-specific skills and transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. Students in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies are the potential world leaders of the future, aiming for careers in international politics, business and communication. And those studying psychology have a wide range of career options open to them including jobs in management, human resources, market research and communication.

The colleges

The University of Bath has accredited three colleges to teach the International Foundation Year: City of Bath College, Chichester College and Wiltshire College Salisbury. Students may progress from all three colleges to their intended undergraduate degree programme at the University of Bath if they achieve the progression grades in the required subjects.

Wherever you study, you can be sure of the highest quality teaching and learning experience, and excellent support while you are here in the UK.

Find out more about each college by watching the videos on this page.

City of Bath College

Wiltshire College Salisbury

Chichester College

What our students say

Oyin Obadeyi
Oyin Obadeyi from Nigeria: “I wanted to go to university in England but my qualifications were not recognised in the UK, so the International Foundation Year was the best option for me. I had heard that the University of Bath was a good university and a friend of mine who was studying in Bath said it was a great city, so it was an easy decision for me to make.”

Jawad Kamran
Jawad Kamran from Pakistan:  “I’ve really enjoyed the International Foundation Year. The staff have been very supportive and the teaching is relevant to the degree you want to follow. I also love living in Bath. It’s a gorgeous city with a calm, peaceful environment. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the course to other international students as a great route into university.” 

The information on this website is monitored regularly, and every effort is made to ensure that it is accurate. However, the information is subject to change, and we reserve the right to amend the contents. For the most up-to-date information on University of Bath degrees, please see the University of Bath website.

No liability will be accepted for errors or omissions.