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International Foundation Certificate

Improve your English and prepare for degree-level study in the UK

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Hoping to pursue high-level study here in the UK? Feel like you could benefit from additional support with English language and academic skills? This specialised year-long programme is ideal for overseas students, teaching core academic skills and helping students progress from a minimum English language standard of IELTS 4.5 to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Students will graduate with a standalone qualification accredited by Southampton Solent University.

  • Students will spend the year with other international students, settling into life as a student in the UK.
  • Southampton Solent University’s multimedia language centre gives students access to a range learning resources and staff expertise.
  • The dedicated academic skills team help equip students with research, critical thinking and essay writing skills.
  • Students are encouraged to centre their foundation studies on the academic area they are interested in.
  • A flexible format and focus on transferable skills provides students with a wide range of options after completing the course.
  • Southampton Solent University is centrally located in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, just a short distance from London.

The programme

Southampton Solent University’s international foundation programme helps guide international students as they adapt to life here in the UK. Focusing on both academic and language skills, learners study in contexts that are relevant to their academic interests. Available subject areas include business, sport and enterprise; maritime and technology; and the creative industries.

Students will have full access to Southampton Solent’s facilities throughout the entire year. These include our 24-hour library, high-end IT suites and modern sports facilities.

Learning is also be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, giving students full access to lecture notes, seminar information, timetabling and other useful documents from any computer or smart device.

Next steps

Do you think you might benefit from a strong foundation in language and academic skills? With excellent learning resources, a skilled teaching team and a range of modern facilities, Southampton Solent University’s International Foundation Certificate is the perfect way to start your academic career here in the UK.

Have you got a question about applying?


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UCAS codes


  • 0.47 Infinity Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

A minimum level of English of PTE Academic 41/IELTS 4.5

Students study a total of 120 CATS points (equivalent to 60 ECTS) through four core units, one pathway unit and one option unit, which is related to your chosen degree course.

All pathways


Core units:

  • Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study 1
  • Business English Lower Intermediate
  • Business English Upper Intermediate


  • Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study 2

Business, sport and enterprise pathway

  • The International Workplace
  • One option from:
    • Business Issues in the Contemporary World
    • Principles of Finance
    • Sport, Health and Fitness
    • Law and Society
    • Tourism and Events in the Contemporary World
    • Work and the Media in the UK

Creative industries and society pathway

  • Introduction to the International Workplace
  • Working in the Media Industry

Maritime and technology pathway

  • Introduction to the International Workplace
  • Degree-related Project

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures and classroom-based seminars and workshops are complemented by individual and group tutorials, online learning and independent study.

You will be assessed through in-class tests, presentations, portfolio and assignment work. You must pass each language test component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) of the Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study 2 unit to pass the course overall.

Our facilities

Our Language Centre contains interactive learning materials.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 0.47 Infinity Standard entry

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The general and specialised language skills you develop during your course, along with valuable academic skills, will improve your employment prospects in the English-speaking world and ensure you can make the most of your undergraduate studies.

Transferable skills

English language, academic skills, communication, evaluation, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Further study

On completing the International Foundation Certificate, you’ll be able to move on to a range of undergraduate degrees at Solent or other institutions.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

  • For this course you will have successfully completed your high school diploma or equivalent outside the UK.
  • You must also have a minimum level of English of IELTS 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in each language skill component or equivalent.
  • If your subsequent course choice requires specific subject expertise (for example, mathematics for engineering courses), then you must demonstrate this prior to entry onto the International Foundation Certificate.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,650 

International full-time fees: £10,000 

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

Please contact us for an application form, using the details found at the top of the page.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

KIS information for all course variants 

UCAS codes


  • 0.47 Infinity Standard entry


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