International Foundation Programme (Intensive English)

This one-year intensive English language course has been designed for students who want to study at undergraduate level in the UK. You will be taught in small groups to develop your English language, study skills and subject knowledge to the standard needed for undergraduate study. The language of instruction is English. Students will study a range of subjects including Academic Writing, Academic Listening, Business, Computing and Maths.

Upon successful completion of the IFP (Intensive English) and fulfilment of the academic and language progression criteria you will be able to progress onto the first year of a University of South Wales undergraduate award in one of the following subject areas:

  • Law
  • Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Humanities & Social Sciences (excluding Creative Writing)
  • Computing
  • Health and Social Care Management
  • Hotel and Hospitality Management

Students wishing to study Engineering will take modules related to their chosen degree, Maths and English and upon fulfilment of the Engineering and English Language progression criteria, will be able to progress on to the first year of undergraduate awards in the following areas:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering



We use a communicative language teaching approach. This means that you will be expected to actively participate and contribute to the classes. Students are taught in small study groups with focus on developing academic and language skills to an appropriate level for study at undergraduate level. We have a maximum class size of 18.

Modules are provided from a number of different faculties and departments and you should be prepared to attend every day (Monday to Friday), although some days you may only have one class. Classes can run at any time between 9am and 7pm.

On average you will attend fifteen hours of class per week and you will also attend weekly tutorials with your personal tutor. On some pathways, you may need to attend up to eighteen or twenty hours per week. You will also be expected to complete some homework so we recommend you allow up to two hours per evening for private study or that you spend time working in the library after class.

On every field trip, support is provided by two members of the Centre for International English team per coach. A full risk assessment is conducted before the trip and a departmental mobile number is made available to all students so that contact can be maintained throughout the trip between staff and students.


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written coursework, presentations and examinations.

Applicants need a valid, national school leaving certificate at an appropriate level. In addition, you will need a level of English equivalent to UKVI IELTS 5.0, with a minimum of 4.5 in writing.

The minimum expected enrolment age is eighteen. Where a student is below eighteen-years-old, the Centre for International English’s Safeguarding Officer will be responsible for their welfare and tutorials.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Programme (Intensive English) students may progress on to their chosen undergraduate degree programme at the University of South Wales.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.