Foundation Programmes in Cambridge

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Foundation Programmes
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Pre-university Foundation Programmes have become the established route of progression to most UK universities for International students. If you are a non-British student, have finished your high school examinations and wish to achieve your first degree in the UK, you will probably need to study a Foundation course at a UK university or college. The Foundation course is a bridge between international students’ current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements. It is designed to consolidate and expand academic knowledge, improve the level of English including subject terminology, and familiarise international students with UK culture, study processes and methods in preparation for university.

Dates and Tuition Fees

January 2018 Intake:

29 Jan 2018 – 13 Jul 2018

March 2018 Intake:

12 Mar 2018 – 24 Aug 2018

June 2018 Intake:

25 Jun 2018 – 7 Dec 2018

September 2018 Intake:

24 Sept 2018 – 8 Mar 2019 (6 months)
24 Sept 2018 – 7 Jun 2018 (9 months)

October 2018 Intake:

22 Oct 2018 – 5 Apr 2019 (6 months)
22 Oct 2018 – 5 Jul 2019 (9 months)
Tuition fees from
£10 500
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Where students go after
Foundation Programme

Our Foundation Programmes have been established for over twenty years and are designed to efficiently prepare international students for a specific course at university and provide the necessary skills for success at degree level. Students are provided both with specific knowledge of subjects related to the degree they wish to take at university and with essential study skills combined with English language improvement if required. Our Foundation courses are six-month fast-track intensive preparation courses that have been specifically designed by the College in consultation with some of the UK’s top universities for entry to an undergraduate degree course and offered within the confines of the six-month Short Term Study Visa. However, we can also offer longer courses for students who need additional tuition. The Foundation Programme is a condensed form of the UK’s A-Level system, the standard qualification required by UK students for UK university entrance. The academic content and structure in almost all subjects follows an established ‘A’/’AS’ level specification under the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ); AQA, OCR or Pearson (Edexcel). Tuition follows a tutor-prepared Scheme of Work drawn from those recommended by the relevant JCQ body. Assessment is mainly by examination. Most courses have a linear structure although Law and Business are available in modular form.

Final assessment is based on optional coursework if chosen (10%), continuous assessment (10%), part 1 exam (20%) and a final examination (60-70%). Students are also required to complete homework that is set to be done in their own time outside of the classroom. Successful students are awarded with an academic certificate.

Foundation Subjects

UK universities normally require Foundation programme students to offer 3 or 4 subjects. The table below gives information on the typical but not exhaustive combination of subjects that are taken within each Foundation programme. It should be noted that some subjects are compulsory within certain Foundation Programmes, e.g. Mathematics and Mechanics for all Engineering students, whereas in some Foundation Programmes the subject choice is more flexible e.g. Law, where almost any combination of subjects could be offered.

The information below represents examples of the typical topics studied within each of the subjects listed above. Since the A- level specifications on which the Foundation Programme subjects are based are constantly under review, minor adjustments in subject content may occur to reflect these A-Level changes.

Modular Programmes

Beside linear programmes we offer modular programmes in Business and Management and Law, which gives students an opportunity to start education at any time during a year.
Here you can find the summary structure diagrams of the courses.

Entrance Requirements

Academic:

Secondary Education transcript, High School Certificate/Diploma, IGCSE/GCSE or equivalent.

English:

IELTS of at least 5.0 overall and not lower than 4.0 in all elements, or its equivalent.

N.B. Those students intending to join the Science and Engineering Foundation Programmes must have a sound basis in Mathematics, at least a grade B at IGCSE/GCSE or its equivalent.

Those students who currently fail to meet the English entrance requirements are advised that they can attend 3, 6 or 9 month English pre-sessional courses with us.

Foundation Programmes in Cambridge

Pre-university Foundation Programmes have become the established route of progression to most UK universities for International students. If you are a non-British student, have finished your high school examinations and wish to achieve your first degree in the UK, you will probably need to study a Foundation course at a UK university or college.

Objectives

The Foundation course is a bridge between international students’ current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements. It is designed to consolidate and expand academic knowledge, improve the level of English including subject terminology, and familiarise international students with UK culture, study processes and methods in preparation for university. Our Foundation Programmes have been established for over twenty years and are designed to efficiently prepare international students for a specific course at university and provide the necessary skills for success at degree level. Students are provided both with specific knowledge of subjects related to the degree they wish to take at university and with essential study skills combined with English language improvement if required.

Six-month Foundation Courses

Our Foundation courses are six-month fast-track intensive preparation courses that have been specifically designed by the College in consultation with some of the UK’s top universities for entry to an undergraduate degree course and offered within the confines of the six-month Short Term Study Visa. However, we can also offer longer courses for students who need additional tuition.

Foundation is an alternative to A-Level

The Foundation Programme is a condensed form of the UK’s A-Level system, the standard qualification required by UK students for UK university entrance. The academic content and structure in almost all subjects follows an established ‘A’/’AS’ level specification under the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ); AQA, OCR or Pearson (Edexcel). Tuition follows a tutor-prepared Scheme of Work drawn from those recommended by the relevant JCQ body. Assessment is mainly by examination. Most courses have a linear structure although Law and Business are available in modular form.

Final assessment

Final assessment is based on optional coursework if chosen (10%), continuous assessment (10%), part 1 exam (20%) and a final examination (60-70%). Students are also required to complete homework that is set to be done in their own time outside of the classroom.

Successful students are awarded with an academic certificate.

The following Pre-University Foundation Programmes are available:

Accounting

Ancient History

Architecture

Art and Design

Biology

Biomedical Science

Business and Management

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Computer Science

Economics

Engineering

English Literature

Environmental Science

European Languages

Finance

Geography

Geology

Humanities

Information Communication Technology

International Relations

Journalism

Law

Linguistics

Mathematics

Media and Communications

Modern History

Petrochemical Engineering

Pharmacy

Photography

Physics

Politics

PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences and Sociology

Statistics

Dates and Tuition Fees

January 2018 Intake:

29 Jan 2018 – 13 Jul 2018

March 2018 Intake:

12 Mar 2018 – 31 Aug 2018

June 2018 Intake:

25 Jun 2018 – 7 Dec 2018

September 2018 Intake:

24 Sept 2018 – 8 Mar 2019
(6 months)
24 Sept 2018 – 7 Jun 2019
(9 months)

October 2018 Intake:

22 Oct 2018 – 5 Apr 2019
(6 months)
22 Oct 2018 – 5 Jul 2019
(9 months)

Tuition fee

£10 500

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UK universities normally require Foundation programme students to offer 3 or 4 subjects. The table below gives information on the typical but not exhaustive combination of subjects that are taken within each Foundation programme. It should be noted that some subjects are compulsory within certain Foundation Programmes, e.g. Mathematics and Mechanics for all Engineering students, whereas in some Foundation Programmes the subject choice is more flexible e.g. Law, where almost any combination of subjects could be offered.

The information below represents examples of the typical topics studied within each of the subjects listed above. Since the A- level specifications on which the Foundation Programme subjects are based are constantly under review, minor adjustments in subject content may occur to reflect these A-Level changes.

Beside linear programmes we offer modular programmes in Business and Management and Law, which gives students an opportunity to start education at any time during a year.
Here you can find the summary structure diagrams of the courses.

Academic:

Secondary Education transcript, High School Certificate/Diploma, IGCSE/GCSE or equivalent.

English:

IELTS of at least 5.0 overall and in all elements, or its equivalent.

N.B. Those students intending to join the Science and Engineering Foundation Programmes must have a sound basis in Mathematics, at least a grade B at IGCSE/GCSE or its equivalent.

Those students who currently fail to meet the English entrance requirements are advised that they can attend 3, 6 or 9 month English pre-sessional courses with us.

Cambridge Seminars College in Numbers

97%


Of our students have
successfully entered UK
university after their
Foundation program

15


Teachers with Master’s
degree and PhD

<10


Our class sizes of typically
4-8 students

41%


Of students achieving
A or A*

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Accounting

Ancient History

Architecture

Art and Design

Biology

Biomedical Science

Business and Management

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Computer Science

Economics

Engineering

English Literature

Environmental Science

European Languages

Finance

Geography

Geology

Humanities

Information Communication Technology

International Relations

Journalism

Law

Linguistics

Mathematics

Media and Communications

Modern History

Petrochemical Engineering

Pharmacy

Photography

Physics

Politics

PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

Psychology

Science

Social Sciences and Sociology

Statistics

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Business and Management

shape First Semester

Academic English
and study skills

Cross – cultural management

Marketing

Additional English language and study skills

shape Second Semester

Business strategy
in a global context

Accounting and finance

Research methods

Economics for business and management

Additional English language and study skills

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Law

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Legal methods and skills

Law and legal systems

Additional English language and study skills

shape Second Semester

Legal methods and skills

Law and legal systems

Research methods

Additional English language and study skills

Economics for business and management

Additional English language and study skills

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Academic English and Doctoral Study Skills

Literature Review

Research Methods

Information and Data Analysis

Starting and Designing your Research Proposal

Writing and Presenting your Research Proposal

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