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International Foundation Programme

For the best possible start to your studies in the UK, join our pre-sessional or international foundation programme.

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The Foundation Year offers you the opportunity to grow in confidence in academic study through the development of key skills and the exploration of diverse themes and cutting-edge developments in a large array of subject areas in Humanities and other Schools.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time
  • Start date – September 2020

Minimum Entry Requirements

    school leaving certificate showing good grades.

    4.5 IELTS for UKVI

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Course overview

The foundation programme offers you the perfect opportunity to meet people from a variety of cultures while sampling academic content from your chosen degree field. You will have the opportunity to improve your English language skills and develop independent learning strategies. 

The programme offers 18 hours of teaching and guided study per week. You will spend significant contact time with academics in order to develop subject specific knowledge related to your chosen degree. You will also get the opportunity to take part in a UK field trip as part of a degree-related project. 

On successful completion of the programme you will be guaranteed a place on the Undergraduate programme of your choice at York St John University.


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On this programme you will learn the skills necessary to succeed in British higher education. You will: 

  • Gain exposure to UK academic culture. 
  • Study content relating to your chosen degree subject.
  • Develop independent learning strategies. 
  • Experience different teaching and learning styles. 
  • Complete multiple assessments.

Our International Foundation Year will develop your expertise: 

  • Academic listening, reading and writing skills
  • Critical thinking skills 
  • English language systems 
  • Academic presentation skills 
  • Academic discussion skills.  

Course structure

Semester 1

Modules include:

  • English language studies (or independent study module)
  • Global issues 1
  • Subject area 1 (6 hours study in the academic school of your choice)
  • Group work skills.

Semester 2

Modules include:

  • English for academic purposes
  • Advanced English language studies (or independent study module)
  • Global issues 2
  • Subject area 2 (18 hours study in the academic school of your choice).


Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A secondary school leaving certificate showing good grades.
  • IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in each skill). 

You must be over 18 years of age when you join the programme.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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