Who is this programme for?:
The ICC Foundation programme is designed for international students who want to study for an undergraduate degree at a British university. You may need to complete a foundation programme if either of the two conditions below apply to you:
• You have finished school in your own country, but your school-leaving certificate does not qualify you for direct entry to a UK university.
• You have been partly-educated in an English-medium school in Britain or elsewhere, but have not achieved the A-level, IB or AP grades needed for university entrance because of language difficulties.
Distinguishing features of the programme include:
• a wide range of academic modules available to student – find out more by clicking the ‘Structure’ tab.
• a unique integrated approach to English development, where the language teaching and learning are directly linked to the material covered in the academic modules.
• the experience and expertise of our teaching and lecturing staff
• extensive individual support provided to our students through regular one-to-one meetings with lecturers, teachers, personal tutors, and academic advisors.
• the central London location - all teaching is done by SOAS staff on the Central London (Russell Square) campus, within walking distance of the SOAS Hall of Residence and the West End of London.
• the UK campus experience that our students receive – all our students have full SOAS status and have access to all SOAS facilities including library, student support services and students’ union clubs and societies.
Progressing to Undergraduate Study
Students who achieve a minimum level of academic and English language performance on the ICC Foundation programme are guaranteed progression to SOAS for undergraduate study (subject to satisfying eligibility requirements), and will receive a 5% discount in all 3 years of undergraduate study. However the ICC Certificate award from the University of London is recognised by UK universities as an entrance qualification for undergraduate degree programmes and our Academic Advice Team provides one-to-one support with every stage of the undergraduate application procedure.
The Intermediate Certificate Course (ICC) Foundation programme is a 10-month course providing academic and English language preparation for international students who want to enter undergraduate degrees in Social Sciences, Finance and Management-related studies, and Arts and Humanities at UK universities,
Since the ICC Foundation programme was started in 1985 over 2000 of our students have progressed to undergraduate study at institutions in the University of London, and over the UK.
High-ranking British universities recognise the ICC Foundation as a value-adding academic and English-language programme for international students. Our destinations list here shows the universities and programmes that our students joined last year. See the ICC Brochure for more information
Undergraduate Foundation Course ICC Brochure (pdf; 1732kb)
Winner of ICC Progress Prize 2014-5
Studying BSc Business Studies at City University
“What I appreciate most from ICC foundation programme at SOAS is the academic support that I received. It helped me enhance a number of study areas such as analytical and critical thinking, as well as my research skills, which enabled me to make great progress and achieve a high level of academic performance in a different education system. It was also a wonderful experience to meet the world in SOAS.”
Winner of ICC Achievement Prize 2014-15 Studying BSc Mathematics at Durham
“Joining ICC was one of the best choices I have ever made. It gave me an invaluable opportunity to be accepted into my dream university and an insight into real university life. The knowledge and academic skills it provided have equipped me for my undergraduate studies, and I benefitted from constant assistance offered by my lecturers and tutors. Moreover, it enabled me to get involved in the SOAS Students’ Union which gave me a sense of community, not to mention the wonderful friendships that were formed there. Overall, it was a constructive and enjoyable experience!”
• to help students gain entry to degree programmes at British universities in the humanities, social sciences, law and business-related studies
• to give students the linguistic and academic skills needed to be successful on a degree programme
• to increase the range of undergraduate subject areas accessible to students through subject-based English language tuition
• to give students the chance to experience a year of campus life and study in London
The Academic Year
The programme runs from September to June over 3 terms, each 10 weeks long. There is also a ‘reading week’ (a week without classes, which students use to catch up on their reading and work on their assignments) in the middle of the first and second terms. The teaching calendar runs for the first 25 weeks, and the last 5 weeks are taken up with revision and final written examinations.
Summer vacation term
Students who need to improve their reading and writing skills before tackling the academic modules on ICC, will be asked to take the summer vacation term.
Using a combination of intensive language study, frequent controlled practice and close monitoring by an English tutor, students will achieve a sound basis of reading and writing skills which will enable them to approach their future study programme with confidence. A feature of the term is regular one-to-one tutorials with the teacher in order to address a student’s individual problems and a focus on drafting, proofreading and redrafting writing to achieve grammatical accuracy.
The Summer Vacation term is 6 weeks long and students have 18 hours of classes a week.
The Weekly Timetable
Students attend between 15 and 19 hours of classes per week for the first 25 weeks. There is a range of class styles. Students attend lectures with all the other students in their academic modules, and small-group seminar tutorial discussions, which typically have 10 students, with a maximum of 13. These are led by an academic lecturer. Students also attend Academic English module classes, typically in a group of about 12 and a maximum of 14, and English support classes connected to their academic subject modules. These normally have class sizes of 12-14 students, with a maximum of 15.
The Four Study Modules
Students follow four different modules during their studies on the programme:
All students are required to study 2 compulsory modules:
Students choose an additional 2 academic subject elective modules from the list below:
Students are assessed through coursework and final examinations.
Coursework – students submit termly assignment essays for each of their academic subject module. They also write timed essays for their Intensive English for Academic Study module.
Examinations – students sit final written examinations for each of their academic subject modules. They also take a final written and oral examination for their Intensive English for Academic Study module
How to apply
ICC Dates, Fees and Applications
ICC: Tuesday 19 September 2017 - Friday 29 June 2018
ICC Plus: Monday 31 July 2017 - Friday 29 June 2018
Summer Vacation Term (ICC Plus): 31 July- 8 September 2017
Introductory Course: 19 - 27 September 2017
Autumn Term: 2 October - 15 December 2017 (Reading Week: 6 - 10 November)
Spring Term 2018: 8 January - 23 March 2018 (Reading Week: 12 - 16 February)
Summer Term 2018: 23 April - 29 June 2017 (No Reading Week)
ICC: £17,000 (September entry)
ICC Plus: £19,600 (July entry)
Application fee: NO FEE before 30 April 2017. £90.00 payable after 1 May please pay at our online store
All fees must be paid in full before the start date of the programme.For instructions on how to pay see IFCELS Fees
Please see the full Terms and Conditions
August and September entry points
ICC has entry points in early August and mid-September. Students who need to focus on their reading and writing skills before they start the academic subject modules will be asked to join the programme in August.
You should have successfully completed high school in your own country with good grades in a range of subjects. We do not have fixed minimum academic requirements since we test and interview all applicants to ensure that they are suitable for the programme and have the potential to achieve their study goals.
English Language Requirements
You need to have an intermediate level of English before starting the programme. Preparatory English language programmes in the department start in September, January and April and during the summer there is a range of pre-sessional summer courses offering academic subject study together with English language classes.
When we receive your application and supporting documents we will look at them carefully and then decide if we will consider you for a place on ICC. We will assess your application by interview, either face-to-face in London or in your own country, or by Skype. We may also ask you to take all or part of our entrance test, depending on your English level. See here for details of test dates and venues. The following tests and levels can be used to show that you meet our English language requirements:
• GCSE English Language grade C
• IELTS 5.5 with 5 in the writing section
• Cambridge First Certificate in English grade C
• Pearson PTE Academic: 36 in each sub-score
• iBT TOEFL 76 with 12 in writing
Tier 4 Student Visas
ICC applicants who require a student visa must achieve CEFR B1 level in an approved English test - for example minimum IELTS 4.0 in each sub-score. IELTS tests taken after 6 April 2015 and being used for visa purposes must be from one of the approved IELTS for UKVI test centres. Check this list of centres carefully.
Please note: iBT TOEFL and Pearson PTE Academic are no longer an approved test for visa purposes
Please print and complete the ICC 2017 Application Form. Then e-mail it as an attachment to us at email@example.com OR post it, together with the required supporting documents, to:Head of Department
International Foundation Courses & English Language Studies (IFCELS)
SOAS (University of London)
23/24 Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG UK