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School of Social Sciences

Foundation programmes

If you don’t have relevant subject background or need additional English language teaching, a foundation programme may be the right route for you.

The School of Social Sciences doesn’t offer a foundation programme for international students. However The University of Manchester does validate the INTO Manchester, International Foundation Programme and guarantees a conditional offer to applicants who successfully complete it.

Other approved UK foundation programmes

All students need to meet our international student requirements, but the School also accepts some other UK-based foundation programmes.

Remember, we look at all of the information that you submit in your UCAS application. This includes your personal statement, academic reference and previous educational achievement. Because of this, the requirements listed below may vary depending on your individual circumstances.

Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for advice on programmes that are not on this list.

Undergraduate Admissions Office
School of Social Sciences
Email: socialsciences@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4748/1473/2291/4470

List of accepted foundation courses

  • Abbey College, Malvern (International Foundation Programme – Business and Law) – 75% overall. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Abbey College, Manchester (International Foundation Programme – Business and Economics) – 75% overall with no less than 70% in Maths and Economics. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Bellerbys College (Foundation Programme) – 70% overall with no less than 65% in any subject. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Bosworth College (University Foundation Programme) – Pass with ‘Award of Merit’. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Bridge House College, Nigeria (University Foundation Programme) – Grades AAB/ABB in Major Modules, depending upon the degree course applied for. Minimum grade B in IGCSE Mathematics and grade C in English (First Language) – if not taken as part of the foundation programme.
  • Cardiff University (International Foundation Programme) – Two/One distinction(s), remainder Merits, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • CATS – Canterbury and Cambridge – AAB/ABB depending upon degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • David Game College (University Foundation Programme) – AAB/ABB in both major and minor modules, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Durham University – 70% overall, with no lower than 65% in English.
  • University of Exeter INTO (Foundation Certificate) – 70/65% overall with no lower than 65/60% in any subject, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Kaplan International College – 70/65% overall with no lower than 65/60% in any subject, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Kuala Lumpur University College (Foundation in Business) – AAABB over three semesters. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component. (Where students are not taking Maths/English as part of the International Foundation Programme an appropriate Maths + English qualification will be required).
  • Liverpool International College at the University of Liverpool – 70/65% overall with no lower than 65/60% in any subject, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Liverpool John Moores University (Foundation Programme) – 70/65% overall, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • University of London (with academic direction from LSE) – Two/One distinction and remainder Merits depending on the course applied for. IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • INTO Manchester (International Foundation Programme) – Grades AABB–BBBB, depending upon the degree course applied for.
  • Mander Portman Woodward Cambridge, University of London (International Foundation Programme) – Two/One distinction(s), remainder Merits including Merit in compulsory Mathematics and Statistics course, depending upon the programme applied for. Applicants for the BSc Economics must be taking Pure Mathematics and should achieve Distinction. IELTS of 6.5 overall with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Newcastle University INTO (International Foundation Programme) – 70/65% overall, depending upon the degree course applied for, with no lower than 65% in any subject including English.
  • Oxford Brookes University (International Foundation Diploma) – Achieve three A grades and remainder B's from nine modules. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Queen Mary, University of London (International Foundation Course) – Access Pass with Merit and no lower than 65% in any subject.
  • Queen's University Belfast INTO (International Foundation Course) - Grades AABB–BBBB, depending upon the degree course applied for.
  • University of Reading (International Foundation Programme) – Grade I in 3 main subjects. Grade II in Academic Skills. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component. (Where students are not taking maths as part of the International Foundation Programme an appropriate mathematics qualification will be required).
  • Royal Holloway, University of London (University Foundation Programme) – 70% overall with no lower than 65% in any subject. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Intermediate Certificate Course in Comparative International Studies) – minimum of 60% in compulsory units and a minimum of 70% in optional units. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • University of Salford (International Foundation Year) – AA in Mathematics and Economics. No lower than 60% in English.
  • Sheffield International College at the University of Sheffield (Certificate in University Foundation Studies – Business, Law and Social Sciences) – 70% overall with no lower than 65% in any subject, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • St Andrew's College, Cambridge (Foundation Year) – 75% in all components. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • St Clare’s, Oxford (University Foundation Course) – Achieve A, A–, A–. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • St Michael’s College, Tenbury Wells (Foundation Programme) – Three/Two subjects at grade A, with grade B in remaining subjects, depending upon the degree course applied for. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon College (International Foundation Year) - Two distinctions, remainder merits. IELTS of 6.5 overall, no lower than 6 in any component.
  • Trinity College Melbourne – Pass foundation year with an average of 80% overall, including Maths and Economics. Pass EAP with a minimum of 60%
  • UCL (University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities) – 70% overall with no lower than 65% in any subject. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6 in any component.
  • University of Warwick (Higher Education Foundation Programme) – Two/One distinction(s), depending upon the degree course applied for, remainder credits, 60% in English.