The Bournemouth and Poole College as approved by the University of London (UOL) institution to teach the University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP). This is a challenging and inspiring programme that has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rigorous undergraduate study.

It is accepted by many universities worldwide.

At the Bournemouth and Poole College, the teaching team will guide you through your studies and provide a rich learning environment that is supported by the University of London IFP team and our online resources.

Exceptional Results

The Bournemouth and Poole College has been delivering the International Foundation Programme since 2014. Each year our students have enjoyed exceptional results. 88% of the class of 2017/18 gained an overall Distinction and 12% overall Merit. In addition, all of the students are progressing to their first choice of UK University.

One of our 2017/18 Chinese students, Shirley, achieved the highest overall marks in the world on this prestigious programme!

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

This pre-university programme is equivalent to standard to qualifications studied in Year 13 (i.e. A levels)

The International Foundation Programme provides an ideal route to a variety of undergraduate programmes at universities* in the UK and worldwide. These programmes include:

• Accounting and Finance

• Business and Management

• Economics

• International Relations

• Management and Marketing

• Computing and Information Systems

*Most universities have their own application criteria and processes. We advise you to speak to the university directly to ensure you are eligible and find out if there are any specific grades you will need to achieve. To find out which universities accept the IFP for entry consideration, please visit

Our students have gone on to study at institutions such as LSE, Durham, Warwick, St Andrews, Edinburgh and SOAS.

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

Entry requirements: 

  • Age 17 + by 31 December in the year of registration

  • Hold four separate subjects at GCSE/O level (grades A*- C/9-4), or the equivalent (i.e. High School from your own country)

  • Proof of your English Language level at Academic IELTS 6.0 (min 5.5 in reading and writing)

We will consider all international high school results where students have achieved very good grades, especially in the subjects relevant to their intended Foundation course.

What about work experience? 

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
LPLXFZ001H 12/09/2022 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00

* Please note fees are subject to change.


International fees will apply plus UOL registration fees of £1980 (for 2019-20 session)

For tuition and accommodation fees please visit  and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.

Course content

Course Content 

The College offers the following pathways with four subjects:

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Economics

  • International Relations

  • Social Psychology OR Pure Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics

The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas. Topics include an overview of arithmetic, algebra and calculus; insight into concepts of probability; an introduction to financial mathematics; basic knowledge of how to summarise, analyse and interpret data and introductions to modelling the linear relationships.


The course offers a broad overview of the key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs. Topics include an introduction to the nature and scope of economics; competitive markets; market failure and government intervention; managing the economy; development and sustainability of the recent financial and economic crisis.

International Relations

This course offers a basic introduction to International Relations (IR), its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas.

It has three major aims:

  • To provide an introduction to IR as a social scientific discipline, its history, key contributors and methodologies

  • To consider key ways in which knowledge derived from IR can be applied to real-life contexts

  • To provide tools that support students in critical thinking and argumentation

Social Psychology

The course provides a broad introduction to concepts, theories and methodologies used in the study of Social Psychology. Topics include an overview of the subject; the self in social context; interpersonal relations; group and inter-group relations and cultural phenomena.


Pure Mathematics

This course develops proficiency in working with a range of mathematical methods including logic and proof by contradiction, algebraic equations, trigonometric functions and expressions, co-ordinate geometry vectors and calculus. The theoretical concepts underlying these areas are explored and related to working methods and application which together build on the elementary techniques of mathematics.


Special written online study materials

Your online study materials, coupled with the tuition you receive at your institution and the essential textbooks, will guide you through your studies. The study materials we provide include:

  • A full subject guide for each course you study.

  • Access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which contains supplementary learning resources and opportunities including audio-visual tutorials, academic interviews, self-testing activities and online discussion forums.

  • A student handbook containing practical information and advice.

  • A University of London email account and web area which you can use to manage your personal information.


This course is assessed by an unseen written examination. Candidates who pass all four courses are awarded the University of London Foundation Certificate with a grade of ‘Pass’, ‘Merit’, or ‘Distinction’.

Exams are held in late April/early May each year.

Students who marginally fail one course are eligible to resit that examination in July of the same year.

More info

Start Day/Time 

28 september 2020


10 Months




Level 3

Qualification Name 

International Foundation Programme

Awarding Body 

University of London

Curriculum Area 

International and EFL

More about the course 


International Operations: 01202 205161


Resources: The College's extensive facilities include excellent resource centres offering access to the Internet, CDs, videos, audiovisual packages and CD Rom, as well as a stock of over 75,000 books and periodicals. Study areas/quiet rooms are available and there is also an area dedicated to careers reference material. 


10 Months




Level 3

Qualification Name 

International Foundation Programme

Awarding Body 

University of London