• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The International Foundation Year (Science) from Keele University provides an excellent preparation for degree level study for overseas students. It is suitable for students whose current academic qualifications and/or English language level do not allow direct application to the first year of a Science Bachelor’s degree programme. 
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The International Foundation Year (Science) from Keele University  is a one year foundation course for international students wishing to study a Science degree course. Those wishing to study Business, Economics, Computing, or Social Studies and Humanities should consider the International Foundation Years run by the Keele International Study Centre. 

You are guaranteed a place on a Keele Science honours degree subject to completing the International Foundation Year within certain threshold marks and obtaining a new visa. A visa will be granted for the duration of the one year International Foundation Year and a second visa will then need to be obtained for the 3-year degree stage. Hence, the course is classed as a 1-year + 3-year (or 4-year) programme. Alternatively, students may choose to continue their studies at another university, by applying through UCAS.


You will take a combination of modules to a total of 120 credits: core modules, those related to your intended degree programmes after your Foundation Year and some free choice. Modules are worth 10, 15 or 20 credits.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      1 + 3 or 4 years

  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The compulsory modules are:

  • Academic Development 
  • Communication Skills for Science Students

Most students also take at least one English language module.

Subject-specific modules

Modules related to particular subjects are taken on an individual basis, as appropriate to your intended subsequent study.

Option modules

Additional modules can be taken to bring the total module credit value to 120. These can be in any subject available at Foundation level and modern foreign languages, subject to timetabling constraints and room capacity.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

To enter the International Foundation Year (IFY), you must normally have:

  • At least 64 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent


  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or
  • IELTS 5.0 (with 5.0 in all subtests). This must be a SELT qualification.


  • GCSE/IGCSE Maths at grade 4 (C)

Please note: All non-native English speaking students are required to undertake a diagnostic English language assessment on arrival at Keele, to determine if English language support may help you to succeed with your studies. An English language module may be compulsory for you during your Foundation Year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12696 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12700 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Keele

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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