International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Students

Level 3

The IBCM International Foundation Year (L3IFDHES) is a qualification aimed to prepare students for their first year entry on to undergraduate degree courses. The programme is designed for international students who want to apply for an under-graduate degree course and provides specialisations in Business, Computing or Engineering.

The NCC Education qualification is recognised by over 50 universities worldwide and is intended to provide candidates with an entry route to UK university courses or progression on to the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business and Business IT. Students who successfully complete the course are guaranteed* entry onto a selection of University courses at Birmingham City University (UK), University Centre Croydon (UK), and much more.

*Provided that all other entry requirements have been met.


To complete the qualification a student must study and pass eight units.
The qualifcation consists of six core units:

  • Developing English Language Skills

  • Advanced English Language Skills

  • English for Academic Purposes

  • Study and Communication Skills

  • Culture Studies

  • Foundation Mathematics

A further two units must be taken from a choice of six electives:

  • Introduction to Computer Science

  • Introduction to Programming

  • Introduction to Business

  • Introduction to Accounting

  • Further Mathematics

  • Physics

Standard: One Academic year
Fast-Track / Intensive 6 months
 Standard: September 2018
Fast-Track / Intensive January 2018
Minimum 5.0 – 5.5 depending on the major chosen (standard)
Minimum 5.5 – 6.0 depending on the major chosen (intensive)
The programme is assessed by assignment and examination. Assessment dates are available on request. THE IBCM NCC L3 IFDHES provides progression to over 50 universities in UK and worldwide. Contact IBCM for full progression information.


IFD* Graduate Destinations

2018/19 Academic year


For students who want to complete their degree overseas at a university campus, please review the list of officially recognised L3IFD progression routes:

* Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies

IFD University progressions (UK)

  • Aston University
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Birmingham City University
  • Bangor University
  • Cardiff University
  • Coventry University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Keele University
  • Kingston University London
  • London South Bank University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Queens University Belfast
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Teesside University
  • Staffordshire University
  • The University of Central Lancashire
  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Cardiff
  • University of Derby
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of London
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester
  • University of York

Example Courses

Here are just some examples of courses NCC Education IFD students can progress too:


  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA (Hons) International Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Business and Globalisation


  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Computer Forensics
  • BSc (Hons) Games Programming
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
  • BSc (Hons) FinancialComputing


  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Robotics Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Health Sciences

  • BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science with Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science with Professional Football Coaching

Hotel, Resort and Spa Management

  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
  • BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) Events Management
  • BA (Hons) Professional Culinary Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Spa Management


  • BA (Joint Honours) International Relations and Diplomacy
  • BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy
  • LLB (Hons) Law
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology
  • LLB (Hons) Law with Management


International Foundation Diploma Graduate 2015

Studying the programme was a great decision… it helped me understand more about education in the UK, the expectations and academic environment for a UK university.

Now studying NBSc(Hons) Financial Economics

Nguyen Minh Anh, Vietnam