International Foundation Diploma University of Greenwich

If you do not immediately fulfil the entry requirements for a three-year programme you can apply for alternatives such as the International Foundation Diploma.

Applicants for this programme are required to have successfully completed secondary education in their own country, to be at least 17 years old on entry and to have achieved an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of between 4.5 and 6.0. The minimum English language requirement is 4.5 IELTS (or equivalent), with a minimum score of 4.5 in each element.

You will complete courses in order to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0. If you already have a score of 6.0, you can study academic subjects in preparation for entry to one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

The structure of the programme is the following:


  • The Art of Communication
  • Business Insight
  • Computer Fundamentals 1
  • English for Academic Purposes 1
  • English for Academic Purposes 2
  • British Culture and Society
  • Leadership and Enterprise

One option from:

  • Computer Fundamentals 2
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Numeracy

The programme consists of 15 taught hours over four days and one day for self-directed study. There are no classes on UK Public Holidays (Christmas, Easter and Bank Holidays). The maximum class size for English language courses is 20 students. You should expect to pay £30–£50 for course books.


Assessment is varied and helps you to acquire a range of skills. For example, case studies, e-portfolios, VLE activities, group and individual oral presentations, essays, projects and field trip reports.
On completion of the International Foundation Diploma you should:

  • Be able to communicate in English to a standard of IELTS 6.0 or above
  • Be in a position to progress to a degree programme either at the University of Greenwich or another tertiary education institution in the UK.


In addition to classroom study, the following resources are available to help you:

  • The University's Language Centre and libraries where you can access a wide range of resources
  • Additional support for your language-learning with the English Language Assistant
  • Computing facilities to improve your language skills.

More programmes to choose from

If you have an IELTS score of 6.0 you could consider taking one of our extended degree programmes.

Find out more about the range of undergraduate programmes offered at the university.

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