Extended IFC in Business Management, Legal Studies or Psychology

Our Extended International Foundation Certificate (EIFC) in Business Management, Legal Studies or Psychology is the ideal preparation for progressing to one of our undergraduate business, accounting, law or psychology degrees.

Following a first term of Academic English language studies the modules are designed to give you a thorough grounding in the skills that underpin your chosen programme.

Subjects include English Language, Study and Communication Skills, plus core academic subjects in your chosen field.

Programme details

London Shepherd’s Bush

Start Date

January, May, July and September

Length of programme

Three terms;
1st term – Academic English
2nd and 3rd term – International Foundation Certificate

Modes of study



We use different methods of assessment depending on the module. These include: portfolio coursework, seen and unseen assessments and examinations

How to apply

To apply online please apply direct or request a call back for more information.

Key Information

  • Our English courses and delivery are accredited by the British Council
  • Guaranteed progression onto your BPP University degree on successful completion of all the programme assessments
  • Learn from a mix of academic and management professionals
  • Reinforce your understanding through small group workshops and extensive online support
  • Study books and online study materials are included within the fees
  • You will have access to online resources on BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to revise anytime, anywhere
  • Gain the skills and knowledge you need for entry onto BPP University’s degree programmes
  • Receive assistance from personal tutors and international student advisors to help you settle in and increase your Confidence
  • Obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to the next level of study
  • You will have a minimum of 16 hours face-to-face tuition including breaks, plus homework and self-study to undertake
  • A choice of start dates for added flexibility

Your Extended International Foundation Certificate

The Extended International Foundation Certificate is a full-time programme, run over three terms, and is designed to raise your level of English capability prior to commencing academic subjects aligned to that of your chosen BPP degree programme.

We want you to have as much contact time with your tutor as possible and this is why we offer small group workshops throughout the programme.

What's more, you will receive additional personal support from your personal tutor and our International Student Advisers, who will help you to adapt to life, learning and the requirements of studying in the UK.

We realise that moving from another country to the UK will be both exciting and daunting. That's why we aim to make this transition easier for you, by encouraging social and cultural integration in the UK through a range of activities.

  • Minimum age - you must be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course
  • Class sizes - English classes will typically comprise of a maximum of 20 students (an average of 15 students depending on the time of year). For the ‘academic’ subjects classes will be slightly larger with up to 25 students per-class and an average of 20 students (depending on the time of year)
  • Hours of study – you will have 20 hours English tuition in your first term and 16 hours face-to-face tuition including breaks in the second and third term (there will be homework and self-study to undertake in addition)
  • Timetable - your lessons will usually be held between either 09:00 and 13:00 or 14:00 and 18:00 each day, over 5 days
  • Books - study books or online study books are included within the fees

Programme benefits

The Extended International Foundation Certificate gives you the chance to:

  • Improve your English language, grammar, writing, listening and speaking skills in readiness for your academic studies
  • Gain the skills and knowledge you need for entry onto your chosen BPP University degree programme
  • Work closely with your personal tutor to help you settle in
  • Reinforce your understanding of the modules through small group workshops in a supportive environment
  • Utilise the extensive online support available through BPP's virtual learning environment
  • Enjoy a high degree of student-tutor contact time per week
  • Receive regular tutor feedback on your progress
  • Receive assistance from International Student Advisers to help you settle in and increase your confidence in studying
  • Choose your start date for added flexibility
  • Develop a solid foundation in preparation for your further studies.

Teaching method

This programme provides 16 hours of face-to-face tutor contact time per week to provide a positive and supportive learning experience. You will take part in fully interactive sessions, often involving group work, to maximise understanding, testing and peer support.

Regular tutorials and progress reviews include the chance to have personal discussions with your personal or programme tutor. These meetings enable you to monitor your personal and academic progress and to receive support if you have difficulties.

As well as attending classes you are expected to study on your own. This gives you the chance to reflect on what you have learnt, and to apply your newly acquired skills. To help you achieve this, you will have access to BPP's virtual learning environment (VLE), where you will find all the study materials available 24/7.

Extra help for those who need it

If you ever have questions after classes, or if you are finding a subject difficult, support is available from your subject tutors and your allocated personal tutor.

If you have non-academic questions or are finding any aspect of your studies difficult you can also receive support from our International Student Advisers as well as Student Services.


We use different methods of assessment, depending on the module. These include coursework and examinations.


The Extended International Foundation Certificate is split into six modules over three terms.

These provide you with a thorough grounding in both English and the skills you need to progress onto your BPP University degree programme.

All modules are compulsory.

English Language and Communication Skills (IELTS 5.0)

This module will:

  • Increase your knowledge of general English grammar and vocabulary as well as developing your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Improve your English capability to meet a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5
  • Help you to become familiar with basic conventions of academic writing and discussions

You will then choose one of the following routes for the rest of your programme:

  • International Foundation Certificate in Legal Studies
  • International Foundation Certificate in Business Management (for business and accounting degrees)
  • International Foundation Certificate in Healthcare
  • International Foundation Certificate in Psychology

Entry requirements

English language

  • IELTS score of 5.0 overall (with 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

Educational background

  • You must be 18 years or over at the start of the programme
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 years’ schooling with evidence of good grades and an ability to successfully complete the programme

Our International Office can assess your certificates and advise if you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your country.

If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us.

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an ‘edge’. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. This ensures you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are offered ‘Career Ready Skills’ workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management.

It’s never too early to start learning all the essential skills you’ll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. You then continue to have access to this Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online. Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme. The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

Study locations

You can study the Extended International Foundation Certificate in BPP London Shepherd's Bush.


Whether you're looking for long-term, short-term or temporary accommodation, we'll help you find the perfect place to stay while you study. We can offer information on halls of residence, student houses, flat-shares and hotels – as well as advice on any accommodation issues.

If you'd like to know more about mixing events, finding a housemate or discussion boards, or if you just need some general advice, please contact our Accommodation Officer:

Paying for your programme

January, May and July 2016

This programme is open to non-EEA international students and fees are £10,000 a year.

Location Deposit 1st Instalment, on CAS 2nd Instalment
London £0.00 £6,500.00 £3,500.00

September 2016 onwards:

This programme is open to non-EEA international students and fees are £11,000 a year.

UK or EEA students

If you are from either the UK or an EEA country and meet the English language requirements, then you should apply for one of the following programmes:

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800