Please note: This course is for International (non-EU) students only.
This course starts in September and is available for full-time study only.
The foundation certificates are one-year, full-time courses, designed for international students (non-EU whose first language is not English) of high academic ability who need extra study to reach the level required for entry to a bachelors degree. The courses are recognised as equivalent to A levels and as an entry route into a range of popular courses at Nottingham and other universities in the UK.
We are offering two pathways, both of which are taught by University tutors on Jubilee Campus alongside other undergraduate students:
• Foundation Certificate in Business
• Foundation Certificate in Arts and Social Sciences
Why Choose Nottingham:
you will be taught on the main campuses by university academics
you will mix with with other students and have access to all the opportunities and facilities the University has to offer.
the University offers a students a truly International experience.
our professional teaching staff provide a caring environment to help nurture students and ensure that they can realise their full potential
upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you are guaranteed progression to the first year of your chosen degree subject, providing you pass at the required level*.
students graduating from The University of Nottingham are in high demand. Nottingham graduates benefit from its world-class reputation and its links with industry and commerce.
* Additional requirements exist for students applying to study Law.
Year-12 school leaver certificate or AS level equivalent.
Grade B GCSE maths or equivalent.
English language requirements
IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 71 (no less than 17 in any element)
We accept a range of international qualifications - please contact the School for details
Notes for applicants
To apply, you will need to download and complete an application form, available from the School website
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Introduction to Information Technology
Media and Texts (Society)
Written Communication and Study
Oral Communication and Study
Introduction to Analytical Thought
Media and Texts (Culture)
Typical optional modules
Please contact the School for information.
You will be guaranteed a conditional offer for most of the courses offered by Archaeology, American and Canadian Studies, Contemporary Chinese Studies, Education, Film and TV Studies, Geography, International Media and Communications, Law, Politics and International Relations, and Sociology and Social Policy. The Certificate can also be considered for entry to other arts or social sciences programmes at Nottingham, but applications will be considered on an individual basis and offers are not guaranteed. Students can also us the certificate to apply for similar degree programmes at other universities.
Conditional offers from The University of Nottingham usually stipulate the following:
Politics and international relations, geography and law courses:
A distinction grade (70 per cent overall average) with 70 per cent in the English language modules and no less than 60 per cent in any other module.
An overall average of 65 per cent with an average of 70 per cent across the English language modules.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.