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The week before your International Foundation Year (IFY) programme begins you will attend an induction week held at Bath College, with a special session organised at the main University campus.
The IFY is structured as a modular course divided into two 15-week semesters, and at the start of the course you'll complete an English language assessment to determine whether you will study English for Academic Purposes alongside your other subjects.
You will take three units relevant to your intended degree programme, one of which may be English for Academic Purposes.
Each unit is designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in your chosen subject area, whether it's business, science, engineering or social science. As well as enhancing your English language capabilities, the IFY curriculum is specifically designed to cover the key principles, theories and practical skills which are the standard entry criteria for the University. You will also take a non-credit bearing study skills module over the course of the year.
Depending upon which units you study, the pattern of assessment on the IFY varies between 50% and 80% for written exams, 10% and 20% for practicals/presentations, and 20% and 40% for coursework.
You will study three of the following academic subjects, depending on your progression degree and initial English assessment:
- English for Academic Purposes
- Social Science
You will also take classes in Introduction to Higher Education Study Skills, and attend regular tutorials to support your studies and personal development.