What is the International Foundation Year in Medicine?

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in Medicine is a one-year qualification specifically designed to prepare you for first year entry to a 5-year Medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada.

As well as academic knowledge specific to Medicine, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give you specialist English language study and cultural skills that are an essential part of your degree course. This unique combination will help you to pursue a successful career in Medicine.

What will I study on the IFY in Medicine?

Similar to A-Levels, you study three academic modules designed to prepare you for the study of Medicine at undergraduate degree level. You may also need to study one of our English for Academic Purposes modules.

The academic modules are as follows:

  • IFYMS002 Mathematics (Science)
  • IFYBI002 Biology
  • IFYCH002 Chemistry
  • Plus an additional module in Anatomy and Physiology, written by St. George’s University.


English for Academic Purposes (FYEN001)

All NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) English modules provide essential preparation for university study:

  • English for Academic Purposes for non-native speakers of English

About St. George's University Medical Degree

Founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976, St. George’s University opened its doors to students beginning in January 1977. It has evolved into a top centre of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the Caribbean island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attending SGU enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on the True Blue campus, offering all the amenities and technologically advanced facilities of a world-class institution. SGU also has a UK-based campus, located in Newcastle.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry to St. George’s University, students will need to achieve grades of AABB in their IFY qualification, with a grade A in EAP. They will also be required to attend an interview to assess their readiness for the 5-year MD.



Students who meet the entry requirements are guaranteed a scholarship of $60,000, with up to $90,000 possible.


Flexible progression opportunities

The 5-year MD will include a guaranteed 2-year Clinical Training Placement in the UK or US, or a combination of the two:

US Route

International Foundation Year > 5 year MD including 3 years at Grenada campus + 2-year Clinical Training Placement in UK/US

 UK Route

International Foundation Year > 5 year MD including 2 years at UK campus (Newcastle) + 1 year in Grenada + 2=year Clinical Training Placement in UK/US

How is the IFY assessed?

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) is assessed 20% by Coursework and 80% by examination. All assessments are set and moderated by NCUK.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be at least 17 years old, completed 11 years of high school education and have a recognised English language qualification e.g. IELTS 5.0. For further (including country-specific) details, please see NCUK’s Entry Requirements.

Who awards the qualification?

NCUK awards the final certificate. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate showing that you have passed the course and a transcript that details your individual module results.

Universities worldwide and UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) formally recognises the NCUK International Foundation Year as a comparable level to GCE A Level, Australian high school (SSCE), and American high school (AP) qualifications.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting applications from students looking to start their NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) in September 2019. You can make an application by filling out our online form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the NCUK International Foundation Year?

Starting in September each year, the International Foundation Year in Science takes one academic year to complete. Depending on final exam dates, this is usually 9 months from start to finish.

How much does the NCUK International Foundation Year in Medicine cost?

The total fee payable for the academic year 2019/20 is £24,450 per student.

Where will I live when I study at Oxford Sixth Form College?

We have a selection of accommodation options for international students, all within walking distance of the main school in the city centre. You can find further information about our accommodation options here.

How do I apply to university?

We will help you with your application and let you know about all the deadlines.

What is student life like at Oxford Sixth Form College?

Your wellbeing whilst studying at Oxford Sixth Form College is very important to us. We have a Welfare and Safeguarding team at the college whom are ready to help and support you with anything you may need, as well as an action-packed social calendar to make sure you’re making the most of your time in this fantastic city. Find out more about College life here.