What is the International Foundation Year in Medicine?

The International Foundation Year (IFY) in Medicine is a one-year qualification specifically designed to help you gain entry to a Medicine-related degree course at either:

  • Queen Mary University London (QMUL)- Malta Campus – MBBS Medicine
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – MBBS Medicine

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


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 Queen Mary University London Medical degree (MBBS Medicine)

Study Medicine in the beautiful island of Malta. Our five-year Medicine MBBS programme offers you the same curriculum that is taught at Barts medical school in London. Students are awarded a Medicine MBBS from the prestigious Queen Mary University of London (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry), a member of the Russell Group which represents 24 leading research-led universities in the UK.

Students are taught in Malta by staff from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (Queen Mary University of London’s medical faculty) and local clinicians trained by the School. You’ll gain the Barts and The London medicine undergraduate experience while living in the Mediterranean. It’s a first-class place to study medicine abroad.

Queen Mary University of London, Malta

Entry Requirements

  • AAA from the NCUK International Foundation Year including Chemistry, Biology, and Maths (Science)
  • English Language, EAP grade A with a minimum of grade B in writing
  • UCAT score 2281
  • Interview

Students will need to submit a personal statement, supported by a reference and must meet the minimum entry requirements, including any English language requirements and UCAT score. Promising applicants will then be invited to interview in front of a panel. If successful at interview, then a conditional offer will be made, subject to meeting the entry requirements (if exam results are not yet known) and completing an occupational health and DBS assessment. Please note that a UCAT score can also form part of an offer condition if the UCAT test is yet to be completed. Candidates must meet ALL of their conditions by August in the year of entry. Full details can be found here.


Why study at QMUL Malta?

  • Five-year full-time programme in clinical medicine
  • Taught in English on the warm and welcoming Maltese islands in Europe
  • Same core curriculum as the prestigious Medicine MBBS London programme
  • Early clinical experience
  • Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Junior doctor (Foundation Year One) positions available in Malta
  • Competitive university fees for students from all over the world

About University of Central Lancashire Medical Degree (MBBS Medicine)

UCLan’s MBBS medicine degree offers an innovative approach to medical education, training students to become professional, compassionate doctors. You will benefit from a state-of-the-art curriculum; designed with local patients. They offer a warm, supportive and multi-cultural learning environment, where every student is treated as an individual. You’ll enjoy early patient contact and clinical placements in the NHS from Year 1. The programme is delivered by expert staff in the University and their associate NHS education providers.

Entry Requirements

  • AAB from the NCUK International Foundation Year, including chemistry and at least one other science
  • English Language, EAP grade B
  • Personal Statement
  • Transferable Skills Statement
  • Mini interview
  • No aptitude test as part of the admissions process

How is the IFY assessed?

The 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.

Please note, students will be required to sit a UKVI IELTS exam in order to meet Tier 4 visa criteria.

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.


About NCUK

  • NCUK is a consortium of leading universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities and helping students succeed when they get there.
  • NCUK qualifications are recognised by NCUK universities and by most others across the UK, including many in the Russell Group (UK’s Ivy League), and also by universities internationally.
  • Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain guaranteed access to leading UK universities.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting applications from students looking to start their International Foundation Year (IFY) in September 2020. 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?

Please see our Tuition Fees page for our latest fees information.

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.