NCC Education - UK

UCL International Foundation Year

Open doors for students after O/L for a pathway to degree completion in Sri Lanka with the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

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The UCL International Foundation Year (UIFY) is a one-year pre-university qualification which is ideally suitable for students who would like to enroll in an undergraduate level programme early. UIFY provides the pathway for students after O/Levels to develop the skills and knowledge required to commence their undergraduate studies in selected disciplines. Upon successful completion of the UIFY students can directly enter into Year 1 of a degree programme. Students who have done A/Levels but would like to improve their knowledge in preparation for a university degree may also enroll for this foundation year.

UCL International Foundation year is awarded by the NCC Education UKa global awarding body well established all around the world in more than 50 countries with more than 200 branches.  

June, October & January
Class Structure
Classes And Laboratory Practicals For Science Subjects
10 Months
Study Model
2 Trimesters

To complete the qualification, students must study and pass 120 credit hours, which includes four (4) compulsory modules and two or three (2 or 3) elective modules in either Computing, Business, Science & Engineering streams.


Core Modules

  • Develop Developing English Language Skills (20 credit hours)
  • Research and Study Skills for University Study (20 credit hours)
  • English for Academic Purposes (30 credit hours)
  • Mathematics for University Study (10 credit hours)



Business Students 

  • Introductory Business (20 credit hours)
  • International Economics (20 credit hours)


IT Students 

  • Introduction to Computer Science (20 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Programming with Python (10 credit hours)
  • Digital World (10 credit hours)


Science Students

  • Biology for University Study (20 credit hours)
  • Chemistry for University Study (20 credit hours)


Engineering Students 

  • Physics for University Study (20 credit hours)
  • Further Maths for University Study (20 credit hours)

Developing English Language Skills (DELS)

The aim of this module is to significantly develop students’ English Language Skills towards
being fully independent users of English, able to communicate effectively beyond simple
everyday contexts. It aims to systematically improve all four skills of reading, writing, listening
and speaking and enable students to acquire a broad range of grammatical and lexical
knowledge which they can use confidently and effectively.


Research and Study Skills for University Study (RSS)

The Research and Study Skills for University unit focuses on developing essential academic
skills for successful university studies. It covers critical thinking, effective research
methodologies, academic writing, and time management. This foundational unit prepares
students for higher education, enhancing their ability to analyse, articulate, and apply knowledge


English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The English for Academic Purposes unit ensures a progressive learning journey, starting with
fundamental language skills, academic writing, and listening comprehension in the first half. The
latter half builds on this foundation, delving into advanced research techniques, critical analysis,
and presentation skills. Taught in sequence, this unit is designed to equip students with the
comprehensive linguistic and academic competencies necessary for successful engagement in
higher education settings.


Mathematics for University Study (MUS)

This aim of this unit is to consolidate students’ existing learning in the areas of mathematics
whilst at the same time introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic
disciplines and vocational areas. The techniques covered in this unit focus on the resolution of
problems and there is a strong practical focus in each of the topic areas.


Introductory Business (IB)

The International Business unit offers an insightful exploration into global trade practices,
cultural considerations, and the economic dynamics shaping international markets. Students
learn about international strategies, cross-border operations, and the regulatory environments
affecting global businesses.


International Economics (IE)

This module introduces the key principles of Economics.


Introduction to Computer Science (ITCS)

This unit aims to provide a sound knowledge and understanding of fundamental computer
science topics. It covers the fundamental concepts relating to a wide range of computer
hardware and software, the characteristics of hardware components, how data, images and
sound are represented in a computer system, the fundamental concepts of computer networks,
and cultural, ethical and legal issues related to computing.


Introduction to Programming with Python (ITP)
The Introduction to Programming with Python immerses students in the fundamentals of Python
programming. Covering syntax, data structures, and basic algorithms, it emphasises problem-
solving and practical applications. This unit lays the foundation for further studies in computer
science and software development.


Digital World (DW)

The Digital World delves into the impact of digital technologies on society, economy, and culture.
It explores topics like internet connectivity, digital communication, cybersecurity, and emerging
tech trends. This unit equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the digital


Biology for University Study (BIO)

This unit aims to introduce the fundamental ideas of how the human body works. Starting with
the cell as the building blocks of life and the looking at each of the major body systems. The
purpose of this to give the underpinning knowledge which will prepare students to study health
related subjects at higher levels.


Chemistry for University Study (CHEM)

This unit aims to build up a fundamental background of the three main branches of chemistry:
inorganic, physical and organic. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated using several practical
laboratory sessions.


Physics for University Study (PHY)
This unit aims to build up a fundamental background of the principles of physics. The unit
focuses on Newton’s mechanics, electrostatics and electrodynamics. The principles of thermal
physics and magnetism are also introduced.


Further Maths for University Study (FUTM)

This unit aims to provide an understanding of different mathematical concepts and ideas,
building on the work covered in the foundation mathematics unit. It will allow candidates to
develop further algebraic techniques on advanced mathematical topics, touching on areas often
seen and used in university courses.

Students must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed their GCSE/IGCSE ‘O’ Levels with minimum grades of ‘C’, ‘4’ or equivalent in each. These should include Mathematics and English.
  • Should have a valid score of 4.5 or above in IELTS examination or equivalent for students whose first language is not English.

Alternatively, students can take the free NCC Education Standard English Placement Test (EPT).

The fee is presently per semester LKR 522,125

Payable in installments (Semester and Monthly). Student Loan facilities and easy payment schemes available.

Please get in touch with your program counsellor.

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