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Programme requirements

English language level: IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any single skill) or equivalent prior to entry

Academic entry requirements: Completion of 12 years of high school education with pass grades (or equivalent to meet the same standard).

Age: 17 years old by the 31st December in the year that you start the NCUK IFY

Course length: September to June in three terms

NCUK International Foundation Year

Unlock Your Future in International Study

Basil Paterson College is an accredited NCUK Study Centre, offering the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY). This programme is designed to provide international students with a direct pathway to undergraduate studies at leading universities in the UK and beyond. Successful completion of the NCUK IFY guarantees access to thousands of degrees at partner universities throughout, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, and elsewhere.


Why Choose the NCUK IFY at Basil Paterson College?

 A Trusted Pathway: The NCUK IFY is recognized by universities across the UK and beyond, ensuring that your qualification is respected and valued, opening doors to a variety of undergraduate courses.

Academic Excellence: Our programme is structured around rigorous academic training. You’ll engage with a curriculum designed in collaboration with NCUK and its university partners, which focuses on developing your understanding and knowledge in specific subject areas relevant to your future degree.

Small Class Sizes: At Basil Paterson College, we pride ourselves on providing personalised attention to our students through small class sizes. This fosters a supportive learning environment where you can thrive and receive the guidance necessary for academic success.

Experienced Teaching Staff: Our faculty comprises experienced educators who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom. Their dedicated support is pivotal in preparing you for the challenges of university-level studies.

Comprehensive Support Services: From day one, you will receive the support needed to adjust to life in the UK and excel academically. Our range of services includes visa application assistance, university placement advice, and English language support, ensuring you are fully prepared for your university journey.


Your Study Options

Basil Paterson offers two NCUK IFY pathways:

  • Business Studies
  • Humanities

You will study three academic subject modules within your chosen pathway, as well as our English for Academic Purposes module, which is recognised as proof of language level by NCUK partner universities.

Each pathway is designed to equip you with the foundational knowledge and skills required for your chosen field of study.

Study on these pathways can lead to degree study across many subject areas including:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Law
  • Politics


Beyond Academics

Life at Basil Paterson College is more than just academics. Our college is located in the heart of a beautiful and historic city, offering you the chance to explore cultural sites, participate in student events, and make lifelong friends from around the world.


Seamless University Placement

Upon successful completion of the NCUK IFY, you will be eligible to progress to one of the NCUK partner universities. Our dedicated placement team works closely with each student, offering personalized guidance to secure placements that best match their academic profile and personal preferences.


Get Started on Your Pathway to Success

Choosing the NCUK International Foundation Year at Basil Paterson College is the first step towards achieving your academic and career aspirations though internatonal study. Join us to unlock your potential and embark on a rewarding educational journey.

For more information on how to apply, entry requirements, and to speak with an admissions advisor, please contact us at

Why choose to study in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, offers a compelling blend of historical charm, academic excellence, and vibrant cultural experiences, making it an ideal destination for international students Home to renowned universities, Edinburgh provides a rich academic environment conducive to learning and research. Beyond academia, Edinburgh boasts stunning architecture, picturesque landscapes, and a dynamic arts scene, boasting world-class festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as easy access to outdoor adventures in the nearby Highlands. Students thrive in this welcoming city, where opportunities for personal and academic growth abound. With its welcoming atmosphere and myriad opportunities for personal and academic growth, Edinburgh stands as a premier destination for those seeking an unforgettable educational experience.

Successful completion of the NCUK International Foundation Year provides guaranteed entry to thousands of university degrees, including at universities from The Russell Group.

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