Formerly City College Brighton and Hove

International Foundation Programmes

Study an International Foundation Programme at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

The International Foundation Programme is a one-year academic programme designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the UK. This programme provides academic preparation for first year entry into university and will enable you to meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

Why choose this course?
The IFP is specifically designed for international students to help you to progress onto a degree.
You will be supported to make your application to university, including help with UCAS, progression events and university visits.

We have an excellent progression record:

Locally: University of Brighton and University of Sussex

Nationally: University of Leeds, University of Nottingham, University of Glasgow, University of Manchester, Goldsmiths, Central St Martins and more.

Options for European students include full support

Choose from the following subjects:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Health and Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Media, Literature and Culture
  • Psychology
  • Central Campus lifts - blue
  • Central Campus lifts - red
  • Central Campus - students outside
  • International - students in classroom
  • International - students in classroom 2
  • International - students in classroom 3
  • Teaching in classroom
  • Central Campus - Coffee Shop - female student

English levels and exams explained

User level CEFR** Level Cambridge IELTS ESOL Skills for life CEFR descriptions
Proficient user
C2 Proficiency CPE
8.5 – 9.0 - Highly proficient – can use English very fluently,
precisely and sensitively in most contexts

Advanced CAE
7.0 – 8.0 Level 2 Able to use English fluently and flexibly in a wide range of contexts
Independent user

Upper-Intermediate FCE
5.5 – 6.5 Level 1
Can use English effectively, with some fluency, in a range of contexts
B1 Intermediate PET
4.0 – 5.0 Entry 3 Can communicate essential points and ideas in familiar contexts
Pre-Intermediate PET(Preliminary)/
KET (Key)
4.0 – 5.0/
3.0 – 3.5
Entry 3
Can communicate essential points and ideas in familiar contexts
Basic user
A2 Elementary KET
3.0 – 3.5 Entry 2
Can communicate in English within a limited range of contexts
A1 Beginner KET
0 – 2.5 Entry 1
Can communicate in basic English with help from the listener

Discover our International Foundation Programmes

Search our courses
Stay connected

Contact us

To find out more, contact our international team