International Foundation Programme (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Pre-Bachelor

International Foundation Programme (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
Our one-year programme prepares you for the undergraduate degree of your choice. Through tailored English language and academic units, we give you the skills you need to succeed.


On this International Foundation Programme pathway, you will have classes in academic language and study skills. You will also choose from a selection of science and mathematics units. This will prepare you for a wide variety of related undergraduate degrees.

Why choose Bristol Foundation Programme?
  • Our three tailored pathways prepare you for the undergraduate degree of your choice and help develop your academic English. For students with a higher level of English, we offer the International Foundation Programme Plus.
  • Studying on our International Foundation Programme guarantees you a conditional offer from the University of Bristol. When you complete the programme, you can progress to an agreed degree relevant to your previous studies. Our qualification is also recognised by other UK universities.

Programme Structure

Course structure

As well as core language and study skills classes, you can choose from a range of academic units. These cover areas such as:

  • integration, differential equations, calculus, matrices and vectors
  • optics, electricity, magnetism and atomic physics
  • inorganic, physical and organic chemistry
  • human behaviours and environments
  • life sciences.

You will have practical sessions, tutorials and weekly lab sessions alongside undergraduate students. You can also use ChemLabs, our online learning software for chemistry.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

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Academic Requirements

The International Foundation Programme is for international students whose first language is not English.

You must provide a valid official Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate* with scores that meet our entry requirements.

  • Science and Engineering - IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each part of the test.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15350 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15350 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.