International Study Centre
The International Foundation Year at Lancaster University International Study Centre is available to all international students. It is the first step in gaining a degree from a top ten UK university. To enter the International Foundation Year course, you need a minimum level of English language and academic requirements.
All students are required to have passed maths in their final year of study^ of secondary education. Studying at Lancaster on the Engineering and Computing OR Mathematics and Statistics pathways requires a strong comprehension and ability in Maths. Students considering these pathways are strongly encouraged to take ONE of the following tests, to give an indication of the strength of their Maths skills:
A score of 4 in TOM OR 41/120 in STEP means that students have strong Maths ability and are well suited for these courses. Taking one of these tests and achieving the scores above will also replace the normal entry criteria, offering an alternative way to be eligible for enrolment. Academic IELTS for UKVI* will still apply.
We encourage all applicants to be confident that their own maths abilities are strong enough to cope with the demanding studies. These tests offer the chance for potential students to verify that they are at the required level, while offering a great new alternative to the standard entry requirements.
^ All students' English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival, and study plans may be altered accordingly. This may incur additional costs.
* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.
If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.
You need to have a minimum level of English language to start your International Foundation Year. Your language skills will also be tested when you arrive at the International Study Centre.
For entry to International Foundation Year in Engineering and Computing, Life Sciences and Mathematics and Statistics courses you need:
For entry to International Foundation Year in Business and Management Studies, Law and Social Studies courses you need:
If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you can join our English Language Preparation course before starting your International Foundation Year.
If you need a visa to study in the UK, you may be asked for different or additional English language requirements and English tests. For example, you may need to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) with your Tier 4 visa application.