Pre-Foundation Programme

• Improve your IELTS score

• Increase your cultural awareness

• Develop your study skills

• Prepare for university classes anywhere in the world

Pre-Foundation Programme

This course is designed to bridge the gap between school and university – and is the perfect preparation for a University Foundation Programme in September.

Progress and achievement are outstandingISI PFE March 2019

Key Facts: Pre-Foundation Programme

Age: 16+
Level: From Intermediate (CEF B1)
Start date: 15 February 2021
Course length: 20 weeks
Class size: Maximum 12 students
Lessons (hours): 25 (19.25) Monday to Friday
Lesson type: 21 in a group and 4 teacher-guided self-study sessions
Fees: From £9,918
Accommodation: College residence or homestay 
Sample timetable: Pre-Foundation Programme
  Lunch available Monday to Friday – £46 per week
  One-to-one English language classes – £59 per lesson
  Excursions/Activities – £5 – £30
  Airport transfers from £120 – Depending on pick-up from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted airport
  Courier charge for visa support documents – approx £25


Develop your language and study skills before a University Foundation Programme

  • Increase your cross-cultural awareness to help the move from high school to university
  • Prepare for a university course taught in English in the UK or anywhere in the world
  • Improve your IELTS score and develop your academic study skills
  • Use your language skills in Study Visits in and around Oxford
  • Continue your progression on to the year-long University Foundation Programme
  • Supportive teachers help you make progress: Small class-sizes (maximum 12) and weekly meetings with your personal tutor provide dedicated academic support
  • Develop your English through shared activities like Study Visits and guest speaker events



  • Writing: brainstorming, planning, drafting, checking.
  • Reading: develop reading sub-skills: scanning, skimming, sifting.
  • Speaking: improve your pronunciation and confidence. Project your voice!
  • Listening: learn how English is really spoken and convert sound into words.
  • IELTS Tests: one entrance fee is included in your tuition fees.

Cultural Awareness

  • Awareness: learn about life in the UK and other countries.
  • Cooperation: take part in group discussions and learn with classmates in pairs.
  • Collaboration: work together and make presentations in pairs and small groups.

Topic-based Content

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Discoveries and Inventions
  • The Environment
  • Styles of Leadership
  • Transport
  • Health and Fitness

Study Skills

  • Time Management: learn strategies to make the most of your time.
  • Self-study: structure and review your learning with guidance from a teacher every day.
  • Skills surgery: focus on your own linguistic needs every week.
  • Note-taking: revise more effectively with clear and concise notes.

Academic Literacy

  • Autonomous learning: find out how to learn on your own.
  • Write your own words: not Wikipedia’s!
  • Learn how to cite and reference sources in academic essays.
  • Careers Advice: start planning for university with the Higher Education Advisor.

Critical Thinking

  • Develop an open mind and question your ideas.
  • ‘Triangulate’ the truth
  • Identify ‘fake news’.
  • Broaden your horizons by attending talks from guest speakers and going on study visits.

Entry requirements

Our Pre-University Foundation Programme entry requirements are:

  • 16 years or over
  • English language level: 4.0 IELTS score, CEFR B1 or equivalent

Application procedure

  • Complete our online booking form and pay the £100 registration fee plus £500 deposit
  • Send an official English test certificate or complete our language grading test (including a SKYPE interview)
  • We assess your application and send you a confirmation letter and invoice
  • Apply for a visa, if required. If you have questions about your visa please contact us
  • Pay the full course fees 3 weeks before the start of the Pre-Foundation Programme
  • Read the terms and conditions
Qiliang from China

Pre-Foundation Programme

The Pre-Foundation Programme was really good. I liked my teachers and made friends with people from different nationalities. Playing basketball with classmates and practicing my English in a supportive environment helped me to settle into life in the UK.

Quality Pre-Foundation Programme

Improve your English language and study skills so you are fully prepared for a University Foundation Programme

Contact us

Please fill in this form to submit an enquiry about our Pre-Foundation Programme. 

You may also wish to get in touch to arrange a campus tour or find out what it is like to live and study in the city of Oxford.

Contact Manuela on:
+44 1865 517706
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