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Undergraduate Study

INTO University of Exeter Foundation

UCAS code None
Duration 1 year
Entry year 2021

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 724282

Entry requirements

Offers are made on an individual basis

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline INTO: Programmes for International Students


  • Pre-university course designed to bridge the gap for international students between high school and undergraduate studies in the UK.
  • Specifically designed for international students who do not meet the University’s academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
  • Six subject-specific pathways available.
  • Successful completion (subject to achieving the specified grades for progression) guarantees direct entry to a wide range of degree programmes at the University of Exeter.

6 subject pathways to choose from

Develop the key transferable skills needed for successful undergraduate study

Successful completion guarantees direct entry to a wide range of degree programmes at the University of Exeter

Course content

There are six subject pathways to choose from:

Around 60 per cent of the course is devoted to the academic modules for students’ own subject areas. Depending on the chosen pathway, academic modules in Accounting and Finance, Biology, British History and Institutions, Chemistry, Economics, Law, Management, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology will be chosen.

Academic English Language and Study Skills is a core subject, accounting for approximately 40 per cent of classes, covering reading and study skills, writing, listening and speaking within the context of academic study.


The Foundation programme lasts for three terms or approximately nine months and has intakes in both September and January.

We also run a two-term ‘Fast Track’ Foundation in Accounting and Finance, and Managing, starting every March.

Students, who do not meet the minimum English language requirements for direct entry to the three-term Foundation programme may be eligible to apply for the new Extended Foundation programme. Lasting four terms, the Extended Foundation programme incorporates a term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, allowing you to begin your course and improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study.

Entry requirements

Students at the INTO Centre on Streatham Campus, Exeter

For more information about entry requirements, please click on the programme that you are interested in studying:

How to apply

To apply, complete the INTO online application on the INTO website.

International students

A fuller list of recognised qualifications can be found in our ‘Your country’ pages.

Students with less than IELTS 5.0 can enrol on an INTO Academic English course for an appropriate period – see the INTO website for further details.

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Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered through a range of methods including lectures, seminars, academic tutorials and, where appropriate, laboratory classes. The programmes have also been designed to develop the key transferable skills needed for successful undergraduate study.


Students are assessed by a combination of exams, tests and coursework assignments, which might include essays, presentations, problem solving exercises, reports and research projects. Modules in academic subjects are assessed at the end of each semester but English language assessment takes place predominantly at the end of the programme.

Grades from the programme do not count towards a final degree but help the University assess students’ abilities in their chosen field of study.

Your future

Successful completion of the Foundation programme (subject to achieving specified grades for entry) leads to direct entry to Year 1 of a number of degree subjects at the University of Exeter.

These include:

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