Astrum launches NCUK pathway

27 March, 2014

UK sixth-form college provider Astrum Education has partnered with NCUK to launch an International Foundation Year pathway programme that will offer a guaranteed place at 11 UK university partners upon successful completion.

Chelsea Independent College will be offering the International Foundation Year

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) will be offered from September at two of Astrum Education’s London-based independent campuses: Chelsea Independent College and Lansdowne College.

The NCUK IFY is a modular programme preparing students for first-year entry at undergraduate level, and includes the specialist English for Academic Purposes module. Students will have a choice of streams in Business and Humanities or Engineering and Science, and will study a combination of models to fit with their preferred degree option.

Glenn Hawkins, Chief Executive of Astrum Education, said, “Astrum is establishing two IFY hubs at Chelsea and Lansdowne. With four new and refurbished science laboratories and one of the largest Further Maths departments in the country, Chelsea will deliver the Engineering and Science pathways. Lansdowne College will build on its excellent track record in teaching social sciences and deliver the Business and Humanities pathways.”

On passing the IFY, international students are guaranteed a place at one of the 11 partner universities in the north of England, which include the Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Salford and Sheffield.

“Astrum will offer its International Foundation Year students the same high-quality learning experiences its A-Level students have enjoyed for more than 60 years. Highly qualified and experienced teachers will teach classes of no more than 12 students for academic subjects and 15 students for academic English,” said Hawkins.

“Many of our teachers are examiners in their subjects and will ensure their students are expertly prepared for all exams. Every student will be allocated a dedicated personal tutor to support them in achieving their goals,” he added.

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