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International Foundation Programme

Gloucestershire College's International Foundation Programme is designed for students who want to prepare for Higher Education at a UK university. Our Foundation Degrees (FdAs) are validated by our partner universities. GC offers you a Business pathway, that is the perfect preparation for university, allowing you to progress to a wide range of degree courses.

The course runs for one year and starts in September. We also give you the option for a January start. The International Foundation Programme comprises of English Language support, with a focus on the specific area of interest with key tasks that fully prepare you for a UK university. 

Business Pathway

Subjects that you can progress to at university include: 

  • Business, Management and related subjects
  • Accounting and Finance related subjects
  • ICT (Information and Computing Technology) and related subjects
  • Law
  • Human Resources 

Guaranteed Progression 

If you pass, you will have guaranteed progression to one of these UK universities: 



Our students have also progressed to many other top universities across the UK, including:

Aberdeen Anglia Ruskin
Aston Bangor
Bath Spa Birmingham
Birmingham City Brighton
Brunel Cardiff
De Montfort East Anglia
East London Greenwich
Hertfordshire Hull
Kent Lincoln  
Liverpool JMU  Manchester 
Middlesex  Nottingham 
Nottingham Trent Oxford Brookes 
Portsmouth Royal Holloway
Salford Southampton
Sunderland Surrey
Sussex UWE (West of England)
Westminster Wolverhampton

Why GC?

1. 100% Pass Rate

We have a proven success with our programme and a 100% pass rate to date!

2. Scholarships

Gloucestershire College is delighted to offer a number of highly sought-after Scholarships for 19/20 entry. These are partial fee waivers of 20%. To ensure a greater chance of securing one of these, apply as early as possible. You will be informed if you are successful in receiving a scholarship when your offer letter is submitted.

3. Accreditation 

Our English language centre is accredited by the British Council and we are a member of English UK and English UK Young Learners, complying with the highest standards of requirements set.

4. Unrivalled Support

Our International department has been established for over 45 years. With an experienced team of teachers, we offer unrivalled support to our international students with academic studies and welfare. A Learning and Welfare Mentor is assigned to each student who will take a special interest in your academic development, helping you keep on-track with your work and apply to universities. 

5. Extra English Language Support

We offer extra exam skills practice classes to those who need it, including IELTS preparation. We are a Cambridge Authorised Examination Centre.

6. Gloucestershire College Student Union 

Join a community of over 4,000 UK students and get involved with sports, activities and clubs with the GC Student Union.

7. Trips and Excursions

We organise regular memorable trips and excursions to major cities across the UK for our international students, so that you can make the most of your time here. Find more about our trips and excursions here.

8. Accommodation

Our in-house Accommodation team ensures you are well cared for and looked after in a safe and friendly environment during your time studying in the UK. GC has a range of homestay options available and can advise about local Halls of Residence and private accommodation for those over the age of 18.

9. Facilities

Take advantage of our three large campuses with outstanding facilities, including sports halls, theatres and restaurants. 

10. Location

We have a beautiful, safe location in the heart of the Cotswolds, offering a true cultural experience. We are just 45 minutes from Bristol, Bath, Oxford and 2 hours from London.

Prices (19/20)

International Foundation Programme - September start (10 months) £9000
International Foundation Programme - January start (6 months) £7000

Entry Requirements

  • A good secondary school leaving certificate from your country (a minimum of 12 years at school). 
  • Minimum 16 years old at the start of the course.
  • A good upper intermediate level of English (IELTS 5.0 or higher for September entry,
    5.5 or higher for January entry).
  • An IELTS (or equivalent) certificate is normally required. If English is your first language then a secondary school pass grade in English is usually sufficient.

 If you do not have this level of English we can offer you an English Language course to improve your English before you go on to the International Foundation Course. Please ask us for details.

Find International Foundation Programme

Our Business Foundation Degree is great preparation for university, and offers guaranteed progression if you pass!