International Year One

If you want to get a good undergraduate degree from a UK university, but don’t quite meet the entry requirements for your preferred choice, you should consider an International Year One (IYO). An IYO — a type of preparation course, or pre-bachelor’s — will allow you to reach the required level without losing time.

This undergraduate-level course will ease you into studying abroad, and includes completion of the 1st year of your bachelor’s degree. This means that you will progress directly to your 2nd year of university undergraduate study.

Why choose the International Year One?

There are a number of reasons why an International Year One might be the right route to university for you:

  • Progress directly to your 2nd year

    The IYO is designed for students whose academic level makes them too advanced for the Foundation Certificate, but who don’t yet qualify to enter a bachelor’s degree directly. It therefore enables students to progress directly to their 2nd year of university in as little as 2 terms, so you can still complete a standard UK bachelor’s degree in the normal 3 years.

  • Prepare for university

    Taking an IYO will fully prepare you for the level of university study you’ll experience in the UK. Our expert tutors will help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed at university, enabling you to complete the 1st year of your degree before progressing to university.

  • Ease into life abroad

    Adapting to student life in another country can sometimes take a little getting used to. Studying an IYO will help you adjust to living in a different culture, and you’ll have an extensive support network ready to assist you with whatever you need.

  • International experience

    Increasingly, employers value graduates who have spent some time abroad during their studies. An IYO is a great way to gain useful exposure to the wider world, and strengthen your chances of finding a good job when you finish university.

Hyun from Vietnam

Hyun from Vietnam

IYO student at Bournemouth University International College, UK

The teachers really take care of the students. My tutor always emails to check in, to make sure everything is ok, and to see how I’m progressing with my English. If you need extra assistance, tutors can give you extra homework, work with you to develop your skills or help you understand a difficult module.

Mustapha from Nigeria

Mustapha from Nigeria

IYO student at UWE Bristol's International College, UK

The thing I enjoy most about studying in the UK is the quality of the education and the environment. The teaching style at the College is great and they help us a lot here. I feel prepared for my degree and I think my pathway course has really made me feel ready for university.

Kavita from India

Kavita from India

IYO student at Nottingham Trent International College, UK

My pathway course is very personalised. There is a small number of students in classes, so you can have more direct contact with the teachers. For people starting, it’s a really good place to be.

International Year One subjects

Each university has its own unique strengths and advantages, and can offer progression to its own variety of excellent degrees.

The IYO itself is available in 5 distinct subject areas, each leading to a related undergraduate degree. These are:

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Law

International Year One entry requirements

Entry requirements vary. Typical requirements are:

  • Academic: at least 12 years of education
  • English language: minimum UKVI IELTS 5.0, with at least 4.5 in all skills

Note: the duration of your IYO preparation course will vary depending on your English language and academic skills.

To find out more, please contact us.

5 unique subject areas

available for IYO students

70+ bachelor's degrees available

across several British universities

100% unconditional offer rate

from universities for students who successfully complete their IYO

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