Pre-Foundation and International Foundation Year Course

What are the Foundation courses at Taunton School?

Our Foundation programmes are designed for those students with a keen interest in the world of business and who are looking for an alternative and more focused route to university.

Find out more about the two courses by clicking the links below.


Pre-Foundation Year: Ages 16-17

Our Pre-Foundation Year is a one-year course, providing International students with the necessary skills and qualifications to access our International Foundation Year in year 2.  The focus is very much on the world of Business and therefore, this course is ideal for those students who are thinking of studying any business-related subject at university, for example, Business Studies, Economics, Business Management, Accountancy, Financial Management.

NCUK International Foundation Year: Ages 17-18

The NCUK International Foundation Year prepares international students for study in business-related disciplines at undergraduate level and offers an alternative pathway to University from the more traditional A Level or IB programmes.

Designed by universities exclusively for international students, the NCUK International Foundation Year combines academic modules, study skills and English language training to provide a pathway to undergraduate degree courses at leading universities in the UK and around the world.

Students study at Taunton School International and as the International Foundation Year is completed in just 10 months, it provides students with a fast-track route onto Business-related undergraduate courses.

Not only do students receive an outstanding education in Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics, they also learn how to think critically and use English for academic purposes and develop the necessary skills to become an autonomous learner, ready to take on the challenges of university life.


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Receive a guaranteed place at over 50 different universities all over the world on successful completion of the course


International Foundation Year

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Meet some of our students

Tricey from Ghana

Tricey Taunton School student IFY
Tricey from Ghana

 Tricey is studying at the University of Kent after completing the IFY course at Taunton School International.

“The thing that really appealed to me about this course was the fact that it was really business-focused and it provided me a clear pathway for studying at university. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) element gives me an advantage over people who follow the normal A-level pathway, as I have been taught how to write university-standard essays and coursework. It was also great to be able to get involved in extra-curricular activities while on the course – I got to play cricket, take part in The Duke of Edinburgh Award and I also organized charity events and volunteered in forest management. I cannot wait to begin the next step of my academic journey at the University of Kent, and I don’t believe I would have received my offers without the help and assistance from my teachers at Taunton School.”

Jarry from China

Jarry Taunton School student IFY
Jarry from China

Jarry is now attending the University of Reading after completing the IFY course at Taunton School International.

“This course is the most appropriate pathway for me to get to university.I really liked how the coursework element of the course helped me to learn how to study independently, and the teachers at Taunton School have been incredibly supportive.I’ve learned how to manage my time wisely and have learned about time management generally, which is going to be vital when I go to the University of Reading next year.I chose the course because I want to work within my family business in China or set up my own business in the future, and this course has been the perfect preparation for that.”

Paul from France

Paul Taunton School student IFY
Paul from France

Paul completed the IFY course in 2021 and went on to study Business at HEC Montreal in Canada.

“One of the things that really appealed to me about the course is the fact that it really guides you through the preparations for university. Thanks to the teachers at Taunton School, I felt supported every day with my classes and homework. I feel ready for the next step in my education in Canada now and that is because of the IFY course.”