FndCert International Foundation Programme (Psychology)

The International Foundation Programme (Psychology) provides an excellent introduction to studying in the UK. You’ll have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with a UK academic environment, in preparation for potential further studies in psychology-related subjects at the University of Bolton.

FndCert International Foundation Programme (Psychology)

Course details

Our International Foundation Programme (Psychology) is designed to introduce you to a new study culture, develop your English skills and help build a solid understanding of key concepts in psychology. Classes on this course are taught and run by specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) lecturers, and expert departmental tutors.

You’ll benefit from teaching that’s interactive, and has a strong focus on communication and group working. This way, you don’t just learn from your tutors, but also from your fellow students as you collaborate and support each other’s progress.

Studying in a foreign country is a great opportunity that can be a really positive life-changing experience. It can also be a challenge. We’re here to provide you with wide-ranging support and encouragement to help you make the most of your time living and studying in the UK.

This course covers the key areas from the first year of a Psychology undergraduate degree programme, so if you complete it successfully, you’ll be ready to consider full undergraduate study in a psychology-related subject – having also familiarised yourself with the academic language and study skills required.

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FndCert
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • We’ll help prepare you for further study at degree level in a psychology-related subject.
  • You can achieve an English level comparable to IELTS 6.0/6.5 upon successful completion.
  • This course offers a combination of psychology topics, English language and academic skills.
  • Specialist English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutors work closely with our expert departmental tutors to provide excellent teaching and learning support.
  • There’s also excellent pastoral support from highly qualified teaching staff, personal tutors and welfare officers, to help you embrace and make the most of studying here.
  • Bolton University has an excellent International Society, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialise with people from all over the world while you get to know Bolton, the local area and beyond.

Key features:

  • We offer interactive and inclusive teaching that focuses on developing your communication as well as your skills and knowledge.
  • On completing this foundation programme successfully, you should be able to demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, practices and principles in psychology.
  • You should also be better equipped for self-directed study, and have developed a firm basic understanding of how psychological theories can relate to practice.
  • International Foundation Programmes at Bolton give you access to comprehensive guidance from University Student Support Services, including advice on housing and accommodation, financial and careers, plus counselling services and disability support.
  • You also have access to chaplains and pastoral assistants from a range of traditions, faiths and worldviews.

Entry requirements

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FndCert
  • Duration: 1 year

You’ll need a Secure English Language Test score of at least IELTS 5.0 (with at least 5.0 in every component), or an approved comparable qualification.

You’ll also need a High School Leaving Certificate (or equivalent).

Career opportunities

If you complete this International Foundation Programme (Psychology) successfully, you’ll be in a position to apply for an approved psychology-related undergraduate degree at the University of Bolton, or strengthen your career prospects in psychology-related fields.

What can I do with this qualification?

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk


The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting online applications

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • The Individual and Society
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Perspectives in Psychology
  • Key Studies in Psychology
  • Stage C for IFP and Pre-Masters
  • Stage D for IFP and Pre-Masters

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll get to experience a range of teaching approaches on this course, and we’ll work to help you develop the study and learning strategies that best support you as you acquire and develop your psychology knowledge, language and academic skills. Each module you study will have a practical focus, and timetabled sessions will allocate time to tuition, group work and assignment/IT workshops. Each week, we offer 20 hours of tuition, including workshops or seminars, plus an hour’s academic tutorial to support you with assignments. Our teaching approach places emphasis on facilitation, whereby your tutor will guide and support you as you complete a variety of tasks.

In tutorial sessions, we’ll also give you detailed and constructive feedback on your progress, and help you find your own strategies for successfully completing the course. In addition, you’ll have access to our Virtual Learning Environment – a website with a wide range of additional learning materials, interactive content and support resources.

Our assessments are formative and summative. Formative assessment involves one-to-one discussions about your work, presentations and some group work, and while it doesn’t contribute directly to your marks for each module or overall qualification, it’s designed to guide and support you towards successful learning outcomes. Summative assessments are written assignments including reports, portfolios and case studies, plus presentations and in-class assessments, for which you’ll accumulate marks towards your final qualification.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Sally Preece
Programme Leader
Email: S.Preece@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903613

Richard Bailey
Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes
Email: R.Bailey@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903783

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903