The NCUK International Year One

Advanced access to the second year of a university degree.

The International Year One (IYOne) is a credit bearing qualification that enables you to enter the second year of an undergraduate degree at one of the following NCUK universities:

International Year One Universities

The International Year One is currently available at the following NCUK Study Centres.

You can study the following IYOne streams leading to hundreds of UK university courses:
– Civil Engineering
– Electrical and Electronic Engineering
– Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
– Business Management
– Events Management
– Accounting and Finance

Why Should I study the International Year One?

The International Year One is ideal for students who are looking to:

  • Study locally for an extra year and gain university credits to transfer to a full degree;
  • Experience an international learning environment and build up a global network of contacts;
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes and personalised support before entering university.

About the International Year One

How long does it take?

Standard Programme: Nine Months

What do I study on the International Year One?

Like the first year of a university degree, you will study a range of topics related to your chosen subject area. You may also need to study our English for Academic Purposes module. If you’re not sure which degree would be best for you, our local NCUK Counsellors will be able to advise you.

Degree Routes

International Year One in Business – Accounting and Finance

Leads to degrees including:

BSc (Hons) Financial Economics – The University of Bradford
BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance 
– The University of Leeds
BA (Hons) Business Management – Manchester Metropolitan University

International Year One in Business – Business Management

Leads to degrees including:

BSc (Hons) Financial Economics – The University of Bradford
BSc (Hons) Air Transport and Logistics Management – The University of Huddersfield
BA (Hons) Business & Management – Leeds Beckett University

International Year One in Business – Events Management

Leads to degrees including:

Hospitality Management – The University of Huddersfield
BSc (Hons) Business & Tourism Management
 – the University of Salford
International Events Management – Sheffield Hallam University

International Year One in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Leads to degrees including:

BEng/MEng Electronics and Renewable Energy Systems – The University of Leeds
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering – Liverpool John Moores University
BEng (Hons) Mechatronic Engineering – The University of Manchester

International Year One in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Leads to degrees including:

BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering – Manchester Metropolitan University
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Management – The University of Manchester
MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering – The University of Sheffield

English for Academic Purposes

All NCUK English modules provide essential preparation for university study. If needed, you can include NCUK’s English for Academic Purposes. The qualification is equivalent to IELTS and acceptable for Visa requirements.

What exams do I need to take?

It varies depending on your subject area. The majority of modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with the exam accounting for at least 75% of the final mark. A small number of modules are assessed entirely by coursework. All assessments are set and moderated by NCUK.

How do I enrol?

Choose whether you want to study in the UK, Europe or your nearest Study Centre from our list of quality approved Delivery Partners. An enquiry form is provided on our ‘Find a Study Centre’ page.

Who awards the International Year One qualification?

NCUK awards the final certificate. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate showing that you have passed the course and a transcript that details your individual module results.

What are the Entry Requirements?


  • 2 D grades from the NCUK IFY
  • 2 D grades at A level
  • Scored 24 points or more on the International Baccalaureate
  • A GPA 2.0 first year pass from a US degree

For full details, please see NCUK’s Entry Requirements.

What happens if I don’t get the results I was expecting?

We know that not all students achieve their predicted grades. Because of our unique relationship with the NCUK Universities, we are able to offer a Clearing Service. If you don’t get into your first choice University, we can still find you a suitable alternative. You receive a set of guaranteed offers at the same time that you get your results. All you have to do is choose the one that’s right for you.

Students at University

Where can I study the IYOne?

The NCUK International Year One is currently offered in 8 countries worldwide, including the UK. Take a look at your options from our quality assured Study Centres.

How much does it cost?

Fees vary depending on where you choose to study. Please contact your nearest Study Centre for details.


What degree can I study?

NCUK International Year One students have the choice of over 200 degree courses at a range of leading universities. See the full listing in our Course Finder.

Can I study a full degree in my home country?

NCUK currently offers students the chance to complete a UK degree at our University College, the Sino-British College in Shanghai, China.

Where can I study my degree?

NCUK qualifications are accepted by universities worldwide. Please use our Course Finder or visit our University pages to see where your qualification could take you. If you can’t find the university you want to study at on our list, please Contact Us.

How do I apply to University?

NCUK has a dedicated team that helps you with your university application. We also have Counsellors in each of our Study Centres that are dedicated to helping you. We will help you with your application and let you know about all the deadlines. With the NCUK guarantee, we ensure you get at least two conditional offers and if you pass, a guaranteed place.

Why Choose NCUK?

NCUK is a unique organisation. Our qualifications are specially designed with our universities to give international students the skills they need to succeed at university. As a university consortium, we can also offer our students a guaranteed place on thousands of degree courses at leading universities


Tens of thousands of successful students and a 30-year track record of creating opportunities internationally

We’ve helped tens of thousands of international students gain guaranteed access to leading UK universities, choosing from thousands of different courses, and earning good undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a huge range of subjects.

Where Next – Career Opportunities?

UK university graduates have the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers all around the world. At your NCUK university you will have access to top level careers advice and guidance to help you focus on the right job for you and to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive jobs market. Choosing your NCUK qualification is the first step to realising your dreams and ambitions.


Jiaxuan Ju

Jiaxuan Ju

At SBC, the study pattern is just like a UK university. It was a great foundation for me to prepare for life in the UK.

The University of Leeds BSc (Hons) International Business

Xiayi Jiang

Xiayi Jiang

The EAP module on the NCUK International Year One qualification helped me a lot – I was able to improve my communication skills and the teachers were very good and patient.

The University of Sheffield BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Soon Kiat Ker

Soon Kiat Ker

My tutors helped me a lot and the programme design on the NCUK International Year One qualifcation is very similar to university study

The University of Manchester BSc (Hons) Management

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Apply today to start your journey with NCUK.