Foundation Courses in the UK and Qatar

Foundation Study in the UK

Foundation programmes for international students.

Foundation Courses in the UK and Qatar

What is a Foundation course?

If you have finished 12 years of schooling and wish to go to the UK to enrol on an undergraduate degree, you will need to do a recognised foundation programme. This is a one year course that prepares you for studying on a UK bachelor’s degree programme.

You can choose to apply for a place on a foundation course in the UK or you can remain in Qatar/GCC and study at the University Foundation College in Doha, Qatar.  On successful completion of this course in Doha you are guaranteed a place on a degree programme at one of the 16 universities in the UK.  Since it is equivalent to 3 A Levels you will be eligible to apply to many universities in the UK, USA, Australia or in the GCC. For further information see

A foundation course is for students who have done their high school exams, have completed their IGCSEs / AS levels, or an equivalent level of examination but are not qualified to go directly to a UK university. In this way, the foundation course is a link between such qualifications and university entrance. Besides training you to cope with academic study at higher education level in the UK, extra English language tuition will be provided for those that require it and students will learn about the culture and way of life in the UK so that it is easier to adapt on arrival/entry to the university.

Foundation Courses 

On Foundation courses you can specialise in a range of subjects such as: Architecture, Business, Accounting; IT; Law; Art; Engineering, E&E; Social Science; Medicine; Science Bio-medical Pharmacy, Pharmacology; Multimedia; Early Childhood Studies and Humanities.

The University Foundation College in Doha, Qatar offers pathways in Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering.

Certain foundation providers in the UK have partnerships with universities and can guarantee progression to that institution if you score high enough grades.

Foundation Course Requirements

A minimum IELTS score ranging from 4.5 to 5 is normally required for students wishing to study a foundation course.  If you have no formal English qualifications, you may need to attend an English language course or college prior to starting your foundation course. 

Entry requirements needed are:

IELTS 5.0 or equivalent  (students without IELTS can sit our communication and numeracy test*)


Evidence of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al Aama (general Secondary Education Certificate) or Qatar Senior School Certificate with 60% and above


5 IGCSE minimum C grades including English and Maths, with 2 x E grades or above at UK A2 level or 2 x E grades or above at UK AS Level


Successful completion of the Pre-Foundation


For students who do not meet the entry qualifications, there is a Pre Foundation course at University Foundation College that students can take in order qualify for entry to the International Foundation Year (IFY).

This course is for 6 months and the entry requirements are:

IELTS 4.0 or equivalent (students without IELTS can sit our communication and numeracy test*) 


Evidence of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al Aama (general Secondary Education Certificate) or Qatar Senior School Certificate with 50% and above 

*All students are required to sit and pass the communication and numeracy test before an offer is made

 If you wish to enhance your English, IELTS preparation courses are available for all levels and abilities.

Where can I study a UK Foundation course in Qatar?

You can study at University Foundation College, Al Jazira Al Arabia Street, Madinat Khalifa South 34, Doha, Qatar

Tel: +974 4444 1291/+974 4444 1292

Enquires Mob: +974 5049 6882

Where can I study a Foundation course in the UK?

Apply to Study a Foundation Course

If you wish to learn more about studying a foundation course for entry to a UK university, arrange your free consultation today.

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