Founded by UK universities to give you guaranteed access to universities

The NCUK is a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping you succeed when you get there.

All students who successfully pass their NCUK International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters programme with DIFC will be placed onto a suitable programme at one of our partner universities. The entry criteria for each of our university partners vary, so where you are placed will depend on how well you do in your exams.

NCUK International Foundation Year
Guarantee 

The minimum grades required in order to be eligible for the NCUK guarantee are based on results in subject modules plus EAP (English for Academic Purposes) or key skills.

  • Subject Module Grades
    Students must normally achieve a minimum of 240 NCUK points in subject modules to progress to a university degree course.
  • EAP
    All students must achieve a minimum of overall grade C with no less than D in each EAP skills component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).

Exclusions from NCUK Guarantee
Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing

Students who apply to these programmes are not guaranteed a place in university due to quota restrictions and entry requirements.  However, DIFC has successfully placed over 170 IFY Health Science students into universities since 2009 – please click here to see our past placements

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NCUK Pre-Masters Programme
Guarantee 

Your progression opportunities are based on your Research Methods grade and your EAP grade.

  • Research Methods
    Students must achieve at least a pass grade in their dissertation.
  • EAP
    All students must achieve a minimum of overall grade C with no less than D in each EAP skills component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).

All placements are subject to satisfaction of the minimum entry requirements.

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