International Foundation Diploma (IFD)

International Foundation Diploma (IFD)

The Stepping Stone to a World-Class Degree

International Foundation Diploma (IFD) is a globally recognised programme and is an alternative to an A-Level or Access to Higher Education qualification.

IFD provides students with a foundation for an entry route to UK and international university courses. It is designed for international students and includes a wide range of modules: mathematics, computing, society and culture, business, and accounting – to ensure that each student has basic knowledge of the subject and is eligible for most of the Bachelor’s Degree. It will also help fill the knowledge and skills gap to quickly and smoothly adapt to academic-style teaching.

Successful completion of the IFD allows students to progress to further study or employment.

Why should I choose this programme?

Key Features

  • IFD will help prepare a student with everything that they require to achieve success during their term as an undergraduate student here in the UK.
  • IFD at London School of Business will help international students in becoming academically adept to pursue higher education here in the United Kingdom.
  • A fast track route to London School of Business and other prestigious UK universities for students who lack British A level or equivalent qualifications.

Key Facts

Foundation – Level 3
Mode of Study

Campus – Full time

1 Year or 6 Months (Fast track)

UK / EU – £9,250
International – £12,000
Payment Plan


February, June, October

Programme Highlights

Get Study-Ready with Academic English and Math

• Develop core skills in English, mathematics, and computing
• Learn effective reading, writing, listening, and research abilities
• Build a strong foundation to thrive in higher academics

Gain Crucial Business Knowledge

• Understand fundamentals of accounting, economics, and business concepts
• Explore how businesses operate and make decisions
• Prepare for specialized business degrees and careers

Immersive Cultural Learning:

• Navigate studying and working in multicultural environments
• Learn about social issues, media, philosophies around the world
• Build cultural intelligence to succeed globally

Experiential Learning:

• Benefit from practical, hands-on learning methods
• Apply concepts through projects, case studies, and exercises
• Develop key skills desired by employers

Fast-Track Your Progress:

• Save time and money compared to other pathways
• Seamless entry to top UK and international universities
• Short 12-month program with flexible start dates


Mandatory Modules

  • Academic English and Study Skills (20 credits)

  • Foundation Mathematics (20 credits)

  • Foundation Computing (20 credits)

  • Society and Culture (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Business (20 credits)

  • Foundation Accounting and Economics (20 credits)

Entry Requirements

We recognise a range of qualifications from across the world. Please get in touch with us to discuss specific country requirements for your country.

  • Minimum Age is 16+

  • High School Graduation. To know more about it have a look at Specific Country Entry requirements.

  • Academic qualifications are not always necessary – commercial or industrial experience might be more relevant. For detailed information, Contact Us.

  • Minimum IELTS 4.5, which is B1-Intermediate (Preferred).

If you do not meet the entry requirements as mentioned above, please contact us to find out other possible entry routes.

“My teachers were brilliant and also very helpful. My knowledge improved quickly with the International Foundation Diploma, and I got admission to the chosen university. I would strongly recommend LSB to all my friends.”

Paola, Brazil
International Foundation Diploma

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of a student’s academic studies. It usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (not repeat or tailing modules, re-sit fees or programme work resubmission). Any costs associated with work placements will be the students’ responsibility.

Full Time Fees £10,000

For full details, please contact us.


The level of competition for scholarships and educational awards is very high. We recommend that you apply for the programme early if you plan to use for a related prize.

For some of our scholarships, you will need to receive an offer letter to study the programme to be eligible. Even where it is not a requirement, holding an offer to study can often benefit a funding application.

 Global Ambassador Scholarship
 Income Based Scholarship

Scholarships are available for candidates under the Global Ambassador Scholarship scheme. The total value awarded will be determined by your academic and professional achievements.

Applicants must provide recent financial information. We will consider any circumstances and please contact us for more information.

Career Prospects

Students who successfully complete the International Foundation Diploma, subject to achieving the required grades for progression to their chosen degree, will be assured a place at the London school of business. There is a wide variety of subjects to choose from relating to your foundation Diploma, designed to help you improve your job prospects

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply conceptual learning skills in today’s business environment.

  • Be able to Analyse the financial performance of an organization.

  • Evaluate organisational decisions with consideration of the political, legal, and ethical aspects of the business.

  • Be able to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the business environment.

Join the Cohort of Global-Minded Change-makers

Join a distinguished group of global-minded peers. Together we will break down barriers and build understanding across cultures. Embark on this accelerated program to adapt and thrive at top universities worldwide

Further Study

In Business, Some roles will require further study, whether it’s to gain membership to a professional body, further your knowledge in a particular area of business, or even branch out into a completely different field.

Popular professional bodies include:

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

  • Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


Visit Us

If you are interested in applying we encourage you to visit the School and meet with our recruitment and admissions staff. This is neither a requirement nor expectation if you are planning on applying to the programme.

Related Programmes

At LSB, you will have the chance to study a broad range of subjects. The School offers a unique opportunity to study business alongside other disciplines.

Extended Diploma in Business and Management ATHE Level 4

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management consisting of 120 credits, is a correspondent to the 1st year of an undergraduate degree. This qualification is developed and designed in a manner that provides a sound understanding of management skills.

Extended Diploma in Business and Management ATHE Level 5

The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management, is a 120-credit size qualification and is the equivalent level to the 2nd year of a Bachelor’s degree. This designed qualification is useful to develop your understanding and to develop essential management skills.

Extended Diploma in Business and Management ATHE Level 6

The ATHE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Management, is a 120-credit size qualification and is the equivalent level to the 3rd year of a Bachelor’s degree. This designed qualification is to develop your understanding and to develop essential management skills.

How to Apply

Enrolling at LSB will help you study in a diverse mix of cultures, providing an opportunity to socialise and make friends from nations across the globe. Apply now, and one of our Admission Advisors will be in touch to support you through the process.

You can use the following link to apply for the programme:

  • Personal details

  • Family information

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Global interests and experiences

The application fee is £100.

  • Proof of your academic achievements, including official school transcripts

  • Evidence of English proficiency, i.e: TOEFL/IELTS/ Functional Skills Level 2 (if English is not your native language)

  • GMAT/SAT/ACT scores (optional)

  • One academic reference

  • A Personal Statement as an essay (400–500 words)

  • Scholarship and financial aid application included with the application form

In order to assess your eligibility for the programme, we will review your profile and your expectations from your career. This will be done via an in-person, telephonic or video conversation. In addition, we will mark your English proficiency for the course as well, and advise on further actions to be taken on your part.

Once your application and personal assessment interview are completed, you will receive an admission decision within two weeks. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, feel free to contact your Admission Advisor.

If you are accepted into the program and have decided to start your studies at London School of Business, you must confirm your place prior to confirmation deadline.

Once we confirm your student status with us, we will be sending out useful information regarding your pre-arrival, and pre-enrolment.  Not only that, we will work alongside to make sure you have a seamless arrival in the UK.

Need Help Choosing A Programme?

Choosing the right programme is an important part of your future success. Our dedicated student counsellors are happy to assist you in choosing the right programme that best suits your professional goals. Please contact us on +44 (0)20 3305 8124 or send us an email to to discuss your requirements and obtain an application form.

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