New for 2022: IFP Applied Science and Sports Science at the University of South Wales

Posted on Wednesday 12th of January 2022

The University of South Wales (USW) pathway college in partnership with QA Higher Education (QAHE) launches two new International Foundation Programmes (IFP).

Kick starting 2022 with two new programmes, the pathway college at USW welcomes international students eager to pursue a career in the discipline of Science.

The Applied Science Pathway and Sports Science Pathway are aimed at international students seeking to join undergraduate study at USW. These IFP’s have been designed to support international students looking to bridge the gap between high school and university with a keen interest in the science fields.

Students can now apply to study the Applied Science Pathway or Sports Science Pathway whilst developing their academic and English skills. In choosing an IFP at USW, international students will have the confidence there are joining a dynamic community which will prepare them for life in the UK and studying at an undergraduate level.

Diverse and dynamic degrees

“It has been an incredible six months for USW and QAHE, having launched its partnership in October 2021. We welcomed students from 12 nations who will progress to Business, Engineering, Cyber Security, Logistics and Marketing undergraduate courses.  Providing international students with an opportunity to access the fantastic range of science degrees including Forensics, Biosciences and Sport in South Wales” – Ruth Perkins, Head of Pathway Centres

The growing demand for graduates to have practical knowledge and skills to effectively contribute and support organisations has never been more critical than it is today. In response to this demand, USW and QAHE have launched two new IFP for international students interested in pursuing undergraduate studies in the related fields of Applied Science and Sports Science. Both programmes offer intakes in October and January and are now open for applications.

What to expect at USW

The two new programmes have been tailor made with the student’s experience, learning outcomes and progression on to future study at the core. International students will be taught by experienced teachers who will apply their expertise to help support students integrate into UK academic culture and life beyond the campus.

“Students on the International Foundation Programme are not only embarking on a course which will give them the opportunity to develop academic and language skills, but they are also joining a welcoming and supportive community where they can build confidence and become successful independent learners” – Sarah Dye National Product Manager – International Foundation Programmes.

International student at University of South Wales

Classmates from the pathway college at the University of South Wales

Fast-track to undergraduate study

USW is one of the largest universities in the UK, offering students excellent academic opportunities and career prospects. Home to over 23,000 students and welcoming 3,000 new students from 124 countries all around the world each year, USW prides itself on making sure students feel at home in south Wales.

Successful completion of an IFP means students have the opportunity to progress to a higher-level qualification as they will meet the entry requirements for the undergraduate programmes offered at USW.

Dye added: “Together with real world transferable skills, which will benefit students not only in their academic studies but also in their future careers, the IFP will fully prepare learners with the tools they need to complete their undergraduate course at USW successfully.”

Applied Science Pathway

Choosing the Applied Science Pathway promises students not only the opportunity to prepare for undergraduate study in the UK but the ability to explore and learn subject knowledge relevant for students chosen degrees and future career pathway.

In addition to developing language and academic skills, the Applied Science IFP offers modules on Biological Sciences Fundamentals as well as Physical and Earth Sciences Fundamentals.

Successful completion of the IFP Applied Science Pathway could lead students to pursue an undergraduate degree in Forensic Investigation, International Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science and Biology, to name a few. You can explore all the progression routes here.

Sports Science Pathway

Modules focussing on Management Fundamentals and Biological Sciences Fundamentals are offered in the Sports Science IFP in addition to the foundation modules covering Academic English, Language in Context, Applied Academic Skills and Research Project.

This Pathway has been designed for international students interested in studying an undergraduate degree in the fields of Sport and Exercise Therapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Strength and Condition as well as Football Coaching and Performance. You can find out all the progression routes for our Pathway courses here.

Joining a community of likeminded peers is something USW prides itself on supporting its students to collaborate and succeed at university.

Perkins added: “QAHE is excited to offer these new routes of entry to the University of South Wales and provide a warm welcome to this beautiful part of the United Kingdom.”

Find out more about the University of South Wales in partnership with QA here.