International Foundation Programme


Programme Overview

Developed and awarded by University of London (UOL), UK.

The University of London is one of the great universities of the world with over 50,000 students from 180 different countries.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for those with potential and motivation to succeed at university, but who do not have the formal qualifications required for entry to Year 1 of a UOL degree programme; who complete abroad high school or secondary school education but without the GCE ‘A’ levels education.

The IFP is designed to help students prepare for undergraduate studies.

Course Start Date & End Date

Sept 2017 – Jun 2018 (inclusive of UOL Final Examination)

Sample of IFP Class Schedule & Academic Schedule



S$14,800.00 (est.) for one year

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.



Application Period:
5 January - *28 June 2017

* Final closing date for international applicants

Next Closing Date for Local Applicants:
19 July 2017

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.  


Entry point to degree programme

This programme will equip students with the skills and knowledge required for undergraduate study with a structured learning experience with academic focus via the foundation courses such Economics, Mathemathics and Statistics.

These subjects develop a strong academic foundation for students entering university to pursue business, management, financial and related course.

Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Programme, students will gain guaranteed entry to any LSE-led degree and other degree programmes from UOL International Programmes in SIM. Completion of the IFP also fulfils entry requirements for many undergraduate degrees in the UK and other countries.


Delivery Mode

Classes are conducted 2-4hours and 5 days a week They are delivered in a mix of classes, tutorials, lab sessions and discussion. All is 100% face-to-face teaching.

Teaching Faculty

Local faculty with intensive workshops, tutorials and discussion group.

Programme Calendar

Classes Sept 2017 – Feb 2018
Revision Mar – Apr 2018
University exams –  Apr 2018
Results released – mid Jun 2018
Resit exam – Jul 2018
Resit exam result – Aug 2018

Candidature Period

The programme is made up of 4 units.

Students have between 1 and 3 years to complete the qualification, with a minimum duration of 1 year.

Minimum Class Size

Minimum class size to commence: 20 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.


One compulsory unit:

  • Foundation Course: Mathematics and Statistics (15 credits)

This is the foundation course on which subsequent, more specialised quantitative courses in Mathematics and Statistics are based. The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas.

3 electives:

  • Foundation Course: Economics (15 credits)

The course offers an overview of key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs using modelling techniques.

  • Foundation Course: International Relations (15 credits)

This course offers a basic introduction to international relations, its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas. At the end of the course, students will be able to connect these concepts and theories to regional and global international issues. They will be able to discuss major world events in the news.

  • Foundation Course: Social Psychology (15 credits)

This course provides an introduction to Social Psychology as a social scientifi c discipline, its areas of interest, theory and methodologies. Students will learn to consider key ways in which social psychological knowledge can be applied to real-life contexts. It provides tools that support students in critical thinking and argumentation.


In addition to the core curriculum from UOL, SIM will provide students with additional compulsory classes in English Language skills. These classes are free, and will help students improve their fluency and develop greater accuracy in both their written and spoken language.

The purpose of the English classes is to extend their vocabulary to include more specialised English related to their course of study. These classes will also prepare students for the Academic IELTS examination.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirement:

  • Minimum 4 GCE ‘O’ level passes (Grade 1 – 6). 
  • Other qualifications will be assessed based on its equivalence to GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

Refer to the University of London prospectus for full information.

English Language requirement:

  • GCE ‘O’ level credit pass (grade 1-6) in English (as first language); or
  • IELTS with an overall score of at least 5.5 (no band under 5.0). IELTS test scores must have been obtained within the past three years; or
  • TOEFL iBT - Test of English as a Foreign Language overall score of 75 or above with at least 18 in both Reading and Writing Skills sub-test and at least 16 in both Speaking and Listening sub-test. Test scores must have been obtained within the past three years; or
  • Pearson Academic: score 46 or above, with at least 46 in both Reading and Writing elements; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; or
  • 5 years at an overseas high school where you were taught only in English.

Age requirement

  • Aged 17 or older before 31 Dec in the year of registration

Foreign Applicants:
Click here for information on overseas qualifications.

Course Fee

Total course fee: S$14,800 (est.) for 4 units (1 year programme)

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

Breakdown of Estimated Overall Fees

1. SIM programme fee (4 units): S$11,235

2. UOL registration fee: £881 *

3. UOL programme fee includes first examination attempt (4 units): £904 *

4. UOL local examination authority fee (4 units): S$392 **

Miscellaneous Fees

Payable to SIM

Reinstatement fee: S$ 53.50

Timetable changes made after class starts: S$ 53.50

Repeat fee per unit: S$ 2808.75 

Payable to University of London (UOL) *

Continuing registration fee (for second year and each subsequent year):  £351

Examination re-sit fee (per unit): £226

UOL transcript request fee: £25

UOL fee for exam result checks (per paper): £50

 * These fees are payable to UOL and subject to exchange rate fluctuation and yearly revision by the institution.

** This estimated UOL examination fee is payable S$ to the RELC Examinations Bureau, includes an admin fee (per paper) to RELC.

Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:25

Assessment & Exams

Each module is assessed through continuous assessment and end-of-year exam.

Continuous assessments include class tests, presentation, and group and individual assignments. At the end of the programme, candidates must sit for an exam on all the modules. Each exam makes up 100% of the final grade.

Continuous assessment for each module is conducted throughout the programme.

Students who fail only 1 paper will be permitted to take the supplementary exam.

Attendance requirement

Students must achieve 90%, failing which the student will not be permitted to register for the university exams.
All international students must have 90% attendance in any month.


Must pass all 4 units.
International Foundation Certificate classification:
40% - 59% Pass
60% - 69%: Merit
70% - 100% Distinction