IFGs University Progression Partners in UK

IFG has a wide range of high and middle ranked university partners who recognise our Foundation Programmes in Business Management, Computer Science, Social Sciences and Engineering. This allows us to offer guaranteed admission, for successful students, to leading UK universities, offering an extensive range of related undergraduate programmes.

All our partners, which include Russell Group universities like the University of Birmingham and the University of Leeds, have their own key selling points and areas of excellence, allowing us to match students to the most suitable university and courses. Plus, they also offer the highest quality of teaching* and excellent career options after graduation. In addition to our partners universities below, our students have also received offers from many other universities including Durham, Liverpool, Glasgow, York, Queen Mary (London), Manchester, City, Newcastle, Nottingham, UCA, and Royal Holloway.

Of course, an important part of overseas study is deciding where in the UK you want to spend your 3 years at university, and so we have selected our partners to offer the widest opportunity of locations – from London based universities, the coastal city of Swansea in Wales, to smaller cities such as Chester and campus style universities such as the University of Essex.

*Many have been awarded a Gold TEF rating, which is the highest award under the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for universities

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is one of the founding members of the elite Russell Group of UK universities and is ranked 14 in the 2019 Times university rankings. It is also ranked in the top 100 in the QS Global World Rankings.

Birmingham is the second-largest city in England set in the heart of the country. It has a thriving student population with 40% of the population under 25 years old. The University has over six thousand international students from about 150 different countries and therefore provides a perfect environment to make lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

The university is rightly proud of its high teaching standards and has a gold ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is an internationally renowned Russell Group university and home to over 7,700 international students. Consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, this includes being ranked 29 in the UK, and being shortlisted for University of the Year in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Voted the fourth friendliest city in the world by Rough Guides, Liverpool is a wonderfully welcoming, vibrant city. Birthplace of the Beatles and home to two Premier League football clubs (Liverpool & Everton), the city also has the most museums and galleries in the UK outside London. Plus the university boasts 200 student societies and 53 sports clubs. For more information please click here

First UK university to establish a joint venture university in China XJTLU, giving students the opportunity of a year abroad in Suzhou, China.


Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast, located in the vibrant capital city of Northern Ireland, was founded in 1845 and is the UK’s 9th oldest university. A Russell Group member, Queen’s is ranked in the top 10 most beautiful historic universities in the UK (QS World University Rankings 2021).

The campus is within ten minutes’ walk of Belfast city centre, a welcoming and fun coastal city with the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2021).

Queen’s has recently invested £700 million, developing its campus and has some of the best facilities of any university in the UK. This combined with excellent employment opportunities and career support, means that Queen’s really is a place like no other.


University of East Anglia

UEA is a top 15 university, ranked 15 in the Times University Guide 2019. It is located in 320 acres of parkland just outside the beautiful and historic city of Norwich and two hours away from London. It has been awarded a gold ranking for the quality of its teaching and consistently scores highly in terms of student satisfaction.


University of Essex

Just one hour from London, the University of Essex is set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland just outside the historic town of Colchester.

It has an outstanding global reputation particularly in the field of social sciences and is ranked 25th in the UK for research excellence (Times and Sunday Times 2020). It also sets very high teaching standards and has been given a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. It was named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2018.

The University has always been welcoming to international students with excellent accommodation and curriculums developed with a global perspective in mind.


Swansea University

Swansea University was founded nearly 100 years ago and is now experiencing an exciting and ambitious period of growth. It has achieved its highest-ever ranking of 30 in the latest Times University rankings and is also runner up for the University of the Year award.

The university and city provide a wonderful environment for international students with relatively low living costs in a vibrant coastal city. Its outstanding teaching is reflected in its Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence framework.


University of Reading

University of Reading

The University of Reading is one of the top 200 of world universities in the QS rankings and is ranked 40 in the 2019 Times University rankings. It has superb campuses in a thriving town just a thirty-minute train ride from the centre of London.

94% of its graduates were in employment or further study within 6 months of completing their courses


Aston University

Aston University is one of the leading career-focused universities in the UK, dedicated to providing a real-world experience to all their students. Aston’s graduates are amongst the highest-paid five years after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020). Aston was the Guardian University of the Year 2020 and the Times Higher Education Outstanding Entrepreneurial University (2020).

The University is located in the centre of Birmingham which is the UK’s second-largest city and home to top sporting events, music, performing arts and outstanding world cuisine. With a strong commitment to embedding sustainability, Aston is one of the ‘greenest’ universities in the UK and was in the top 10 of the People and Planet University Green League in 2019.


University in Coventry, England

Coventry University

Coventry has campuses in London and Coventry and is ranked 13 in the Guardian University Rankings 2019, it was also voted University of the Year 2015 in the Times Higher Education awards.

Both campuses offer modern state of the art teaching facilities, and the university has developed academic partnerships around the world to support its mission as a global enterprising university.


Brunel University

Brunel University London is an exciting place to study, live and socialise. You can choose from a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation courses including Business, Finance, Engineering, Computer Science, Law, and Sports, Health and Exercise Sciences.

With a long tradition of producing graduates who are ready for work, our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and they earn good salaries. The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranks us one of the country’s top 25 universities for graduate starting salaries.

Located only 40 minutes away from central London, Brunel is a single site university. One campus with thousands of benefits. Everything is within a 10-minute walk. Find out more at www.brunel.ac.uk


University of Chester

With roots dating back to 1839, the University of Chester offers a warm welcome to students from all parts of the world. Located in Cheshire, England the university is spread over several campuses in Chester, Warrington, and Shrewsbury.

Chester is ranked second in the best for international students’ category at the 2020 WhatUni? Student Choice Awards and 13th for courses in Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism (Guardian 2022). Plus, best in the UK for Teaching Quality in Computer Science and 5th for Accounting & Finance, Chemical Engineering and Forensic Science (Times Good University Guide 2020).


University of Gloucestershire

With campuses in the beautiful and historic city of Gloucester and the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, the University of Gloucestershire provides a wonderful location to study surrounded by superb landscape and under two hours by train from London.

Gloucestershire is an ambitious and fast-developing university with outstanding new developments such as its stunning new School of Business and international standard Sports Arena. There is a strong emphasis on preparing students for their future careers and, every year, Gloucestershire students complete over 4,000 placements in the UK and abroad.

International students are well looked after with excellent accommodation options and a personal tutor from the first day you enrol.


The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is in the North West of England and ranked in the top 7% of worldwide universities according to the Centre for World University Rankings 2021-22 (CWUR). The main campus in Preston with other campuses in Burnley and Westlake and all new full-time students are guaranteed halls of residence accommodation.

One of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000. The university has recently invested £60 million in a Student Centre, due to open soon, plus a £35m Engineering Innovation Centre which opened in 2019.


University of Leeds (Progression to Engineering related courses only)

A Russell Group member, the university was established in 1904 and is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. Renowned globally for the quality of their teaching and research, the university is ranked 2nd in Civil Engineering & 6th in Mechanical Engineering (Guardian 2022) plus 92nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022).

Leeds is a great place to live, and the university campus is only a short walk from the city centre. Leeds University Union is at the heart of our campus and our students’ social lives with over 300 clubs and societies to choose from.


Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is an innovative global university with students from 185 countries. The main campus in the historic university city of Cambridge – renowned as a centre of learning since the 13th century.

The university boasts high-quality study facilities including a mock law court, forensic science labs, and a TV studio. ARU has been named one of the top 350 institutions in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, for the sixth successive year – and one of the top 40 universities in the UK. They are also listed in the top 15% for social inclusion in The Times Good University Guide 2022.


University of East London

The university is superbly located just a short journey from the centre of London. There is a strong emphasis on preparing students for their future careers with a practical focus in all courses including a guaranteed one week internship for all students. Students complete their studies not only with a degree but also an invaluable portfolio of other qualifications. It is one of the few London universities with its own secure and modern accommodation in stunning waterfront Halls of Residence.

Flagship courses include Architecture, Civil Engineering and Psychology, and in all subject areas there is a high level of student support which includes weekly meetings with personal tutors.

There are students from 140 different countries and UEL is ranked No. 1 for international student support.


Progression Agreements

United Kingdom
*Birmingham Reading Central Lancashire (UCLan)
*Queen’s University Belfast Aston University Gloucestershire
*Leeds Coventry East Anglia
Essex Brunel Anglia Ruskin
Swansea Chester East London
Robert Gordon

* Russell Group

United Kingdom Branch Campuses in UAE
*Birmingham Dubai University of Stirling RAK (USRAK)

University Offers to IFG Students 2020-2023

*Durham Reading Plymouth  UCLan
Lancaster  *Newcastle Hull West London
*Manchester Leicester Chester De Montfort
*Bristol Sussex *Liverpool Middlesex
*York *Queen Mary’s, University of London *Glasgow Westminster
*Leeds Aston Roehampton Anglia Ruskin
*Nottingham SOAS Brighton London Metropolitan
*Cardiff Oxford Brookes Birmingham City East London
Swansea Coventry *Queen’s University Belfast Regent’s
Royal Holloway City Kingston Surrey
Bradford *Birmingham Essex East Anglia
Brunel Gloucestershire *Sheffield Sheffield Hallam
Aberdeen *King’s College London Leeds Trinity Leeds Beckett
Manchester Metropolitan Kent Ravensbourne, London Keele
St Mary’s, Twickenham Greenwich Goldsmiths, University of London Liverpool John Moores
Edge Hill Northumbria Derby Northampton
Bolton

* Russell Group

Universities in UAE

Branch campuses in UAE: Offers to IFG Students
*Birmingham – Dubai Middlesex – Dubai Heriot Watt- Dubai De Montfort – Dubai

* Russell Group