International Foundation Programme

University of London

Programme Overview

Academic Level
Academic Level


Awarded by
Awarded by

University of London, UK

Programme type
Programme type

Full-time, 1 year

Campus location
Campus location

Clementi Campus

Application Dates
Application Dates

Now till 1 Apr 2023 (local and international applicants)

Estimated Fees (incl. GST)
Estimated Fees

(incl. GST)*

S$18,200 to S$18,950

* All fees inclusive of current 8% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials, SIM application fee, preparatory / bridging course fee, and other fees). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% effective on 1 Jan 2024. Refer to GST Notes under Fees Tab for more information.

Programme Outline

Awarded & Developed by: University of London, UK.

Entry point to degree programmes

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed to help students prepare for undergraduate studies. Locally, it is an alternative for those who do not wish to do the A levels or a polytechnic diploma. The IFP enrols candidates who have completed GCE ‘O’ level or its equivalent. This programme help candidates better understand their interests before they decide on an undergraduate degree.

This programme will equip students with the skills and knowledge required for undergraduate study with a structured academic focus. Modules such as Economics, Accounting and Statistics help to develop a strong academic foundation for students entering university to pursue business. Social Psychology and International Relations allow students to discover their passion for history, law, social science and management.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the IFP, you will be able to:

  1. Apply statistical and mathematical techniques appropriately
  2. Assess research practices and compare theoretical positions and contributors
  3. Apply theoretical perspectives and course input to real-life situations and challenges

Further Studies & Career Prospects

Upon completion of the IFP, students can enrol to any LSE or Goldsmiths-led degree programme with SIM-University of London. The programme also fulfils entry requirements for many undergraduate degrees in the UK, US and other countries.

While most IFP graduates continue on at SIM, 15% have gone overseas to study at LSE, Kings College London, University of Leeds, Durham University, University of Edinburgh, University of Melbourne, and University of Auckland. It is worth mentioning that SIM graduates have also pursued LLB studies at Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham in the UK.

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Why study at SIM x University of London

SIM is the leading private education institution in Singapore.
Excellent value with lower tuition costs in SIM.
Guaranteed entry to the wide range of undergraduate degrees offered through SIM and the University of London.
Since 2015, SIM has maintained an excellent track record of IFP graduates who have gained admission to Russell Group Universities in the UK.
Learn more about the University of London

Intake Dates

2023 May intake


May 2023 to Apr 2024


Now till 1 April 2023 (local and international applications)

Early submission of eApplication is strongly recommended.

Candidature period:
Although the University allows IFP students a registration period of up to 3 years, students only need a year to complete the foundation programme.



  • Classes are conducted 2-4 hours and 5 days a week.
  • Blended lectures, group discussions, workshops and online study.
  • Classes are taught by local faculty, supplemented with intensive workshops, tutorials and discussion group.
    View a list of lecturers (PDF 358 KB)
  • Average teacher-student ratio: 1:12
  • Minimum class size to commence 20 students. Students will be informed within 30 days after the application period.

Assessment & Attendence

  • Each module is assessed through continuous compulsory assessment, such as class tests, group/individual assignment and annual examinations.
  • At the end of the programme, candidates must sit for an exam on all the modules.
  • Students who marginally fail (30-39 marks) for only 1 paper, may be invited to take the supplementary paper. However, the final decision lies with UOL.
  • Key dates:
    • University exams: April 2024
    • Results released: June 2024
    • Resit exams: July 2024
    • Resit results released: Aug 2024

All students must achieve 90% attendance in any month, and for the overall academic year. Students who failed will not be permitted to register for the university examinations.

Requirements to Graduate

  • Students must pass all 4 units.
  • International Foundation Certificate classification:
    • 40% – 59%: Pass
    • 60% – 69%: Merit
    • 70% – 100%: Distinction


Compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics and Statistics

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.

  • Economics

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

  • Social Psychology

This course provides an introduction to Social Psychology as a social scientific 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.

  • Accounting and Finance

The course provides a foundation introduction to the purposes and functions of accounting and finance, as well as to develop the key concepts and techniques to fulfil these functions for business financial decision-making.

In addition to the core curriculum from UOL, SIM will provide students with additional compulsory classes in English Language skills. These classes are complimentary and will help students to 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.


Admission Criteria

Accepted Entry Qualifications

  • Candidates must be age 17 or older before 31 Dec in the year of registration
  • Passed four separate subjects at GCSE / O level (grades A*-C / 9-4), or the equivalent

Equivalent International Qualifications

Other qualifications (subjects must be taught in English) will be assessed based on its equivalence to GCE ‘O’ level examinations.

For information on international qualifications, refer to SIM’s International Student Prospectus.

English Language Requirements

  • Proof of competence in English acceptable to the University of London such as minimum Grade C6 and above in the GCE ‘O’ level English Language examinations or its equivalent*
  • *A proficiency test awarded within the last three years:
    • IELTS with an overall score of at least 5.5 (no band under 5.0); 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; or
    • Pearson Test of English: score 46 or above, with at least 46 in both Reading and Writing elements; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; or
  • SIM English Placement Test (EPT) at Advanced Level 1 or better


Fees & Financial Aid

All fees inclusive of current 8% GST (exclude textbooks / course materials). Fees will be subject to revised GST of 9% effective on 1 Jan 2024.

GST Notes:

  • Fees published are inclusive of current GST of 8%. The parts of fees not invoiced, not paid and where services are not rendered in year 2022 are subject to the new GST rates effective on 1 Jan 2023 and 1 Jan 2024 respectively. Refer to IRAS website here for more details.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 for services to be rendered in 2023, if payment is collected by 2022, 7% GST will apply.
  • For invoice generated in 2022, if the payment is received in 2023 and service is rendered in 2023, 8% GST will apply. Credit note against original invoice and a new invoice bearing 8% GST will be issued.
  • For invoice generated in 2022 and service is rendered in 2022, if payment is collected in 2023 (i.e. late payment), 7% still applies.

Payment to SIM can be made through SIMConnect using Credit Card (Visa or Master), PayNow, eNETS, and OCBC Interest-free Instalment Plan (min. S$500).

Programme Fees

Additional fees apply for those who repeat/resit the coursework/exam and also for those who extend their registration with the University.

Total est. course fee: S$18,200*

Breakdown of estimated overall fees

SIM programme fee, payable to SIM (4 units): S$13,478.40

UOL registration fee, payable to UOL: £1,224

UOL programme fee, payable to UOL, includes first examination attempt (4 units): £1,100

UOL local examination fee, payable to RELC Examination Bureau** (4 units): S$440

* This is an estimated amount as UOL and RELC fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuation, Singapore taxation and yearly increase by the institution.

Total est. course fee: S$18,950*

Breakdown of estimated overall fees

SIM programme fee, payable to SIM (4 units): S$14,256

UOL registration fee, payable to UOL: £1,224

UOL programme fee, payable to UOL, includes first examination attempt (4 units): £1,100

UOL local examination fee, payable to RELC Examination Bureau** (4 units): S$440

* This is an estimated amount as UOL and RELC fees are subject to exchange rate fluctuation, Singapore taxation and yearly increase by the institution.

Mandatory One-time Fees

All fees inclusive of prevailing GST.

International Student Induction Fee

A one-time fee payable by new full-time international students. This fee covers pre-arrival and arrival support, including activities to enhance the international student learning experience.

As applicable, payable with the programme fees’ first instalment.


Application Fee

Payable for each application form that is submitted. Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. The fee will be refunded fully only if the intake does not commence. Unpaid applications will not be processed.

Local applicants: S$97.20
International applicants: S$486.00 (not inclusive of Student’s Pass application)