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NCUK validates New Beacon’s pioneering split-site programme

11 July 2019

The Northern Consortium of Universities (NCUK) is a global provider of pathway programmes specially designed for international students aspiring to get in to some of the top universities in the world.

As an accredited partner of NCUK, New Beacon Campus has been recognised for its pioneering split-site delivery approach to the International Foundation Year (IFY) delivered in conjunction with our partner in China.

Following a recent audit by NCUK’s Quality Assurance Manager and Head of Product and Academic Development, we are delighted that NBG’s IFY programme has been acknowledged as a unique opportunity for students to complete the first semester in Beijing before transferring to the UK to undertake semester two at our beautiful Stafford campus.

New Beacon Campus’s mission is to offer career enhancing opportunities for aspiring students from around the world with innovative and entrepreneurial programmes linked to the world of work.



Designed in conjunction with NCUK’s consortium of leading universities, the IFY is an internationally-recognised pathway qualification of the highest academic standard and guarantees students a place into one of their partner universities.

NBG’s split-site programme, the first of its kind to be offered in the UK, bridges the gap between students’ local qualifications and preparing them for future study and the world of work.

By introducing students to the teaching and learning methods they will experience on a university degree course, our highly qualified teaching staff are dedicated to equipping them with the tools and study skills they need to succeed.  

Professor James O’Kane, Dean of the Beacon Business School commented that “by effectively integrating subjects such as Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics with an English language and communications programme, alongside cultural and social activities, we help students to understand and experience the main differences between studying in their own country and studying in the UK.”

The NCUK auditors also met with the first cohort of students who have now completed their studies with us and have been successful in obtaining places at top ranked UK universities such as Manchester, Leeds and Bristol. 

One of the Chinese students on the course is Zijian Tian who said “unless you truly experience this kind of journey you will never know how much it will help you prepare for the next steps to realise your dream.”

The independent recognition and validation of what NBG do should help us to attract more ambitious and aspirational international students to enjoy the New Beacon experience as they begin their journey into higher education.