FAQ’s NCUK-Riphah

The Program

Q1: What is NCUK?

NCUK stands for The Northern Consortium UK, an educational charity established in 1987 by 11 of leading UK Universities. With over 30 delivery centers across the globe, it’s objective is to prepare international students for UK universities.

Q2: Is it recognized?

NCUK is a registered educational charity in UK and owned by leading UK Universities. It is monitored by QAA (Quality Assurance Agency), the same agency which overlooks quality of education for all UK Universities. NCUK Riphah is the only HEC approved delivery center in Pakistan.

Q3: Why NCUK is with Riphah International University?

To ensure best teaching and learning environment, NCUK has established a long term partnership with Riphah International University having a diverse experience in International education arena. Riphah with campuses in Pakistan, UAE & Mauritius is better equipped to cater needs of Engineering, Business and Computing students.

Q4: What is International Foundation Year (IFY) of NCUK?

The NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) is a modular program that will prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses. Students have a choice of streams in Business, Engineering, and Computing; where they can study a combination of modules that fit in with their degree destination. NCUK-IFY is now recognized by NARIC-UK as equivalent to US, UK & Australian GCE-A level's entry to Universities.

Q5: What is International Diploma Year (IDY) of NCUK?

Our International Diploma is the equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate level program and successful students can progress directly into the second year of selected undergraduate degree courses in the UK. It can be studied as a one year program or after completion of the IFY. Subject pathways are available in Business, Design, Music, Computing & IT and Engineering.


Q1 - When does the admission process start in NCUK?

Admission for the academic year starts in May of each year. Final decisions on admissions are decided once the results are announced.

Q2 - Is there an entry test required to enter NCUK?

An interview is required for all candidates. An entry test of English Language is required for students with F.A/FSc or Grade lower than C in O-Level.

Q3 - What are the minimum academic requirements (Eligibility) for NCUK admissions? 

NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY)     

NCUK International Diploma Year (IDY)

 FA, DAE or FSC with a minimum of 55%

 AS-Level with grade ‘C, D’ in 2 subjects  English Requirement: IELTS of 5.5 or GCE  O-Level English grade 'C' or equivalent

 FA, or FSC with a minimum of 65%

 A-Level with grade ‘C, D’ in 2 subjects with  Recognised International Foundation Year

Q4 - Can a student with a non-standard qualification be admitted to the NCUK program? 

If a student has a relevant background for the NCUK program, but does not meet NCUK entry requirements, he/she can be considered for 'Non-Standard Entry', in which case he/she should complete the normal NCUK Riphah Application form and his/her case will be considered by NCUK.

Q5-How many times a year does the NCUK offer admissions?  

For the time being students are admitted once a year for the fall semester, beginning in September. The process begins in May.

Q6-What programs NCUK Riphah offer? 

NCUK Riphah offers Engineering, Computing & Business streams in Pakistan, which opens up 3000 Undergraduate programs in UK.

Q7-How does NCUK guarantee my place in UK University? 

NCUK is owned by leading UK Universities which means a guaranteed place for all NCUK students in UK Universities. 

Q8-How may i be eligible for NCUK program? 

Eligibility for NCUK undergraduate program is 50% in F.Sc or GCE/IGCSE AS level with two grades C's. NCC or other equivalence are also assessed accordingly. 

Fee Structure 

Q1 - What is the fee structure of the whole program? 

NCUK Riphah charges £3800 (plus 5% withholding tax) per Year.

Q2 - Can a student give the fee in installments? 

Installment can be considered upon the approval of University management in case to case basis.

Q3 - Are there any scholarships or discounts offered?  

Scholarships are offered to candidates with excellent academic results. Please check with your nearest delivery center for current information.

Q4-Can the NCUK fee payments of GBP 1000 be made online?  

Only bank drafts are accepted in the name of "Riphah International University".  

Q5 - If a student drops out of the course, is there any refund for him/her available? 

The refund policy is accordance to University rules and regulation. Please be sure to read this before making initial fee payments

NCUK Programs  

Q1 - If a student after a year or two of study is unable to continue with his studies, will he be awarded any certification?  

The student will receive a certificate after the completion of NCUK international Foundation Program (IFY) and NCUK International Diploma (Int. Dip.) which is acceptable internationally.

Q2 – Are NCUK programs external? 

NCUK programs are internal, acceptable to the 11 owner universities. Our programs are the same as those studied by students in the UK, assessed by both course work and examinations. Marking is done both in Pakistan and in the UK.

Q3 - If a student wants to apply for a course that is not in the Entry Directory –can he/she apply?  

NCUK Entry Directories list all courses in which NCUK students have been placed in the past. If you want to apply for a course that is not listed in the Directory you should contact a member of the NCUK student service team. For the IFY it is possible to add courses to our progression arrangements. For the International Diploma it is unlikely that a new route can be added.

 Q4 - Where can a student find descriptions of NCUK courses and details of NCUK universities? 

Details of all the NCUK programs are available on our international website (ncuk.ac.uk).

Q5 – Does NCUK train teachers at the delivery centres in Pakistan

Yes, all teachers/lecturers receive training in style and methodology of teaching and in assessment and evaluation as expected in UK higher education.

Q6 - Who marks the exams? 

The lecturers in the centers mark all exams and continuous assessments internally. They are then moderated externally by NCUK in the UK. This is in effect a second marking.

Q7 - Is there a re-sit exam if a student fails? 

Yes, re-sit examination schedules are available with the teaching centers.

Q8 - How do the students find out their exam results? 

There is an announced date for releasing exam results. Students will be given certificates and transcripts on or after this date.

Q9 - How does NCUK ensure teaching standards at the delivery centers?

NCUK programs comply with the British Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Regular audits are carried out to ensure academic quality.

Q10 - Does NCUK offer any masters degree program? 

Pre-Masters programs will be available in Pakistan by June 2016.

Q11 – Are NCUK programs recognized by the HEC Pakistan?  

Yes, NCUK programs are recognized by the HEC Pakistan.

Q12 - After completing 4 Years who will Award my degree? 

Graduating University in UK will be the awarding body, for example if you have completed your degree with Liverpool then University of Liverpool is the awarding body. 

Q13-After completing two years at Riphah International University, can I transfer to local program? 

NCUK program is non-transferable to any local program.

Q14-What happens after completing TWO years in NCUK-Riphah? 

Once you have passed your IDY at NCUK Riphah, our placement team will assist you plan for any of our UK partner University. You can apply for any US, Australian or European University for Year 2 of Undergraduate study.