Karim Jivani was one of many success stories on the 2014-2015 September-start IFP. His overall Distinction earned him a place on the LLB Law at Queen Mary. Before he received his final results, he had this to say about his experience on the IFP:
The IFP at Queen Mary is perhaps the best and most well-rounded programme a student can undertake to prepare for undergraduate studies. Not only are we able choose a combination of modules that is tailored specifically to develop the skills we need for our chosen undergraduate course, we are also guided and given support along the way by experienced lecturers and members of staff who are able to provide valuable advice and insight regarding anything we may have questions about, from university choices to the structure of a written piece of work. The teachers and lecturers on the IFP are extremely supportive, assisting us with anything we may need help with. The modules compliment and build on one another and also alloallows for in-depth studies into areas one may be fascinated by.The IFP student body is truly international. I have never before been in a class with students from such a wide range of countries and backgrounds before. Everyone has a lot of knowledge and information to share, and we do not learn from the teachers alone but from our fellow students as well. Everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming, making the process of settling in very easy and relaxed.
The style of teaching is the same as what is done at undergraduate level. We attend a lecture and a seminar for each module every week just as undergraduate students do. I feel has played a crucial role in helping me prepare for next year. I will already be acquainted with the way in which material is delivered and unlike students who have not undergone the IFP, I will not have to face the problem of adapting to the style of teaching at university.
I have seen, over the course of my time on the IFP, that there are students with a very broad range of academic abilities on the programme. It caters to students of all levels of academic skill and ability. Skills which need to be worked on are paid special attention to and developed over the course of the programme. One thing I would say is that the IFP is not too easy or too difficult. Whether your academic skills are highly advanced or rudimentary, you will find the course intellectually demanding. When I look back to myself at the start of the IFP, it is very clear that I my abilities and knowledge has increased by leaps and bounds.
I can say with great conviction that having done the IFP has put me at a very significant advantage for my undergraduate studies. It has also been a phenomenal experience. I am happy I chose to be part of it and would recommend it to everyone.