Welcome to the study support hub - designed to provide information and resources to support anyone studying Foundation Programme as part of the ICSA qualifying programme.

Here you can find detailed support on your  Foundation module, plus a number of general study resources to assist you with your studies.


Our Foundation Programme provides the relevant skills and knowledge to help prepare you to meet the demands of Part One of our qualifying programme. This is especially useful if you do not have the academic or professional experience to enter the ICSA qualifying programme at Part One. The Foundation Programme is your first step on the path to a career as a governance professional or company secretary.

Useful links:

Past papers

View recent exams to practise the types of questions that you might face in the exam.  You can then take a look at the suggested answers to compare the two and find out where you may need to do more study.

Foundation programme past papers
Exam sessionExam paperMark schemeExaminer comments
June 2019 View
November 2018 View View View
Sample paper View View



ICSA delivers a number of study support webinars for each exam session covering topics ranging from planning your study to exam strategy. You will get details of upcoming webinars via email. Each session is recorded so you can view it at a time to suit you - view the sessions below:

Exam Scripts

The papers below are examples of student answers that were produced in recent exam series. Some papers also include the examiner's comments and feedback.

Foundation programme
Exam session Question
November 2018

Response to question 23

Response to question25

Foundation programme study text

This is the main pdf version of the study text available to download as part of your qualificaiton package.

Click here for the text

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