International Foundation Year in Science, Engineering and Computing

Study engineering and maths in the UK

Studying our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programme will prepare you for a degree across a range of exciting areas, including biochemistry, civil and infrastructure engineering and mathematics. By the time you finish the programme, you will have had the necessary specialist English language, study skills and subject specific tuition to prepare you for an undergraduate degree.

Many of the progression degrees include work placements and the opportunity to study abroad, for the same fee as a traditional degree. Combining academic study with professional experience will give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed in your chosen career.


During your International Foundation Year you will study the following four modules:

Applied Mathematics is a module designed for the learning needs of students wishing to pursue a degree in Computing, Engineering and Physics, but can also be taken by anyone with a keen interest in the relationship between Mathematics and Science. Topics studied include Newton’s Laws of Motion, Kinematics and Particle Dynamics.

For students interested in pursuing a degree in Biology or Biological Sciences, this module covers the fundamentals and major principles of the subject. Topics include cellular structure for living cells, plant biology, ecology and genetics, and physiological processes in animals and humans.

For students interested in pursuing a degree in Chemistry, this module covers the fundamentals and major principles of the subject. Topics include chemical bonding, thermodynamics and differentiating inorganic from organic chemistry. By completing this module you will develop learning outcomes that will lead you to have an excellent understanding of the components of chemicals and the way in which they work together.

In order to undertake this module, you will be expected to have a basic working knowledge of computing. However, the module covers the fundamental aspects of computing and informatics that you will be required to have for the first year of a related degree program. Upon successful completion of the module you will be equipped with the knowledge to apply basic application and coding techniques, be able to document database solutions to specified problems, and have a broad understanding of different programming languages.

The module aims to build on any existing background in Physics you may have gained through high school studies. You will continue to develop your understanding of the discipline by exploring topics including atomic physics and matter and its relation to physical changes. In addition to the theoretical learning, you will also have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and to raise your awareness of safety considerations in the laboratory environment.

Course facts

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Entry requirements

English Language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (with minimum 5.0 in writing and no other element less than 4.0) or equivalent.

Options available for entry from Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall

Academic: Good high school graduation grades.

Age: Students are usually at least 17 years old.

View country-specific entry requirements.

For Pharmacy (MPharm) progression degree only, a higher IELTS entry requirement (5.5 in all skills) and a minimum Mathematics at grade C (or 4) or Naric equivalent will be required.

Course fees

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Progression degree

Once you have successfully completed your International Foundation Year and achieved the required progression grades, you will progress to one of the degree programmes below.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 55% 50%
Architecture BA (Hons) 60% 60%
Aviation Engineering BEng (Hons) 55% 50%
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 55% 50%
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 55% 50%
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 55% 50%
Building Surveying BSc (Hons) 65% 50%
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 55% 50%
Civil & Infrastructure Engineering BEng (Hons) 55% 50%
Computer Games Programming BSc (Hons) 55% 50%
Computer Science BSc (Hons) 55% 50%
Cyber Security & Computer Forensics BSc (Hons) 55% 50%

In addition to achieving the required grades, please note:

  • progression to Pharmacy (MPharm) degree is subject to a successful interview during the International Foundation Year.
  • progression to the Architecture BA (Hons) is subject to a successful interview and design portfolio review with the university.

English language tuition

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the International Foundation Year, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre.

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall (min 4.0 in all skills) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year.

Term dates

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