International Foundation Year in Science, Engineering and Computing

Prepare for a career in science

Studying Science, Engineering and Computing will prepare you for a degree across a range of exciting areas including Biochemistry, Civil Engineering, Creative Technology, Forensic Science, Mathematics and Sustainable Development.


During your International Foundation Year you will study four modules continually across the three terms of study, including two compulsory modules and two further modules depending on your progression degree. 

Compulsory modules

Pure Mathematics: Building on your existing background in mathematics gained through previous study, you will learn how to use algebraic equations to make links to physical quantities, and how to use complex numbers in different areas of learning. The module also covers standard mathematical functions and introduces the use of probability and descriptive statistics. Emphasis is placed on preparing you for the areas of mathematics that will be relevant to the demands of undertaking a degree.

Academic English Skills: This module provides you with intensive English language preparation in all important skill areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and with the necessary academic study skills relevant to starting a degree programme at Kingston University. As you progress through the module you will be taught how to develop competence in a number of skills including sentence structuring for writing, skim reading for key information, and learning how to construct and deliver presentations.

Pathway modules - depending on your chosen degree

You will also study two of these modules below depending on your progression degree.

  • Students progressing to Biological & Life Sciences degrees will study Biology and Chemistry
  • Students progressing to Engineering degrees will study Applied Maths and Physics
  • Students progressing to Computing degrees will study Applied Maths and Computing

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.

Study plans

IELTS Length Jun-Aug Sept-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jun-Aug Sept
4.0 4 terms       Start your degree
4.0 4 terms      
4.5 3 terms      
4.5 3 terms      
   International Foundation Year    English Language Preparation    Vacation

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%
Construction Management BSc (Hons) 55% 50%

Please note:

For progression to the Pharmacy (MPharm) degree, a higher IELTS score (5.5 in all skills) and a minimum grade C (or 4) in mathematics or Naric equivalent will be needed to be accepted on the International Foundation Year. IELTS testing will also be required on exit to achieve the progression requirements in this table, as well as an interview with Kingston University, London.

Progression to the Architecture BA (Hons) degree is subject to a successful interview and design portfolio review with Kingston University, London, as well as achieving the progression grades above

Course facts

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Entry requirements

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

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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Term Dates

January 2020
Term 1 – 06/01/2020 to 13/03/2020
Term 2 – 30/03/2020 to 05/06/2020
Term 3 – 08/06/2020 to 07/08/2020
September 2020*
Term 1 - 28/09/2020 to 04/12/2020
Term 2 - 11/01/2021 to 12/03/2021
Term 3 - 29/03/2021 to 28/05/2021
January 2021*
Term 1 - 04/01/2021 to 12/03/2021
Term 2 - 29/03/2021 to 28/05/2021
Term 3 - 31/05/2021 to 30/07/2021

*Subject to programme revalidation.