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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

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