The International Foundation Year in Computing, Engineering & Science prepares international students for progression to degrees in fields such as Computing, Engineering, Forensic Science, Music Technology and Pharmaceutical Science.
You will study core modules which are general skills subjects and route modules which are specific and important for your academic development.
Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Personal, Learning and Critical Thinking Skills are essential skills for work and learning, and will prepare you to confidently enter university and later working life. The six groups of skills are:
- Independent enquirers
- Creative thinkers
- Reflective learners
- Team workers
- Effective participators
This module is assessed by a project that focuses on your chosen degree subject and is an essential component of the International Foundation Year Programme.
In this module you will focus on basic topics and methods in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics and Probability with a view to strengthening your background knowledge.
Applied Maths 1
In this module you will focus on topics such as Vectors, Velocity and Acceleration, Force and Newton’s Laws, Friction, Work, Energy and Power, Projectiles, Moments and Centre of Gravity.
Applied Maths 2*
In this module students will focus on basic topics such as Momentum and Impulse, Circular Motion, Rotational Motion, Simple Harmonic Motion, Elasticity and Gravitational and Electric Fields.
This programme gives you access to a range of progression degrees in Computing, Engineering and Science. Depending on the area you wish to specialise in, you will study a combination of subject areas.
For students following degrees in Engineering and Science:
This module will enable students to:
- Recognise, recall and show understanding of specific physical facts, terminology, principles, relationships, concepts and practical techniques.
- Select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically, using specialist vocabulary where appropriate.
- Carry out relevant calculations.
- Devise and plan experimental activities, selecting appropriate techniques whilst demonstrating safe and skilful practical techniques.
For students following degrees in Science:
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of biology. You will cover population-biodiversity, organisms – exchange and transport, cells and molecular-biological molecules.
You will study formulae, equations and amounts of substance, atomic structure, bonding and structure, energetics, equilibria and kinetics. You will also cover redox systems, inorganic chemistry and the periodic table, organic chemistry and modern analytical techniques.
*Students choosing degrees on the Computing pathway will take the Physics module and not Applied Maths 2.