University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Engineering, Computing & Science

About this route

The International Foundation Year in Engineering, Computing & Science will prepare you to study one of more than thirty degrees at the University of Huddersfield, in fields such as computer science, most engineering disciplines, forensic science, music technology and pharmaceutical science.

 You will study core modules, which are general skills subjects, and specialised modules tailored to your chosen area of study, all of which are important for your academic development.

 Why study Engineering, Computing & Science?

  • Our flexible entry requirements mean that you can use this route to prepare for an engineering degree – even if you have no background in the subject
  • This route offers a strong foundation to succeed in a vast majority of degrees at Huddersfield
  • Benefit from our CareerAhead activities to develop the skills you need to become a highly-employable graduate
  • Prepare for your future industry work placements, including support with the NHS interview for clinical practice
  • Access a range of excellent facilities on a modern campus, such as the Centre for Precision Technologies.

Subject pathways

Depending on your chosen progression degree and career aims, you will focus on a specific subject pathway. This will allow you to study subject-specific modules more closely related to your progression degree. You can choose between:

  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Science

Core modules

Alongside the modules in your subject pathway, you will continue to develop your skills through a range of carefully selected core modules, including:

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, enabling 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.

This module will encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Physics and support further study of the subject. Students will appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. They will also develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Physics and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. As students taking this module have decided to study an Engineering, Science or Computer Science degree the subject will be taught in a contextualized way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

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
  • Self-managers
  • 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.

This module will encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Physics and support further study of the subject. Students will appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. They will also develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Physics and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. As students taking this module have decided to study an Engineering, Science or Computer Science degree the subject will be taught in a contextualized way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent^
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum of 4.0 in writing), or equivalent*
Age on entry: 17+ (in the September or October of the academic year you begin your course at the International Study Centre)

Visit our entry requirements page for a complete list of country-specific requirements.

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

^To ensure that students are adequately prepared for the IFY Health Science route and IFY Engineering Science routes, applicants should have studied a science subject previously. Ideally, this would be Biology, but if they have studied Physics and/or Chemistry, this will suffice.

Course length: 2 semesters 
Entry points: September and January

Term dates:

September 2019:
Semester 1: 23/09/2019 - 31/01/2020
Semester 2: 10/02/2020 - 05/06/2020

January 2020:
Semester 1:  13/01/2020 - 08/05/2020
Semester 2:  11/05/2020 - 07/08/2020

IELTS March June Aug Sept Dec Jan Feb May June Aug Sept
4.0 (4.0 in all skills)   12-week ELP IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2 Holiday Start your undergraduate degree
3.5 (3.5 in all skills)   24-week ELP IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2
4.0 (4.0 in all skills)   12-week ELP

To learn more about course costs visit our fees page.

Progress to Huddersfield

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). These degrees are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons) 40% 50%
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Biomedicine BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemical Engineering BEng/MEng (Hons) 60% 50%
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemistry with Chemical Engineering BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemistry with Forensic Science BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Chemistry with Industrial Experience MChem 40% 50%