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 fifty 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

Modules

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

Engineering pathway

Pure Maths

In this module students will study topics that will be important for progressing onto an engineering degree course. They will spend a little time making sure their algebra and trigonometry skills are sound before moving on to calculus topics. They will conclude with statistics and probability.

Applied Maths 1

In this module students will focus on basic topics such as: vectors, velocity and acceleration, force and Newton’s Laws, friction, Work, energy and power, projectiles, moments and centre of gravity. As students taking this module have decided to study 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 English Skills

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

Physics

This module will encourage students to develop the 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 contextualised way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

Applied Maths 2

In this module, students will focus on topics and methods applicable to first year degree Engineering Mathematics. Most of the students taking this module will have decided to study an Electrical, Mechanical, Computing (Science) or Computer Systems Engineering degree and the examples they will be given during the module will help prepare them for the specific demands of this type of programme. Module topics consist of the following: circular motion, centripetal force, rotational kinematics, torque, rotational dynamics, simple harmonic motion, gravitational and electric fields and Young’s Modulus.

Academic English Skills

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

Personal Learning and Critical Thinking Skills (PLTS)

The aim of the module is to emphasise the importance of acquiring and improving six transferable skills that enable students to cope with change and to learn effectively; skills that will help them to be effective in many different work and life situations. Furthermore, these are skills that employers and those in further education want to see developed. Employers worldwide are demanding more than just a degree – they want employees with additional winning skills.

Computing pathway

Pure Maths

In this module students will study topics that will be important for progressing onto an engineering degree course. They will spend a little time making sure their algebra and trigonometry skills are sound before moving on to calculus topics. They will conclude with statistics and probability.

Applied Maths 1

In this module students will focus on basic topics such as: vectors, velocity and acceleration, force and Newton’s Laws, friction, Work, energy and power, projectiles, moments and centre of gravity. As students taking this module have decided to study 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 English Skills

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

Physics

This module will encourage students to develop the 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 contextualised way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

Computing

This module is designed to provide a start to students in web development and design. As internet users, we typically access websites to seek information for a variety of reasons: education, business or entertainment. Have we as users ever wondered how websites are built and what are the skills needed to build them? This module is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of web development and web design. Specifically, students will learn 3 languages that are used to create websites: Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) for building website structure; Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) for styling websites; and JavaScript for adding website interactivity.

Academic English Skills

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

Personal Learning and Critical Thinking Skills (PLTS)

The aim of the module is to emphasise the importance of acquiring and improving six transferable skills that enable students to cope with change and to learn effectively; skills that will help them to be effective in many different work and life situations. Furthermore, these are skills that employers and those in further education want to see developed. Employers worldwide are demanding more than just a degree – they want employees with additional winning skills.

Science pathway

Pure Maths

In this module students will study topics that will be important for progressing onto an engineering degree course. They will spend a little time making sure their algebra and trigonometry skills are sound before moving on to calculus topics. They will conclude with statistics and probability.

Biology

The Biology module supports students with the fundamental biological concepts. Each lesson builds upon key concepts, vocabulary and provides students with the opportunity to practice exam style questions. To support students with their practical skills there are a number of practical lessons in a laboratory setting. Topics that students will study include; prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, the immune system, DNA, biological molecules, and respiration.

Academic English Skills

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

Physics

This module will encourage students to develop the 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 contextualised way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

Chemistry

The Chemistry module is designed to help students to strengthen their knowledge and skills of the foundational concepts in Chemistry, on which to build on when they progress into their dream university degrees. In this module, students will become acquainted with specialised vocabulary, chemical principles, organisation and communication of relevant information, ethical, safe, and skilful practical techniques, and the importance of selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods.
On completion of the modules, students should become skilful in recording and communication of reliable and valid observations with appropriate precision and accuracy, plan and conduct investigative work in a Chemistry context, as well as interpret and analyze data.

Academic English Skills

This module will give students the opportunity to develop awareness and competency in the range of academic language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These include the processes and conventions 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. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language with clarity and confidence, as well as to reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills and language.

Personal Learning and Critical Thinking Skills (PLTS)

The aim of the module is to emphasise the importance of acquiring and improving six transferable skills that enable students to cope with change and to learn effectively; skills that will help them to be effective in many different work and life situations. Furthermore, these are skills that employers and those in further education want to see developed. Employers worldwide are demanding more than just a degree – they want employees with additional winning skills.

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 wish to start at the International Study Centre). Must turn 18 before the start of your undergraduate degree

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

*If you do not need a Student 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: November and January. 

Term dates: 

November 2021
Semester 1: 15/11/2021 - 06/05/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 05/08/2022
Find out more about our new November intake here

January 2022
Semester 1: 10/01/2022 - 06/05/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 05/08/2022

IELTS March June Aug Sept Nov 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
4.5 (4.0 in writing)
  IFY semester 1 IFY semester 2
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 Additional Grade
Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% -
Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng (Hons) 40% 50% -
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Biological Science BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Biomedicine BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Biomedicine Sciences BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Chemical Engineering BEng 60% 50% -
Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons) 60% 50% -
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
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