University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Engineering & Computer Science

About this route

The International Year One in Engineering & Computer Science will develop your subject knowledge and English language skills, whilst preparing you to join the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield’s School of Computing and Engineering.

Just like the first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One is a two-semester programme with a choice of modules. You will have the additional benefit of smaller class sizes and more support to help you develop your academic knowledge, study skills and language abilities to prepare you for your degree.

You will study several core modules focused on general skills, but the majority of your programme will be the specialised academic content relevant to your chosen undergraduate degree.

Why study Engineering & Computer Science?

  • Benefit from excellent facilities on a modern campus, such as the Centre for Precision Technologies, which works to tackle manufacturing problems in engineering
  • Progress on to a career-focused, professionally accredited degree with a high graduate employment rate
  • Opportunity to prepare for your future career with our integrated CareerAhead activities, as well as engagement with University departments and local businesses.

Subject pathways

To full prepare for your undergraduate degree, you will focus on a specific subject pathway to gain the skills necessary to succeed at University. You can choose to focus on either:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computing
  • Computer Systems Engineering

Modules

You will also develop your academic and study skills through a range of core modules and subject-specific modules, selected to ensure you succeed on your University degree. 

Mechanical Engineering pathway

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.

Mechanical Science

In this course, students will study topics that will be important for them when they study for their engineering degree courses. They will spend some time on basic engineering concepts and then move on to the laws of motion, force, work, energy and power. They will conclude with Young's modulus, simple harmonic motion and heat transfer.

Electro-Mechanical Systems OR Electrical Principles

This course combines processes and procedures drawn from electrical and mechanical engineering. It focuses on the relationship between electrical and mechanical systems and how the two systems interact with each other. A prominent example is found in DC machines which can be designed and operated to generate power from a mechanical process (generator) or used to power a mechanical effect (motor). Electromechanical devices are ones that have both electrical and mechanical processes. Strictly speaking, a manually operated switch is an electromechanical component due to the mechanical movement causing an electrical output. Though this is true, the term is usually understood to refer to devices that involve an electrical signal to create mechanical movement, or vice versa mechanical movement to create an electric signal. Often involving electromagnetic principles such as in relays, which allow a voltage or current to control another, usually isolated circuit voltage or current by mechanically switching sets of contacts, and solenoids, by which a voltage can actuate a moving linkage as in solenoid valves.

In this module students will focus on the basic principles of electrical circuits. They will study and analyse DC and AC circuits. The properties and practical applications of components like capacitors and inductors will be introduced. Electric fields, magnetic fields and the Laws of Electromagnetic Induction are also studied.

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.

Engineering Communication and Materials

Completed by AM This module will introduce you to the topic of materials and the knowledge to choose material, manufacturing methods and cost, based on the component application. You will learn to create 2D draughting and 3D modelling of basic engineering artefacts on CAD software (SolidWorks) and produce technical drawing electronically.

Manufacturing Technology and Workshop Appreciation

In this module, students will learn about the joining, removing and forming and surface treatment processes. You will familiarise yourself with the equipment and process used for different applications. Moreover, you will also learn about their applications and appreciate the importance of the manufacturing process as an engineer.

The Professional Engineer

The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the career of Engineering and the professional role and responsibilities of the Engineer in organizations and in society. You will be introduced to generic techniques for managing projects and designing experimental work in an engineering context.

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.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering pathway

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.

Electrical Principles

In this module students will focus on the basic principles of electrical circuits. They will study and analyse DC and AC circuits. The properties and practical applications of components like capacitors and inductors will be introduced. Electric fields, magnetic fields and the Laws of Electromagnetic Induction are also studied.

Electronics

The electronics module provides some basic insights to the operation of basic electronics circuits. The course content includes atomic theory and the concept of current flow. It introduces the basic principles of electrical circuits and the application of Ohm’s Law to simple DC circuits. Logic gates, Boolean algebra, and logic design to illustrate that application of digital electronics will also be covered. It also provides practical examples of digital circuit implementation.

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.

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.

Computing

This module introduces students to computer programming with emphasis on C++ language. It covers the basics and intermediate concepts to get the student started in programming. Understanding will be assessed through a quiz, weekly logbook assignments and a mini project.

The Professional Engineer

The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the career of Engineering and the professional role and responsibilities of the Engineer in organizations and in society. You will be introduced to generic techniques for managing projects and designing experimental work in an engineering context.

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.

Computing pathway

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.

Hardware and Networks

In this module students will cover the history of "Computers" and how humans were working as “computers”. We will also go through how devices are connected together in what we call a "Network".

Software Design

Software Design gets the student to think about and communicate software development in terms of the building blocks of abstract components. The common mistakes of ways to think about programs; the program logic; and methods of writing programs will be addressed and corrected. By the end of this module, students will be able to communicate the Software Development process using the Unified Modelling Language (UML) and then, use the required and appropriate data structures, algorithms and unit testing methods to design and build robust software systems.

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.

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.

Computing

This module introduces students to computer programming with emphasis on C++ language. It covers the basics and intermediate concepts to get the student started in programming. Understanding will be assessed through a quiz, weekly logbook assignments and a mini project.

The Professional Engineer

The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the career of Engineering and the professional role and responsibilities of the Engineer in organizations and in society. You will be introduced to generic techniques for managing projects and designing experimental work in an engineering context.

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.

Computer Systems Engineering pathway

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.

Hardware and Networks

In this module students will cover the history of "Computers" and how humans were working as “computers”. We will also go through how devices are connected together in what we call a "Network".

Software Design

Software Design gets the student to think about and communicate software development in terms of the building blocks of abstract components. The common mistakes of ways to think about programs; the program logic; and methods of writing programs will be addressed and corrected. By the end of this module, students will be able to communicate the Software Development process using the Unified Modelling Language (UML) and then, use the required and appropriate data structures, algorithms and unit testing methods to design and build robust software systems.

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.

Electronics

The electronics module provides some basic insights to the operation of basic electronics circuits. The course content includes atomic theory and the concept of current flow. It introduces the basic principles of electrical circuits and the application of Ohm’s Law to simple DC circuits. Logic gates, Boolean algebra, and logic design to illustrate that application of digital electronics will also be covered. It also provides practical examples of digital circuit implementation.

Computing

This module introduces students to computer programming with emphasis on C++ language. It covers the basics and intermediate concepts to get the student started in programming. Understanding will be assessed through a quiz, weekly logbook assignments and a mini project.

The Professional Engineer

The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the career of Engineering and the professional role and responsibilities of the Engineer in organizations and in society. You will be introduced to generic techniques for managing projects and designing experimental work in an engineering context.

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.

Key facts

Save time and progress smoothly to the University with the new combined visa. The visa covers the duration of your studies at both the International Study Centre and the University of Huddersfield.

  • No need to return home to apply for a new visa between your International Year One and chosen undergraduate degree
  • Over 30 alternatives to IELTS accepted as proof of your English language level
  • Allows you to work up to 20 hours per week, enhancing CV and graduate prospects
  • Suitable for students who have previously studied academic subjects in the UK
  • Gives you the opportunity to travel and explore the UK between courses.

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent, plus one year of further study
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all components), 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 entry requirements.

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

Course length: 2 semesters 
Entry points: September and January. 

Semester dates:

September 2021
Semester 1: 20/09/2021 - 28/01/2022
Semester 2: 07/02/2022 - 03/06/2022

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

IELTs entry March June July Sept Oct Dec Jan Feb May June Aug Sept
4.5 (4.5 in all skills)   12-week PSP IY1 semester 1 IY1 semester 2 Holiday Start the second year of your undergraduate degree
5.0 (5.0 in all skills)   8-week PSP
4.5 (4.5 in all skills)   12-week PSP IY1 semester 1 IY1 semester 2
5.0 (5.0 in all skills)   8-week PSP

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% -
Computer Science BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computer Science and Cyber Security BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computer Science with Games Programming BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computer Science with Internet of Things BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computer Systems Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% -
Computing BSc (Hons) 40% 50% -
Electronic and Communication Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% -
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