Your undergraduate degree

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Progress to the second year of your degree with our International Year One

If you are an ambitious student ready to start your career, our International Year One* programme can help you graduate from your undergraduate degree in the typical three years.

You will spend the first year of your degree with us at the International Study Centre, developing the skills you need to succeed on your degree. You will then complete your chosen degree** at Teesside University – where you will have a voice to shape your own education.

Key Facts

Programme length

  • 3 terms

Entry points

  • November
  • January

Admission information

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older

Start dates

November 2021

  • Term 1: 01/11/2021 - 28/01/2022
  • Term 2: 31/01/2022 - 08/04/2022
  • Term 3: 11/04/2022 - 08/07/2022

January 2022

  • Term 1: 10/01/2022 - 08/04/2022
  • Term 2: 11/04/2022 - 24/06/2022
  • Term 3: 27/06/2022 - 09/09/2022

Who is the International Year One for?

You will benefit from our International Year One, if you:

  • are an ambitious, career-focused student.
  • want to develop your English skills before beginning your degree.
  • feel you will benefit from spending a year within our supportive community.
  • want to spend time getting to know the UK education system.
  • want to graduate in just three years, ready to begin your career.
  • hope to learn the foundations of your chosen subject.
  • want to study under teachers who are experts in international education.

Choose your subject

We offer our International Year One programme in two different subject routes, to ensure we can help as many students as possible achieve their goals. You can choose from:

  • Business

    Get a head start on your business career with our pathway programme. You will spend three terms developing your subject knowledge, study skills, and English language knowledge in order to get the most out of the final two years of your university degree. On our business pathway programme, you will study the following modules:

    Academic English Skills
    In this module students will develop the language skills necessary for successful study. These include academic writing, effective reading strategies, participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording of information from lectures. Students reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills to use language; effectively, appropriately and with clarity and confidence.

    Business Enterprise
    This module provides an interactive learning experience which enables students to develop an enterprising mind-set and identify some of the skills and attributes required in both intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged to think in an enterprising fashion and learn new approaches, enabling them to adapt and enhance their individual style. Working as part of a team, students develop their own sustainability business idea. They also have the opportunity to hear from and question experienced external practitioners.

    Business Finance
    This module develops and equips learners with the financial knowledge and techniques required by all managers. It provides an understanding of the way in which accounting is used in the external evaluation of organisations and develops the ability to use accounting in decision making, control and managing and adding value to performance.

    Personal and Professional Development for Business
    This module helps students to become more aware of their own personal and professional development through reflection and interaction with peers. Drawing on related theories, students develop skills which will enhance their future employability. They also gain an understanding of the importance of personal development and develop a skill set for their future careers.

    Understanding Organisations
    This module introduces some of the general principles of business management particularly in the context of structure, culture, leadership, organisational behaviour and the business environment. Students are introduced to the concept of foundation level strategic management, with emphasis on organisational resource and competency and consider the impact of organisational behaviour in relation to overall business effectiveness. Students examine the role of the individual within the organisation and explore motivation, perception, personal impact and performance management. In addition, this module covers project management.

    The International Market Environment
    This module introduces basic economic theories of markets and competition along with aspects of the wider business environment, including government policy and the macro-economy. These ideas are then applied to the practical analysis of markets using Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning framework.

  • Engineering & Computing

    This three-term pathway gives you the opportunity to study alongside other ambitious students as you discover modules designed to help you get the most out of your degree. You will study English language modules, as well as subject-specific classes based on your chosen degree.

    Core modules for all students

    Academic English Skills
    In this module, students will develop the language skills necessary for successful study. These include academic writing, effective reading strategies, participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording of information from lectures. Students reflect on their learning and identify how to improve their skills to use language; effectively, appropriately and with clarity and confidence.

    Core modules for engineering students

    Engineering Maths
    This module introduces students to mathematical notation and techniques with an emphasis on developing skills to analyse and solve engineering problems. Topics studied include the concept of a function, polynomial, exponential, logarithm functions and straight-lines and curves; an introduction to complex numbers, elementary differential and integral calculus. Lectures and tutorials demonstrate worked examples of mathematics concepts and illustrate how each mathematical technique is applied. Problem solving tutorial exercises give students the opportunity to practice these skills and techniques.

    Engineering Practice
    The purpose of the Engineering in Practice module is to support the student to use knowledge that they already possess and combine it with engineering knowledge gained through teaching and learning, experimentation, analysis and reflection.

    Materials and Sustainability
    This module provides a foundation to the important properties of engineering materials together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions. Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance are explored to highlight factors which influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications. The fundamentals of sustainability are also introduced together with engineering applications.

    Electronic Principles (EEE students only - Core)
    The module introduces students to a basic knowledge of digital and analogue electronics. It focuses on important components, operations and simple circuits. Lectures are used to explain the theoretical principles and laboratory exercises will provide students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical principles by using the appropriate circuit design tools.

    Electrical Principles (EEE students only - Core)
    This module introduces the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. Students are also introduced to AC power, both single and three phases, transit circuit analysis, series and parallel resonant circuits. Lectures provide an explanation of principles and discussion of applications whilst practical sessions involve the use of laboratory setups to reinforce the lecture material and provide an opportunity to develop practical skills.

    Structural Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering students only – Core)
    In this module students learn about the common types of structure used in engineering and the types of loads they must resist. Students are also provided with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure. Areas of study include: basic concept of force, stress and strain; properties of materials and sections; analysis of frames, beams and columns; equilibrium conditions and statically determinacy; beam bending moment, shear force and deflection; and lightweight cables. For each major topic, students learn through worked examples either analytically or computationally.

    Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering students only – Core)
    This module introduces students to the basic principles of fluid mechanics, properties of fluids, hydrostatics, continuity equation, Bernoulli's equation, flow measurements, real flow in pipes, friction losses and momentum equation. It deals with the transfer of heat, energy for solids, liquids and gases. It also explores the various mechanisms for this heat transfer and laws of thermodynamics, and then quantifies these mechanisms and applies them to mechanical systems – principally engines and compressors. Students are introduced to key principles in lectures, worked examples are covered in tutorials and practical investigation is carried out in laboratory work.

    Core modules for computer science students

    Java Programming
    This module introduces the fundamental concepts of software development via the Java programming language. Students acquaint themselves with key aspects of the software development process i.e. designing solutions, writing application code, developing documentation and formal approaches to testing. Concepts of Object Oriented Programming are also introduced.

    Maths for Computing
    This module provides a quick introduction to the number bases commonly used in computer science and to problem-solving using recreational problems, like games and puzzles, to convey important algorithmic concepts. It then progresses to the development of more intricate programs to solve more complex problems using data structures and appropriate algorithms. Students are introduced to a variety of algorithmic techniques and provided with an appreciation of the use and importance of data structures. A range of well-established data structures are examined and their properties described. 

    Networks and Computing
    This module is intended to provide the next generation of web technologists with a thorough understanding of the role of Computer Networks to fully appreciate and utilise within modern web-applications. Specific network design solutions are introduced; current trends in network design are explored, including the increased demand for bandwidth, mobile and wireless solutions. Students will get hands on experience using key network devices for wired and wireless network. Security threads, hazards and issues will be explored along with security risk assessment and management. Relevant protocols and hardware technologies are also introduced along with the role of legal requirements, social and ethical issues.

Before you join us

To help you get the most out of your time with us, you can join our online preparation course before you begin your studies with us. The skills you learn on this course will you help you when you arrive on campus.

**Progress to your degree

After completing your International Year One and achieving the necessary grades, you can transition to your chosen undergraduate degree. By completing this pathway, you will be able to progress to the following degrees.

Business

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Engineering and Computing

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