CertHE International Foundation and Year One with Computing and Engineering

Engineering student taking notes in class

Your head start to a career in STEM

If you can’t wait to graduate with a science degree and begin your career, our CertHE International Foundation and Year One with Computing and Engineering programme allows you to combine the study of an International Foundation Year and International Year One and progress to the second year of your undergraduate degree after just four terms of study.

By beginning your study abroad journey at the International Study Centre, you will develop the English language and subject knowledge in order to thrive at university and in your career. By studying the International Foundation and Year One programme, you can also benefit from applying for a single iCAS visa for the duration of your studies – saving time and money for you to focus on what really matters.

Key Facts

Programme length

  • 4 terms

Entry points

  • May

Admission information

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

Term dates

4 Term

May 2023
14/5/2023 - 24/8/2023
24/9/2023 - 7/12/2023
7/1/2024 - 21/3/2024
24/3/2024 - 27/6/2024

Why study a science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree at Teesside University?

Being a student at Teesside is all about advancing your career. Once you progress onto your degree programme at the University, you can benefit from:

  • Studying industry-level courses, with employers helping to the design degree programmes
  • The use of industry-standard software, equipment and facilities to enhance your learning
  • The chance to show your final year work at ExpoTees, where you can network with industry professionals
  • Classes taught by teachers who are professionals and experts in their fields.

Choose your modules

You will study a combination of core and optional modules – which are specific to your chosen subject route and progression degree.

Please note that you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

This module will improve confidence in algebraic manipulation through the study of mathematical techniques and development of investigative skills. Students will develop a knowledge of logarithms and their uses, and will also be introduced to and develop a knowledge of trigonometry.

The module provides a basic knowledge of current electricity and circuits, work, energy, power, waves, particles and radiation, forces, thermal physics and heat transfer. As part of this module, the students will be involved in practical work and problem-solving.

This module will introduce a basic foundation of chemistry knowledge on which students can build either by the process of self-study or in further courses of directed study. Learning will encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in a science subject by developing their learning skills and observational and interpretive skills. Students will also develop confidence in a laboratory situation, with a particular emphasis on laboratory safety.

This module introduces the student to mathematical notation and techniques. The emphasis is on developing the skills that will enable the student to analyse and solve engineering problems.

The purpose of this 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.

This module aims to provide foundational knowledge of 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 will be explored to highlight factors which influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

The module will introduce students to the basic knowledge of digital and analogue electronics. It will focus on important components, operations and simple circuits.

This module will introduce the fundamentals of electrical circuit theory and how to apply this to analyse simple electric circuits. The module will also introduce AC power, both single and three phases, transit circuit analysis, series and parallel resonant circuits.

Students learn common types of structure used in engineering, which enable them to assess the types of loads they must resist. Also, they will be provided with the analytical skills necessary to design the components that make up the structure.

This module introduces the student 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.

Computer Science is becoming increasingly vital – socially, technologically and economically. It is embedded in our daily lives and the study of computing provides the opportunity for developing essential employability skills. This course will introduce students to the field of computer science and fundamentals of computer programming.

The principal aim of this module is to build on knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in Basics of Computing and to provide a bridge towards further undergraduate study in computer science. Students will continue their study of programming language as well as looking at issues of usability and appropriateness of design in practical situations.

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of software development via the Java programming language. The module will introduce key aspects of the software development process and will also introduce concepts of Object-Oriented Programming.

This module introduces students 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.

The Internet is a massive collection of networks that work together to enable the World Wide Web (WWW). This module is intended to provide the next generation of web technologists a thorough understanding of the role of Computer Networks to fully appreciate and utilise within modern web-applications.

The production of a successful, robust, user-friendly system or application begins with the analysis of the stakeholders’ requirements and a detailed design. This module introduces you to the concepts and techniques of systems analysis and design.

Progress to your degree

Once you complete the CertHE International Foundation and Year One with Computing and Engineering and achieve the required grades, you will be able to join the second year of your chosen progression degree. By completing this pathway, you will be able to progress to the following degrees.

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