Computing, Engineering and Health Sciences International Foundation Year

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Your pathway to a career in STEM

Looking to study a STEM degree in the UK? Our International Foundation Year programme helps you to develop the subject-specific, study and English language skills to allow you to thrive on your chosen undergraduate degree at the innovative Teesside University.

Key Facts

Programme length

  • 2.5 or 3 terms

Entry points

  • February or November (2.5 terms)
  • January, October or November (3 terms)

Admission information

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

Term dates

2.5 Term

November 2022
6/11/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 2/3/2023
19/3/2023 - 1/6/2023
February 2023
19/2/2023 - 30/3/2023
16/4/2023 - 8/6/2023
25/6/2023 - 24/8/2023
November 2023
5/11/2023 - 18/1/2024
21/1/2024 - 11/4/2024
14/4/2024 - 9/5/2024

3 Term

October 2022
2/10/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 2/3/2023
19/3/2023 - 1/6/2023
November 2022
27/11/2022 - 30/3/2023
16/4/2023 - 8/6/2023
25/6/2023 - 24/8/2023
January 2023
15/1/2023 - 30/3/2023
16/4/2023 - 8/6/2023
25/6/2023 - 24/8/2023
October 2023
1/10/2023 - 18/1/2024
21/1/2024 - 11/4/2024
14/4/2024 - 9/5/2024

Why study computing, engineering or health sciences at Teesside University?

Teesside University expertly combines in-classroom and practical learning, so you graduate with the skills to succeed in your chosen career. At Teesside, you can benefit from:

  • Work placements to help put your skills into practice
  • Engineering programmes recognised by the Engineering Council, allowing you to graduate with an accredited degree
  • Purpose-built engineering laboratories designed around power, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, civil engineering & telecommunications
  • Industry standard learning facilities including virtual reality, motion capture, green screen and animation studios
  • The chance to show your skills to industry professionals with the ExpoSeries events for final year students in engineering, computing, games, animation, concept art, media and digital art.

Your modules

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.

How will engineering, computing and science work to change the world? What will the future of work look like? What is Industry 4.0 and how will society embrace it? This module will challenge the current status quo and aims to help students to think differently about a digital future.

Report writing (including writing lab reports for science) and handling academic conventions is a critical skill to study in these areas. In the UK there are very specific expectations, in terms of academic integrity, citations and referencing – the fundamental principles of this module.

In science and computing, and particularly in engineering, it is necessary to progress outside pure maths, so as to understand the underpinning mathematical concepts of your study. Applied Maths ensures students are prepared in this critical area.

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 aims to introduce a solid foundation of biological knowledge, including through laboratory study. This module aims, for example, to provide students with a basic understanding of the physiology of the major organ systems of the human body. Students will understand how the body is regulated to maintain a healthy internal environment.

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.

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.

This module looks to develop students in a range of mathematical and statistical techniques relevant to the study of computing. Students will apply a range of mathematical and statistical methods and tools necessary to underpin the discipline of computing.

The principal aim of this module is to build on the 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.

Progress to your degree

After completing your International Foundation Year 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.

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Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.