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

  • March or November (2.5 terms)
  • February or October (3 terms)

Term dates

2.5 terms
07/11/22 to 12/05/23

3 terms
10/10/22 to 12/05/23


Admission information

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

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

You will study a combination of 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

    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 Mathematics

    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.

  • Digital Futures

    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.

  • Academic Practice for Science, Engineering and Computing

    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.

  • Applied Maths (Engineering and Health Science routes)

    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.

  • Fundamentals of Physics (Engineering route)

    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.

  • Fundamentals of Biology (Science route)

    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.

  • Chemistry (Engineering and Science routes)

    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.

  • Basics of Computing (Computing route)

    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.

  • Maths for Computing (Computing route)

    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.

  • Further with Computing (Computing route)

    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.


Ranked joint 3rd out of 72

UK universities for student satisfaction for mechanical engineering
(Complete University Guide 2021)

Ranked 15th in the world

in the Animation Career Review International Animation School Rankings 2021
(Animation Career Review Top 25 International Animation Schools 2021 College Rankings)

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.