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International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering)

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January 2020
September 2020
October 2020
1 year full-time
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Course leader
Irena Kolar

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
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The International Foundation Certificate (IFC) (Computing and Engineering) is specifically designed for international students and will prepare you for undergraduate study in computer science, informatics or engineering in the UK. You will gain high levels of support as we help you settle into student life in London, and build the skills and confidence needed for successful degree study.

Why study the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering) at Middlesex University?

The programme is aimed at students with intermediate to advanced levels of English, who have completed secondary school with good grades, but would like to improve their study skills to meet the entry requirements for a computing and engineering undergraduate degree at Middlesex.

During the course you will be introduced to a range of subjects taught on our undergraduate programmes, and we will offer you individual support in choosing and applying for your degree. The course will prepare you to begin an undergraduate course in our Faculty of Science and Technology with confidence, and settle into student life at Middlesex.

Course highlights

On the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering), you will:

  • improve your academic language skills and general level of English
  • develop your study skills and independent learning ability
  • become familiar with living and studying in the UK
  • be introduced to a range of undergraduate subject areas
  • receive support in choosing and applying to your computing and engineering degree.

Progression opportunities

If you successfully complete the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering), you are guaranteed an offer to year 1 of our following undergraduate computing or engineering degrees:

Start dates

The start date for the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering) depends on your level of English when you begin the course. We accept a minimum of 4.5 IELTS or equivalent, and start dates are:

  • 4.5 IELTS: September 2019
  • 5.0 IELTS: October 2019
  • 5.5 IELTS or above: January 2020

Please note that we are unable to accept applications onto the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering) from students from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gaza, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Nepal Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, West Bank, Yemen.

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What will you study on the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering)?

The programme incorporates a streamlined, integrated design based on an intensive English language module, along with three modules which will support your overall mathematical, academic communication, fundamentals and problem solving skills. These are designed to help you succeed in your future undergraduate computer science, informatics or engineering degree.

  • Modules

    • Computing and Digital Technology (30 credits) - compulsory

      This module provides an introduction to some of the fundamental concepts in computing, engineering and networks. You will learn about the latest developments within computing, both software and hardware, and gain basic understanding of the characteristics and operational behaviour of computer systems and computer communications. The module will assist you in making you degree choice for future careers.

    • Enhanced Academic Skills (30 credits) - compulsory

      This modules aims to equip students with the written and oral communication skills necessary for study at undergraduate level. This will cover reading and advanced writing skills, essential researching and presentation skills, as well as effective strategies for independent learning and techniques for creative problem solving.

    • Foundation Mathematics (30 credits) - compulsory

      This module introduces some fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of subjects studied at degree level. In a structured and supportive environment students will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understand and describe abstract ideas.

    • Foundation Project (30 credits) - compulsory

      This module provides you with experience in a range of related subject-related projects that reinforce understanding of topics taught, and provide opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in other modules.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is the International Foundation Certificate (Computing and Engineering) taught?

  • Teaching by specialist subject lecturers and guest lecturers
  • Small class sizes with high-levels of support
  • 16 hours of supervised study per week including lectures, seminars, labs and individual tutorials
  • Individual and group tasks/projects
  • Support using library facilities and learning resources

Additional Support

  • Ongoing academic support in seminars, workshops, advice sessions and online
  • Individual programme planning and advice sessions to help you apply for your undergraduate degree
  • Support services to help you settle into life at Middlesex and in the UK.
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