International Foundation in Computer Science

Academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in areas such as computer science, business computing systems and games technology.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support


What is special about the programme?

The International Foundation in Computer Science leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate (National Qualification Framework Level 3).

As well as a guaranteed offer from the City, University of London for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at City, University of London
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Teaching methods

You will benefit from being taught the Engineering Science module by City, University of London academics in comprehensively equipped laboratories on the University campus. This provides the perfect opportunity to develop practical skills while familiarising yourself with the University's learning environment. Practical computing modules include the development of essential programming skills.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country. The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at City, University of London. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules, plus specialist modules for your progression pathway.

Core modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

This module introduces you to academic language, university study skills and the conventions of academic writing and speaking you will encounter at a UK university. You will develop the skills needed to select, read and interpret academic texts, and carry out research for academic assignments and presentations. You will also learn to use your reading to support your arguments in academic writing and speaking. The content of the course is closely linked to the subjects you are studying and through texts and lectures you will learn to take notes effectively. The module provides you with the confidence to work both collaboratively and independently, qualities essential for success at City, University of London.


Specialist modules:

Foundation Physics

This module introduces the fundamental principles of physics. You will study a wide range of topics in order to develop key skills required for further study in the physical sciences, including key physical quantities; kinematics; forces and collisions; waves; electricity; electric fields and capacitance; and work, energy and power.

Mathematics for Science and Computing

This module will provide you with an understanding of the key mathematical topics relevant to science and computing, including: trigonometry; differential and integral calculus; logarithms; coordinate geometry; statistical concepts and methods; and applications of probability.

Foundation Computing

This module aims to provide you with an overview of the systems and software development process; an understanding of programming paradigms and techniques; knowledge of the main components of a computer programming environment and programming constructs; and an understanding of testing, verification and reproducibility of behaviour in computer systems.You will also study the ways in which data can be stored and used; how circuits can be produced; various modes of data processing; networking and data communications; the internal workings of the computer; and a range of operating systems and their uses.

Advanced Mathematics

This module provides an understanding of a number of topics, including: counting techniques; concepts of arithmetic and geometric series; vectors; complex numbers and their algebra; trigonometric and transcendental functions; differential equations; linear algebra and numerical methods.

Applied Computing for Business

This module aims to give you an understanding of the role of ICT within both working and leisure environments, and the way that the internet has influenced business. You will investigate the role of ICT in various work disciplines and the use and organisation of data.The module will also introduce a range of software design and development ideas and technologies, as well as providing experience of web programming.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Entry to all City, University of London honours degrees is highly competitive, so the purpose of the assessment process is to help you improve and build on your success. Marks from the International Foundation programme do not count towards a final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet key criteria for progression.

You will receive support from your tutor throughout your course and be assessed by a combination of:

  • exams at the end of each term
  • coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.


How is the programme validated?

The International Foundation is validated and quality-assured by City, University of London. Successful completion leads to the award of the City, University of London International Foundation Certificate (National Qualification Framework Level 3), which is welcomed as an entry qualification both at City, University of London and many other highly-ranked UK universities.

How do I qualify?


Academic requirements: You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now
English requirements:

Three term: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

Four term: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing) or equivalent

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


17 years and above

Students starting a course in September must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the start date of the course.

When can I start?


Start date Term dates Fees
July 2017 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017 

Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017 

Term 3: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

September 2017 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017 

Term 2: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

September 2017 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017 

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

Term 4: Mon 02 Jul 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018 

January 2018 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 29 Mar 2018 

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018 

Term 3: Mon 02 Jul 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018 



Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £240 per academic course (3 terms), £320 per academic course (4 terms)
  • iPad fees (if applicable, see below)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Digital learning

The International Foundation programme at INTO City, University of London is taught mostly through the use of tablet computers(such as the iPad) to enhance the classroom experience through digital learning. International Foundation students will be required to purchase an iPad before they commence their studies.

iPad fees:

  1. One payment of £330; or
  2. If you have your own compatible device and will be bringing this with you to the UK, there will be no additional charge

What's the difference between the 3 and 4 term course?

Lasting four terms, the Extended International Foundation course has an additional term of intensive English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

Where does it take me?

Our progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

This course leads to the following degrees at City, University of London:


BSc Business Computing Systems

BSc Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with Games Technology

MSci Computer Science with Cyber Security

MSci Data Science

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