International Year One in Computing

Equivalent to the first year of a Scottish degree, the International Year One in Computing leads you directly into year two of a number of specialist degrees such as computer games, digital design and more. This programme was previously called an International Foundation in Computing.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • equivalent to a first year Scottish undergraduate degree programme
  • direct entry to the second year of undergraduate study
  • full university status
  • There are three course options available:

  • International Year One (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Year One (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
  • Extended International Year One (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support
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What is special about this programme?

The International Year One programme prepares you for entry to year two of an undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University.  In Scotland, INTO academic preparation courses count directly towards your degree, meaning it is possible to graduate with an ordinary degree after just two further years of study following the International Year One - a great opportunity to get a head start in your career. 

You'll also benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on a relevant undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Year One 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. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the programme in order to change your specialist subject.

This course is not available for UK or EU students.

What will I study?

You will study the following core modules:

English for Academic Purpose and Study Skills, including ICT

This module is designed to help you develop the skills and confidence in academic English for university study. You will study reading techniques and writing styles as well as developing your note taking and presentation skills.

 

You will study the following specialist modules depending on your chosen degree:

Fundamentals of Computing

This module introduces students to the fundamental aspects of computer systems appropriate and complementary to their programme of study: architectures; applications; computer networks; computer network interconnectivity; computer security.

Mathematics for Computing

This module introduces elements of discrete mathematics underpinning the study of both hardware and software systems. The techniques developed in this module will be practically based with an emphasis on problem solving.

Programming 1

This module will provide an introduction to the principles and practice of object-oriented programming. It will also introduce the process of developing programs using an appropriate high level managed object-oriented programming language such as Java or C#.

Web Platform Development

This module will provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to develop web platform applications. A range of standards associated with web development will be covered as well as the client server architecture specific to web development.

Fundamentals of Software Engineering

This subject area introduces the development process of software design, coding and testing, using an appropriately high level language, and will enable you to develop, implement and test software algorithms.

Introduction to Computer Networking

This module covers the basic concepts and technologies of computer systems (e.g. hardware elements of a computer system, operating system fundamentals and commonly available utilities). It also covers computer networks, including network devices and device addressing. You will gain practical experience in the configuration of these technologies through a programme of lab work.

For courses beginning in June 2017 onwards, you will choose to study either Fundamentals of Software Engineering OR Introduction to Computing Networking.

Academic support

Throughout your programme you will receive advice and feedback from your teachers during seminars and tutorials. They will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance, to ensure your academic success.

How will I be assessed?

Grades from the programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree programme.

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of each semester, and coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, a design portfolio, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

How is the programme validated?

The programme is quality-assured by Glasgow Caledonian University. Successful completion leads to the award of the Glasgow Caledonian University International Certificate of Higher Education (valid within the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework), which is welcomed as an entry qualification for second-year entry to comparable degrees at other institutions in Scotland. You will also be eligible to apply for first-year entry to 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 very good grades, or show strong evidence of ability to complete the programme successfully and progress to their chosen degree.  

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Five term programme: IELTS 4.0 or equivalent

Four term programme: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent

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

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.

Age:

16 years and above

If you are starting a course on a published September start date, you must be 16 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. If you are starting a course in June, you must be 16 years old before registering with the Centre. For all other start dates, you must be 16 years old by 1 September of the previous year (and therefore turn 17 before 1 September in the year you progress to university).

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£16,795

June 2017 start (5 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Tue 26 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 5: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£21,095

Sept 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£12,495

Sept 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Tue 26 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£15,945

October 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 16 Oct 2017 to Fri 22 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£18,470

January 2018 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018

£12,495

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Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional cost approximately £210 per academic course (three term), £290 per academic course (four term), £370 per academic course (five term)
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (charged upon confirmation)

 

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.

What's the difference between the 3, 4 and 5 term course?

The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

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

Where will it take me?

The International Year One is equivalent to the first year of your degree at Glasgow Caledonian University

If you start in January 2017, it can lead you directly into year two of the following undergraduate degrees:

Computing

BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Software Development)

BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Design)

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networks

BSc (Hons) Digital Design

BSc (Hons) Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking

BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business

BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business

If you start the course in June 2017 or later, you can progress to the following undergraduate degree:

Computing

BSc (Hons) Computing

Our progression guarantee

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Year One 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.
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