International Year One in Engineering

Equivalent to the first year of a Scottish degree, the International Year One in Engineering leads you directly into year two of a number of specialist degrees such as building services engineering, environmental civil engineering, mechanical power plant systems and more. 

This course was previously known as the International Foundation in Engineering.

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

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 Foundation - 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 Year One 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:

Electronic and Electrical Principles^

By studying Foundation Electronics the main purpose is to develop your understanding of the basic concepts and principles of electronic and electrical engineering. You will then apply these principles to engineering problems required for initial design activities.

Foundation in Mathematics

 

Introduction to Computer Systems Development^

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.

Introduction to Software Development^

 

Mathematics for Technology

This module provides a grounding in a range of topics including algebraic manipulation, trigonometry, matrices, vectors, complex numbers, differential and integral calculus, elementary differential equations, as well as an introduction to basic statistical techniques.

Mechanical Principles

The initial aim of mechanical principles is to provide you with a basic knowledge of the science and principles of mechanical engineering. You will then apply what you learn to the design and analysis of engineering components.

Electrical Principles and Circuit Theory*

The aim of this module is to provide students with a strong foundation and understanding of the basic concepts and principles of electrical engineering and circuit theory and to apply these principles to solve engineering problems. It provides the student with the fundamental knowledge of electric and magnetic field theory, AC and DC circuit analysis.

Engineering Materials*

This module provides you with the fundamental principles underlying the mechanical and electrical properties of materials.

Programmable Systems*

Areas covered are an introduction to programming methods and languages, problem definition, programme implementation, testing and solution evaluation. You will gain practical experience of the process of problem solving and structured programming in an imperative language using a robotic environment. Key relevant aspects of ethics and professionalism are introduced.

*New module available for June 2017 start dates onwards.

^Available for January 2017 start date only.

 

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 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 in the region of £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 and leads you directly into year two of the following undergraduate degrees:

Engineering

BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering

BEng (Hons) Building Services Engineering*

BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering

BEng (Hons) Electrical, Electronic and Energy Engineering^

BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering

BSc (Hons) Environmental Civil Engineering

BSc (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Power Plant Systems

BEng (Hons) Networked Systems Engineering

* New progression available for programmes starting June 2017 onwards.

^ Progression only available for January 2017 start date.

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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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