International Year One in Science

Equivalent to the first year of a Scottish degree, the International Year One in Science  (previously called the International Foundation) leads you directly into year two of a number of specialist degrees from Biomedical Science to Pharmacology.

Why apply for the International Foundation 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
  • 5-term International Year One (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support, with lower English language entry requirements
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What is special about this programme?

The International Foundation programme prepares you for entry to year two of an undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. This programme ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for second-year entry to 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 course - 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 International 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 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. Additionally, you will learn how to use dictionaries and other study aids.

Cells and Biomolecules

This module sets out to develop an understanding of the structure and function of biomolecules and the way that they interact in cellular processes. It introduces the structures and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins and studies the role of these biomolecules, enzymes and energy in cellular processes.

Chemistry

The aim is to provide you with a sound knowledge of chemistry fundamentals on which you can build in later years of the programme. You will begin with a study of the concepts of atomic and molecular structures, and continue to examine the stoichiometry, kinetics and mechanisms of reaction.

Physiology 1 and 2

This module considers various regulatory mechanisms that underpin key activities of major body systems. This is followed by a more detailed study of physiological detection and control systems.

Core Skills in Biosciences 1

The module will introduce you to the Departmental and University Health and Safety Policies, risk assessment, the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), and good laboratory practice. A range of specific practical/laboratory skills such as microscopy and pipetting will be introduced and developed.

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 4.5 or equivalent

Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent

Three term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 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:

17 years and above.

All students commencing courses on a published September start date 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 published start date of the course.

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

£18,795

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

£23,095

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

£14,495

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

£17,945

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

£14,495

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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)
  • lab fee: £400

 

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?

This International Year One programme leads you directly into year two of the following undergraduate degrees at Glasgow Caledonian University:

School of Health and Life Sciences

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science*

BSc (Hons) Cell and Molecular Biology

BSc (Hons) Food Biosciences

BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation

BSc (Hons) Microbiology ^

BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences

BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing** ^

BSC (Hons) Optometry* **

BSc (Hons) Orthoptics**

BSc (Hons) Phamacology

* Students progressing to BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or BSc (Hons) Optometry require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

**You will progress into year 1 of an undergraduate degree (instead of year 2).

^New progression option (not available for those starting the International Year One in January 2017)

GCU is ranked 5th in the UK for Ophthalmics (The Complete University Guide 2017)

Optometry is limited by restrictions in number of students which the University can take. Entry is considered by the School of Life Sciences on a case-by-case basis.

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.
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