International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering at Newcastle University

Study for your undergraduate degree in subjects like science and engineering at Newcastle University

A quality-assured course offering direct entry to the first year of your undergraduate degree in a range of engineering and science subjects at a leading UK university.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university student status and access to university facilities

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
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What's special about this programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Newcastle University
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

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. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes

This module is designed to help students develop their skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are covered: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and all are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way. The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on private study, student research, student-led presentations, seminar discussions, e-learning and group work. 

Study Skills and IT

This module is designed to help you adjust to the specific nature, demands and expectations of UK higher education. The skills covered will include: taking notes in lectures and making notes from texts; library and information skills; using and interpreting data; planning, preparing and checking assignments; team-working skills; oral presentation skills; seminar skills; examination and revision techniques; proofreading; using dictionaries and academic reference books; and information literacy and time management. In addition, you will develop competence in core ICT skills including the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, graphs and interpreting data, and web-based learning systems. 

Mathematics for Physical Sciences and Engineering 1 and 2

Module 1 is designed to develop your competence in several important areas of mathematics: algebra, geometry and numerical methods. The algebra topics include the study of functions, graphs and complex numbers. You'll learn how to solve equations which don't have exact solutions - an area called numerical mathematics, matrices and vectors. Module 2 includes some elementary topics from algebra and trigonometry. This module introduces the core methods of calculus, differentiation and integration. You'll learn how calculus can be used to find the optimal solution to problems in science and engineering and discover several key applications of integration. In the final stage of the module you'll see how calculus can describe mechanical systems exhibiting simple harmonic motion and circular motion. 

Foundation Physics

This module builds on basic physics knowledge to develop the descriptive and mathematical understanding of the physical principles required for studying physical sciences and engineering at higher levels. The module combines theoretical principles, practical applications and laboratory work. 

Foundation Chemistry

You will be expected to have a basic grounding in chemistry. This module develops the concepts in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry required for studying at degree level in physical sciences, engineering or biological sciences. It also includes laboratory and project work to supplement theoretical studies. 

Principles of Computing

This module provides a foundation knowledge and understanding of a range of computing skills. It enables you to develop skills for planning and designing systems and/or software. 

 

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving

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.  

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

English requirements:

Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

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 requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

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 2016 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016

Term 2: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 3: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 4: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

£21,960

September 2016 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 09 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 4: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

£22,100

September 2016 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

£17,500

January 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 2: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

£17,500

 

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee - an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • text books - an additional charge in the region of £200 per academic course (3 terms), £260 per academic course (4 terms)
  • lab fee - an additional £400 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities (only applicable to science-based courses)

 

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 and 4 term course?

The Extended International Foundation 4-term course has an additional term of English 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?

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Our 100% 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.