International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering

Please note that this programme is called the International Foundation in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Mathematics for the January 2017 intake only.

Preparation for direct entry to year one of an undergraduate engineering, maths or physical sciences degree at the University of East Anglia.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • You are a student of the University from day one, on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.

Course options available

  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students.
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, and English language entry requirements are lower.
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What is special about the programme?

The INTO UEA International Foundation programme is designed to improve your academic theory, intensive English language skills, and study and research abilities to prepare for undergraduate study at the University of East Anglia.

It offers:

  • university-style teaching with high contact hours and small class sizes
  • a campus-based programme with access to world-class university facilities
  • interactive seminars and university-standard laboratories
  • many practical classes related to your pathway, such as weather forecasting, and designing and programming robots
  • a 3-day residential field trip in your first term

You will receive advice and feedback during seminars and tutorials. Regular one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will help you plan for future effective study, and answer any questions to ensure your academic success.

We also have an International Progression team, who will help with your application to the University of East Anglia and arrange visits to your future school of study so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.


Teaching methods

Interactive seminars, practical experience in laboratories, fieldwork and site visits give you plenty of hands-on experiences to bring science to life.

Practical classes on the Physical Sciences and Engineering pathway include activities such as measuring parameters used in weather forecasting, following a geology trail around Norwich city centre and designing and programming robots.

A three day residential field trip gives you plenty of opportunity to work together putting theory into practice by analysing real data you collect in river investigations and ecological studies.


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 International Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

Through the study of authentic academic materials related to your field of study, you will develop the skills to read and interpret academic texts, practise using specialist vocabulary and write academic assignments.

You will also learn academic conventions such as referencing. Extensive group work will help you gain the confidence and skills to participate in seminar discussions and give presentations.

This module also provides study skills sessions in time management, critical thinking and preparing for exams.

Foundation Chemistry

You will learn the essential principles of chemistry through a series of lectures, interactive workshops and laboratory practicals.

The module explores the core principles of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry including atomic structure and chemical bonding, synthesis of organic compounds, acids and bases, reaction kinetics and thermodynamics.

In the laboratory you will gain a range of practical and data analysis skills.

This module will equip you with a range of skills and knowledge essential for the further study of science subjects and on which you can build in the Further Chemistry module.

Mathematics

This module is designed to equip you with the key mathematical skills required for the study of engineering, mathematical sciences and actuarial science.

You will be introduced to relevant topics including trigonometry, calculus, logarithms, probability, vectors and statistics.

You will then build on this knowledge to study more advanced topics, for example further calculus, arithmetic and geometric series, complex numbers, trigonometric and transcendental functions, linear algebra and numerical measurements for solving equations.

Physics

This module introduces the fundamental principles of physics.

You will be introduced to the key building blocks of physics (key physical quantities, forces and motion, electricity, waves, electromagnetism, radioactivity and thermodynamics) and will then apply these principles to solve numerical problems.

In addition to introducing theory, there will be an emphasis on how physics is applied to real-world situations, for example fluid dynamics, spectroscopy and nuclear fission.

This will give you the key problem-solving skills required for further study in the physical sciences.

Plus one from the following two modules:

Applied Physics

This module builds on principles introduced in the Physics module and focuses on the physical environmental sciences.

In the first topic you will look at how air moves in the atmosphere and how this results from a combination of forces. You will see how these patterns produce the varied climates that we find on Earth. You will discover why and how rising air can produce everything from a small cloud on to a devastating typhoon.

Finally, you will examine the motion of the Earth’s tectonic plates and how they produce explosive volcanic eruptions, the rocks associated with these and the motions that produce earthquakes – you will be able to see where your country could be on the Earth’s surface in 100 million years time.

You will learn through case studies and will use your knowledge to solve real life problems.

Further Chemistry

This module builds upon the essential principles taught in Foundation Chemistry.

You will increase your knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry as well as explore the principles of electrochemistry and environmental chemistry.

In topics covering analytical chemistry and spectroscopic techniques you will learn how to identify the structure of organic compounds through the toolkit of methods used across chemistry, pharmacy, biological and forensic sciences.

The module is taught through a series of lectures, seminars, interactive workshops and laboratory experiments.

This will give you the key skills required for the further study of chemistry, pharmacy and biological sciences at university.

And one from the following two modules:

Preparation for Health and Life Sciences

This module will introduce a range of health related topics through interactive discussions, problem-based learning sessions and talks by guest speakers.

You will learn about global healthcare issues, British healthcare systems and society.

A series of seminars, extracurricular activities, completion of a personal development portfolio and one-to-one tutorials will focus on developing your personal, professional and study skills for your future courses and career.

You will receive guidance on your university applications, personal statements and interviews.

A final project will give you an opportunity to bring together and apply your knowledge and skills from across the modules in a topic area of your choice.

Problem Solving for Mathematical Sciences

This module aims to develop your problem-solving and team-working skills through a series of interactive workshops and seminars.

You will be taught how to approach mathematical problems and be introduced to a range of topics in computing, decision maths and data analysis.

You will use all of these skills to complete both group and individual projects.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Grades from the International Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • 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 good grades.

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

English requirements:

3-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

If the University degree programme you wish to progress to has an English language requirement of IELTS 7.0, we recommend you commence your International Foundation with a minimum of IELTS 6.0

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 entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.

Age:

16 years and above.

You must be 17 years old by 15 September of the year you start your degree with UEA.


Advanced English language speakers

If your English language skills are sufficiently advanced (above IELTS 7.0), you may be set alternative challenges that further develop your study skills and independent research techniques.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
January 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 – Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 2: Mon 10 Apr 2017 – Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 25 Aug 2017
£17,500
July 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 15 Sep 2017
Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
£22,745
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 23 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 01 Jun 2018
£17,995
October 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Mon 02 Oct 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 4: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018
£22,745
January 2018 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Fri 30 Mar 2018
Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 – Fri 29 Jun 2018
Term 3: Mon 09 Jul 2018 – Fri 24 Aug 2018
£17,995
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What's the difference between the 3 and 4-term course?

The 4-term Extended International Foundation incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition on the same visa, allowing you to improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study. It will have a lower English language entry requirement than the 3-term programme.

You will be required to pass the initial English language component before progressing to the next stage of the programme.

If you need to study more than one term of English in order to reach the level necessary for academic study you should apply for the English for University Study course.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees include access to the virtual learning environment; library, internet and IT services; exam fees; and field trips and course-related excursions.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £205 per academic course (3-term) or £280 per academic course (4-term)
  • 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.

Where will this programme take me?

Successful completion of the International Foundation leads to the award of International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from UEA.


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.

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.

Degree options

The Physical Sciences and Mathematics option leads to the following bachelor's degrees at the University of East Anglia:

School of Biological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with a year in industry
  • MSci Biochemistry with a year abroad
  • MSci Biochemistry with a year in industry
School of Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemical Physics
  • MChem Chemical Physics with a year abroad or industry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry with a year abroad or industry
  • MChem Forensic and Investigative Chemistry (optional semester in Miami)
School of Computing Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Sciences with a year in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems with a year in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Business Statistics
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering with a year in industry
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Graphics, Imaging and Multimedia
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science
  • MComp Computing Science
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science with a year in industry
  • MComp Computing Science with a year abroad
School of Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering
  • MEng Energy Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering and Environmental Management
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering
  • MEng Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering with a year in industry
School of Environmental Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Earth Sciences
  • MSci Environmental Earth Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Geophysics
  • MSci Environmental Geophysics
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Geophysics with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences
  • MSci Environmental Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Meteorology and Oceanography
  • MSci Meteorology and Oceanography
  • BSc (Hons) Meteorology and Oceanography with a year abroad
School of Geography
  • BA (Hons) Geography and International Development
  • BA (Hons) Geography and International Development with overseas experience
School of International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development
  • BA (Hons) International Development with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Anthropology with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Economics
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Economics with overseas experience
  • BSc (Hons) International Development with the Environment
  • BSc (Hons) International Development with the Environment with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Development with Politics with overseas experience
  • BA (Hons) Media and International Development
  • BA (Hons) Media and International Development with overseas experience
School of Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • MMath Mathematics
  • MMath Mathematics with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Business
School of Natural Science
  • BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences
  • MNatSci Natural Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences with a year abroad or a year in industry
School of Pharmacy
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
  • MPharm Pharmacy with a year in industry
School of Physics
  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • MPhys Physics
School of Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Cognitive Psychology with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with a year abroad
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology with a year abroad