International Foundation in Computer Sciences

Preparation for Bachelors degrees in Computer Science, Business Computing Systems, Software Engineering. The International Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 17
  • English level: B1: Intermediate / | IELTS IELTS 5.5
  • Academic level:

    You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Course format

  • Length of study: From 3 terms
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Typical student age: 17 - 25
  • Typical student mix:
    21% Middle Eastern, 25% Asian, 26% Far Eastern, 11% Russian, 17% South American

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 5 Jan 2015
    • 6 Jul 2015
    • 21 Sep 2015
    • 21 Sep 2015
    • 6 Jan 2016
  • Tuition fees: From 13995.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 3 terms: 13995.00 GBP (January 2015)
    • 3 terms: 16500.00 GBP
    • 4 terms: 20960.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 150.00 GBP
    • Textbooks: 275.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:


The International Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree.

Why apply for the international foundation programme?

  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • Full university status
  • A quality assured university programme
  • A conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at City University London
  • A professional support and guidance with university applications
  • Access to City University London support and facilities

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.

Study modules

Academic English

This module introduces and develops your skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. It deals with the structure of academic writing through the study of academic texts related to your field of study. by doing practical tasks, you will develop the skills to read and interpret academic texts and write academic assignments.

Foundation Physics

This module introduces the fundamental principles of physics. You will study a wide range of topics in order to develop key skills required for further study in the physical sciences, including key physical quantities, kinematics, forces and collisions, waves, electricity, radioactivity and the nucleus and work, energy and power.

Mathematics for Science and Computing

This module will provide you with an understanding of the key mathematical topics relevant to science and computing including trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, logarithms, coordinate geometry, statistical concepts and methods and applications of probability.




Sudy modules

Foundation Computing

This module aims to provide you with an overview of the systems and software development process, an understanding of programming paradigms and techniques, knowledge of the main components of a computer programming environment and programming constructs and an understanding of testing, verification and reproducibility of behaviour in computer systems.

Advanced Mathematics

This module provides an understanding of a number of topics including counting techniques, concepts of arithmetic and geometric series, vectors, complex numbers and their algebra, trigonometric and transcendental functions, linear algebra and numerical methods for solving equations.

Applied Computing for Business

This module aims to give you an understanding of the role of ICT within both the working and leisure environments, and the way that the Internet has influenced business. You will investigate the role of ICT in various work disciplines and the use and organisation of data. The module will also introduce a range of software design and development ideas and technologies, as well as providing experience of web programming.

How will I be assessed? 

Assessment is both formal and informal. Entry to all City University London honours degrees is highly competitive, so the purpose of the assessment process is to help you improve and build on your success. Marks from the International Foundation programme do not count towards a final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet key criteria for progression.

Where does it take me?

This course leads to the following degrees at City University London:

  • BSc Business Computing Systems
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Computer Science with Games Technology
  • BSc Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence
  • BSc Information Systems
  • BSc Software Engineering
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Accredited by these organisations : ICEF, English UK