International Foundation in Engineering, Maths & Computer Sciences with English

This Foundation course in Engineering, Maths & Computer Sciences at Exeter university combines academic study and intensive English language teachingand study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree. The University of Exeter offers the best preparation for direct entry to the first year of your Bachelor's degree in a range of subjects from engineering to mathematics.

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If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 17
  • English level: B1: Intermediate / | IELTS 5
  • Academic level:

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

Course format

  • Length of study: From 3 terms
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Typical student age: 17 - 24
  • Typical student mix:
    40% European, 50% Far Eastern, 10% Other

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 29 Jun 2015
    • 14 Sep 2015
    • 4 Jan 2016
  • Tuition fees: From 17000.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 3 terms: 17000.00 GBP
    • 4 terms: 21450.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 150.00 GBP
    • Textbooks: 190.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:

Why choose this course?

The International Foundation in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences leads to the award of the Foundation Certificate and combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree

As well as a guaranteed offer from the University of Exeter for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  •         a quality assured university programme
  •         full university status
  •         a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
  •         degree at the University of Exeter
  •         professional support and guidance with university applications
  •         the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation in Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, this highly regarded International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry on to your chosen degree course 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?

Foundation Mathematics

Topics will include geometry, logarithm and exponential functions, differentiation and integration, statistics and using Microsoft Excel.

Mathematics I

This module builds on the foundation mathematics module. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, further differentiation and integration and more statistics.

Introduction to Physical Science

You will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of physics and the inter-relationship between atomic structure and the properties of matter and how to apply these concepts to the analysis of mechanical, electrical and thermal problems.


Course modules

You will also be able to choose from the following modules:

Mathematics 2

Topics will include more trigonometry, further differentiation and integration, complex numbers and mechanics.

Introduction to Management

You will be introduced to the principles of modern management through a consideration of management theories and the process of management through an investigation of culture, leadership and motivation. The range of themes extends to production, quality, communication, social responsibility, business growth and organisational change.

Introduction to Chemical Sciences

This module will develop your understanding of chemical principles and processes that are relevant to everyday laboratory work. The material will start from the fundamental principles before proceeding to more complex areas.

Where will it take me?

This course leads to the following bachelors degrees at the University of Exeter:

College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences and College of Life and Environmental Studies

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Geology
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics
  • BEng/ MEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Engineering and Management
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) General Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) IT Management for Business
  • BEng/MEng (Hons) Materials Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Management
  • BEng / MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • BSc/ MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
  • BSc / MEng (Hons) Renewable Energy
  • BSc (Hons) Geography with Environmental Management

College of Social Science and International Studies

  • BA Flexible Combined Honours

This course is classified as a Pre-sessional course by the UK Border Agency.

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