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Extended International Foundation Year in Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences

Learn about studying Engineering, Maths and Science before your degree.

Your pathway to the first year of your chosen undergraduate degree

The programme includes academic modules, study skills and English language training, providing complete preparation for your undergraduate degree.

  • You will be introduced to areas within mathematics, chemistry and biology which will allow you to prepare for undergraduate study.
  • The course covers calculus, algebra, chemistry and how it is taught in the UK, and physics and why it is essential for the study of science and engineering in the UK.
  • Develop your English language skills
  • Enhance your study skills
  • Strengthen your mathematical ability

Semester 0

Semester 0 is a preparatory course which you must pass before you can progress to semester 1. The International Foundation Year Programme starts at semester 1.

Semester 0 modules

In this unit the fundamental ideas in Chemistry are introduced, putting the building blocks in place in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The course aims to introduce and develop the chemistry needed, laying the foundations for future study, while also allowing you to develop confidence in using scientific thinking so you can communicate effectively.

This module introduces, at a basic level, the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that students will need to study in an HE environment in English and to start to familiarise them with aspects of HE academic culture. The module will also expand students’ active vocabulary in both general and academic English. Finally, the module will extend the students’ knowledge of and ability to use the language structures and phonology needed to function at an overall English language level of CEFR B1.

This unit aims to introduce and develop the techniques needed to study mathematics for use in science and engineering, laying the foundations needed for future study. It aims to develop confidence in using mathematical skills so you can communicate effectively using mathematics.

During this module, the fundamental ideas in Physics are introduced, putting the building blocks in place. You may be unfamiliar with the terminology and notations used. The course aims to introduce and develop the physics needed, laying the foundations for future study. It aims to develop confidence in using scientific thinking so you can communicate effectively.

This module focuses on the need for students at this level to extend their knowledge of and ability to use core study skills appropriate for academic study. Time management, self-evaluation and independent learning are key elements of subsequent modules. Understanding planning, the writing process and how to research are also key skills for being a successful university student, and therefore a foundation in these concepts should be studied.

Progress to semester 1

To progress to semester one, you need to obtain required grades in modules.

OverallEnglishStudy Skills
40%50%40%

Semester 1 and 2 modules

You will be introduced to the relationships between forces, linear motion and energy and the conditions for static equilibrium of a body. You will be provided with an understanding of mathematical modelling of force combinations, non-linear motion and non-uniform motion related to varying forces. The module will enable you to identify the application of theory to practice and develop independent study skills in preparation for progression to engineering programmes.

You will be given an introduction to physiological processes in animals and plants with an emphasis on mammalian physiology (especially human). You will also acquire an understanding of biologically important molecules and cells and tissues in preparation for progression to degree programmes in biological and biomedical sciences.


You will be provided with an understanding of the core concepts of physical chemistry. This will include inorganic and organic chemistry, and an overview of contemporary science.

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including: writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

This module provides you with an understanding of mathematics in preparation for studying undergraduate degrees in science. You will develop skill in mathematical application, method and technique.

You will learn the principles of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases, oscillations and waves in preparation for undergraduate degrees in engineering. You will also be introduced to electricity and electronics and develop independent study skills to support your learning.

You will complete a self-study project on a topic that you will take, in consultation with your tutor, from the academic discipline that you will subsequently study at degree level. This will also include computer skills.

Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 4.0 (4.0 in all skills) or IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in all skills) for Pharmacy MPharm progression degree option3 semesters40 weeksSeptemberAugust

Entry requirements

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI overall 4.0 (minimum 4.0 in each area) or 5.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in each area) for Pharmacy MPharm

Nationality: Available to international and EU students

Age: 17+

Academic entry requirements

Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study. Please see below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

CountryQualification
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.0 or 50%, with 50% or above in Maths and English. Maximum age 21 years & 364 days
BahrainTawjahiya (secondary school leaving cert) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
China (Mainland)Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 70% or Senior High 3 at an average of 65% or above
China (Hong Kong)Successful completion of the HKCEE with 4 x E's in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 3 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with minimum grades 222 in relevant subjects
China (Macau)Successful completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with an average grade of 60%
GhanaSuccessful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) with grades 1-8 in 4 relevant subjects
IndiaSuccessful completion of Standard 10 with 65% or Standard 10+1 with 55%
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 2/Sikolah Menegah with a average of 7.0
IranSuccessful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with passes in 4 relevant subjects
JapanSuccessful completion of Kotogakko with a GPA of 2.0
JordanSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 50% in 4 relevant subjects
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education
KuwaitShahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
KoreaKorean high school graduation equivalency exam - 60%+ including relevant subjects
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 60%
MalaysiaSPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato with average grade of 65%
MyanmarHigh School Diploma: 60% PLUS 1 year of further study
NigeriaSuccessful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with grades 1-8 in 4 relevant subjects
OmanThanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
PakistanSuccessful completion of High Secondary Certificate (50%) or SSC (65%)
QatarSuccessful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 60%
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 3.5
Saudi ArabiaSuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 60% in 4 relevant subjects
SingaporeForm 5: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 60% or Senior High 3 at an average of 55% and passes in 4 or more subjects
ThailandSuccessful completion Mathayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0 in relevant subjects
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 50% overall including relevant subjects
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi with average of 60%
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 4.5
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with a GPA of 6.0

Other qualifications

The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate)
20 / 40 UCAS points
IGCSE4 passes at A-C in relevant subjects

For courses starting in September 2022, you must join us on campus by the latest arrival date. Find out more here. Find out more here.

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.

Progression degrees

Successful completion of this programme leads to a range of undergraduate degrees at LJMU, subject to achieving the required grades.. As well as achieving the grades necessary, you will be required to take an Academic English Studies (AES) test at the end of your course. Once you successfully complete this, you will be ready to start your degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

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Please note:

*The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Student visa route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Must have studied Biology and Chemistry:

  • Biochemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)

Must have studied Biology:

  • Biology BSc (Hons)
  • Psychology BSc
  • Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons)

Must have studied Chemistry:

  • Chemistry BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Course length: Three semesters
Entry dates: September only

Semester Dates

September 2022
18/9/2022 - 5/1/2023
15/1/2023 - 4/5/2023
7/5/2023 - 3/8/2023
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