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International Foundation Year in Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences

Maths and Science modules designed for success at LJMU.

Your pathway to the first year of an engineering degree

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

Is this programme for me?

On the International Foundation Year in Engineering, you will:

  • gain understanding of mechanics and mathematics relevant to your undergraduate study
  • develop your knowledge of physics and learn about atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves
  • if you choose Life Science, you will focus on biology and chemistry, developing their knowledge in key areas such as cell biology, physiological processes in animals and plants, inorganic and organic chemistry, and an overview of contemporary science.

Why study the International Foundation Year in Engineering, Computing and Life Sciences?

  • Upon successful completion of the programme, you will join LJMU which is ranked in the UK top 35 for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2022).
  • You will have the option to progress to professionally-accredited degrees.
  • Develop your English skills, and receive support from a dedicated faculty.

What will you study?

Throughout the two-semester programme, you will study core modules that will improve your subject knowledge and English level.

Core modules

These modules are designed to develop your English communication skills and to ensure you 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. By the end of the course we would expect you to 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.

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.

Optional modules

For students wanting to progress to engineering and computing degrees, they must choose Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Physics modules.

For students wanting to progress to life science degrees, they must choose Maths for Science, Chemistry and Biology 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.

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 acquire an understanding of mathematics in preparation for studying undergraduate degrees in science and engineering. You will also develop skills in mathematical application, method and technique, as well as independent study skills.

Progress to semester two

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

OverallEnglishStudy Skills
40%50%40%

Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in all skills) or IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills) for Pharmacy MPharm progression degree option2 semesters27 weeksSeptemberJune
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in all skills) or IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills) for Pharmacy MPharm progression degree option2 semesters27 weeksJanuaryAugust

Entry requirements

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI overall 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in writing and minimum 4.0 all other areas) or 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 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%
MoroccoSuccessful completion of Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 10
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 Deviet Lisen Bitirme Diplomasi or High School year 3 - minimum overall grade 45%, 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
IGCSE/GCSE/O-Levels4 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). New grades 9-4 in English and Maths.

For courses starting in September 2022, you must join us on campus by the latest arrival date. 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: Two semesters
Entry dates: September or January

All students must be 18 within six weeks of their LJMU enrolment date

Semester dates

October 2022
2/10/2022 - 19/1/2023
22/1/2023 - 4/5/2023
January 2023
15/1/2023 - 4/5/2023
7/5/2023 - 3/8/2023
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