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International Year One in Engineering

Find out more about International Year One in Engineering.

Your pathway to the second year of an engineering undergraduate degree

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

Is this programme for me?

  • For electrical engineering, you will study circuit analysis, physical principles of electrical and electronic systems, and transistors and the small-signal equivalent circuits.
  • For mechanical engineering, you will study fundamental principles of mechanical engineering design, and how to apply the laws of thermodynamics to open and closed systems. You will also strengthen your mathematics and computation skills.

If studying these engaging, forward-thinking topics interests you, the International Year One in Engineering is a great choice for you.

Why study the International Year One in Engineering?

  • Progress to the second year of an Engineering undergraduate degree at LJMU, ranked in the UK top 35 for Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2022).
  • Improve your engineering knowledge so you can join the second year of your undergraduate degree with confidence.
  • Continue to develop your English language levels, ready for life in the UK.

What will you study?

Over the two-semester programme you'll study core modules that will allow you to boost your subject and English knowledge. As part of the programme, you will also choose from a range of optional modules, so you can go on to LJMU with the skills you need for success.

Core modules

This unit enables students to develop an understanding of the physical principles electrical and electronic systems, and analyse simple circuits which incorporate passive and active components.

You will be provided with an introduction to a computer algebra system as a learning tool for basic algebraic techniques. You will be taken through a revision of elementary coordinate geometry, trigonometry and complex numbers. The module provides a foundation in engineering mathematics for students in mechanical and electrical engineering. Specialised software will support the delivery of this module.

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.

Optional modules

This module will introduce the essential principles of applied mechanics. Students will cover principles such as kinematics and dynamics, work, energy power, impulse and momentum.

This unit will provide an introduction to transistors and the small-signal equivalent circuits, the use of operational amplifiers and the operation of combinational and sequential digital logic circuits.

This module aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of electrical and electronic circuits by completing a set of practical experiments. Students will also gain experience in practical design and manufacture related to electrical engineering.

You will learn how to safely carry out a range of basic workshop procedures using standard processes, and you should be able to demonstrate a commitment to undertaking the on-going personal development required to become a professional engineer. You will also carry out an experimental procedure in a range of different engineering disciplines and process data collected during an experiment to produce a formal written report with conclusions.

You will be provided with a good appreciation of the mechanical properties and behaviours that influence electrical systems, and be introduced to how parameters are measured. You will be taught how to appropriately use basic measurement principles and data treatment. The module will enable you to describe mechanical parameters such as heat, temperature, stress and strain, and design basic measurement systems for key mechanical parameters.

To introduce the essential principles of material science, applications and processing methods of different material groups.

This module aims to provide an overview of the operation of modern microprocessors/microcontrollers and the mechanisms used to represent and process information. Design and implementation applications are written in both low level and high level languages.

You will be taught how to apply the laws of thermodynamics to open and closed systems, and how to analyse heat and work transfers during thermodynamic processes and cycles. You will also analyse hydrostatics and fluid flow, and apply the governing equations of fluid dynamics for simplified flow.

Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters27 weeksSeptemberJune
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters27 weeksJanuaryAugust

Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students

Age: 18+

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5* (minimum 5.5 in writing and all other skill areas)

Good high school graduation grades or equivalent, plus one year of further study. Please see below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

AlgeriaSuccessful completion of Bacc de l'Enseignment Secondaire overall 12/20
BangladeshHSC with overall GPA 3.25 (55%), with 55% or above in Maths & English. Maximum age 22 years & 364 days
China (Mainland)SH3 with 80% or above in 4 or more key subjects
SH2 with 60% or above in 4 or more key subjects plus successfully completed 1 year of further year of study with a pass
EgyptSuccessful completion of Thanaweya - overall grade 80%
GhanaOND or Ghanaian A Level or Polytechnic Diploma
IndiaSuccessful completion of Standard 10+2 - minimum 50% overall
IndonesiaSuccessful completion of SMU 3 - GPA 7.0 with 4 relevant subjects
IranHigh School - 11/20 + Pre University Year Peeshdaneshgahe 12/20
JapanHigh School/Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate - GPA 3.0
JordanSuccessful completion of Year 12 Tawjihi (General Seceondary Education) overall 70%
KazakhstanSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education + 1 further year of study
KoreaSuccessful completion of High School Diploma (4th Grade, or lower if the student can demonstrate 1 further year of study)
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate - 60% + 1 further year of study
MalaysiaSTPM or A Levels - 2 Principal passes
MexicoSuccessful completion of Bachillerato with average grade of 75%. Or 65% with 1 further year of study
MoroccoSuccessful completion of Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12/20 overall
MyanmarBasic Education High School Matriculation - minimum of 60% achieved overall, including 60% in 4 relevant subjects + 1 further year of study
NigeriaNational Diploma or Certificate
PakistanSuccessful completion of High Secondary Certificate - 55% overall
QatarHigh School Certificate + evidence of further study
RussiaSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT with GPA of 3.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
Saudi ArabiaPart study of Diploma Level Studies
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High 3 at 70%. If GPA is lower than 70% + 1 further year of study
ThailandHigh School Certificate MAW6 - average GPA 3.0 in academic subjects including GPA 3.0 for Maths and Science subjects
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 55% overall
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihi + 1 further year of study
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT with minimum GPA 6.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with GPA 7.5 overall

Other qualifications

The Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate)22 points (subject pass mark = 3)

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.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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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.

Progression to MEng possible, only once student is at university and meets specific conditions:

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Key facts

Course length: Two Semesters
Entry dates: September or January

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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