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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

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.

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide. 

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context. 

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning. 

Optional modules

The module aims to provide an introduction to diodes, transistors and the small-signal equivalent circuits as well as the use of operational amplifiers.

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.

The module aims to provide an introduction to Boolean Logic and the operation of combinational and sequential digital logic circuits.

The module aims to enhance knowledge and understanding of the essential mathematics underpinning electrical and electronic engineering. The module will develop intellectual abilities in selecting and applying appropriate circuit analysis techniques for analysing various electrical and electronic circuits.

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.

The module aims to introduce the essential principles of material science and engineering with reference to an essential element in mechanical design and materials section. 

The aim of this module is to introduce electromechanical systems focusing on applications in the areas of Mechanical Engineering. The module covers the essential concepts of electrical circuits including AC and DC systems and digital electronics.

The students undertaking this module will gain lab experience within the university. They will gain experience in practical design of electronic circuits including prototyping and PCB design and manufacture as well as develop ability in data manipulation.

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the operation of modern microprocessors/microcontrollers and the mechanisms used to represent and process information 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 weeksOctoberMay
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters30 weeksNovemberAugust
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 60% or above in 4 or more key subjects

SH2 with 65% 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
MexicoBachillerato 65% or 55% + 1 year further 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 ArabiaTawjihiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) min 60% in 4 or more subjects including relevant subjects + 1 year of further study 
TaiwanSH3 (65%) or Senior High 3  + 1 year of further study if lower than 65%

Year 12 (MAW 6)  with GPA 2.3 (inc 2.3 in Maths and Science for Engineering IY1)


Completion of 1 year of post-secondary study (university or college)

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
VietnamYear 12 with GPA 6.5 overall. Lower grades accepted with evidence of further study

Other qualifications

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

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)

Alternative tests accepted include:

- IELTS Academic (non-UKVI)
- LanguageCert International ESOL
- TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- Cambridge ESOL
- Oxford Test of English
- Pearson PTE Academic (non-UKVI) / Online

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.

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: October or January

Semester dates

October 2023
1/10/2023 - 18/1/2024
21/1/2024 - 2/5/2024
January 2024
14/1/2024 - 2/5/2024
5/5/2024 - 1/8/2024
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