International Study Centre

International Year One in Engineering

Find out more about International Year One in Engineering

New January 2021 start available

Progress to LJMU in September 2021.

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.

  • 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.

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 this module, 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. In addition, you will develop analytical skills necessary for problem solving in the world of engineering.

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 Plans

IELTS Length Sep - Dec Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jun - Aug Sep
5 (minimum of 5 in writing and 4 in all other skill areas) 2 Semesters     Start your
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Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students
Age: 18+
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0* (minimum 5.0 in writing)

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

Country Qualification
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 60%
China (Mainland) Successful completion of Senior High 3 at an average of 80% or above
Ghana OND or Ghanaian A Level or Polytechnic Diploma
India Successful completion of Standard 10+2 - minimum 50% overall
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU 3 - GPA 7.0 with 4 relevant subjects
Iran High School - 11/20 + Pre University Year Peeshdaneshgahe 12/20
Japan High School/Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate - GPA 3.0
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi + 1 year of further study
Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education + 1 further year of study
Korea Successful completion of High School Diploma (4th Grade, or lower if the student can demonstrate 1 further year of study)
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate - 60% + 1 further year of study
Malaysia STPM or A Levels - 2 Principal passes
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato with average grade of 75%. Or 65% with 1 further year of study
Myanmar Basic Education High School Matriculation - minimum of 60% achieved overall, including 60% in 4 relevant subjects + 1 further year of study
Nigeria National Diploma or Certificate
Pakistan Successful completion of High Secondary Certificate - 55% overall
Qatar High School Certificate + evidence of further study
Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT with GPA of 3.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
Saudi Arabia Part study of Diploma Level Studies
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High 3 at 70%. If GPA is lower than 70% + 1 further year of study
Thailand High School Certificate MAW6 - average GPA 3.0 in academic subjects including GPA 3.0 for Maths and Science subjects
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lisen Bitirme Diplomasi - GPA 3.0 (60%)
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihi + 1 further year of study
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT with minimum GPA 6.5 + successful completion of 1 further year of study
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with a GPA 7.5 overall and GPA 7.5 for Maths and Science subjects

Other qualifications

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

We understand you may face disruption in receiving your final academic results and English language test in 2020. Whilst our courses are online, we have introduced the following changes so that you can start your journey and we can get you to where you want to be.

For academic results we will take in to account your individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement. For further information about this, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor or make an online enquiry, or contact your local agent.

For courses starting this academic year (2020/21), if you are starting virtually from your home country, we have expanded the list of English tests we will accept for entry to programmes at Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre. Find out more here.

Please note that when teaching transitions from online to on-campus delivery, you will need to obtain a UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa purposes before you can travel to the UK to continue your studies.

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 Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Architectural Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Marine and Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Mechatronics and Autonomous Systems BEng (Hons) 40% 50% with 40% in each component

*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.

Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015 (as well as information about valid SELT tests if taken before 6 April 2015**). To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

** SELT taken before 6th April 2015 is only valid if used as part of a Student visa application submitted before 5th November 2015. The certificate is subject to the validity periods as outlined in the table in the link above.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.