International Foundation Year in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
The International Foundation Year prepares you for university with English language and study skills practice, as well as subject-specific teaching. When you complete the programme, you will progress to the first year of your undergraduate degree. Learn more about how humans can work in harmony with the natural world and choose to progress to a degree in architecture, environmental geography or an engineering subject. You choose a route depending on which undergraduate degree you plan to study. Specialise in one of three routes: architecture, engineering, or physical sciences. Which route you choose impacts the modules you will study.
- Intakes: September (all routes) or January (not Medicine or Dental Surgery)
- Length: Two semesters
- Study mode: On campus or virtually
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High student satisfaction
100% of students on both MMath Mathematics and BSc Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Placement Year were satisfied with their course.
Source: 2019 National Student Survey
Your pathway to Cardiff University
Cardiff University International Study Centre puts you on the path to an exciting future. Our International Foundation Year develops your subject knowledge and English language skills, ready for your undergraduate degree. Progress to a respected Russell Group university. Degree programmes are enhanced by industrial collaboration, giving you the skills, experience and contacts to achieve your career goals.
What will I study?
As a student on the this pathway of the International Foundation Year, you will study all of the 'core' modules as well as additional modules depending on which subject route you choose.
The overall aim of the module is to provide students with a foundation in core mathematical concepts and theories in engineering and science disciplines. The module supports students to recall mathematical facts, concepts and techniques, and develop the mathematical background required for their studies at Higher Education in the UK.
Design Thinking and Idea GenerationThe overall aim of the module is to improve students’ understanding and critical appreciation of the ideas, practices and techniques in relation to design thinking processes, focusing particularly on how to structure a project, how to conduct research from a variety of primary and secondary data, and how to produce and generate ideas with on-going evaluation and reflection. Students will practise each stage of the creative process based on a given brief, considering the needs of clients and for a specific audience. Students will practise with appropriate and professional communication skills to boost their confidence in participating and discussing ideas. In addition, this is a preliminary module which consolidates fundamental skills for all future learning in a design project.
PhysicsThe overall aim of the module is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of foundations in physics including phases of matter, thermal properties of matter, elastic properties of solids, waves, electrical circuits, and basic data analytics skills. The module aims to develop students’ physics background, providing them with the sound foundation required for their studies at Higher Education in the UK. The module focuses on student-led activities to boost their confidence when carrying out practical tasks and applying their mathematical skills to solve physics problems. Additionally, students will build their technical English writing skills to critically analyse and discuss results obtained from practical tasks.
Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences modules
Core Chemistry 1The module will help students to develop skills and confidence in applying fundamental Chemistry concepts as well as thinking analytical. By recognising the crucial role of Chemistry to the chemical or biological and health sciences, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to study these topics in greater depth.
Core Chemistry 2The module will help students to develop skills and confidence in applying fundamental Chemistry concepts as well as thinking analytical. By recognising the crucial role of Chemistry to the chemical or biological and health sciences, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to study these topics in greater depth.