The Foundation Certificate in Engineering teaches a broad range of introductory technical courses that enable students to reach a GCE ‘A’ level equivalent standard.
All foundation certificate courses at Glasgow International College contain two elements:
Academic skills modules
These modules develop key academic skills including research, writing, presentation and analysis skills.
During your engineering foundation course you will cover core subjects of your chosen area of study, such as Foundation Mathematics and the Fundamentals of Science. Following this, you will progress to more specialised studies that focus on the topics and skills needed most in your chosen undergraduate degree course.
All modules are specifically designed to meet the needs of foundation engineering-level international students. The Foundation Certificate is taught specifically with your progression to the University of Glasgow in mind.
Integrated English preparation
English language tuition is also provided for those students who need extra help with developing their English.
You may need to improve your English language skills as well as your academic skills on your course. We can add an integrated English preparation to your offer automatically if your English language level does not meet the minimum requirements.
Find out more about our English language tuition.
The Foundation Certificate in Engineering is equivalent to year 1 of an undergraduate degree course at the University of Glasgow.
Upon successful completion of your course to the required level you will progress directly onto year 2 of your chosen degree course at the University.
To see these degrees, click on the ‘degrees’ tab at the top of the page.
Foundation engineering course outline (2 term*)
Three core academic skills modules:
Two core English language modules:
Two core subject modules:
Three engineering pathway modules:
* 3-term courses contain additional English language modules.
Progression is to year 2 of a degree course at the University of Glasgow.
Your place at the University of Glasgow is guaranteed if you successfully complete your course(s) at Glasgow International College to the required level.
The following progression routes are available:
Direct entry to year 2 of:
* Joint Course with Glasgow School of Art.
We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn. Please note, the tables below show the start and end dates of term one only. For information on later term dates, please contact one of our Personal Education Planners.
Courses start at 2 terms, and can go up to 4 terms depending on your academic and English needs.
Entry to the Foundation Certificate requires you to have passed Grade 12 (or equivalent).
You will need to show proof of English language ability – usually an IELTS or Pearson test (or equivalent Secure English Language Test as shown on the UKVI SELT approved list). A higher IELTS score means your course will be shorter and you can progress to the University more quickly.
UK universities demand a very high level of English from all international students. Students with a lower level of English will be placed on a preparation course that is longer and includes both English language lessons and academic and subject lessons.
English language level
|Course||Enrolment date||Course length||Term one end date|
|5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate||12 Jan 2015||2 terms||10 Apr 2015|
|4.0 in all skills*||Foundation Certificate (Preparatory English)||09 Feb 2015||4 terms||08 May 2015|
*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent SELT (as shown on the UKVI SELT approved list) would be acceptable.