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 ‘progression degrees’ box at the side 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.
We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn. For information on later term dates, please contact one of our Education Advisers.
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 your English language ability by taking an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. A higher score means your course will be shorter and you will progress to the University of Glasgow faster.
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 start date||Course length|
|5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate||14-Sep-15||2 terms|
|5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate (Enhancement)||26-Oct-15||2.5 terms|
|5.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate (0.5T Preparatory English)||26-Oct-15||2.5 terms|
|5.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate (Language)||14-Sep-15||3 terms|
|5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate (Enhancement)||14-Sep-15||3 terms|
|5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate (Maths & Science)||14-Sep-15||3 terms|
|4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any skill*||Foundation Certificate (1T Preparatory English)||14-Sep-15||3 terms|
* All scores are IELTS.