Foundation Certificate in Engineering

The Foundation Certificate in Engineering teaches a broad range of introductory technical courses that enable students to reach a GCE ‘A’ level equivalent standard.

Subject outline: foundation engineering

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.

Subject modules
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.

Progression to the University of Glasgow

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 ‘degrees’ on the right of this page under Related Links.

Subject modules

Foundation engineering course outline (2 term*)

Three core academic skills modules:

  • Skills for Study 1, 2 and 3

Two core English language modules:

  • Language for Study 2 and 3

Two core subject modules:

  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Science

Three engineering pathway modules:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Basic Engineering
  • Physical Sciences

* 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.

Start date

We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn.

Course length

Courses start at 2 terms, and can go up to 4 terms depending on your academic and English needs.

Academic entry requirements

Entry to the Foundation Certificate requires you to have passed Grade 12 (or equivalent).

English language entry requirements

You will need to show proof of English language ability – usually an IELTS or Pearson test (or equivalent Secure English Language Test – SELT). A higher IELTS score means your course will be shorter and you can progress to the University more quickly.

Preparatory English

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.


Your current
English language level
Course Enrolment date Course length
5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering 15 Sept 2014 2 Terms
5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (Maths & Science) 15 Sept 2014 3 Terms
5.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (Language) 15 Sept 2014 3 Terms
5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (Enhancement) 15 Sept & 6 Oct 2014 3 Terms
5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (Enhancement) 27 Oct 2014 2.5 Terms
5.0 with no less than 4.0 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (0.5T PE) 27 Oct 2014 2.5 Terms
4.5 with no less than 4.0 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (1T PE) 15 Sept 2014 3 Terms

*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent secure English language test would be accepted.


Your current
English language level
Course Enrolment date Course length
5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Foundation Certificate in Engineering 12 Jan 2015 2 Terms
4.0 in all skills* Foundation Certificate in Engineering (2T PE) 09 Feb 2015 4 Terms

*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent secure English language test would be accepted.