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.

Academic and language support

The Foundation Certificate in Engineering is integrated with academic and language support to help you improve your English language skills and progress to university successfully.

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 the ‘progression degrees’ box at the side of the page.

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.

Start date

We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn. For information on later term dates, please contact one of our education advisers.
See key course dates

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 your English language ability by taking an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.

UK universities demand a very high level of English from all international students. Our university preparation courses are integrated with academic and language support to help you improve your English language skills and progress to university successfully.