An engineering student at the University of Leeds

Science, Engineering and Computing

International Foundation Year

What you will learn

During the International Foundation Year in Science, Engineering and Computing, you will study core and optional modules which are carefully tailored for your academic development and chosen area of study. Find out about what kind of work you will be undertaking as a part of this pathway here.

Key facts

Duration: 2 semesters (one academic year)

Start dates: September or January

English language entry requirements: Minimum of IELTS 5.0 (including 5.0 in writing)*

Academic requirements: Good high-school graduation grades, or equivalent

Age: 17+

*Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Term dates

September 2022
18/9/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 25/5/2023
January 2023
8/1/2023 - 30/3/2023
23/4/2023 - 27/7/2023



This module aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, which will enable you to achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.


During your foundation year, you will complete a self-study project on a topic you will choose in consultation with your tutor. By the end of this module, you will be able to produce an extended piece of work in the discipline area of your intended degree course, through an on-going, supervised, self-study approach. The project should use a broad range of source material to present a coherent, digital piece of work, which combines a balanced factual content with a critical commentary.


Pure Mathematics modules will provide you with a basic knowledge of pure mathematics and its application, relevant to undergraduate degree programmes. You will be able to understand mathematical notation, terminology, convention and units, understand and interpret in mathematical terms verbal, graphical and tabular information, and manipulate mathematical expressions.



Applied Mathematics will help prepare you with a basic knowledge of mechanics, and prepare you for development of mathematical applications in engineering, computer science and informatics. In Applied Mathematics 1 you will learn about vectors, forces and equilibrium, relative motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction and work, energy and power. Applied Mathematics 2 will cover advanced vectors, forces as fixed vectors, centres of gravity/centres of mass and particle dynamics.


Pure Mathematics 2 will cover straight lines and linear equations, set theory and probability, statistics, linear programming, indices and logarithms and experimental law. This will also broaden your understanding of the subject in preparation for many different engineering pathways.


You will develop and demonstrate core mathematical skills, including algebra and statistics, relevant to an undergraduate degree course. You will study core mathematical principles and tools as stated within the module curriculum, and practice taught skills within class work and self-study assignments and practice questions similar to the format of those within the final examination.


This module will provide you with a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves. At the end of this module, you will be able to apply the appropriate laws of physics to problem solving in these areas.


This module will provide you with a basic knowledge of electrical current and charge, potential difference, resistance, capacitance, transistors and amplifiers, electrical fields, gravitational fields, magnetic fields and electromagnetic fields.


In Chemistry you will learn formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding. You will understand the basis of atomic and molecular structure and of chemical bonding, and recognise the differences in properties between ions and molecules. You will also be able to use the mole concept and balance chemical equations, with an understanding of the principles of redox reactions.


This module will help you to develop the basic principles of Chemistry, building on the knowledge, understanding and skills learned in Chemistry 1. You will be able to present chemical data and ideas in a clear form. You will understand how chemical reactions work and the main factors which affect them, with particular reference to equilibria including acid-base equilibria.


In this module you will learn about biological molecules, cellular structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways.


In this module you will study physiological processes, particularly in humans, including the cardio-vascular, nervous, digestive and reproductive systems, control and coordination and osmo-regulation.

Progression Degrees

You will be required to take an AES test at the end of your course, details of AES requirements below. This means that once you successfully complete the International Foundation Year, you will be ready to start your degree at the University of Leeds.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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Students must study Introduction to Physics and Advanced Physics

  • Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons
  • Automotive Engineering MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons
  • Aviation Technology with Pilot Studies and Management BEng (Hons)

Students must study Advanced Biology and Advanced Chemistry

  • Biochemistry MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Biological Sciences MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Biological Sciences (Biotechnology with Enterprise) MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Biology MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Ecology & Conservational Biology MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Genetics MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Human Physiology MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Medical Biochemistry MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Medical Microbiology BSc (Hons)
  • Medical Sciences MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Microbiology MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Neuroscience MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Pharmacology MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)
  • Zoology MBiol (Hons / BSc (Hons)

Students must study Introduction to Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry

  • Chemistry BSc (Hons) / MChem (Hons)
  • Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) / MChem (Hons)

Students must study Introduction to Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry and Introduction to Pure Maths and Advanced Maths

  • Chemistry & Mathematics BSc (Hons) / MChem (Hons)

Students must study Introduction to Physics and Advanced Physics or Introduction to Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry

  • Chemical and Energy Engineering MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)
  • Chemical and Nuclear Engineering MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)
  • Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons) / BEng (Hons)

The relevant modules will depend on the pathway chosen and the route the student chooses at the International Study Centre

  • Natural Sciences MNatSCi (Hons) / BSc (Hons)

Why study Science, Engineering and Computing with us?

This International Foundation Year will prepare you to progress on to multiple degrees at the University of Leeds, which is one of the UK’s leading universities, and has many degree subject areas ranked in the country’s top 5. More benefits that come with choosing to study here are as follows.


With a central focus on advanced research facilities, The School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds is a part of one of the largest, globally renowned, academic engineering groups in the UK.


Ranked 6th in the UK for this specialised subject, the University of Leeds’ School of Computing has a world-class reputation for engagement with industry, as well as highly praised research and teaching models.


You will benefit from the strong enterprising industry links that the University of Leeds has to offer. Designed to prepare you with knowledge valued in scientific business, this pathway will additionally develop your real-life business skills through our CareerAhead programme.


Designed for international students, this programme takes a unique, focused approach to teaching and curriculum. Your learning will be structured in the same way as University teaching, with an aim to individually support you as you enter into the British education system.

University of Leeds subject rankings

8th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

8th in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering

5th in the UK for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

(Source: The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)