Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies

Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies


The Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) formally called the International Foundation Year (IFY) is a one year pre-university qualification which includes a significant degree of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide an entry route to UK and international university courses or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business and Business IT.

The L3IFDHES aims to improve general and academic English language ability, enhance study skills and cultural understanding and introduce academic study in English in the fields of computing and/or business at a suitable level.

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For entry onto the NCC Education L3IFDHES qualification students must have at least one of the following:

  • Students  must  have successfully  completed secondary  school  education.


  • 1 GCE ‘O’ Level Pass

Students must also meet the English language entry requirements of:

  • IELTS minimum score of 4.5 or above


  • GCE ‘O’ Level English D7 or above


To complete the qualification a student must study and pass eight units.

The qualification consists of six core units:

  • Developing English Language Skills – This module helps students to develop English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve one’s reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English. It guides students through Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.
  • Advanced English Language Skills – This module enables a student to put into practice the language acquired and develop this into an advanced user of English. Students will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending the knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
  • English for Academic Purposes – This module helps students to develop the understanding and use of key linguistic skills where necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment.
  • Study and Communication Skills – This module equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures to your studies.
  • Culture Studies – This module enables students to gain awareness and an increased understanding of other cultures. Students will learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
  • Foundation Mathematics – This module builds upon student’s knowledge of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for their future career.

A further two units must be taken from a choice of eight electives:

  • Introduction to Computer Science – This module provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
  • Introduction to Programming – This module exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic, to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.
  • Introduction to Business – This module provides an introduction to the purpose, types and organisation of businesses. Students become familiar with a range of business concepts such as basic marketing practices.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics – This module introduces the key principles of accounting and economics. Students become accustomed to concepts such as market structures and monetary policy and also learn how to produce simple financial statements.
  • Further Mathematics – This module provides students with an understanding of different mathematical concepts and ideas, building on the work covered in the Foundation Mathematics module. It will allow students to develop further algebraic techniques on a broad range of mathematical topics, building towards area often seen and used in university courses.
  • Physics – This module equips students with a fundamental background of the principles of physics. It focuses on Newton’s mechanics, electrostatics and electrodynamics. The principles of thermal physics and magnetism are also introduced.
  • Chemistry – This module enables you to gain an understanding of the three main branches of chemistry: inorganic, physical and organic. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated using several practical laboratory sessions.
  • Biology – This module introduces the fundamental ideas of how the human body works. Starting with the cell as the building blocks of life and the looking at each of the major body systems. The purpose of this to give the underpinning knowledge which will prepare students to study health related subjects at higher levels.

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