International Foundation Year | Diploma Level 3

NCC Education Foundation Year


NCC Education’s Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) is designed for speakers of English as a foreign language who are seeking to gain entry to Higher Education qualifications taught and assessed in English.

This Foundation Diploma is:

A valuable university preparation qualification which allows candidates to demonstrate their English language skills (both general and academic) together with key transferable study skills, cultural knowledge, and mathematical understanding, as well as an understanding of the essential concepts of business and economics (Business electives) or computer programming (Computing electives).

Regulated by Ofqual under the Regulated Qualifications Framework and is Quality assured and well established in the UK and worldwide.

Recognised and valued by many universities, both in the UK and in other countries. There are over fifty university progression routes to UK and overseas universities. For more details of the universities that successful L3IFDHES candidates can progress to, visit our website.

A pathway to NCC Education’s Level 4 Diploma qualifications and greater employment opportunities

This qualification is ideal for school leavers who need to brush up on basic skills such as English, Maths and study techniques. It also provides an introduction to a range of computing and IT topics.

Qualification and Unit Entry Requirements

  • Students must have successfully completed secondary school education in an appropriate range of subjects;


  • Have the required minimum result in the NCC Education Standard English Placement Test.


  • Have a valid score of 4.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent.

Students who successfully complete this qualification gain access to the first step within the degree pathway, the International Diploma in Computing.Candidates must pass all core Units and two elective Units to be awarded the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies certificate.

Core Units

Developing English Language Skills

Advanced English Language Skills

English For Academic Purposes

Study and Communication Skills

Culture Studies

Foundation Mathematics

Elective Units

Computing Units:

Introduction to Computing

Introduction to Programming


Business Units

Introduction to Business

Introduction to accounts and Economics


€4000: EU Students Full Price

€5500: Non EU Students Full Price

Full Time

Start Date

Monday 22nd January 2018

End Date

Monday 07th January 2019

Monday to Friday

9:00am to 3:15pm

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 4, 2019
This course is Campus based
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4,000 EUR
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