International Foundation in Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Physical Sciences


Program Description

Offering direct entry into the first year of a university degree in a range of subjects such as engineering, mathematics, applied geology, renewable energy and physics.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • multiple start dates

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support

Where will it take me?

Our progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

20th in the UK for Computer Science

(The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)

This course also leads to the following undergraduate degrees at the University of Exeter:

College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Geology
  • MGeol (Hons) Applied Geology
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • MSci (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics
  • MSci (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • MEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering and Management
  • MEng (Hons) Engineering and Management
  • BEng (Hons) Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Materials Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematics, Business and Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Accounting
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Economics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Management
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematics (Climate Science)
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematics (Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics)
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematics (Mathematical Biology)
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Ecology and Evolution)
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Energy Systems and Control)
  • MSci (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Environmental Science)
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mining Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences
  • MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
  • BSc (Hons) Renewable Energy
  • BEng (Hons) Energy Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Energy Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • MGeol (Hons) Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • BSc (Hons) Geology
  • MGeol (Hons) Geology

What is special about the programme?

The Foundation leads to the award of the Foundation Certificate and combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree

As well as a guaranteed conditional offer from the University of Exeter for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

You'll receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies. The International Liaison Office will help with your application to the University of Exeter and arrange visits to your academic college, so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

Teaching methods

You will benefit from use of the University’s workshop facilities, such as tensile testing and the electronic labs, for practical work. Some modules are also taught in INTO’s own laboratories. Day trips are also organised to see engineering in action, with recent trips including a guided tour of Bloodhound SSC, and a Formula Student event at Silverstone race track.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

Key course facts

Course length: 3 or 4 terms (9 or 12 months)

Start dates: July, September, October and January

Fees: From £18,495

Leads to a degree in: Subjects such as engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science and geology

Entry requirements

Age: 17 years and above

Academic: Completed 12 years of schooling with very good grades, including minimum Year 12 pass in maths

English language: IELTS 5.0 - 5.5 or equivalent

Don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer an Academic English course

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

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