Equivalent to the first year of a Scottish degree, the International Year One in Science (previously called the International Foundation) leads you directly into year two of a number of specialist degrees from Biomedical Science to Pharmacology.
Why apply for the International Foundation programme?
- guaranteed university placement for all successful students
- equivalent to a first year Scottish undergraduate degree programme
- direct entry to the second year of undergraduate study
- full university status
There are three-course options available:
- International Year One (3 terms) - this is the standard option
- Extended International Year One (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
- 5-term International Year One (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support, with lower English language entry requirements
Where will it take me?
This International Year One programme leads you directly into year two of the following undergraduate degrees at Glasgow Caledonian University:
School of Health and Life Sciences
- BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science*
- BSc (Hons) Cell and Molecular Biology
- BSc (Hons) Food Biosciences
- BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation
- BSc (Hons) Microbiology ^
- BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
- BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing** ^
- BSC (Hons) Optometry* **
- BSc (Hons) Orthoptics**
- BSc (Hons) Pharmacology
* Students progressing to BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science or BSc (Hons) Optometry require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
**You will progress into year 1 of an undergraduate degree (instead of year 2).
^New progression option (not available for those starting the International Year One in January 2017)
GCU is ranked 5th in the UK for Ophthalmics (The Complete University Guide 2017)
Optometry is limited by restrictions in number of students which the University can take. Entry is considered by the School of Life Sciences on a case-by-case basis.
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.
11th in the UK for Food Science
(The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017)
What is special about this programme?
The International Foundation programme prepares you for entry to year two of an undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. This programme ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for second-year entry to Glasgow Caledonian University.
In Scotland, INTO academic preparation courses count directly towards your degree, meaning it is possible to graduate with an ordinary degree after just two further years of study following the International Year One course - a great opportunity to get a head start in your career.
You'll also benefit from:
- a quality assured university programme
- a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
- a conditional offer of a place on a relevant undergraduate degree at Glasgow Caledonian University
- multiple start dates
- the highest levels of personal care and support
Who should apply for the International Year One programme?
If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Year One 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 in the International Year One programme in order to change your specialist subject.
This course is not available for UK or EU students.
Key course facts
Course length: 3 - 5 terms (9 - 15 months)
Start dates: January, June and September 2018
Fees: From £13,995
Age: 17 years and above
Academic: Completed 12 years of schooling with good grades
English language: IELTS 4.5 - 5.5 or equivalent
Don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer an Academic English course
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