International Foundation Programme Computing, Technology and Mathematics - Prep Diploma

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Why study this course?

This course will give you the chance to spend a year preparing for a university degree course in London. You'll be able to develop your subject knowledge, English language skills and the study skills you will need to go on to a degree course.

More about this course

The International Foundation Programme Computing, Technology and Mathematics course is a one-year programme designed to prepare EU and overseas students for an undergraduate degree at London Met.

You’ll be introduced to key concepts in computing, technology and mathematics, develop key study and English language skills, and gain an orientation to higher education in the UK.

It will also introduce you to academic study in the UK and, if necessary, help you to reach a level equivalent to at least 5.5 IELTS in English. You'll be registered as a London Metropolitan University student, and successful students are guaranteed a place on a suitable degree course at London Met.

For more information about life here as an international student please see the international section of our website.

Please note that there is no UK public (or Student Finance England) funding available for this course.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through examinations, essays, practical reports and presentations.

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code N/A
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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • good results in 12 years of education, and to have completed high school or similar in your own country.

You can apply before you have your results.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (January start)

    - to develop the students competence and confidence in the use of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
    - to enable students to communicate effectively with their peers and fellow and teachers
    - to accustomise students with the conventions and the practices of academic English
    - to develop students’ vocabulary, grammar and academic English in relation to their chosen subject pathways

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module introduces the basic concepts, and the design, of Analogue and Digital Electronics Communication Systems and Computer Networks. The module is designed to deliver basic concepts and applications through hands-on practical workshops.

    It is assessed by Progress Tests: Test 1 (week due 14), 25% weighting; Test 2 (Week due 24), 25%; Duration: 1 Hour each; and Coursework Assignment: Logbook (week due 30), 50%;

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to a range of mathematical techniques involving algebraic properties and graphs of the algebraic, logarithm, exponential and trigonometric functions. Furthermore the module introduces mathematical techniques of differentiation and integration of simple functions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Thursday morning

    The module introduces students to theoretical concepts underpinning computer software design; and to programming using a high-level language concentrating on sequence, selection, iteration (loops) and list processing. It is assessed by three individual online tests (20%, 20%, and 30% weighting) and a group programming assignment (30% weighting).

    It aims to enable the student to use a programming language in a familiar and confident way in a variety of practical situations, and to use an integrated programming development environment competently.
    It also enables the student to design and write simple programs, individually and in groups, using the programming language constructs described in the syllabus below; and to develop techniques to ensure software quality and robustness, and to produce a reflective report.

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The course will enable you to improve your English and gain the skills you need for degree-level study. You can choose from one of the following subject pathways:

  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Art, Media and Design
  • Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Computing, Technology and Mathematics
  • Humanities & Social Science
  • Law

You will study a combination of modules from your subject pathway giving you an introduction to your subject area. You will also improve your learning and research skills, and take English modules, should you need to improve your language skills.

Foundation English: teaches you the written and spoken English language you need for study at University in the United Kingdom.

Foundation Studies: covers all the skills you need for higher education study – finding information, reading, & writing essays.

You also study modules specific to your pathway, giving you an introduction to your subject area.

After the course

If you pass the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you'll be automatically offered a place on a computing, technology or mathematics-related undergraduate degree.

You can study the IFP from September to June or from January to July. You can then join your chosen bachelors degree in the following September.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

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When to apply

We accept applications for all courses starting in September one year before the start of the course. You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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