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International Academy

Extended International Foundation Year (4.5) in Science and Engineering

Why choose this course?


The Extended International Foundation Year will allow you to develop your capabilities to study in a specific subject as well as enhancing your English language skills. You will develop an understanding of the expectations and the academic skills required to study successfully for a degree in the UK. On successful completion of the course, you will then be able to apply for a degree course at the University of Wolverhampton, subject to professional body requirements.

During the course, you will study a mixture of subject specific modules, for example:

  • Advanced Mathematical skills or Introduction to Business

and more general modules

  • Getting Ahead as an International Student - that will expand your English language and learning skills in preparation for your higher education journey.

You are encouraged to increase the benefit of the various tasks undertaken in the general study skills/language modules by applying them to some of the topics from your chosen academic subject.

To summarise, the course will give you;

• An introduction to your chosen specialist subject

• A solid foundation in the key academic skills like research and referencing that will support degree level study.

• Academic language development skills

• A choice of pathways based on your chosen degree course

The International Academy is accredited by the British Council (Accreditation UK) for the quality of English Language provision.


What happens on the course?

Please note that this course is undergoing a review and some modules may be different from those advertised.

Our dedicated staff provide expert support and tuition to help prepare you for your future study choices, a typical week will include 15-20 contact hours (teacher-led learning).

All modules include a number of tutorial sessions either in small group sessions or one-to-one.

You will have access to extensive online facilities, as well as our learning centres/ libraries, allowing you to make the most of the resources available to you.

The learning activities students engage in are:

  • Exploration
  • Orientation
  • Reflection
  • Planning
  • Developing practical skills for learning
  • Developing practical digital literacy skills
  • Developing practical information literacy skills
  • Scenario based work

Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutor-led/group-led group discussions
  • One to one and group tutorials
  • Presentations to peers by individuals or groups
  • Workshops

Students are assessed in the following ways:

  1. Case study: summative assessment on project work undertaken throughout the period
  2. Seminar: summative assessment on the student’s ability to research and discuss a topic
  3. Portfolio of written tasks

Tests and examinations

You are assessed by completing a wide range of learning activities that will be appropriate to the learning outcomes of the individual modules that you study. The assessments are designed to give you experience of and to develop skills that you will need for further study in higher education in the UK

There are two types of assessment used on this course:

  • Formative assessment will help to guide, encourage and support you to understand the expectations of your chosen academic study and general expectations of studying at a HE level. Advice will be given that is relevant to the learning outcomes and assessment criteria and will identify areas for improvement or enhancement.
  • Summative assessment is marked against learning outcomes and assessment criteria. It will give you your grade that will contribute to your course award.

Typical modules for Semester 1 may include:

  • 3EG013 Pre sessional English Language Skills Intermediate
  • 3EG007 Language Production Skills: Grammar, Writing and Speaking
  • 3L1001 Getting ahead as an International Student

Option for Science and Engineering:

  • 3MM001 Fundamental Mathematical Skills

Typical modules for Semester 2 may include:

  • 3L1003 Learning in a Digital Environment
  • 3MM002 Advanced Mathematical Skills

Options for Science and Engineering

  • 3ET006 Electrical Technology or 3ET005 Mechanical Technology or 3PY001 Orientation to Pharmaceutical Studies, 3AB002 Introduction to Bioscience, 3BM001 Introduction to Healthcare Science, 3BM002 Principles of Biomedical Science, 3CC001 Fundamentals of Computing, 3CN002 Orientation to Infrastructure and Design, 3CN003 Orientation to the Built Environment, 3CH001 Chemistry for Foundation Science.

Potential Career Paths

The aim of this course is to allow students to progress onto a degree programme in your chosen subject at the University of Wolverhampton (or at another UK university which recognises the programme), subject to professional body requirements.

Most of our Extended International Foundation Year students continue onto their chosen degree programmes at the University of Wolverhampton, but should you wish to progress to another University we have a progression agreement with Oxford Brookes University, provided you meet the following conditions:

  • Evidence of a completed High School Certificate with satisfactory results.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Programme at the University of Wolverhampton with a minimum grade of 60/65% for most Oxford Brookes University undergraduate programmes. Oxford Brookes University may also require minimum marks on specific modules.
  • Fully completed UCAS application form, with an appropriate personal statement and good academic references from tutors.
  • Proof of English language proficiency. For most programmes this will be an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing. Law and Psychology require IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Reading and Writing.

We also have a progression agreement with Brighton University for their undergraduate Business courses only, subject to conditions which include WEPE/IELTS 6 overall with 6 in writing and minimum 5.5 in other areas.

We are also having ongoing discussions with several other institutions.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

On the Extended International Foundation Year, you will join our friendly community at Telford Innovation Campus. You will have some teaching in the historic Priorslee Hall, where the International Academy is based.


Telford Innovation Campus has social areas with comfy sofas, TVs and games consoles, table tennis and tea and coffee making facilities. It also has outdoor exercise equipment, sports field, and a floodlit hard court for football, basketball and tennis.

You will also be taught at our Wolverhampton City Campus, which has a wealth of facilities for students both on campus and in the city. Take a quick tour to see what’s available. And you can travel for free during term-time between the campuses by using the University’s shuttle bus service, which also stops in Telford Town Centre.

The International Academy is based in the historic Priorslee Hall at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus in Shropshire. The International Academy provides a friendly place of welcome in safe, relaxed surroundings.

Telford Town Centre is nearby which has many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Telford Central rail station enables easy travel around the UK and a free shuttle bus provides regular transport to the other University of Wolverhampton campuses.

Course leader for the International Foundation Year, Mr Alistair MacDonald , has many years of experience and expertise in teaching English and counselling international students at the International Academy.

He provides one-to-one contact with the International Foundation Year students at the International Academy.

He also teaches and visits our partner institutions in Cyprus, China and Sri Lanka and provides a strategic and fundamental link for continuing and progressing international education at the University of Wolverhampton.

He was recently nominated for the University of Wolverhampton’s staff excellence awards and is also an external advisor for other universities.

You will also benefit from the range of expertise from various members of academic staff for your subject-specific learning.

On completing the Extended International Foundation Year, you will be well prepared for further academic study at the University of Wolverhampton (or another UK university which recognises the programme), subject to professional body requirements.

You will be able to:

  • Identify key concepts and theories appropriate to your chosen subject context.
  • Select and utilise appropriate information for given situations and scenarios.
  • Demonstrate the origins of your ideas by referencing sources used in your work.
  • Express and present findings using appropriate language and conventions for academic audiences.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of capabilities to work within a digital environment.
  • Identify different learning styles and reflect on your own learning and personal development.

Location Mode Fee Year
International Full-time £11220 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

  • A pass at High School Certificate or equivalent.
  • Students will need to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as UKVI IELTS and achieve B1 to meet UKVI requirements. IELTS 4.5 overall with no less than 4.5 in writing and 4.0 in all other elements.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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