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International Foundation Certificate - Engineering and Computing

This is a broad course encompassing key principles of both disciplines. Designed to give you a foundation in real-world systems, to prepare you for a degree across a range of exciting areas including Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Aeronautical Engineering.

Course Overview

Fast-paced, exciting and challenging, the computing or engineering sectors have plenty to offer ambitious students – high job satisfaction, above-average salaries and a choice of sectors in which to work.

The DMUIC International Foundation Certificate: Engineering and Computing will help you start your career in these fascinating fields.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Modules you will study


This module will help you to develop basic mathematical skills relevant to Engineering and Computing.  You will study trigonometry, algebra, functions and calculus. No one is expected to have a higher level of mathematical background than GCSE Grade C or equivalent. You will learn using practical examples to solve a range of engineering and computing problems.

Engineering Sciences

This highly practical double module aims to introduce to you the most important concepts of both mechanical and electrical theory and practice.  The mechanical content introduces topics such as conversion of units, linear motion, forces, stress and strain, Newton’s second law, work, energy and power, fluids, pressure and thermodynamics.  The electrical content includes resistor tolerances, Ohm’s law, current and voltage division, Kirchoff’s law, AC current, the oscilloscope and signal generator, batteries and capacitors.

Problem Solving and Programming

In this module, you will work on practical computing applications. It is assumed that you will have little or no prior experience of computer programming. You will gain an understanding of how data is used and acquire problem solving skills and computer logic, plus you will gain hands-on experience of developing and executing simple software programmes.  All these skills are used in undergraduate computing degrees.

Creative Technology Project

This module is studied in the final term of the IYZ and brings together learning from the other modules studied during the previous two terms. You will apply your newly-gained engineering and computing knowledge plus you will develop transferable skills such as project management and problem solving, project planning and scoping, project monitoring and team work.

E-Commerce Computing

This module will provide you with a practical introduction to the technology, terminology, and business aspects of the world wide web and tabular data. You will develop a website and a database for a given simulated business using current standards and appropriate software. You will use an e-commerce system involving both a database and the world wide web.

Computer Skills and Research

This module will help students develop the IT, mathematical, communication, research and study skills required to prepare for specialist IT and computing degrees. Students will develop their ability to research, interpret and utilise primary sources of information; they will gain practice in using the library and internet research and demonstrate a practical, working understanding of intellectual property in order to avoid plagiarism. An insight into ethical issues relating to IT will also be explored.

Key Information



4 years:1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

September 2023


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