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International Stage One

The International Stage One (IS1) offers you a different start to your undergraduate study at University, strengthening English abilities and introducing core concepts and key knowledge required in your chosen subject area.

Why study the International Stage One?

The IS1 is the first year of a four year International Incorporated Bachelors. And its designed to strengthen your English language abilities and introduce core concepts and knowledge required at university study level.  Once you have successfully completed your studies you will continue the remaining stages of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

Why study this course

Achieve degree requirements

If you don’t currently meet the English language level and academic skills for direct entry onto a undergraduate degree, then you may need to study the IS1 programme. Once you successfully complete the programme, you can progress to your chosen degree at the university.

Individual support

Throughout your study of the IS1, you will benefit from small class sizes and support from qualified and experienced teachers.

Available Routes

The International Stage One is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree.

Discover your route to IFY

You can pick from a range of subject specific pathways that
you will study for one year. After successful completion, you
will receive a level 3 award and can then progress to year
one of your chosen university degree course.

ICD / IS1 / Nursing

Nursing focusses on providing care and support to individuals and is considered a highly rewarding career within the health care sector. The ICD pathway in nursing offers you an alternative route to a 3-year undergraduate nursing degree. Completing this course gives you both an academic and professional qualification that leads to you becoming a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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ICD / IS1 / Law, Psychology and Social Studies

Law, Psychology and Social Studies will enhance your understanding of societal structures, culture, politics and social science. This broad-based curriculum ensures that you can continue on to a wide range of degrees including Psychology and Law.

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ICD / IS1 / Art and Design

ICD / IS1 / Business and Economics

The IS1 in Business and Economics will give you a grounding in the basics of business, encompassing key economic, legal and management principles. You will also develop maths skills that are vital for understanding accounting practices.

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ICD / IS1 / Computing

An undergraduate degree in Computing will provide you with the understanding and ability to design and develop all types of software. This includes the fundamentals of computer science, the principles of programming and algorithms. Computing offers access to a range of future career opportunities such as Software development, Systems Analysis and Information Management.

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ICD / IS1 / Engineering

With so many career options and routes of study, our integrated degrees give you the best possible start to your academic studies in Engineering.

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ICD / IS1 / Life and Biomedical Sciences

The Life and Biomedical Sciences pathway at ICD allows you to access a range of exciting undergraduate degrees – such as Pharmacology or Molecular Biology.

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Key Features of the IFY

Small class sizes

up to 18

Student life abroad

You’ll quickly adjust to
the way of life in your
chosen student city


your academic study