International Foundation in Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture

Overview

The International Foundation Year is designed for international students who would like to study an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University. If you don't have the grades required for direct entry, you need to practise your English, or you just want a softer start to your university experience, it could be a great choice for you.

Key information

The International Foundation Year prepares you for university with English language and study skills practice, as well as subject-specific teaching. When you complete the programme, you will progress to the first year of your undergraduate degree. Learn more about how humans can work in harmony with the natural world and choose to progress to a degree in architecture, environmental geography or an engineering subject. You choose a route depending on which undergraduate degree you plan to study. Specialise in one of three routes: architecture, engineering, or physical sciences. Which route you choose impacts the modules you will study.

  • With a Cardiff University degree, you’ll be amongst the UK’s most sought-after graduates. 96% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities, such as travelling (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20).
  • As an undergraduate, you’ll work alongside international scholars at the forefront of their subject, studying in a vibrant, research-intensive environment. You’ll be given a flavour of the research activities going on within your subject and will have the opportunity to take part in learning activities influenced by staff research interests. For example, optional modules based on staff research interest may be offered and case studies or experiments used in class may derive from live research projects.
  • You’ll also have the chance to contribute to a research project through paid work experience as part of our on-campus internship opportunities.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
17
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 2.5 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
2 Semesters: IELTS 5.0

Dates & Fees


September 2023 start
(2 Semesters)
Mon 25 September 2023 - Fri 14 June 2024
£19,250

Modules

Compulsory Modules
Design Thinking and Idea Generation
Physics
Pure Mathematics 1 & 2
Specialist Modules
Applied Mathematics
Core Chemistry 1 & 2
Fundamentals in Computing
Physics
Statistics
Urban Environment
Visual and Preceptual Studies Project

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available
Degree
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

Applied Software Engineering-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Architectural Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Architectural Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Architecture-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
55% min. in all modules

Architecture-MArch
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
55% min. in all modules

Astrophysics-BSc Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Astrophysics-MPhys
65%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Chemistry with a Placement Year Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% Core Chemistry

Chemistry with a Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% Core Chemistry

Chemistry-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% Core Chemistry

Civil Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Civil Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Civil and Environmental Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Computer Science with Security and Forensics with a Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Computer Science with Security and Forensics-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Computer Science with Year in Industry-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Computer Science-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Electrical and Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Electrical and Electronic Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Environmental Geography with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geography-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geography-MSci
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Environmental Geoscience-MSci
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology with a Professional Placement Year-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Exploration Geology-MSci
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Geology with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Geology-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Geology-MSci
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography and Planning with Professional Placement Year (Accredited)-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography and Planning-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography with a Professional Placement Year-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Human Geography-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Integrated Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Integrated Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Marine Geography with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Marine Geography with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Marine Geography-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Marine Geography-MSci
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics with a Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics Operational Research and Statistics-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics with a Professional Placement Year-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Min 60% in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2

Mathematics with a Professional Placement Year-MMath
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics with a Year Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Min 60% in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2

Mathematics with a Year Abroad-MMath
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Min 60% in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Professional Placement Year-MMORS
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Year Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics with a Year of Study Abroad-MMORS
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics-MMORS
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics-BSc Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mathematics-MMath
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics, Appllied Mathematics and Mathematics and Statistics 2)

Mechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Medical Engineering with a Year in Industry-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Medical Engineering-BEng
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
50% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physical Geography with a Year of Study Abroad-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Physical Geography-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Physical Geography-MSci
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Physics with Astronomy with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Astronomy with Professional Placement-MPhys
65%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Astronomy-BSc Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Astronomy-MPhys
65%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Medical Physics-BSc Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics with Professional Placement-MPhys
65%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Physics-MPhys
65%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills
60% min. Pure Mathematics and Appllied Mathematics

Urban Planning and Development (Sandwich)-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Urban Planning and Development-BSc (Hons)
60%
60% with no less than 40% in all skills