This course prepares you for an undergraduate degree in a range of science and engineering subjects at Newcastle University.
- need to improve your English language study skills within the context of science and engineering
- want to increase your subject knowledge of science and engineering
- core methods of calculus, differentiation and integration
- algebra, geometry and numerical methods
- specialist modules in chemistry, physics or computing
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us.
Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.
This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.
Choosing this course means that you'll get:
- a quality-assured university course
- full Newcastle University status
- a guaranteed offer on a designated undergraduate degree at Newcastle
- a campus-based course with access to university facilities
- active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
- a very supportive study environment
Modules for 2018/19 entry
Study Skills and ICT (20 credits)Study Skills and ICT (20 credits)
This module is designed to help you adjust to the specific nature, demands and expectations of UK higher education.
The skills covered include:
- taking notes in lectures and making notes from texts
- library and information skills
- using and interpreting data
- planning, preparing and checking assignments
- team-working skills
- oral presentation skills
- seminar skills
- examination and revision techniques
- using dictionaries and academic reference books
- information literacy and time management
You'll also develop competence in core ICT skills including the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, graphs and interpreting data, and web-based learning systems.
English for Academic Purposes (20 or 40 credits)English for Academic Purposes (20 or 40 credits)
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way:
The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on:
- private study
- student research
- student-led presentations
- seminar discussions
- group work
Mathematics for Physical Sciences and Engineering 1 (20 credits)Mathematics for Physical Sciences and Engineering 1 (20 credits)
This module is designed to develop your competence in several important areas of mathematics: algebra, geometry and numerical methods.
The algebra topics include the study of functions, graphs and complex numbers. You'll learn how to solve equations which don't have exact solutions - an area called numerical mathematics.
Mathematics for Physical Sciences and Engineering 2 (20 credits)Mathematics for Physical Sciences and Engineering 2 (20 credits)
This module includes some elementary topics from algebra and trigonometry. It introduces the core methods of calculus, differentiation and integration.
You'll learn how calculus can be used to find the optimal solution to problems in science and engineering and discover several key applications of integration.
In the final stage of the module you'll see how calculus can describe mechanical systems exhibiting simple harmonic motion and circular motion.
Physics (20 credits)Physics (20 credits)
This module builds on basic physics knowledge to develop the descriptive and mathematical understanding of the principles required for studying physical sciences and engineering at higher levels.
It combines theoretical principles, practical applications and laboratory work.
Chemistry (20 credits)Chemistry (20 credits)
You will be expected to have a basic grounding in chemistry.
This module develops the concepts in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry required for studying at degree level in physical sciences, engineering or biological sciences.
It also includes laboratory and project work to supplement theoretical studies.
Principles of Computing (20 credits)Principles of Computing (20 credits)
This module provides a foundation knowledge and understanding of a range of computing skills.
It enables you to develop skills for planning and designing systems and/or software.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
- 26 hours per week minimum
- Maximum of 16 students per class for English language teaching
- 17 years and above
Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their course.
Whilst your grades in the Foundation course do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.
Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your course from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including:
- written essays
- field notebooks
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- bibliographical searches
- oral and video presentations
- problem solving
To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
Academic requirementsAcademic requirements
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for Academic English.
You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by 31 December.
For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.
You're guaranteed a place on one of our designated undergraduate degrees at Newcastle if you successfully complete the International Foundation in Physical Sciences and Engineering.
As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of Newcastle progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:
- successfully completing an interview;
- having previously studied a relevant discipline;
- having previously completed a degree; or
- having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language
Your progression options:
- Accounting and Mathematics BSc Honours (NG41)
- Economics and Mathematics BSc Honours (GL11)
- Mathematics with Finance BSc Honours (G1N3)
- Chemistry BSc Honours (F100)
- Chemistry MChem Honours (F103)
- Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) BSc Honours (F102)
- Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours (F106)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem Honours (F123)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry BSc Honours (F151)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) BSc Honours (F122)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours (F124)
- Computer Science BSc Honours (G400)
- Computer Science MComp Honours (G405)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement BSc Honours (G401)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement MComp Honours (I100)
- Computer Science (Bio-Computing) BSc Honours (I520)
- Computer Science (Bio-Computing) MComp Honours (I522)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Bio-Computing) BSc Honours (I521)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Bio-Computing) MComp Honours (I524)
- Computer Science (Game Engineering) BSc Honours (G450)
- Computer Science (Game Engineering) MComp Honours (I610)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Game Engineering) BSc Honours (G451)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Game Engineering) MComp Honours (I612)
- Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction) BSc Honours (I140)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Human-Computer Interaction) BSc Honours (I141)
- Computer Science (Mobile and Distributed Systems) BSc Honours (G420)
- Computer Science (Mobile and Distributed Systems) MComp Honours (I120)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Mobile and Distributed Systems) BSc Honours (G421)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Mobile and Distributed Systems) MComp Honours (I122)
- Computer Science (Security and Resilience) BSc Honours (I190)
- Computer Science (Security and Resilience) MComp Honours (I192)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Security and Resilience) BSc Honours (I191)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Security and Resilience) MComp Honours (I194)
- Computer Science (Software Engineering) BSc Honours (G600)
- Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Software Engineering) BSc Honours (G603)
- Marine Technology with Marine Engineering BEng Honours (H504)
- Marine Technology with Marine Engineering MEng Honours (H501)
- Marine Technology with Naval Architecture BEng Honours (H502)
- Marine Technology with Naval Architecture MEng Honours (H503)
- Marine Technology with Offshore Engineering BEng Honours (H355)
- Marine Technology with Offshore Engineering MEng Honours (H356)
- Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology BEng Honours (H520)
- Marine Technology with Small Craft Technology MEng Honours (H524)
- Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Engineering MEng Honours (HH37)
- Mechanical Engineering BEng Honours (H300)
- Mechanical and Low Carbon Transport Engineering MEng Honours (H390)
- Mechanical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering MEng Honours (H3H8)
- Mechanical Engineering with Mechatronics MEng Honours (H3H6)
- Physics BSc Honours (F300)
- Physics MPhys Honours (F303)
- Chemical Engineering BEng Honours (H810)
- Chemical Engineering MEng Honours (H813)
- Civil and Structural Engineering BEng Honours (H210)
- Civil and Structural Engineering MEng Honours (H242)
- Civil and Structural Engineering with Year in Industry BEng Honours (H206)
- Civil and Structural Engineering with Year in Industry MEng Honours (H296)
- Civil Engineering BEng Honours (H200)
- Civil Engineering MEng Honours (H290)
- Civil Engineering with Year in Industry BEng Honours (H205)
- Civil Engineering with Year in Industry MEng Honours (H295)
- Civil and Surveying Engineering BEng Honours (H202)
- Civil and Surveying Engineering MEng Honours (H292)
- Civil and Surveying Engineering with Year in Industry BEng Honours (H208)
- Civil and Surveying Engineering with Year in Industry MEng Honours (H298)
- Automation and Control BEng Honours (H660)
- Automation and Control with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H661)
- Digital Electronics BEng Honours (H990)
- Digital Electronics with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H991)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng Honours (H607)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H605)
- Electrical Power Engineering BEng Honours (H623)
- Electrical Power Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H622)
- Electronic Communications BEng Honours (H640)
- Electronic Communications with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H621)
- Microelectronic Engineering BEng Honours (H611)
- Microelectronic Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H612)
- Electronics and Computer Engineering BEng Honours (H652)
- Electronics and Computer Engineering with Industrial Project MEng Honours (H654)
- Mathematics BSc Honours (G100)
- Mathematics MMath Honours (G103)
- Mathematics and Statistics BSc Honours (GG13)
- Mathematics and Statistics MMathStat Honours (GGC3)
- Mathematics with Management BSc Honours (G1N2)
- Statistics BSc Honours (G300)
- Geographic Information Science BSc Honours (F862)
- Surveying and Mapping Science BSc Honours (H244)
- Earth Science BSc Honours (F641)
- Earth Science MEarthSci Honours (F640)
- Environmental Science BSc Honours (F850)
- Psychology and Mathematics BSc (C8G1)
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
June 2018 start (4 terms) £24,250
September 2018 start (4 terms) £24,400
September 2018 start (3 terms) £19,500
January 2019 start (3 terms) £19,500
Tuition fees do not include the following.
An extra charge of £150 per academic programme, charged on confirmation.
The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:
- 3 terms will cost approximately £210 per academic course
- 4 terms will cost approximately £270 per academic course
An extra charge of £400 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities.
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.
We offer International Foundation Scholarships to a limited number of gifted students.
Visit our International Preparation Course website for more details.
How to apply
To apply online visit our INTO application form.
You can also contact us in a variety of ways.