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The NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF) is a one-year pre-university qualification which includes a significant amount of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide students with an entry route to UK or overseas universities courses, or progression on to the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business or Business Information Technology.
The qualification aims to improve students’ general and academic English language ability, enhance their study skills and cultural understanding and equip them with the language and skills to go on to academic study in English in the fields of computing, engineering, and business at a suitable level.
To complete the qualification a student must study and pass eight modules, consisting of six core modules and two elective modules.
Combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops in a classroom environment at Informatics Academy campus. Lessons are typically in blocks of 3-4 hour sessions. The lecturer-student ratio is 1:20.
February, May, August, November
Full-Time 12 Months
Certificate / Foundation
Developing English Language Skills – develops English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables a student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English. The unit guides students through Intermediate and then Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.
Advanced English Language Skills – enables a student to put into practice the language acquired and develop this into an advanced user of English. Students will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
English for Academic Purposes – develops understanding and use of the key linguistic skills necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment where English is being taught.
Study and Communication Skills – equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures.
Culture Studies – enables students to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures. Students learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
Foundation Mathematics – builds upon existing knowledge in the areas of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines.
Introduction to Computer Science – provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
Introduction to Programming – exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.
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Assessments for all modules are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. Modules are assessed by both examination and coursework assignments.
Upon successful completion of all modules, students will be eligible for the NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF) awarded by NCC Education.
On successful completion of the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF), the qualification allows candidates an entry route to the UK and international university courses or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing.
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