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Year of Entry 2018/19
International Foundation Programme

Sheffield Hallam University International Foundation Programme: Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics

Full-time Engineering

Prepare for a range of degrees including computer science, games software development, mathematics, physics, and engineering.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? International: £9,950 or £11,950
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September, January

Course summary

  • Meet the academic and English language entry qualifications required for our undergraduate degrees.
  • Learn from lecturers and tutors who are highly experienced at teaching international students at all study levels.
  • Focus on developing your academic and practical skills, while continuing to develop your English language.

Aimed at international and non-EU students, this foundation course prepares you to progress onto your chosen STEM undergraduate degree. Concentrate on improving your English language, alongside an introduction to technical computing and fundamental engineering principles, as well as strengthening mathematics. You will work in recently-refurbished facilities with opportunities for galleries, collaborative spaces and social learning.

How you learn

The course builds your confidence and knowledge by using the same assessment methods you have on your degree course, providing you with valuable experience of the assessment process. You are assessed at the end of each module, which provides more opportunities for feedback and supports your development throughout the programme. You are taught by the same academics who teach on the course you would progress to. This ensures a smooth transition to your chosen course.

You learn through

  • coursework
  • essays
  • presentations
  • language examinations

Applied learning

Field trips

In addition to the core modules, your timetable includes taster lectures in your chosen subject area, along with social and cultural activities to help you adjust to studying at Sheffield Hallam and living in the UK. Activities include visits and events organised by our International Experience Team, the opportunity to participate in our mentoring support scheme, career talks and subject-specific peer study group meetings. This helps you to build your confidence, improves your use of English and is a great opportunity to make friends. To help you develop a sound understanding of the discipline, we arrange visits to local companies wherever possible.

Future careers

The IFP finishes in late July so you can opt to stay in the UK as you prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September. We can advise and support you with your application to extend your visa. The STEM route allows you to progress to a range of undergraduate degrees. When you submit your application, please specify your chosen undergraduate degree from the following courses:

BSc (Honours) Information Technology with Business Studies
BSc (Honours) Computing
BSc (Honours) Computer Science
BSc (Honours) Computer Science for Games
BSc (Honours) Computer Networks
BEng (Honours) Software Engineering
BEng (Honours) Electronic Engineering
BEng (Honours) Computer Systems Engineering
BEng (Honours) Mechanical Engineering
BEng (Honours) Aerospace Engineering
BEng (Honours) Automotive Engineering
BEng (Honours) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
BEng (Honours) Materials Engineering
BEng (Honours) Chemical Engineering
BEng (Honours) Food Engineering


This course is accredited by the British Council.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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City Campus map

Howard Street
S1 1WB

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Adsetts library
Adsetts library

Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

You have full access to all our facilities including our library, which is open 24 hours every day of the year, our support services and our accommodation.

Entry requirements

UK students

English language requirements

To enrol on the course, you are required to have an IELTS certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the IFP while you are waiting for your results.

For September entry, an overall IELTS 4.5 is required, with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills.

For January entry, a minimum IELTS 5.0 is needed, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.

Academic entry requirements

Good high school graduation grades which includes Maths.

Find out which qualifications we accept from your home country.

You may be required to provide examples of creative work to support your application.

You must be 18 years old when you enrol on the course. September applicants must be 18 years old by 1st September and January applicants by 1st January.

EU and International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.


The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Academic Skills For University Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: English For University Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: English For Your Subject Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Portfolio In Art, Design And Media Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

International students

For the three-term programme starting in September the tuition fee in 2018/19 will be £11,950.

For the two-term programme starting in January the tuition fee in 2018/19 will be £9,950.

On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a 10% progression scholarship towards your tuition fees (for the first year of your chosen degree).

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Engineering courses (PDF)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete an application form.

Application form (PDF)

 Email your application to ifp@shu.ac.uk, or send it to Direct Admissions - IFP application, Surrey Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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