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International Foundation Programme: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

The STEM route offers international and EU (non-UK) students the opportunity to prepare for a range of degrees at Sheffield Hallam University including computing, games software development, mathematics, physics, engineering.

Course length 7-11 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed to support international and EU (non-UK) students to meet the academic and English language entry qualifications required for our undergraduate degrees. On successful completion, you are qualified to progress onto your chosen STEM undergraduate degree.

The STEM facilities at Sheffield Hallam University have had an £11m refurbishment to support high quality teaching and research. Improvements include the creation of a stunning new atrium linking the two buildings, with opportunities for galleries, collaborative spaces and social learning.

Our TESOL Centre was established in 1980 and is regarded as one of the best university language centres in the UK (ranked in the top six by the British Council in 2014). TESOL provision includes pre-sessional and in-sessional language teaching for all degree levels. TESOL language courses are accredited by the British Council and the centre is an authorised IELTS testing centre.

The IFP is delivered at the heart of our City Campus. You learn from Sheffield Hallam lecturers and your tutors are all highly-experienced at teaching international students at all study levels. The course is designed to give you the best possible start to your undergraduate studies.

At the beginning of the course, you concentrate on improving your English language, alongside an introduction to mathematics and technical computing. As the course progresses, you focus more on developing your academic and practical skills, while continuing to develop your English language. You will develop a great rapport with your department and with the staff who teach you. By the end of the IFP, you have the experience, skills and techniques to feel comfortable with studying at degree-level at Sheffield Hallam University.

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.

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.

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.

BSc (Honours) Business and ICT
BSc (Honours) Information Technology with Business Studies
BSc (Honours) Computing
BSc (Honours) Computer Science
BSc (Honours) Computer Networks
BSc (Honours) Games Software Development
BEng (Honours) Software Engineering
BEng (Honours) Electronic Engineering
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
BSc (Honours) Computer Security with Forensics
BSc (Honours) Computer and Information Security
BSc (Honours) Mathematics
BSc (Honours) Physics

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

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.

2018 entry requirements

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.

Course structure

Full-time
September to July, or January to July

Typical modules may include

The course structure is designed to provide different entry points based on your current level of English language.

September start: Three term programme for students with IELTS 4.5 or above
January start: Two term programme for students with IELTS 5.0 or above

For September start only

Learning English for academic purposes

During the first term (September to December) you focus on developing your English language skills to gain the level required to study the English and academic modules in terms two and three. Skills include: reading, writing listening, speaking, academic English, oral presentations, discussions and seminar participation, and listening and taking notes.

For January and September start

English for your subject

This module develops your knowledge of English for academic purposes which is required for undergraduate study. You are introduced to and develop your understanding of study and note-taking skills.

English for university

You improve and develop your English language ability in reading, writing, listening and speaking, to achieve the levels required for entry onto your chosen degree.

Academic skills for university

This hands-on module allows you to conduct a small, real-life research project on a topic of interest. This allows you to gain some of the key research and language skills for degree-level study at Sheffield Hallam University.

Foundation Mathematics II

In this module you develop considerable competence in algebraic manipulation and the use of mathematical functions, including further trigonometry and the logarithmic and exponential functions. You will use techniques of differential and integral calculus applied to standard functions, manipulate matrices and use them to solve pairs of simultaneous equations.

Introduction to Technical Computing

This module introduces you to the role and impact of technical computing concepts, and application of these concepts. You will employ enquiry and problem-solving methods, mathematical concepts and modern technologies to solve given real problems. Indicative content of the module include programming concepts, languages, design and development. Database design and development. Contributing to a personal development plan is also an integral part of the module.

Fundamental Engineering Principles

In this module, you will become familiar with the use of principles/formulae to solve engineering problems clearly and logically, communicating solutions using a combination of diagrams and numerical techniques. You will experience searching, reading, assessing, summarising and applying technical information.

Assessment 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 support your development throughout the programme.Types of assessment include both coursework, such as essays and presentations, and language examinations.

Employability

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

This course is not open to UK students.

International student

2017/18 academic year

£11,950 for the three-term programme starting in September (with an IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills).

£9,950 for the two-term programme starting in January (with an IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills).

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

2018/19 academic year

£11,950 for the 3 semester programme starting in September or £9,950 for the 2 semester programme starting in January

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

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 information

How to apply

To apply for this course complete this application form and return it to ifp@shu.ac.uk or address to Direct Admissions - IFP application, Surrey Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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

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