Science, Engineering and Computing

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Develop the skills and subject knowledge most relevant to your future degree.

About this programme

You will be taught English language, study and academic skills so that you can succeed in your undergraduate degree, as well as your future career once you graduate.

You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules that focus on helping you learn the skills most relevant to the degree you want to study.

Study plan options

International Foundation Year in Science, Engineering and Computing

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to Leeds Beckett University
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in writing)2 semestersSeptemberMaySeptember
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in writing)2 semesters (with Enhanced Induction)NovemberJulySeptember
IELTS 4.5 (4.0 in writing)2 semestersJanuaryJulySeptember


Your work will be assessed regularly through coursework assignments, presentations, essays, case studies and exams.

Where this programme will take you

Once you complete the programme, and achieve the required grades, you will be able to start your chosen degree at Leeds Beckett University. You can choose from a range of degree options, in areas such as computing, biomedical sciences and civil engineering.

Programme modules

Please note that you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.


This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of human biology consisting of seven key topics: cells, biological molecules, movement across membranes, protein synthesis, cell replication, enzymes, and respiration. This module will further develop your knowledge of the major systems of the human body consisting of six key topics: the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, urinary, and hormonal systems. The module also further develops your Maths, laboratory skills and scientific report writing as well as introducing you to experiment planning.


This module introduces you to the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry. It consists of seven key topics: Atomic Structure and Bonding, Mole concept, Redox reactions, Thermodynamics, Chemical Equilibria, Chemical Kinetics, and Organic Chemistry. The module also further develops your laboratory skills and scientific report writing as well as introduces you to experiment planning.


This Physics module provides you with an essential understanding and aims to garner interest in key aspects of Physics (materials, fluids, electrical circuits) in preparation for degree courses in Engineering, Computing and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) subjects. It provides opportunities for you to master your English language skills through discussion and academic writing.

Maths for Engineering and Computing

Mathematics for Engineering and Computing provides you with a foundation in the mathematical modelling of systems and the core maths skills which are integral to courses in Engineering, Computing and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) subjects. It aims to garner interest in mathematics as a subject and through exposure to its applications.  It also aims to develop self-confidence so that you are ready to take initiative and work independently.

89% of students

who completed their International Foundation Year programme in Science, Engineering and Computing at Leeds International Study Centre were eligible to progress to a degree course at Leeds Beckett University in 2023.

28th in the UK

for Computer Science and Information Systems

(The Guardian University Rankings 2024)

27th in the UK

for Nutrition and Food Science

(The Guardian University Rankings 2024)

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Portfolio Required

  • Architecture BA (Hons)
  • Dance BA (Hons)
  • Fashion Marketing BA (Hons)
  • Filmmaking BA (Hons)
  • Fine Art BA (Hons)
  • Graphic Design BA (Hons)
  • Illustration BA (Hons)
  • Interiror Architecure & Design BA (Hons)
  • Landscape Architecuture & Design BA (Hons)
  • Music Industries Management BA (Hons)
  • Performing Arts BA (Hons)
  • Product Design BA (Hons)
  • Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Interview and Portfolio required

  • Games Art BA (Hons)
  • Games Design BSc (Hons)

Submission of an artefact required

  • Journalism BA (Hons)

ABRSM Grade 5 Theory or equivalent & Portfolio required for pathway programme offer

  • Music Performance & Production BA (Hons)

19th in the UK

for Building

(The Complete University Guide 2025)

9th in the UK

for Health Studies

(The Complete University Guide 2025)

Leo David, Head of Engineering and Sciences

"The key skills that students learn in their classroom is, you've got the specific skills to do with design, manufacturing, mathematics.  Then you've got the general skills, how to learn, how to be a good scholar, skills that they'll use at university."

Head of Engineering and Sciences at Leeds International Study Centre for progression to Leeds Beckett University

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How to apply

Ready to make a decision? Our online application process is fast and simple. Find out how you can apply to join us at the International Study Centre. 

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International Study Centre

By studying with us you can adjust to student life in the UK with the help of our expert staff – and as part of a friendly, multicultural student community.

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English Language courses

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

Ready to join us?

Our student enrolment advisors are here to help with your application and answer your questions about living and learning in Leeds.