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Foundation Certificate for Science and Engineering, Pre-Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 6 months


The Foundation Certificate for Science and Engineering prepares you for an undergraduate degree at Nottingham Trent University, and helps you to qualify for entry to a bachelor's. You'll study a range of modules to help you:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Improve your subject knowledge
  • Raise your English language level

Programme Structure

All students study the following modules to gain a solid base of skills:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Extended Project

You’ll also take 2–3 of the following that best fit your degree and career goals (for progression to some degrees the University will require you to take particular modules):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Intermediate Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

2.5 and 3 term modules 

If you take a 2.5 or 3 term course, you'll also study these modules if your English level is below UKVI IELTS 5.5:

  • English for Academic Study 3
  • Independent and Collaborative Study
  • Reading and Writing 3
  • Speaking and Listening 3

Or, if you have at least UKVI IELTS 5.5, or do not need to take an IELTS test, you'll study these modules:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Reasoning for Higher Education
  • Independent and Collaborative Study

Plus 2 of the following 5:

  • Digital Applications
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Preparatory Science
  • Preparatory Statistics
  • UK Society and Culture

3.5 and 4 term modules

If you take a 3.5 or 4 term course, you'll study additional modules to help you reach university:

  • English for Academic Study 2
  • Reading and Writing 2
  • Speaking and Listening 2
  • Study Skills Preparation

Personal development activities

During your pathway course, you'll also work on developing your online personal portfolio and practical skills, giving you a truly well-rounded experience.

                              Detailed Programme Facts

                              • Programme intensity Full-time
                                • Full-time duration 6 months
                                • Duration description
                                  6 to 15 months
                              • Languages
                                • English
                              • Delivery mode
                                On Campus

                              English Language Requirements

                              You need the following IELTS score:

                              • Minimum required score:


                                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                              General Requirements

                              Entry to the Foundation Certificate generally requires you to have completed high school. Exact entry requirements will vary depending on your country’s education system, as well as your progression degree subject at Nottingham Trent University.

                              You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking a UKVI IELTS exam. For the Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering, you will need to have a minimum English language level of 5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill.

                              If you do not meet this English language entry level, but have at least UKVI IELTS 4.0 in all skills, we can offer you a course that includes Extended English and Skills (EES).

                              Tuition Fee

                              • International

                                12590 GBP/year
                                Tuition Fee
                                Based on the original amount of 12590 GBP per year and a duration of 6 months.
                              • EU/EEA

                                12590 GBP/year
                                Tuition Fee
                                Based on the original amount of 12590 GBP per year and a duration of 6 months.
                              We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                              Living costs for Nottingham

                              • 583 - 980 GBP/month
                                Living Costs

                              The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                              Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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