International Foundation Year (IFY) Chemical Engineering

International year foundation chemical engineering

Secure your future with a guaranteed place at university

Guaranteed entry onto courses in: Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Business, Finance, Computing and Game Design, upon successful completion of the International Foundation Year. We are pleased to announce that we have received full accreditation to run the International Foundation Year from NCC Education, one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations in IT and Business.

International Foundation Year (IFY) Chemical Engineering


The International Foundation Programme is a one year pre-university qualification, including a significant degree of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide you with an entry route to Irish or overseas universities or progression in Engineering.

The IFY aims to improve your general and academic English language ability enhance your study skills and cultural understanding and introduce you to academic study in English in the fields of various Engineering disciplines at a suitable level.

Course Start Date:

January, May & September


Full Academic Year

Entry Requirements        

  • A completed High School Certificate
  • Minimum IELTS score of 4.5 and no less than 4.0 in any section(or equivalent).

Programme Structure

To complete the programme you must study and pass eight modules.

The programme consists of the following six core modules: 

  • Developing English Language Skills– develops your 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 you to acquire a broad range of knowledge which you can use to confidently and effectively communicate in English. The module guides you through Intermediate and then Upper Intermediate levels of English.
  • Advanced English Language Skills– enables you to put into practice the language you have acquired and develop into an advanced user of English. You will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending your knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
  • English for Academic Purposes– develops your understanding and use of the key linguistic skills necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment where you are being taught in English.
  • Study and Communication Skills– equips you with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. You will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures to your studies.
  • Culture Studies– enables you to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures. You will 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 your existing knowledge in the areas of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for your future career.

A further two modules must be taken:

• Biology

• Chemistry

Optional Module: Introduction to IELTS

Delivery Method

This programme is taught face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials and seminars at Direct English. 

University Progression

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