Guaranteed UK university entry for ENGINEERING degrees

The International Foundation Programme is a two or three-term course designed for international students who wish to progress onto undergraduate courses in the UK to study Engineering and other related fields. The programme consists of academic modules, study skills, and one-to-one tutorials. We'll provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed on your chosen university course.

programme details

Our Engineering foundation programme is your gateway to a competitive degree course in Engineering through progression agreements with 17 universities across the UK and Australia.

Entry requirements will vary from country to country, so it's best to contact us to discuss your individual education background and goals.

The SCL University Foundation Programme in Engineering will:

  • Help you develop an analytical approach to your studies and apply newfound knowledge to practical scenarios.
  • Encourage you to explore various learning styles to see what suits you best.
  • Improve your study skills such as reading and note-taking strategies, essay construction, research methods, and translating theory into practice.
  • Challenge you to work in teams, actively participate in class, and present to small groups.
  • Enhance your communication skills in speaking, negotiating and writing.
  • Develop your 21st century skills such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Give you the opportunity to rehearse before all written mock exams and final assessments.
  • Prepare you for university entrance exams such as IELTS or OET.

Throughout the Foundation in Engineering Course, you will participate in our Academic English programme, helping you prepare to meet English language standards set by your chosen university.

You will receive extensive support at every stage of your university application. Our teachers and tutors will also demonstrate how to apply to UCAS and help you construct a compelling personal statement.

SCL's Engineering Foundation Course has been developed with an appreciation of the specific requirements of Engineering degrees. It provides a foundation for all main areas of engineering including civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic, chemical and petroleum.

As an integral part of our pre-university Foundation Programme in Engineering, international students will gain comprehensive knowledge of the British university environment and of different aspects of living and studying in the UK.

At SCL, we are committed to ensuring you gain the necessary English language qualifications and study skills to advance to a British university. Your academic tutor will take a personal interest in your progress and help you develop your study plan accordingly.

By the time you complete our programme, you will have the knowledge base and confidence needed to excel both academically and personally when studying Engineering at a university in the UK.

You will take a variety of courses specifically designed to prepare you for enrolling on an Engineering degree programme in the UK. Our Engineering Foundation Programme provides an understanding of all the main areas of engineering including civil, mechanical, electrical and electronic, chemical and petroleum. The main modules are Physics, Core and Further Mathematics, Core and Advanced Chemistry, and Computer Science.

There is a strong emphasis on developing the learning skills required for studies at higher education level in the UK, encouraging you to evaluate and apply information, and to develop the problem-solving skills required at the undergraduate level.

Tip!  To help you choose between different types of Engineering disciplines at university, check out our Essential Guides:

Core Mathematics

In this introductory module, we help develop confidence and knowledge of basic mathematical skills and problem-solving techniques. We cover algebra and functions, frequency and coding, solving quadratic functions, estimation, and hypothesis testing.

Further Mathematics

Taken in the second and third terms, these modules build on the themes covered in the Core Mathematics module as well as introduce topics in Mechanics. For engineering students, they provide the foundation for further exploration in undergraduate studies in a range of subjects.


By the end of these modules, international students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of mathematical models and statistical processes.
  • Apply statistical concepts and theories in a range of contexts.
  • Develop the ability to construct a logical, mathematical argument and recognise incorrect statistical reasoning.
  • Recognise how a situation may be represented statistically and understand the relationship between practical problems and statistical models.

Core Chemistry

You'll be introduced to the fundamentals of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Starting with atomic structure, fundamental particles and the arrangement of electrons in an atom, you will then move on to learn how to calculate amounts of substances and how to write formulae and balance equations. This core course also covers the main types of chemical bonding and structures.

Advanced Chemistry

In the second and third terms, you will build on the knowledge already obtained and gain a deeper understanding of the topics studied. Topics include energetics, rates of reaction and equilibria, exothermic and endothermic reactions as well as how to perform multi-step calculations. Modules also dive deeper into organic chemistry and additional functional groups of aromatic molecules.

The Advanced Chemistry courses also give you a chance to develop your skills in planning, executing, and analysing practical investigations.


By the end of these modules, international students will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of an atom and the driving force behind chemical bonds and chemical reactions.
  • Understand the various types of mole calculation and their application.
  • Attain a grasp of the behaviour of some main group elements.
  • Understand the complexity and scope of organic reactions and understand the behaviour of some key functional groups.
  • Understand more complex physical concepts related to kinetics, energetics and equilibria.
  • Calculate the pH of various systems and understand the behaviour of acids and bases.
  • Gain familiarity with aliphatic and aromatic compounds.
  • Become competent in basic chemical laboratory procedures.
  • Collect data – qualitative and quantitative – and analyse this data to make basic deductions.


The Physics component of the programme is divided into Core Physics, Further Physics 1 and Further Physics 2. The aim of these three modules is to develop knowledge and understanding as well as an appreciation of the applications of physics and their importance to different fields of human activity. We cover waves, oscillations, electricity, nature of light, electric and magnetic fields, particle physics, thermal energy, nuclear decay, momentum, circular motion, and practical investigation.

In Further Physics modules, there is also an emphasis on the development of skills in designing and executing experiments.


By the end of these modules, international students will be able to:

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of physical phenomena.
  • Appreciate the importance of the application of physics in different situations.
  • Understand the interaction of physics with social, economic, and industrial fields.
  • Develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment.
  • Use principles and concepts and apply them to interpret phenomena.

Computer Science

This module covers a wide range of topics including programming, databases, networks and web development. The course is practically based with a strong emphasis on applying what you're learning to real-life situations in different fields.

The topics include contemporary processors and computer hardware characteristics, software and software development techniques, data communication, network communication, and Boolean algebra.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a project which allows for more in-depth study of a chosen topic and helps to develop your research and analytical skills, which are important in order to succeed at a higher academic level.


By the end of this module, international students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the underlying principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation.
  • Show an appreciation of the analysis of problems in computational terms through solving such problems using programmes appropriately.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to think analytically, logically, and critically.
  • Appreciate a range of different aspects of computer science.
  • Use computer science-related mathematics.
  • Design, write and test programmes to solve problems.
  • Explain how a programme works.
  • Use abstraction effectively.
  • Adopt a systematic approach to problem-solving.


When you study with us, we offer guaranteed admission to at least one of 17 British and international universities, upon successful completion of your course. In addition to those 17 universities, students have also received offers of admission from over 20 highly ranked universities across the country.


Spring Term 

8 January - 29 March

Spring Break

1 April - 12 April

Summer Term 

15 April - 14 June


Winter Term 

30 September - 13 December

Spring Term

6 January - 28 March

Summer Term 

21 April - 20 June

Winter Break

16 December - 3 January

Spring Break

31 March - 18 April


Winter Term 

14 October - 13 December

Winter Break

16 December - 3 January

Spring Term 

6 January - 28 March

How to apply

Students who enrol on this pre-university Foundation Programme typically have good high school grades, especially in Maths. You must be at least 18 years old by the time your course starts, and you are expected to have an English language level equivalent of:

  • 5.0 in IELTS
  • 40 on TOEFL
  • 154 on Cambridge English
  • B1 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

Have a question about your academic qualifications or visa requirements? We'd be happy to help you!


English level not quite good enough? Don't worry!

We offer 8 and 12 week Pre-Sessional English courses year-round, helping you to improve your English in all four disciplines and enabling you to enrol on one of our main programmes or apply to university.


SCL International College offers an all-inclusive campus experience within a big city.

Everything you need is here in one place – from the classrooms to the café and everything in between!

BENEFITS OF SCL International College

Guaranteed university place upon successful completion of our course.

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    One-to-one support

    Our tutors are highly qualified and have experience teaching international students, so they understand the kind of personal support you may need.

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    University application assistance

    We support each individual student through the process of applying to your chosen universities. Our partner universities guarantee you a place on passing your course. 

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    Preparation for British academic life

    A vital part of our programme involves training students to adapt their skills and knowledge to the specific context and environment they will encounter when they are enrolled in undergraduate courses.

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    Top notch facilities

    SCL’s modern classrooms have the latest hardware and software and our libraries offer a flexible space for you to work alone or in groups. Students also have 24/7 access to online resources, study tools and materials.

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    An international environment

    Our team of academic professionals comes from all over the world and will help you develop the social and learning skills required for studying at a UK higher education institution.

    Plus, when you stay with us you’ll enjoy a ready-made community of international students from over 50 nationalities!

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    On-site accommodation

    Whether you're attending this course on your own or with friends, we'll always have space for you. All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and optional weekly cleaning and linen service.

    We also have an in-house events team who hosts regular activities free of charge.

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    Small class size

    At SCL International College, you'll enjoy our smaller classes for individualised learning, with 5 students average (maximum 12) per class.

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    Great location in London

    We're located in the student capital of the world – London! You'll have easy access to the entire city, major airports and railway stations. Stay with us and you’ll even get discounts to local restaurants, cafés and shops!

A smooth transition to a UK uni


Everyone has been so friendly, helping me with the application process and giving guidance at each stage of applying to university. Teachers have also been really helpful, explaining topics clearly and making us understand the assessment tasks.


-- Agigi from Taiwan

received offers from Royal Holloway, Brunel and Sussex University

This programme provided a great foundation, giving me the skills I needed for studying at university and helping me step by step with the process of choosing the right university.


-- Sammy from Canada

is currently studying at Reading University

As an international student my biggest concern was the language barrier. Whenever I asked a question, the teacher always answered patiently, which really increased my confidence. And when I made my applications to universities, my mentor always coordinated everything smoothly and swiftly.


-- Lijia from China

is currently enrolled at the University of Birmingham

I thought the first year in Britain would be a very difficult time, but the school days were fantastic for me. My teachers answered all my questions, gave advice and helped me with college applications. I also met friends from different countries on campus. Dormitories and schools are conveniently located in the same building so I didn’t have to worry about traffic jams. Overall, my English level has been greatly improved during the school year and I have been more integrated into life in the UK.

-- Kaylie from China

received offers from University of Westminster, University of Manchester, University for the Creative Arts, and University of Birmingham

Continuing on to university in london?

Stay as long as you like!

Our campuses are an easy 15-30 minute journey to many universities across the city.

Students progressing on to university in London can easily extend their accommodation at The Stay Club where you’ll find a modern, safe and welcoming atmosphere to live, study, socialise and enjoy the very best of London.

  • No moving
  • No stress
  • No hassle

Get ready to call London home!

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