NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies is an alternative qualification to the traditional Advanced Levels. International Foundation studies is becoming popular among students who are inclined towards a more practical approach to higher education preparation. Students will have the additional advantage of qualifying to pursue higher education programmes related to teaching careers and/or educational administrative careers within a period of one year as opposed to taking two years for Advanced Level studies.
The Foundation programme emphasises the development of sound academic writing and research skills including in relation to foundation mathematics while enabling students to develop subject-specific knowledge and skills pertaining to teaching careers. This qualification with the Education pathway will enable students to prepare in a thorough fashion for careers in Teaching and/or Educational Administration while fostering an international outlook.
Duration of The Programme and Intakes
There will be two intakes every year: January and September
The Units (Modules) Offered
A further two units must be taken from a choice of four electives:
Candidates are expected to have successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects including C passes for English Language and Mathematics at OLs/IGCSEs.
Academic Progression Opportunities
Upon the successful completion of the NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies can progress onto the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching followed by Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching followed by the University of Nottingham MA in Education, all offered at Gateway Graduate School. Please note that students will be required to be in employment when they begin the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching. In order to progress to the MA in Education programme, students will be expected to have gained at least one year’s work experience together with the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Advanced Teaching.
Upon the successful completion of the programme participants can progress in their teaching careers and/or educational administrative careers or gain entry into the teaching profession within the non-government sector in Sri Lanka.
The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies (Engineering Pathway) is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the UK. As such, it will enable those who have successfully completed the qualification to transfer to various universities across the world for higher education studies.
Pearson Edexcel, which awards Pearson BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Teaching, is the largest British awarding body. It has widespread international presence. As such, it is recognised in many parts of the world, particularly within the education sector as an institution which awards outcomes-based professional qualifications of the highest quality.