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 for higher education progression within a period of one year as opposed to taking two years for Advanced Level studies.
The 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 Engineering education through the units (modules) Further Mathematics and Physics. The Foundation programme with the Engineering Pathway provides streamlined access to various higher education degrees, ranging from the conventional disciplines of Engineering such as Electrical and Electronic to Aeronautical Science.
The Foundation qualification offered at Gateway Graduate School (GGS) in partnership with UK’s NCC Education has widespread recognition among universities in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia. There are direct university tie-ups organised by GGS with prestigious institutions such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of South Australia (UniSA). In addition, there are direct progression agreements made by NCC Education with a large number of universities across the world (http://www.nccedu.com/become-a-student/university-progression/).
Duration of The Programme and Intakes
There will be two intakes every year: January and September
The Units (Modules) Offered
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 successful completion of your studies with Gateway Graduate School (GGS), you will have the opportunity to progress onto a range of Engineering and Technology-related degree programmes with prestigious universities. For example, our Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Australia will enable you to progress onto the following degree programmes after your International Foundation Diploma studies:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Mechatronic)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Electronic)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Mechatronic)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical and Advanced Manufacturing)
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical)
- Bachelor of Aviation (Pilot)
- Bachelor of Aviation (Management)
In addition to the tie-ups such as the above organised by GGS, students will also be able to progress for degree studies at a large number of universities across the world, including in countries such as UK, USA, Australia, Canada and Ireland, through the progression arrangements made by NCC Education (http://www.nccedu.com/become-a-student/university-progression/). Alternatively, it will be possible for successful students of the International Foundation Diploma to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Computing degree programme offered by Teesside University through collaboration with GGS in Sri Lanka.**Subject to final approval by Teesside University.
The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies (Engineering Pathway) is an accredited qualification on its own. Students who successfully complete the programme can use it to enhance their professional portfolio and ensure that they present it as an additional qualification to their potential employers in Sri Lanka and abroad.
The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms. We can support you to undertake a short internship with one of the leading companies in Sri Lanka as an extension of your International Foundation Diploma studies. This provision will support you in developing your employment prospects when you go abroad for further studies.
It must be noted that internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.
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.