International College
Student pathways to The University of Sheffield

Progress to a degree in the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Science

Mathematics and science underpin all degrees in these Faculties; they are the basis to answer many of the world's most important questions.

The International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering leads to a wide range of undergraduate engineering and science degrees.

Your programme will be tailored to allow you to prepare for your chosen degree. You will study the most relevant modules to your subject area. Some of these modules will be compulsory for progression onto specific degree programmes at the University.

 

Exceptional facilities

The start-of-the-art Diamond building offers the latest science and engineering equipment for you to use. Find out more.

 

Core modules

  • Academic English Skills
  • Academic & Laboratory Skills
  • Personal Development Programme (PDP) 

Pathway modules (dependent on your chosen degree option)

Physics & Physical Engineering (P&PE) Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (C&CE) Biological & Life Sciences (B&LS)*
Physics 1 Chemistry 1  Chemistry 1 
Physics 2 Chemistry 2  Chemistry 2 
Pure Mathematics Pure Mathematics Foundation Mathematics
Biology 1
Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics  Biology 2 


Please note: Our programmes are subject to formal approval by the university but may be subject to minor modification. Degrees and entry requirements are also subject to change and some degrees may require a minimum level of performance in specific modules.

Biological & Life Sciences pathways are not available for March starters

Teaching style

Classes are interactive and involve discussion and group work. Hamza from Morocco talks about his teachers when he studied the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering in this video: 

Degree options

Degree Programmes Pathway Module Overall Grade English Grade
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Aerospace Engineering
P&PE
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Private Pilot Instruction
P&PE
67%

60% with min 50% in all skills

MEng Aerospace Engineering with Private Pilot Instruction
P&PE
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Archaeology**!
B&LS 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Architectural Engineering "
P&PE
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
P&PE
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MComp Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
P&PE
74%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry****! B&LS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Genetics****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Microbiology****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Bioengineering
P&PE or C&CE or B&LS 67%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Bioengineering
P&PE or C&CE or B&LS
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Bioengineering with a year in industry P&PE or C&CE or B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Bioengineering with a year in industry
P&PE or C&CE or B&LS
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Biology**** ! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MBiolSci Biology**** ! B&LS 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science**** ! B&LS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
P&PE or C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience  P&PE or C&CE 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Chemical Engineering
P&PE or C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology P&PE or C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Chemical Engineering with Energy
P&PE or C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Chemical Engineering with Nuclear Technology P&PE or C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Chemical Engineering with a Year in Industry P&PE or C&CE 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Chemistry
C&CE 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MChem Chemistry
C&CE 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MChem Chemistry with Biological and Medicinal Chemistry  C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MChem Chemistry with Study Abroad C&CE 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MChem Chemistry with Study in Industry
C&CE
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Civil and Structural Engineering
P&PE
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
P&PE 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Civil Engineering
P&PE
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Computer Science
P&PE 70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MComp Computer Science
P&PE 74%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering *
P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Computer Systems Engineering *
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BEng Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Computer Systems Engineering with a Year in Industry
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BDS Dental Surgery B&LS 70% 70% with min 65% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation Biology !
B&LS 67%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MBiolSci Ecology and Conservation Biology !
B&LS 70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering
P&PE
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Electrical Engineering P&PE
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Electronic and Communications Engineering
P&PE
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Electronic and Communications Engineering
P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Electronics and Computer Engineering
P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng (Hons) Electronics and Computer Engineering
P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
P&PE
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Electronic Engineering
P&PE 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Engineering P&PE 80% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science !
B&LS
64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEnv Environmental Science !
B&LS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Financial Mathematics
P&PE and E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Genetics**** ! B&LS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Genetics and Microbiology****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Geography ! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Human Sciences !
B&LS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Human Sciences (part-time)
B&LS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering
P&PE or C&CE
67%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Materials Science and Engineering
P&PE or C&CE 70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Biomaterials Science and Engineering P&PE or C&CE
67%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Biomaterials Science and Engineering
P&PE or C&CE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering
P&PE or C&CE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Mathematics
P&PE and E 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
BSc/MMath Mathematics and Statistics
P&PE and E 67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
MMath Mathematics
P&PE and E
67% 50% with min 40% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
P&PE
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Mechanical Engineering
P&PE 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng Mechatronics and Robotic Engineering *
P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Mechatronics and Robotic Engineering *
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with a Year in Industry
P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering with a Year in Industry
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Medical Biochemistry****! B&LS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Medical Genetics****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Medical Microbiology****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Metallurgy
P&PE or C&CE
70% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Microbiology****! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Microelectronics
P&PE
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology**** ! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BMedSci (Hons) Orthoptics !~
Any pathway 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Physics
P&PE 67%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MPhys Physics
P&PE 70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Physics and Astrophysics
P&PE
67%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MPhys Physics and Astrophysics
P&PE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Physics with Medical Physics
P&PE
67%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MPhys Physics with Medical Physics
P&PE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MPhys Theoretical Physics with Study Abroad
P&PE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MPhys Physics with Study Abroad
P&PE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc(Hons) Plant Sciences !
B&LS 67%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MBiolSci Plant Sciences !
B&LS
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Psychology **** ! B&LS
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
P&PE
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MEng Software Engineering
P&PE
74%
60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences **!
B&LS
60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MEng Structural Engineering & Architecture # P&PE
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Systems and Control Engineering*
P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Systems and Control Engineering*
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BEng Systems and Control Engineering with a Year in Industry
P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Systems and Control Engineering with a Year in Industry
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BEng (Hons) Systems and Control Engineering with Management
P&PE
67%
50% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Systems and Control Engineering with Management
P&PE
70%
50% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Theoretical Physics
P&PE 67%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MPhys Theoretical Physics
P&PE
70%
60% with min 40% in all skills
MEng Urban Engineering & Development P&PE 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Zoology !
B&LS 67%
60% with min 50% in all skills
MBiolSci Zoology !
B&LS
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills

! Not available for March starters 

^ This course is being withdrawn from the 2018-19 academic year. It is only available for students starting on the International Foundation Year in January 2017.

* Also available with a year in industry

** Delivered in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

***Delivered in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

****Students wishing to progress to these degree programmes at the University will require an English level of IELTS 0.5 or equivalent higher than the standard level of entry to their International Foundation Year/Pre Masters Programme. 

Delivered in the Faculty of Engineering

~ Pass in an interview required as well as meeting progression requirements

# Design portfolio required at application

See for yourself

Join our guides as we take a trip around the impressive Diamond building, including the fluids lab, clean room, and aerospace simulation and jet propulsion labs.

Watch the 360 tour

International Foundation Year Key Facts

Course length: Two or three terms, dependent on English language Academic IELTS for UKVI* score

Entry points:

Three terms - September and January

Two terms - March

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older

Term dates

Entry requirements

Fees

* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English

STUDENT STORY

Born in Singapore.

Made in Sheffield.

“The college has catered the schedule in a way that I will get used to university studies in the future and I think they’ve prepared us well enough for us to enter first year comfortably. So far it’s been really good I would say.

I’m in engineering so there’s a lot of Math and Science. They’ve been giving out a lot of worksheets for us to do, seminars to do and even past papers. They’ve been really helpful, and if you’re still struggling, there’s always someone available in the college to help us manage.

There’s a lot of new technology that some of us have never touched and, depending on what you want to progress into, Sheffield is prepared to get you into your ambitions. You feel motivated because you know that the school put a lot of money and thought into building this. It’s new and it makes you want to do well.”

Zuhaily studied International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, now studying Mechanical Engineering