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Certificate in Foundation Studies

This programme is designed for students who:

    • Have attended secondary (high school) education in their home country.
    • Need to complete an international foundation year (IFY) to qualify for higher education.
    • Need a programme that prepares them for year 1.
    • Speak English to a more advanced level than the Certificate in Foundation Studies with Intensive English, perhaps because they went to an English-speaking school, or come from a place where English is widely spoken as a second language.
    • Would like to get a flavour of a year 1 programme, e.g., by taking an elective in Business, Tourism, Science, Engineering or Computing.

Duration: 1 academic year (2 semesters)

Start Dates: September – June, or January – August each academic year.

Qualification Received: NFQ Level 6 Certificate (60 Credits)

English Entry Requirement: IELTS 4.5 or Grade C in iGCSE/GCSE English (or equivalent grade in an internationally recognised English exam)

Tuition Fees: €7,545 (including mandatory health insurance and sports facilities fee)

Progression Pathway: Completion of this programme will enable students to progress to Year 1 of their selected Bachelor programme, subject to achieving the following grades in Foundation:

  • 40% (entry to Year 1, Level 7 Bachelor programme)
  • 60% (entry to Year 1 of Level 8 Bachelor programme)
  • 65% (entry to Level 8 Higher Diploma programme)

Programme Outline:

Semester 1

Mandatory: Electives**:
Information Technology Skills (5 ECTS) Engineering Elective
Intercultural Competence (5 ECTS) IT/Computing Elective
Introduction to Research & Study Skills (5 ECTS) Science Elective
Orientation (5 ECTS) Business Elective
English Foundation – Higher Level 1 (5 ECTS – 6 hours English)  

Semester 2

Mandatory: Electives**:
Essential Mathematics (5 ECTS) Engineering Elective
Introduction to Communication Skills (5 ECTS) IT/Computing Elective
Exploring Western Culture (5 ECTS) Science Elective
Entrepreneurial Skills (5 ECTS) Business Elective
English Foundation – Higher Level 2 (5 ECTS)  

*Some level 8 programmes may have additional entry requirements

**Electives offered are subject to change and another elective, not listed here, might also be offered.. All electives are 5 ECTS. September intake students select one elective in Semester 1 and one elective in Semester 2. January intake students select 2 electives in Semester 2.(their first semester)

Download Our International Mini Guide:

For more information please download the International Foundation Programme Booklet or the International Students Mini Guide.


Contact us for more information

  • International Office