Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF)

Provided by Informatics Academy Singapore

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Awarded by NCC Education, United Kingdom


Course introduction

Introduction



The NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF) is a one-year pre-university qualification which includes a significant amount of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide students with an entry route to UK or overseas universities courses, or progression on to the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business or Business Information Technology.
The qualification aims to improve students’ general and academic English language ability, enhance their study skills and cultural understanding and equip them with the language and skills to go on to academic study in English in the fields of computing, engineering, and business at a suitable level.
To complete the qualification a student must study and pass eight modules, consisting of six core modules and two elective modules.

Assessment Structure

Assessments for all units are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. Units are assessed by both examination and coursework assignments.

Assessment Structure Global Examination Local Examination Global Assignment
CORE MODULES      
DEVELOPING ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS NA 100% NA
ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS 100% NA NA
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES NA NA 100%
STUDY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS NA NA 100%
CULTURE STUDIES NA NA 100%
FOUNDATION MATHEMATICS 100% NA NA
ELECTIVE MODULES (SELECT 2)      
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (ELECTIVE) 100% NA NA
INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING (ELECTIVE) NA 50% 50%
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (ELECTIVE) 100% NA NA
INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING AND ECONOMICS (ELECTIVE) 100% NA NA
FURTHER MATHEMATICS (ELECTIVE) 100% NA NA
PHYSICS (ELECTIVE) 100% NA NA



Curriculum Overview


Programme Structure


DEVELOPING ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS – L3DELS
Developing English Language Skills – develops English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables a student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English. The unit guides students through Intermediate and then Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.

ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS – L3AELS
Advanced English Language Skills – enables a student to put into practice the language acquired and develop this into an advanced user of English. Students will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
 

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES – L3EAP
English for Academic Purposes – develops understanding and use of the key linguistic skills necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment where English is being taught.

STUDY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS – L3SCS
Study and Communication Skills – equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures.

CULTURE STUDIES – L3CS
Culture Studies – enables students to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures. Students learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
 
FOUNDATION MATHEMATICS – L3FDM
Foundation Mathematics – builds upon existing knowledge in the areas of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines.

INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE (ELECTIVE) – L3ITCS
Introduction to Computer Science – provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING (ELECTIVE) – L3ITP
Introduction to Programming – exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS (ELECTIVE) – L3ITB
Introduction to Business – provides an introduction to the purpose, types and organisation of businesses. Students become familiar with a range of business concepts such as basic marketing practices.

INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING AND ECONOMICS (ELECTIVE) – L3ITAE
Introduction to Accounting and Economics – introduces the key principles of accounting and economics. Students become accustomed to concepts such as market structures and monetary policy and also learn how to produce simple financial statements.

FURTHER MATHEMATICS (ELECTIVE) – L3FUTM
Further Mathematics – provides you with an understanding of different mathematical concepts and ideas, building on the work covered in the Foundation Mathematics unit. It will allow you to develop further algebraic techniques on a broad range of mathematical topics, building towards area often seen and used in university courses.

PHYSICS (ELECTIVE) – L3PHY
Physics – equips you with a fundamental background of the principles of physics. The unit focuses on Newton’s mechanics, electrostatics and electrodynamics. The principles of thermal physics and magnetism are also introduced.





 



Area of Studies


Progression Pathway

On successful completion of the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF), the qualification allows candidates entry to the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (RQF) or NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business Information Technology (RQF) or NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (RQF), or enables candidates to pursue a career in the business or IT industry.

Graduation Requirement

Upon successful completion of all modules, students will be eligible for the NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (RQF) awarded by NCC Education.



Entry Requirements


Age Requirement: 
16

Entry Requirement (Academic Qualification): 
* 1 GCE ‘O’ Level passes; OR 
* NITEC or Higher NITEC; OR 
* An international qualification which is equivalent to secondary education deemed approved by NCC Education.

Entry Requirement (English Proficiency):
* IELTS min score of 4.5 or above; OR 
* GCE 'O' Level D7 or above; OR 
* Have the required minimum result in the NCC Education Standard English Placement Test (SEPT)



Duration & Intake


Programme Duration


Course Duration

Full-time 12 months

Delivery Model

Combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops in a classroom environment at Informatics Academy campus. Lessons are typically in blocks of 3-4 hour sessions.

Intakes

Full-Time:
February, May, August & November



Fees & Funding


Local (Full time/Part time): $12,200.00
International (Full time): $14,400.00

* All fees exclude 7% GST

 

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