International Foundation Program – Engineering and IT

Key Points

  • Work permit while you study

  • Post Graduation Work Permit for 12 months

  • Starting dates: September

  • Duration: 1 year

  • Level 8 qualification

  • Type: Full Time
  • Hours: Daytime
  • Enrollment Fee: From € 9,950 / year

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The International Foundation’s program in Engineering and IT provides academic preparation for entry into the first year of undergraduate studies and ensures that you meet the academic English language requirements for your chosen degree program.

Prepare for your postgraduate program at one of Ireland’s leading institutes of higher education. Those who successfully complete this course will have the opportunity to progress to degree programs at the Institutes of Technology or Universities in Ireland.

What are you going to experience

You will be prepared for your undergraduate studies through a comprehensive and challenging curriculum by a team of highly qualified and experienced industry teachers.

You will be part of a culturally diverse group of students from around the world with small class sizes and the opportunity to participate in our social and cultural programs.

Program structure

The objective of this module is to provide students with mathematical knowledge and skills that enable them to formulate and solve simple mathematical models used in science, engineering, and business. Use standard functions to model simple situations in science, engineering, and business where two variables are related.

Modular units:

  • Model using math
  • Statistics and probability
  • Functions and graphics
  • Trigonometry
  • Complex numbers
  • Calculation

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

Develop an understanding of statistics and probability; Solve simple problems involving chance using basic probability and counting techniques and also learning to interpret these results.

Evaluation method:
Task 1 30% Task 2 30%
Exam 40% Credit value: 15 FET

The purpose of this award is to equip the student with the knowledge, skill, and competence to effectively participate in research and present learning for formal academic and other purposes.

Modular units:

  • Research skills
  • Study skills

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of available research and experimental methodologies.
  • Gather information from a wide range of sources and present this information clearly and consistently.
  • Identify personal learning styles and develop short to medium learning goals.

Evaluation method:
Portfolio / Work Collection 60%
Demonstration of skills 40%
Credit value: 15 FET

The goal is to produce a clear strategy for personal and professional development. Allow students to understand their preferred learning styles and decision-making methods. Understand the application and entry process to universities of higher and continuing education in Ireland.

Modular units:

  • Personal development
  • Planning Continuing Professional Development

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of this award.
  • Prepare for effective entry and participation in a professional environment, operating independently while under general direction.
  • Review your current knowledge, skills and competencies with a view to further developing them.
  • Provides the opportunity to develop a personal and professional development plan.
  • Understand the higher and continuing education system in Ireland and the potential opportunities available to you.

Evaluation method:
Portfolio / Work Collection 100%
Credit value: 15 FET

The purpose of this award is to equip the student with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to work as an effective member of a team, operating independently under general direction and within a range of diverse and team-oriented environments.

Modular units:

  • Role and functions of teams
  • The team member
  • Teamwork skills

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the concept, characteristics and types of teamwork activities available, as well as analyze the roles involved.
  • How to monitor personal strengths and weaknesses in teamwork activities.
  • Develop an awareness of the techniques involved in negotiation, conflict resolution, problem solving and decision making.

Evaluation method:
Portfolio / Work Collection 60%
Demonstration of skills 40%
Credit value: 15 FET

The purpose of this award is to equip the student with the knowledge, ability and competence to compile, present, interpret and analyze statistical data, with some theoretical understanding of basic statistical concepts.

Modular units:

  • Introduction to statistics
  • Sample and survey design
  • Probability distribution functions
  • Index numbers
  • Regression and correlation
  • Implementation of project-based statistical theory

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand basic statistical principles, including sampling, summary statistics, and the nature of variables.
  • Understand and apply a variety of common statistical methods (frequency distributions, index numbers, correlation, and regression) when analyzing a variety of data.
  • Evaluate statistical results and use statistics to make predictions.
  • Provide a focus on connecting statistical theory with the implementation of such theory with respect to real-world problems that can be encountered in the fields of business and engineering.
  • Independently evaluate a data set, decide which statistical tests are appropriate, perform those tests, and interpret and comment on the results in the framework of an evaluation that emulates a real-world application.

Evaluation method:
Task 1 20% Task 2 20%
Exam – Theory 60% Credit Value: 15 FET

The purpose of this award is to equip the student with the knowledge, skill, and competence to appreciate structures and changes in subject matter. It is designed to develop an understanding of the everyday and industrial applications of chemistry.

Modular units:

  • Atomic theory
  • Chemical reactions
  • Acid / base chemistry and chemical balance
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Health and safety
  • Practical laboratory investigations

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Gain an appreciation for the central role of chemistry in modern life.
  • Develop an attitude of care and precision in conducting chemical experiments, both in relation to personal safety and taking measurements.
  • Develop a logical and systematic approach to problem solving in the field of chemistry.
  • Provide a clear understanding of the reasoning behind scientific models used in the field of chemistry.
  • Raise awareness of the many practical applications of chemistry.

Evaluation method:
Exam – Theory 50% Demonstration of skills 25%
Student registration 25% Credit value: 15 FET

This module is designed to be an introduction to the fundamental principles of the physical world. The award will equip the student with the knowledge, skill, and competence to apply the principles of physics to everyday experiences and industrial processes.

Modular units:

  • Mechanics and heat
  • Light and sound
  • Electromagnetism
  • Atomic physics
  • Health and safety

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the application of theory and practice to the following areas.
  • Understand and apply important definitions, laws, facts and formulas in Physics with reference to:
  • Measure, investigate, or determine different physical quantities in required experiments that focus on methods, mathematics, and precision with reference to:
  • Mechanics and heat
  • Light and sound
  • Electromagnetism
  • Atomic Physics (including Bohr Atom)
  • Solve a simple physical model applied to a variety of real-life situations.

Evaluation method:
Demonstration of skills 30% Student registration 30%
Exam – Theory 40% Credit Value: 15 FET

The purpose of this award is to equip the student with the knowledge, skill and competence to use a word processing application to produce documents in a variety of contexts with a mailing or publishable standard while working autonomously and under a general direction.

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate good file management technique, creating folders, naming, and saving documents in relevant folders.
  • Create, analyze and print documents using different formats and layouts.
  • Improve document creation by using clip art, file images, and inserting tables.
  • Prepare data sources for mail merge, form letters, envelope labels, and letters using the mail merge functions.
  • Complete a practical exam and homework outside of class obtaining an overall grade of 50% or higher.

Evaluation method:
Homework 20% Exam: Practical 80%
Credit value: 15 FET

The aim of the award is to equip the student with the knowledge, skill and competence to use the Internet for communication, research, collaboration, e-commerce and web creation in a secure and confidential way in a variety of personal and work contexts.

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the latest trends in the use of communication technologies, security, collaborative technologies, electronic commerce and file exchange.
  • Design, publish and maintain a simple website / web page.
  • Produce searchable documents on related topics downloaded and stored in an organized sequence.
  • Demonstrate email techniques by sending email with attachments and emails received in relevant folders.
  • Understand business software and recommend proper methods for connecting to the Internet.

Evaluation method:
Project 40% Assignment 30%
Skills Demonstration 30% Credit Value: 15 FET

Admission requirements

Successfully passed all subjects on the certificate of completion / high school exams with an overall high school minimum of 60% / minimum GPA of 3.0 / 5.0.

Pass math in high school final exams.

English language requirements

Minimum English language requirements of B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), or IELTS 5.0, or equivalent. (must be an internationally recognized exam within the last 2 years).

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