Pre-university bridging programme

The NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) is an Ofqual regulated qualification. It is a one-year pre-university qualification developed by UK academics to help you progress successfully to undergraduate study.

The NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) is an Ofqual regulated qualification. It is a one-year pre-university qualification developed by UK academics to help you progress successfully to undergraduate study.

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This pre-university bridging qualification is designed to provide an entry route to UK and international university courses, or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 programmes.

This pre-university bridging qualification is designed to provide an entry route to UK and international university courses, or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 programmes.

The Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) is a one-year pre-university qualification that prepares students with the essential English language skills, mathematics, research, and study skills to progress to an English-based law, finance, accounting, economics, business, or engineering and chosen specialisms to provide direct entry into an undergraduate (First Year) degree at an internationally recognised university.

Students that complete the NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) can:

  • Apply to Year 1 of a university degree programme at over 100 universities, branch campuses, business schools and professional bodies in 20+ countries.For further details see the What Next? University Progression brochure here: https://www.nccedu.com/university-progression/ or the L3IFDHES brochure below.
  • Or enrol onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing (L4DC), Level 4 Diploma in Computing (with Business Management) (L4DB BM) or Level 4 Diploma in Business (L4DB), equivalent to Year 1 of a UK bachelor’s degree.

Students must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed their GCSE/IGCSE ‘O’ Levels or an equivalent* qualification in their own country and passed 5 subjects with minimum grades of ‘C’, ‘4’ or equivalent* in each. These should include Mathematics and English.
  • Have a valid score of 4.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent for students whose first language is not English. Alternatively, students can take the free NCC Education Standard English Placement Test which is administered by our Accredited Partner Centres.
* Centres need to provide evidence to justify any equivalency decision (both qualification equivalency and grade equivalency) they make pertaining to any enrolments via non-GCSE or non-standard routes.

To complete the qualification a student must study and pass units to the total of 120 credits* based on IELTS score and desired career pathway:

(A) 4 core + 2 elective

(B) 3 core + 3 electives

(C) 4 core + 1 electives + 2 electives

(D) 3 core + 2 electives + 2 electives

Core Units for Students with a score of 4.5≤ IELTS (or equivalent) <5.5

  • Developing English Language Skills
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Maths for University Study
  • Research and Study Skills for University Study
(*) These Core Units equate to 80 Units – Students need to choose additional  Electives to make up another 40 Units

Core Units for Students with IELTS (or equivalent) score of ≥ 5.5

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Maths for University Study
  • Research and Study Skills for University Study
(*) These Core Units equate to 60 Units – Students need to choose additional Electives to make up another 60 Units

Choose Elective Units to follow your desired undergraduate pathway:

20 Credit Units

  • Law for University Study
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Introductory Economics
  • Introduction to Programming with Python
  • International Business
  • Physics for University Study
  • Further Maths for University Study
  • Chemistry for University Study
  • Biology for University Study

10 Credits Units

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Digital World

Assessments for all units will be offered in a minimum of four assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are assessed by either written examination or assignment.

Past papers and sample assessments:

Developing English Language Skills

View a Sample Listening Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Listening Assessment here.

View a Sample Speaking Assessment here.
View a Sample Speaking Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Written Assessment here.
View a Sample Written Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Reading Assessment here.
View a Sample Reading Mark Scheme here.

English for Academic Purposes

View a Sample Listening Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Listening Assessment here

View a Sample Speaking Assessment here.
View a Sample Speaking Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Written Assessment here.
View a Sample Written Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Reading Assessment here.
View a Sample Reading Mark Scheme here.

Mathematics For University Study

View a Sample Assessment here.

Introductory Accounting

View a Sample Examination here. 

View a Sample Examination 1 here. 

Introduction to Programming

View a Sample Assignment here
View a Sample Assignment Mark Scheme here

View a Sample Assignment Exam here

Introduction to Accounting 

View Sample Assessment here.

Introduction to Economics

View Sample Assessment here.

Physics for University Studies

View a Sample Assessment here. 

Chemistry

View a Sample Mid Term Assessment & Mark sheet here. 
View a Sample Final Assessment & Mark Sheet here.

Biology

View a Sample Final Term Assessment & Mark Sheet here. 
View a Sample Mid Term Assessment &  Mark Scheme here.

Law for University Study

View Sample Assignment here.
View Sample Mark Scheme here.

View Sample Assignment 2 here.
View Sample Mark Scheme 2 here.

Students

If you are interested in completing one of our British qualifications, please send a copy of your qualification(s) to admissions@nccedu.com whereby we can discuss your possibilities for enrolment. 

Study Centres 

To start offering the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) to your students, fill out our contact form below and a member of team will be in touch.

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