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IIB: International First Year

The International First Year (IFY), delivered at LIPC provides an intensive combination of first year university subjects with extra study and language skills. The IFY is the first year of the three-year International Incorporated Bachelor's (IIB) degree.

Upon successful completion of the IFY, you will continue to the second year of study at DMU.  

Students can choose to join the IFY course either in September or January.

IFY Pathways are available in:

  • Business and Management
  • Engineering and Computing

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Course structure

Every IFY has a number of core and compulsory modules, including:

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As an international student, it is vital that you are able to communicate in English and understand your lectures. 

Academic subjects

There are also a number of subject-specific modules that relate to your chosen pathway

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Continuing your degree

You will start the first year of your chosen International Incorporated Bachelor's degree (Stage 2) at LIPC. Once you have successfully completed the IFY, you will continue directly into the second year (Stage 3) of that degree, studying directly with DMU. You will have individual subject tutors who will make sure that you are on track to achieve your study goals.

English language lessons

In addition to the core modules, there is also a continuous English language module to help undergraduate students improve their language skills.

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

Standard entry of IELTS 5.5 (no component below 5.5).  Students with a lower English level will be required to do either a 6 week or 12 week pre-sessional English programme. 

  • IELTS 4.5 (no component below 4.0) with 12 week pre-sessional English programme

or

  • IELTS 5.0 (no component below 4.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme

or

  • IELTS 5.5 (any skill below 5.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programmer

and

Academic Entry Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent from your home country
Academic entry requirements by country
Country  Qualification
Afghanistan Pass Baccalauria with a minimum of 70% overall OR pass Technical Certificate with a minimum of 50% overall
Albania Diploma of State Matura with grade 7.00
Algeria Baccalaureat de l'Enseignement Secondaire with minimum overall score of 14/20 with a minimum pass (10) in at least 4 subjects plus an additional year of study, or Brevet de Technicien Superieur with minimum pass grade of 10
Armenia Mijnakarg Yndhanur Krtoutian Attestat or Certificate of Completed Secondary Education with an average of 'excellent'
Austria Abschlussprufungszeugni when studied for 3 years with grade 3 / Matura minimum average of 3
Bangladesh HSC with a minimum of 70%
Belarus Certificate of Secondary Education (grade 11) with an average of 4/5 or 'excellent'
Belgium (french-speaking) Diplome d'Aptitude a Acceder a l'Enseignment Superieur, minimum pass, or 5/10 in the Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur
Belgium (dutch-speaking) Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs minimum 5/10
Bosnia-Herzegovia Matura/Svjedodzba o Zavrzenoj Srednjoj Skoli, minimum grade of 3
Botswana Bachelor degree (Part 1), or Bachelor degree (Part 2), or 3 year Diploma from an affiliated institute of the University of Botswana or Higher Diploma/Certificate from an affiliated institute of the University of Botswana
Brazil Ensino Medio / High School certificate with 8/10 overall
Bulgaria Diploma of completed Secondary Specialised Education or Diploma of completed Secondary Education, minimum overall grade of 4/6
Cambodia Successful completion of Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with grade C (pass) on average
Cameroon High school education and successful completion of at least one year of higher study
Canada Grade 12 Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with 65% average, or successful completion of Grade 11 plus one year further study
China Year 1 of a 4-year degree, or Graduation Certificate awarded below 60%, or High School Middle 3 at 75%
Colombia Bachiller Academico with 8
Croatia Svjedodzba o Maturi (Matura Certificate) with minimum grades 2.5
Cyprus Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) Leaving Certificate (Apolytirio). Overall 13 (61% - 65%)
Cyprus (North) Devlet Lise Diplomasi - 7/10
Czech Republic Vysvedceni o maturitni zkousce (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a minimum 3.5
Denmark Bevis for Studentereksamen (Secondary Education Graduation Certificate), or Bevis Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (Higher Preparatory Examination Certificate) with minimum grade 5
Ecuador Titulo de Bachiller en Ciencias or, Titulo de Bachiller Tecnico Industrial minimum 16/20
Egypt General Secondary School Certificate, minimum 65%
Eritrea Considered on a case-by-case basis
Estonia Gumnaasiumi loputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with minimum overall grade of 3.2, or Loputunnistus kutsekeskharduse omandamise kohta (Vocational Secondary Education Certificate with minimum overall grade of 3.2
Finland Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) with minimum of 4 in each subject
France Baccalaureat Professionel (Vocational Baccalaureat) with minimum of 11/20, or Baccalaureat Technologique 10.5/20, or French Baccalaureat, Option International du Baccalaureat 10.3/20
Gabon High school education and successful completion of at least one year of higher study
Gambia West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate plus satisfactory completion of one year additional study, or successful completion of Technician Diploma
Georgia Sashualo Skolis Atestati (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with an average of 'excellent'
Germany Berufsschulabschluss (from 2013) with overall GPA 3.0, or Berufsfachschulabschluss (Assistentenberufe/Vollqualifizierende Berufsausbildung from 2013) with overall GPA 3.0, or Fachgebundene Hochschulreife / Fachhochschulreife with overall GPA 3.5
Ghana WAEC or Senior School Certificate with average grade 1 - 6 (A - C) in five or more subjects and completion of one year higher study or successful completion of University or Polytechnic Diploma with lower credit or Ghanian A levels equivalent to 32 - 80 UCAS points 
Greece Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) Leaving Certificate (Apolytirio) with 13 (61% - 65%)
Guatemala Tecnico (Universiatario)/Diplomado with average 51% (State University), 61% (Private University), or complete one year of Licenciado with average 51% (State University), 61% (Private University)
Hong Kong HKDSE minimum levels 333 or 332 in relevant subjects, or HKALE two passes minimum grade E in Maths and Science subjects, grade D in other subjects, or equivalent to 48 UCAS points
Hungary Erettsegi Bizonyitvany (Matura) Secondary Education Graduation Certificate with minimum grade of 3/5 in relevant subjects
Iceland Studentsprof (Matriculation Certificate) with minimum grades of 7 in relevant subjects
India Standard XII with 50% average
Indonesia SMA/SMU/SMK 3 average grade of 7.0 (70%) or SMA/SMU/SMK 3 plus one year of further study
Iran Pre-University certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with 11/20 or 55%
Ireland Leaving Certificate at Higher level with grades A - C
Italy Diploma di Esame di Stato with overall of 68/100
Ivory Coast Diplome Universitaire de Technologie with minimum 12/20
Japan Special Training School Advanced Course Certificate with at least 3.0/5.0 or 60%, or Associate Degree 
Jordan Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%) and at least one year of higher study
Kazakhstan Diploma of Completed Secondary Education (Attestat) with good grades plus 1 year recognised higher study, or Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education with 3 or above
Kenya East African School Certificate/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE with good grades and successful completion of one further years higher study, or Diploma/Ordinary Diploma/Ordinary Technician Diploma/University Diploma with 50% or above
Kosovo Diplome per Kryerjen e Shkolles se Mesme te Larte (Diploma for High School Graduation) with minimum grade of 3
Kuwait Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with 75% or above, or Diploma/Certificate from PAEET Institute with 50% or above, or Diploma/Certificate from PAEET College
Kyrzykstan Certificate of Secondary Education with an average of 4 plus one year recognised higher study, or Qualification Diploma/Junior Specialist Diploma with 3 or above
Latvia Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education) with minimum grade 6 or grade D
Lebanon Baccalaureat 'General' or 'Technique' minimum grade of 12/20 and 1 year further study of 'Diplome de Technicien Superieur' with pass marks, or Baccalaureat 'General' or 'Technique', minimum grade of 15/20
Libya High School education plus successful completion of one year of additional higher study
Liechtenstein Matura (Type B or Type E) with minimum overall average of grade 4.5
Lithuania Brandos Atestatas (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with minimum grade of 6
Luxembourg Diplome de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires with a grade of 34
Macau Completion of Form 6/Senior Middle School/Grade 12 with pass grades plus successful completion of one further year of higher study
Macedonia Secondary School Leaving Diploma / Matura with minimum grade of 3
Malawi Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate with pass grades or successful completion of Malawi Polytechnic Diploma
Malaysia STPM or A levels/UEC with pass grades in relevant subjects or Matriculation with grades below 3.0
Malta Matriculation Certificate Examination with no less than C grade
Mexico Satisfactory completion of Year 12 of the Bachillerato plus successful completion of one year higher study
Moldova Diploma de Bacalaureat with minimum grades of 5 in each subject
Mongolia Certificate of Technical Education with a grade of 70% or better
Montenegro Maturski ispit / Diploma o zavrsenoj srednjoj skoli (Secondary School Leaving Diploma) with minimum grades of 3 in each subject
Morocco Brevet de Technicien Superieur or Diplome de Technicien Specialise with grades 10 - 11
Myanmar Technical High School Diploma/Trade School Diploma/Agricultural School Diploma : Pass overall plus satisfactory completion of two further years higher study, or an Associate Diploma with grades of 40 - 59%
Nepal Pass HSEC 12th grade with 60% average in best four subjects
Netherlands MBO Middenkaderopleiding (Level 4)  with minimum 6.0 or Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs (HAVO) diploma with minimum 6.0, or Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) with minimum 6.0
Nigeria WAEC or East African qualifications with average grades of B3 minimum
Norway Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with minimum overall grade of 3
Oman General Education Diploma with minimum 65%
Pakistan HSC with 60%
Palestine General Secondary Education Certificate with minimum 75%
Peru Certificado de Educacion Secundaria with an overall grade plus successfully completed Foundation Programme, or Titulo de Profesional Tecnico, with minimum overall grades of 11/20
Philippines Year 12 High School with a minimum 80% average and successful completion of first year at a recognized university
Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci (Certificate of Maturity) with minimum pass of 40% in relevant subjects
Portugal Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundarios / Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano with overall GPA 13/20
Qatar General Secondary School Certificate with good grades plus successful completion of a further year of higher study
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) with minimum pass of 6
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education with good grades in relevant subjects plus successful completion of one year of basic specialised education
Saudi Arabia GSSC with one further year of higher study, or Technician Technical Diploma with a grade of 60%
Serbia Diploma o stecenom srednem obrazovanju Diploma of Completed Secondary Education with minimum score of 3
Singapore Singapore / Cambridge A level (80 - 200 UCAS tariff), or O levels plus satisfactory completion of two years' study towards Polytechnic Diploma / Polytechnic Certificate / Polytechnic Advanced Diploma with pass grades
Slovakia Vysvedcenie o maturitnej skuske (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with minimum pass of 3.5
Slovenia Maturitetno spricevalo (Matura Certificate) with minimum pass of 3/5 in relevant subjects
Somalia Secondary School Leaving Certificate with 60% in at least five subjects and 60% overall plus successful completion of the Post-Secondary Diploma with a minimum grade of 60% or 1 year of Bachelor degree
South Africa Senior Certificate with matriculation / national senior certificate, or 32 - 80 UCAS points at GCE A/AS level or equivalent
South Korea High School Diploma with a minimum average 4th grade or School Leaving Certificate with average 80% or High School Graduation Equivalency Examination with 80%
Spain Titulo de Tecnico Superior or Titulo de Bachiller with minimum grade 6
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka A level equivalent to 32 - 80 UCAS points, or National Diploma below 65%
Sweden Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate / Higher Education Preparatory Diploma 11.50/20
Taiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate with 70% average or completion of High School education plus successful completion of one year of additional higher study
Tanzania Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate / East African Advanced Certificate of Education or 32 - 80 UCAS points at ACSE level
Thailand Maw 6 with minimum average of 2.5/65%, or completion of high school education plus satisfactory completion of one year of additional higher study
Trinidad and Tobago Two subjects at grades I - IV or three subjects at grades IV - V
Turkey Devlet Meslek Lise Diplomasi / Lise Diplomasi / On-Lisans Diplomasi, with grade 3 (75%) or above
UAE Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%) plus successful completion of one further year's higher study, or Technical Diploma with a grade of 65% - 74%
Uganda UACE with passes at principal level equivalent to 32 - 80 UCAS points
Ukraine Atestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Sersdniu Osvitu (Certificate of Secondary School Education), with an average 4 or 'excellent'
USA High School Diploma GPA 2.5 and successful completion of the Advanced Placement (score of 3 or above), or Pre March  2016 SATR 1360/2400, or Post March 2016 SATR minimum 480 (R+W) + 530 (Maths) = 1010, or ACTs with minimum composite score of 20
Venezuela Bachillerato with an overall above 15/20
Vietnam Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma - successful completion of Grade 12 with average Grade 6.0, or completion of Intermediate Diploma with 55% - 64%
Zambia GCE A levels - two passes D grade average or successful completion of High School plus at least one year of study at degree level
Zimbabwe Two A level passes (at E or above), or one A level and two AS levels, or successful completion of High School plus an additional year of successful study
International Baccalaureate (IB) Minimum of 22 points
UK Qualifications

Two GCE A levels (grades A - D), or

Three GCE A levels (grades D - E), or

One GCE A level (grades A - D) & two AS levels (grades A-D), or 

Three AS levels (grades A - C)

 

 

 
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