Offering you direct entry to year two at a leading UK university

The Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering, Computing or Creative Industries offers a level of academic preparation equivalent to studying the third year of a Scottish undergraduate degree.

Why apply for the international diploma programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality assured university programme with accreditation in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • full university status
  • a campus based programme with access to all facilities at Glasgow Caledonian University's award winning, city centre campus
  • a conditional offer of a place on an undergraduate course at the Glasgow School of Engineering and Built Environment
  • a highly supportive study environment to enable swift progression
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Course length: 3 terms (9 months)

When can I start?

  • September 2014 Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Sep 2014 to Fri 05 Dec 2014
Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
Term 3: Mon 23 Mar 2015 to Fri 05 Jun 2015


Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available Tuition fee
  • GBP 11250 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 11250 Year (Non-EEA)

Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional cost in the region of £170 per academic course (three term) ;
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation) ;
  • lab fee: an additional £325 per year to cover the use of laboratory facilities (only applicable to science based courses)
Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 9 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purpose and Study Skills, including ICT

  • You will look at reading techniques and writing styles as well as developing your note taking and presentation skills. Additionally you will learn how to use dictionaries and other study aids.

Specialist Modules

  • Specialist modules selected from the various schools' portfolio of degree modules. Students will be guided on the choice of their specialist modules.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in the Diploma programme is both informal and formal. Teachers will give you advice and feedback throughout your studies, which helps you meet the requirements for third-year entry to university. You will also be assessed via a combination of:

  • written assignments
  • reports
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical services
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving exercises

Assessment will be based on the University's marking scale for undergraduate studies.


The International Diploma is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to Glasgow Caledonian University.

This course is not available for UK or EU students.

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 4.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


Academic requirements:

A recognised Foundation or International Certificate of Higher Education programme, the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree programme or A-Level equivalent in a suitable range of subjects.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Five term: IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in writing, or equivalent score

Four term: IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in writing, or equivalent score

Three term: IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing, or equivalent score

We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.


17 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31st December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Glasgow Caledonian University.



High achievement is important to INTO and its students. We reward the academic success of the best students and in 2010 gave over £1m in scholarships that helped fund their studies.

If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.

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