Certificate in Preparation for Higher Education

This programme is designed for students who:

  • Have attended secondary (high school) education in their home country.
  • Need to complete an international foundation year (IFY) to qualify for higher education.
  • Need a programme that prepares them for year 1.
  • Speak English to a more advanced level that the Certificate in Foundation Studies with Intensive English, perhaps because they went to an English-speaking school, or come from a place where English is widely spoken as a second language.
  • Would like to get a flavour of a year 1 programme, e.g., by taking an elective in Business, Tourism, Science, Engineering or Computing.

Duration: 1 academic year (2 semesters)

Start Dates: September – June, or January – August each academic year.

Qualification Received: NFQ Level 6 Certificate (60 Credits)

English Entry Requirement: IELTS 4.5 or Grade C in iGCSE/GCSE English (or equivalent in an internationally recognised English exam)

Tuition Fees: €7,545 (including mandatory health insurance and sports facilities fee)

Progression Pathway: Successful completion of this programme will enable students to progress to Year 1 of their selected Bachelor programme, subject to achieving the following grades in Foundation:

  • 40% (entry to Year 1, Level 7 Bachelor programme)
  • 60% (entry to Year 1 of Level 8 Bachelor programme)
  • 65% (entry to Level 8 Higher Diploma programme)

Programme Outline:

Semester 1 Mandatory:
  • Information Technology Skills English (1) (5 ECTS)
  • Exploring Western Culture (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Research & Study Skills (5 ECTS)
  • Orientation (5 ECTS)
  • English Foundation – Higher Level 1 (5 ECTS – 6 hours English)
Semester 1 Electives**:
  • Civil Engineering Skills
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Physics Through Problem Based Learning (1)
  • Introduction to the Global Tourism Industry



Semester 2 Mandatory:
  • Essential Mathematics (5 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Competence (5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Communication Skills (5 ECTS)
  • Entrepreneurial Skills (5 ECTS)
  • English Foundation – Higher Level 2 (5 ECTS)
Semester 2 Electives**:
  • Electrical Technology
  • Computer Architecture
  • Physics Through Problem Based Learning (2)
  • The Geography of Travel & Tourism


Download Our International Mini Guide:

For more information please download the International Foundation Programme Booklet or the International Students Mini Guide.


**(All electives are 5 ECTS. September intake students select one elective in Semester 1 and one elective in Semester 2)

***(All electives are 5 ECTS. January intake students select 2 electives in Semester 2)

Contact us for more information

  • International Office