NCC- Level 3 International Foundation Diploma

Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES)


The Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) is a one year pre-university qualification which includes a significant amount of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide you with an entry route to UK or overseas universities or progression on to the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business or Business IT.

The L3IFDHES aims to improve your general and academic English language ability, enhance your study skills and cultural understanding, and introduce you to academic study in English at a suitable level.


Entry Requirements:
Entry requirements for the NCC Education L3IFDHES qualification:
• Successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects.


• A valid score of 4.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively, you can   take the free NCC Education Standard English Placement Test which is   administered by our NCC Education Centres to provide evidence of an   equivalent level of English language.

Qualification Structure:
To complete the qualification you must study and pass eight units:

The qualification consists of the following six core units:

  • Developing English Language Skills
    Develops your English language   skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables you to acquire a broad range of knowledge which you can use to confidently and effectively communicate in English. The unit guides you through Intermediate and then Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.
  • Advanced English Language Skills
    Enables you to put into practice the language you have acquired and develop into an advanced user of English. You will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending your knowledge of   complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
  • English for Academic Purposes
    Develops your understanding and use   of the key linguistic skills necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment where you are being taught in English.
  • Study and Communication Skills
    Equips you with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. You will learn
    the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal
    oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures to your studies.
  • Culture Studies
    Enables you to gain awareness and an increased understanding of other cultures. You will learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
  • Foundation Mathematics
    Builds upon your existing knowledge in the area of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across   a range of academic disciplines and for your future career.

A further two units must be taken from a choice of four electives:

  • Introduction to Computing
    Provides you with a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including the organization of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
  • Introduction to Programming
    Introduces you to extensive practical   use of the modern programming language Visual Basic to illustrate the   classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in   the context of object-oriented computer programming.
  • Introduction to Business
    Provides you with an introduction to the purpose, types and organization of businesses. You will also become familiar with a range of business concepts such as basic marketing practices.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics
    Introduces you to the key principles of accounting and economics. You will become accustomed   to concepts such as market structures and monetary policy and also   learn how to produce simple financial statements.

Assessments and Examinations:
Assessments for all units will be offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are assessed by either examination or coursework assignments.

Award Conditions:
The NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies will be awarded when you have successfully passed all eight units. A unit is passed when an overall mark of 40% or more is achieved.

The qualification is designed to be studied full-time over one academic year or part-time over two to three years.

Delivery Method:
The qualification is taught face-to-face through lectures, tutorials and seminars at NCC Education Centres.

NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator) to award the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) in England.

The official name on the certificate will be NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies.

University progression routes:
Upon successful completion of the L3IFDHES, candidates can:

  • Apply to one of the 30 universities worldwide which directly recognize the L3IFDHES.
  • Apply for guaranteed entry route with UK universities.
  • Continue on to one of the NCC Education Degree Pathways For a full list of universities please visit our website.
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