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International Foundation Programmes

International Foundation Programmes (IFP) are one-year intensive courses, designed as an alternative to A Levels, which prepare students for undergraduate study.

DLD College offers a range of pathways as part of its IFP to ensure you get the best possible preparation for your chosen degree course at university:

All IFPs have a common Key Components strand which comprises of Essential Mathematics, Personal Development and Academic Skills and research. This Strand aims to equip students with the necessary skills and competencies required for undergraduate study and overall university readiness.

To see the content of each of the Key Components, click below:

Key Components
Essential Mathematics A

• Percentages, ratios, standard form, significant figures, surds, indices
• Expanding algebraic brackets, factorising algebraic expressions
• Linear and quadratic equations and inequalities
• Simultaneous equations
• Exponential & logarithmic functions/equations
• Circles, area of 2D shapes, volume of 3D shapes, pythagoras’ theorem
• Equations of Straight Lines and Curves, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

Essential Mathematics B

• Sine, cosine and tangent Ratios
• Arithmetic and geometric series
• Probability, including mutually exclusive and independent events, tree diagrams
• Data analysis, including finding averages (Mean, Median, Mode) and range
• Venn diagrams, stem & leaf diagrams, (Cumulative) frequency tables, histograms, box plots
• Differentiating polynomials, identifying increasing/decreasing functions and stationary points

Academic skills & research

• Writing for academic purposes
• Research objectives
• Referencing
• Constructing a bibliography
• Hypothesis formation
• Ethical procedures
• Introduction to quantitative and quality methods
• Library systems
• Note-taking techniques
• Collaborative study
• Validity and reliability

Personal development

• ICT skills
• Inter-personal skills
• British culture and values
• Professional etiquette
• Study skills and effective organisation
• Careers education
• Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for a DLD International Foundation Programme students must:

• Normally be aged 17 or over before the 1 September in the year of registration
• Have passed GCSE English or have an overall IELTS score of 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in the reading and writing components)
• As IELTS* tests cannot be taken in certain parts of the world, language may be assessed through an entrance test

*IELTS requirements may vary for specific subject strands

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