International Foundation Diploma (IFD)

Overview

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

มารู้จัก International Foundation Diploma (IFD) กันก่อนนะคะ หลักสูตรนี้เป็นหลักสูตรที่พัฒนามาจากระบบการศึกษาของสหราชอาณาจักร โดย NCC Education (ชื่อเดิมคือ National Computer Centre – ศูนย์คอมพิวเตอร์แห่งชาติของสหราชอาณาจักร) ซึ่งเป็นองค์กรที่ก่อตั้งโดยรัฐบาลอังกฤษให้เป็นผู้เชี่ยวชาญเกี่ยวกับการศึกษา การบริหารธุรกิจ และ คอมพิวเตอร์เทคโนโลยีสารสนเทส

ระบบการศึกษาของประเทศอังกฤษมีทั้งสิ้น 8 ระดับโดยภาพรวม

Level 1-2: หลักสูตรระดับอนุบาล – มัธยมศึกษาตอนปลาย
Level 3: หลักสูตรเตรียมปรับพื้นฐานเพื่อศึกษาต่อในระดับมหาวิทยาลัย เช่น A-Levels Diploma/ IB Diploma / International Foundation Diploma
Level 4-6: หลักสูตรปริญญาตรี 3 ปี
Level 7: หลักสูตรปริญญาโท
Level 8: หลักสูตรปริญญาเอก

ดังนั้นหลักสูตร IFD เป็นหลักสูตรที่มีระยะเวลาเรียน 1 ปีการศึกษา เป็นหลักสูตรภาคบังคับสำหรับนักศึกษานานาชาติที่ต้องการเข้าศึกษาต่อในหลักสูตรปริญญาตรีของมหาวิทยาลัยชั้นนำระดับโลกที่จัดการเรียนการสอนเป็นภาษาอังกฤษ ผู้ที่จบหลักสูตร IFD ของ NCC Education หากประสงค์จะศึกษาต่อในสาขาคอมพิวเตอร์ บริหาร และ ธุรกิจเทคโนโลยีสารสนเทศ ของ NCC Education ท่านสามารถศึกษาต่อใน Level 4-5 ได้ทันที

IFD มีจุดมุ่งหมายที่จะเตรียมพร้อมผู้เรียนในด้าน

  • วิชาการที่ต้องมีการจัดการเรียนการสอนเป็นภาษาอังกฤษ
  • มีทักษะที่เพียงพอที่ต้องใช้ในการเรียนในระบบมหาวิทยาลัยระดับโลก เตรียมให้ผู้เรียนเข้าใจวัฒนธรรมการเรียนการสอนการสอบอย่างถูกต้อง
  • ความรู้พื้นฐานเกี่ยวกับคณิตศาสตร์ที่จำเป็น และ วิชาเฉพาะในสาขาที่ต้องการศึกษาต่อในระดับปริญญาตรี

For entry onto the NCC Education L3IFDHES qualification students must have:

  •  completed secondary  school  education – Mattayom 6 ( OR 1 GCE ‘O’ Level Pass)

Students must also meet the English language entry requirements of:

  • IELTS minimum score of 4.5 or above

OR

  • GCE ‘O’ Level English D7 or above

To complete the qualification a student must study and pass eight units.

The qualification consists of six core units:

  • Developing English Language Skills – This module helps students to develop English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve one’s reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English. It guides students through Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels of English language study.
  • Advanced English Language Skills – This module enables a student to put into practice the language acquired and develop this into an advanced user of English. Students will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending the knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.
  • English for Academic Purposes – This module helps students to develop the understanding and use of key linguistic skills where necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment.
  • Study and Communication Skills – This module equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students 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 – This module enables students to gain awareness and an increased understanding of other cultures. Students will learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.
  • Foundation Mathematics – This module builds upon student’s knowledge of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines and for their future career.

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

  • Introduction to Computer Science – This module provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation 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 – This module exposes students 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 – This module provides an introduction to the purpose, types and organisation of businesses. Students become familiar with a range of business concepts such as basic marketing practices.
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics – This module introduces the key principles of accounting and economics. Students become accustomed to concepts such as market structures and monetary policy and also learn how to produce simple financial statements.
  • Further Mathematics – This module provides students with an understanding of different mathematical concepts and ideas, building on the work covered in the Foundation Mathematics module. It will allow students to develop further algebraic techniques on a broad range of mathematical topics, building towards area often seen and used in university courses.
  • Physics – This module equips students with a fundamental background of the principles of physics. It focuses on Newton’s mechanics, electrostatics and electrodynamics. The principles of thermal physics and magnetism are also introduced.
  • Chemistry – This module enables you to gain an understanding of the three main branches of chemistry: inorganic, physical and organic. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated using several practical laboratory sessions.
  • Biology – This module introduces the fundamental ideas of how the human body works. Starting with the cell as the building blocks of life and the looking at each of the major body systems. The purpose of this to give the underpinning knowledge which will prepare students to study health related subjects at higher levels.

Assessments for all units will be offered in a minimum of four assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are assessed by either written examination or assignment.

Past papers and sample assessments:

Developing English Language Skills

Listen to a Sample DELS MP3 Exam
View a Sample Listening Assessment here.

View a Sample Listening Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Speaking Assessment here.
View a Sample Speaking Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Written Assessment here.
View a Sample Written Mark Scheme here.

Advanced English Language Skills

Listen to a Sample AELS MP3 Exam
View a Sample Listening Assessment here.

View a Sample Listening Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Speaking Assessment here.
View a Sample Speaking Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Written Assessment here.
View a Sample Written Mark Scheme here.

English for Academic Purposes

View a Sample Assessment here.
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Study and Communications Skills

View a Sample Assessment here.
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Culture Studies

View a Sample Assessment here.
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Foundation Mathematics

View a Sample Assessment here.
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Introduction to Computer Science

View a Sample Examination here. 
View a Sample Examination Mark Scheme here.

Introduction to Programming

View a Sample Examination here.
View a Sample Examination Mark Scheme here.

View a Sample Assignment here.
View a Sample Assignment Mark Scheme here.

Introduction to Business

Introduction to Accounting and Economics

View a Sample Assessment here. 
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Further Mathematics

View a Sample Assessment here. 
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Physics

View a Sample Assessment here. 
View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

Guaranteed Entry to University  ( http://www.nccedu.com/become-a-student/university-progression/ )

QIC, in partnership with NCC Education, is very proud to offer guaranteed entry with the following universities:  Bangor UniversityBirmingham City University, Carroll University, CQU UniversityLimerick Institute of TechnologyLiverpool Hope UniversityNational College of Ireland and the University of Derby.

 

Standard Entry

Many other universities, that may not guarantee a place, but do welcome applications from students, as the IFD qualification satisfies the university entry requirements.

All students who wish to attend a UK university usually have to apply through the University and Colleges Application Service known as UCAS.  Please check with the University you wish to apply to as to their admissions procedure.

A spreadsheet containing all courses with formally agreed progression routes and entry requirements available for International Foundation Diploma (IFD) students can be found here

For more information about available progression routes, please see the ‘What Next?’progression booklet