Year 1 (Level 3)

Exit Qualification:University Foundation Certificate
Awarded By: iAcademy (New Zeland)


Autumn Semester - October
Spring Semester - February

Course Overview

The modules at Year 1 are designed to strengthen the foundational English language and Mathematical knowledge and skills necessary for students to succeed. It also equips students with core IT and Business knowledge and skills that are applicable and transferable across a range of degree majors later on.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess the minimum requirements

Module Description

Academic English for Undergraduate Study

This module aims to bridge the gap between pre-tertiary English language education and the required standard for successful undergraduate study, enabling students to develop the academic English skills required for researching and writing, in an academic context. Throughout the module, teaching materials, vocabulary and idioms appropriate to the world of business and academia will be introduced and students would also gain practise in writing reports and making oral presentations.
The module is divided into 2 key parts. The 1st part, which will be taught in the 1st semester, will focus on developing and improving students’ core English language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The 2nd part, which will be taught in the 2nd semester, will focus on developing and improving students’ critical reading and thinking skills, guiding them in searching for information and understanding research.

Undergraduate Study and Research Skills

This module aims to bridge the gap between pre-tertiary study skills and the required new skill sets for successful undergraduate study, enabling students to better cope with the new methods of content delivery and assessments.
The module will introduce and develop in students study skills in 3 core areas, academic, self-management, and interpersonal, via a variety of in-class exercises and activities and formal assessments that will enable students to apply and demonstrate these study skills.

Examples of the skills that students would acquire in each of these areas are as follows:

Academic Skills

Self-Management Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Foundational Mathematics

This module introduces the basic Mathematics concepts and skills necessary for undergraduate study in a wide variety of courses such as business, computing and engineering. Among the topics covered include numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio, proportion, scientific notation, estimation, algebra (algebraic notation, manipulation of algebraic expressions, transposition and evaluation of algebraic formulae, formulation of problems in algebraic form), linear, simultaneous equations and quadratic equations, graphs, gradient and intercept, indices and logarithms.

Foundational Statistics

The aim of this module is to equip students with the appropriate statistical skills needed for the academic study of business, computing and engineering related subjects. Among the topics covered include, the nature and use of numerical information, summarising data, graphical representation of data, measures of location and dispersion, frequency distribution, measure of central tendency and dispersion, probability distributions (discrete and continuous), sampling, sampling distributions, estimations, regressions, correlation and elementary hypothesis testing.

Introduction to IT

The aim of this module is to equip students with an awareness and appreciation of how IT has impacted society, including the areas of education and business. Students will be taught how to use practical computer software and networking to effectively understand and utilize IT in their undergraduate studies.Among the topics covered include, computer hardware, basic networking, word processing, spreadsheets (e.g. solving statistical problems in excel) andpresentation tools.

Introduction to Business

The aim of this module is to equip students with an awareness, understanding and appreciation of business in their daily lives, financial literacy and personal finance and practical business knowledge and skills. Among the topics covered include key business institutions, setting up of a company and personal financial planning.