Bangor International College

International Year Zero - Engineering and Computer Science

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the practical and technical skills required to support your continuation onto your chosen Engineering and Computer Science degree.

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Covering the major mathematical and scientific principles, this programme gives you a great start in engineering and computing. With a heavy focus on maths, physics and programming, you’ll deepen your understanding during your foundation year.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • If you have an IELTS of 5.0 (with no component below 4.5), you will be offered a6 week Pre-sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.
  • If you have an IELTS of 4.5 (with no component below 4.0), you will be offered a12 week Pre-Sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Core Modules

This module is a practical introduction to the technology and terminology around tabular data, and the construction and use of a database. You will develop a database for a given situation – for example, a simulated business using current standards and appropriate software – and use that database to identify and solve problems. By the end of the module, you will have a more advanced understanding of data processing and the construction and uses of databases.

This module provides you with a basic knowledge of electricity and electronics, and of fields, that you will be able to apply in real engineering and computing situations. You will learn about current and charge, Ohm’s Law, capacitors in DC circuits, measuring AC, transistors and logic circuits. Fields subjects include potential energy, electrical and gravitational fields, satellite launches, measuring magnetic fields and their forces, inductance and transformers, and data analysis.

This module covers complex mathematical skills and knowledge, such as: algebra, including partial fractions and inverse functions; the circle; trigonometry; differentiation and integration, including trigonometric, and logarithmic and exponential functions; and solving first-order differential equations with separable variables, vector and vector methods in two and three dimensions, and forces as fixed vectors.

Continuing to develop your maths skills and knowledge, this module introduces you to the relationships between forces, linear motion and energy, and the conditions for the static equilibrium of a body. The main topics it covers are: vectors; forces and equilibrium; relative motion; Newton’s Laws of Motion; friction, including Hooke’s Law; and work, energy and power, including work and kinetic energy, and the conservation of mechanical energy.

Introducing you to problem solving via computer applications, you’ll develop a basic understanding of algorithms and their uses, as well as gaining hands-on experience using simple software programs to solve problems. You will receive a basic introduction to the techniques of data handling and processing, and to the syntax of programming languages required for a computing degree.

In this module, you’ll gain a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases, and oscillations and waves. There is a heavy emphasis on safe laboratory practice and procedures. The main topics covered are: properties of waves; sound; reflection and refraction; interference and diffraction; and electromagnetic waves. You will also study materials and consider the structures of solids and liquids, and heat and gases, as well as exploring the structure of the atom, radioactivity, and fission and fusion.

This module provides you with the appropriate foundation in maths skills that you need for undergraduate studies in engineering and computer science. The main topics covered are: algebra, including indices and logarithms; binomial theorem and quadratic equations; differential calculus; integration as the inverse of differentiation; set theory; and probability and experimental laws.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses:

BEng (Hons)
Computer Systems Engineering

This degree covers both the hardware and software engineering aspects of the discipline. During the course, students will gain extensive practical experience and we provide good access to interactive computer services.

BSc (Hons)
Computer Information Systems for Business
The course provides a fundamental education in computer science, the construction, and use of database systems, new media technologies, systems administration, artificial intelligence, and business information systems. CIS for Business is a variant of the standard CIS degree and provides an opportunity to study a range of modules in Bangor’s internationally acclaimed School of Business.
BSc (Hons)
Computer Science

The Computer Science degree is designed to provide students with the skills to join a varying range of IT careers, industrial research and development, or further academic study. The individualised pathway (through the use of options) allows students to begin specialising in any theme within Computer Science. Bangor University aims to help students to become computing professionals with the ability to keep up to date with the rapid pace of developments in their respective fields.

BSc (Hons)
Electronic Engineering

The course is a three-year honours degree, preparing students for a professional career in electronic systems design.

BEng (Hons)
Electronic Engineering

This course will prepare students for work as a professional engineer at the forefront of the high-technology industry in both technical and managerial roles.

BSc (Hons)
Computer Information Systems
The Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree is intended for students who are interested in a course that focuses on the application of software in business and industry. The course provides an insight into computer science, the construction and use of database systems, new media technologies, systems administration, artificial intelligence, and business information systems.

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