International Year Zero - Engineering & Computing

This is a broad course encompassing key principles of both disciplines. Designed to give you a foundation in real-world systems, to prepare you for a degree across a range of exciting areas including Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Aeronautical Engineering.

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Course Overview

Fast-paced, exciting and challenging, the computing or engineering sectors have plenty to offer ambitious students – high job satisfaction, above-average salaries and a choice of sectors in which to work.

The DMUIC International Year Zero: Engineering and Computing will help you start your career in these fascinating fields.

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)
  • Pre-sessional English 6-weeks – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 12-weeks – IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0)

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

November 2022 | January 2023 | September 2023 | November 2023 | January 2024

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 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.

Modules you will study

This module will help you to develop basic mathematical skills relevant to Engineering and Computing.  You will study trigonometry, algebra, functions and calculus. No one is expected to have a higher level of mathematical background than GCSE Grade C or equivalent. You will learn using practical examples to solve a range of engineering and computing problems.

This highly practical double module aims to introduce to you the most important concepts of both mechanical and electrical theory and practice.  The mechanical content introduces topics such as conversion of units, linear motion, forces, stress and strain, Newton’s second law, work, energy and power, fluids, pressure and thermodynamics.  The electrical content includes resistor tolerances, Ohm’s law, current and voltage division, Kirchoff’s law, AC current, the oscilloscope and signal generator, batteries and capacitors.

In this module, you will work on practical computing applications. It is assumed that you will have little or no prior experience of computer programming. You will gain an understanding of how data is used and acquire problem solving skills and computer logic, plus you will gain hands-on experience of developing and executing simple software programmes.  All these skills are used in undergraduate computing degrees.

This module is studied in the final term of the IYZ and brings together learning from the other modules studied during the previous two terms. You will apply your newly-gained engineering and computing knowledge plus you will develop transferable skills such as project management and problem solving, project planning and scoping, project monitoring and team work.

This module will provide you with a practical introduction to the technology, terminology, and business aspects of the world wide web and tabular data. You will develop a website and a database for a given simulated business using current standards and appropriate software. You will use an e-commerce system involving both a database and the world wide web.

This module will help students develop the IT, mathematical, communication, research and study skills required to prepare for specialist IT and computing degrees. Students will develop their ability to research, interpret and utilise primary sources of information; they will gain practice in using the library and internet research and demonstrate a practical, working understanding of intellectual property in order to avoid plagiarism. An insight into ethical issues relating to IT will also be explored.

Continuation degrees

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

BA (Hons)

This degree course will develop your analytical knowledge and technical skills, allowing you to apply mathematics to real-life challenges.

BA (Hons)
Games Production

Video games have eclipsed the film, music and video industries as the dominant entertainment sector in the UK.

BSc (Hons)
Computer Networks and Security

This degree programme will equip graduates who are capable of meeting the increasing demands for combining computer networks, security, and programming expertise raised by the growing adoption of the Next-Generation Network (NGN) services, e.g., VoIP, and Next Generation Network Model, i.e., SDN and NFV, where network devices have turned to be a programmable virtual entity on the cloud.

BA (Hons)
Computer Science

Widen your prospects with a firm foundation in the practice and theory of core computing principles, with a focus on software development, database design, web technologies and security.

BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering

Gain and develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional engineer by studying the design, development, installation, operation and maintenance of just about all movable parts, helping prepare you for a career in one of the most diverse and versatile engineering fields.

BEng (Hons)

This course will give you the opportunity to become a professional Engineer with sound analytical proficiency in embedded systems, digital electronics, dynamics and control, complemented by the 3D-design and management skills necessary to work in modern industry.

BEng (Hons)
Energy Engineering

Gain specialist knowledge about conventional and renewable energies for power generation and modern energy storage solutions. The design of this course has considered traditional engineering principles and will equip you for diverse roles in the energy sector.

BEng (Hons)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Carefully designed in close consultation with industry, this specialist degree offers a strong foundation in electrical and electronic engineering to address the increasing demand for qualified engineers.

BEng (Hons)
Aeronautical Engineering

Learn the theoretical, experimental and computational skills required for careers in the aeronautical and aerospace industry.

BSc (Hons)
Quantity Surveying and Construction

Gain the knowledge to become a Quantity Surveyor and specialist in the science of construction processes, procurement, and building economics, alongside acquiring key management skills.

BSc (Hons)
Software Engineering

By using your analytical skills with creativity you will be able to study a blend of established theories and modern design techniques to become proficient in developing high quality software. The degree course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, this course prepares you to graduate as an industry-ready software engineer.

BSc (Hons)
Cyber Security

Industries are in a high and unprecedented demand for cyber security expertise to protect our society, economy, national security and critical infrastructure, this course is designed to meet the industry’s need for highly qualified graduates.

BSc (Hons)
Computer Science

Expand your prospects with a firm foundation in the practice and theory of core computing principles, with a focus on software development, database design, web technologies and security

BSc (Hons)
Computer Games Programming

Helping you prepare for a technical career in the creative games and entertainment industry, allowing you to develop industry-standard programming skills, and explore developments in computer and network technology.

BSc (Hons)
Business Information Systems

An industry-developed course tailored to meet the computing needs of commerce and industry. Through this course you’ll gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the development, implementation and management of business computing projects

BSc (Hons)
Business Data Analytics

Master practical IT abilities, learn how to extract information from systems in business, government and society, expertly develop models and uncover previously unknown trends and patterns to support organisational decision-making.

BSc (Hons)
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is the future of complex decision making-Learn about the capacity of machines to make decisions and learn from experience. The course combines a mixture of robotics, artificial intelligence, and computer science, to help you develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you need to create smart solutions in commerce and industry.

BSc (Hons)
Applied Computing

Gain and develop key technical and practical skills in a wide range of computing specialisms, including computer technology, database design and development, internet technology, programming, systems requirement development and agile project management.

BSc (Hons)
Architectural Technology

Gain the skills to become a specialist in the science of architecture, building design and building economics on this industry accredited course.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)