International Certificate of Higher Education in Science

Equivalent to the first year of a Scottish degree

This International Certificate in Higher Education is equivalent to the first year of your degree at Glasgow Caledonian University and leads you directly into year two of a number of specialist degrees from Biomedical Science to Pharmacology. Students from Malaysia can progress to year one of Optometry. Read more.

Why apply for the international certificate of higher education programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • equivalent to a first year Scottish undergraduate degree programme
  • direct entry to the second year of undergraduate study
  • full university status
  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
    degree at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

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Who should apply for the International Certificate programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Certificate of Higher Education programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

This course is not available for UK or EU students.

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What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purpose and
Study Skills, including ICT
This module is designed to help you develop the skills and confidence in academic English for university study. You will study reading techniques and writing styles as well as developing your note taking and presentation skills. Additionally, you will learn how to use dictionaries and other study aids.
Cells and Biomolecules This module introduces the structures and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins and studies the role of these biomolecules, enzymes and energy in cellular processes such as glycolysis, fermentation, cellular respiration, b-oxidation and photosynthesis.
Chemistry Students will begin with a study of the concepts of atomic and molecular structures, and continue to examine the stoichiometry, kinetics and mechanisms of reaction. Other topics covered include organic functional group reactions, the stereochemistry of simple organic molecules and chemical equilibria.
Introduction to Genetics This module considers structure and synthesis of DNA, RNA and proteins; chromosome structure, Mendelian genetics and inherited human disorders; and introduction to molecular biology.
Mathematics and Statistics of Experimentation This module is designed to provide a basic introduction to the theory and application of mathematical and statistical methods within the biological sciences. Practical statistical work will be carried out using an appropriate statistical package.
Physiology This module considers various regulatory mechanisms that underpin key activities of major body systems. This is followed by a more detailed study of physiological detection and control systems: endocrine and reproductive physiology, the nervous system and the special senses, and nerve-muscle physiology.
Practical Skills for Biosciences 1 The module will introduce students to the Departmental and University Health and Safety Policies, risk assessment, the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH), and good laboratory practice. A range of specific practical/laboratory skills such as microscopy, pipetting, spectrophotometry and physiological measurement will be introduced and developed with emphasis on ensuring students gain a basic level of competence in these skills.
Practical Skills for Biosciences 2 Practical skills such as solution preparation, spectrophotometry, calibration curve preparation, assay techniques, separation techniques (TLC, column chromatography and gel electrophoresis), and basic molecular biology and enzyme kinetics techniques will be developed to ensure students gain competence in these skills.


How will I be assessed?

Grades from the programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree programme.

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of each semester, and coursework which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, a design portfolio, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

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