First time being delivered in the UAE, an Internationally Accredited Foundation Program

International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES)


The NCC Education International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) is a one-year pre-university qualification which includes a significant amount of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide you with an entry route to UK or overseas universities, or progression on to the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business or Business IT.

The L3IFDHES aims to improve your general and academic English language ability, enhance your study skills and cultural understanding, and introduce you to academic study in English at a suitable level.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the NCC Education L3IFDHES qualification:

  • Successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects.
  • A valid score of 5 or above in the IELTS examination or equivalent. Alternatively, you can take the free NCC Education Standard English Placement Test which is administered by our NCC Education Centres to provide evidence of an equivalent level of English language.

Qualification Structure

To complete the qualification you must study and pass eight units. The qualification consists of the following six core units:

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

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Assessments and Examinations

Assessments for all units will be offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are assessed by either examination or coursework assignments.

Delivery Method

The qualification is taught face-to-face through lectures, tutorials and seminars at NCC Education Centres.


The qualification is designed to be studied full-time over one academic year or part-time over two to three years.

Award Conditions

The NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies will be awarded when you have successfully passed all eight units. A unit is passed when an overall mark of 40% or more is achieved.


NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator) to award the Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (L3IFDHES) in England. The official name on the certificate will be NCC Education Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies.

University Progression Route

Upon successful completion of the L3IFDHES, candidates can:


Apply to one of the 50+ universities worldwide which directly recognise the L3IFDHES


Apply for guaranteed entry route with
UK universities


Continue on to one of the NCC Education
Degree Pathways


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Programme starts on 1st Feb 2017