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IIB - International Year Zero (IYZ)

Get the perfect start to your degree at DMU with the International Year Zero (IYZ).  You will take an extra year of study at LIPC in order to complete your degree at DMU. Students who take the IYZ will continue to the first year of study of their chosen International Incorporated Bachelor's degree programme at DMU.      

Students can choose to join the IYZ either in September, January or April*.

IYZ routes are available in:

  • Art and Design
  • Business and Law
  • Engineering and Computing
  • Life Sciences/Psychology
  • Media 
  • Pharmacy

Course structure

Every IYZ has a number of core compulsory modules:

Study Skills I: Introduction to DMU

This module provides a vehicle for you to participate in a range of on- and off-campus activities and by a thorough introduction into the life of culture of DMU and the city of Leicester to enable you to integrate more fully into both.

Study Skills II: IT & Numeracy

You will gain a foundation in computing skills and enhance your maths abilities.  You will learn how to use Microsoft Office - Word, Excel and Powerpoint, retrieving and assessing material through the use of internet search engines and the use of e-mail.

Study Skills III: Communication

In this module, you will study referencing in academic writing and how to avoid plagiarism, experience note-taking in a lecture hall environment and develop your speaking capabilities and confidence by undertaking exercises in public speaking and debating.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

It is vital you can communicate in English and understand your lectures.  In addition to the core modules, there is a continuous English language module to help you improve your skills.  You will learn how to: express your opinions and arguments in writing as well as verbally or through speech; produce written academic work; and enhance your research skills.  Our teachers are experts at helping you improve your English for the purposes of studying and communicating at university and beyond.  

Academic subjects: There are also a number of subject-specific modules which relate to your chosen route.

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Continuing your degree at DMU

Subject Tutors

You will have individual subject tutors who will make sure that you are on track to achieve your study goals. They will give you feedback both in person and in writing so that you always know how you are doing, and how to improve. You will also be assessed through regular tests and exams.

English language lessons

In addition to the core modules, there is also a continuous English language module to help undergraduate students improve their language skills.

Entry Requirements

English Language

Standard entry IELTS 5.5 (no component below 5.5).  Students with a lower IELTS will be required to do either a 6 week or 12 week pre-sessional English programme.

  • IELTS 4.5 (no component below 4.0) with 12 week pre-sessional English programme

or

  • IELTS 5.0 (no component below 4.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme

or

  • IELTS 5.5 (any component below 5.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme

and

Academic requirements

High school certificate or equivalent from your home country

*April intakes allow students to directly join stage 2 (International First Year) in a selective range of continuation degrees and then continue to the second year of your chosen undergraduate bachelor's degree.

 Academic entry requirements by country
Country  Qualification
Afghanistan

Pass Baccalauria with a minimum of 60% overall

Albania

Dëftesë Pjekurie (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

with grade 6, or

Diplomë e Maturës Shtetërore (Diploma of State Matura) with grade 6.00

Algeria

Overall score of 14/20 with a minimum pass (10) in at least 4 subjects

Armenia Complete the Mijnakarg Yndhanur Krtoutian Attestat or, Certificate of Completed Secondary Education with an average of 'good'
Austria

Abschlussprüfungszeugni when studied for 2 years with grade 3

Bangladesh

Successful completion of HSC with a minimum of 50%

Belarus Complete the Certificate of Secondary Education (grade 11) with an average of 3/5 or 'good'.

Belgium

(French speaking)

Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur minimum 4/10

Belgium

(Dutch speaking)

 

Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs minimum 4/10

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Matura / Svjedodžba o Zavrženoj Srednjoj Skoli (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) Minimum grade of 2

Botswana  

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (at least 5 subjects  at grade C or above), or  

Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with an average grade of 3 or above in 5 subjects
Brazil

Ensino Medio/ High school certificate with 6 out of 10 overall

Bulgaria

Diploma of Completed Secondary Specialised Education,or Diploma of Completed Secondary Education. Minimum overall grade of 3/6

Cambodia

Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with grade C (pass) on average

Cameroon Baccalaureat or Certificat de Probation with 50% in relevant subjects
Canada

Successful completion of Grade 11 with 60% average OR
Successful completion of Grade 12 (most provinces),

or Successful completion of Grade 11 with 70% average OR
Successful completion of 12 (New Brunswick), or

Successful completion of DES with 60% (Quebec)

 

China  

Successful completion of Secondary School Senior 2 with a minimum of 70% or Senior 3 with below 75%

Colombia

Bachiller Academico with 6

 
Croatia

Svjedodžba o Maturi (Matura Certificate)

with minimum grades of 2

Cyprus

Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) Leaving Certificate (Apolytirio), overall of 10 (46%-50%)

Cyprus (North)

Devlet Lise Diplomasi  5.5/10

Czech Republic

Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a minimum of 4

Denmark

Folkeskolens 10 Klasseprøve / Folkeskolens Afgangsprøve(10th Form Advanced Leaving Examination. Minimum grade of 7 in relevant subjects

Ecuador

Título de Bachiller en Ciencias OR Título de Bachiller Técnico Industrial minimum 12 out of 20

Egypt General Secondary School Certificate, with minimum 60%
Eritrea

Successful Completion of Eritrean Secondary Education Certificate Examination with minimum 50% or Grade C in relevant subjects

Estonia

Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with minimum overall grade of 3, or

Lõputunnistus kutsekeskhariduse omandamise kohta (Vocational Secondary Education Certificate) with minimum overall grade of 3

Finland

Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) with minimum of 2 in each subject

France

Baccalauréat Professionel (Vocational Baccalauréat (BacPro) - 10.5/20, or

Baccalauréat Technologique -10/20, or

Baccalauréat General - 10/20, or

French Baccalauréat, Option International du Baccalauréat - 10/20

Gabon  

Baccalaureat or Certificat de Probation with 50% in relevant subjects

Gambia Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate normally with an average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
Georgia Complete the Sashualo Skolis Atestati (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with an average of 'good'.
Germany

Hauptschulabschluss awarded on completion of year 10 - overall GPA of 3.0, or

 

Realschulabschluss / Mittlere Reife / Mittlerer Schulabschluss / Erweiterter Realschulabschluss / Fachoberschulreife / Sekundarabschluss 1 - overall GPA of 3.5, or

 

VET Qualification:

Berufsfachschulabschluss (Mittlerer Schulabschluss) (from 2013) - Overall GPA of 3.5, or

 

VET Qualification:

Berufsschulabschluss (from 2013) - Overall GPA of 4.0, or

 

VET Qualification:

Berufsfachschulabschluss (Assistentenberufe / Vollqualifizierende Berufsausbildung) (from 2013) overall GPA of 4.0, or

 

VET Qualification:

Fachgebundene Hochschulreife / Fachhochschulreife overall GPA of 4.0, or

 

Abitur Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife overall GPA of 4.0

 

Ghana

 

Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate normally with an average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects* 

Greece

Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) Leaving Certificate (Apolytirio). Overall of 10 (46%-50%)

Guatamala

Bachillerato/Bachiller/Prito with an overall 51% (State School), 61% (Private School)

Hong Kong

Pass HKDSE with a minimum of 4 subjects Including Maths where required at Level 2 or above,

or

complete Form 4 and 5 with an average of 40-55% (depending on school's banding)
Hungary

Érettségi Bizonyítvány (Matura) Secondary Education Graduation Certificate with minimum grade of 2/5 in relevant subjects

Iceland

Stúdentspróf (from Gymnasium) (Matriculation Certificate)

with minimum grades of 5 in relevant subjects

India   

Successful completion of Standard XI with average of 50% or above,

or completion of Standard XII with average of 45% or above

Indonesia

Completion of SMA/SMU/SMK 2 average grade of 7.0 (70%), or SMA/SMU/SMK 3 average grade of 6.5 (65%)

Iran

Successful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with average grade of 14

Ireland

Leaving Certificate standard level Grades A-C, or Leaving Certificate Higher level Grades A-D

Italy

Diploma di Esame di Stato with overall of 62/100

Ivory Coast

Successful Completion of Baccalauréat with minimum 12/20

Japan

Upper Secondary School Leaving certificate with average of 60%

Jordan Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%)

Kazakhstan

Complete the Svidetel’stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education) with an average of 4 or “good” overall.

Kenya

East African School Certificate/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE normally with at least 4 grade C’s or above

Kosovo

Diplomë për Kryerjen e Shkollës së Mesme të Lartë (Diploma for High School Graduation) with minimum grade of 2

Kuwait Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%)
Kyrzykstan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education with an average of 4
Latvia

Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību (Certificate of General Secondary Education) -  With Minimum grade 5 (grade D)

Lebanon

Baccalaureat 'General' or 'Technique', minimum grade 12/20

Libya Secondary Education Certificate with a score of at least 60%
Liechtenstein

Matura (Type B or Type E) with minimum overall average of grade 4

Lithuania

Brandos Atestatas (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

minimum grade of 5, or Pagrindinio Išsilavinimo Pažymejimas

(Basic School Leaving Certificate). Minimum  Grade of 8

Luxembourg

Certificat de Fin d'Études Moyennes with no less than 30 in each subject

Macau

Pass Ensino Secundário Complementar or Senior Middle 2 with 55% or above

Macedonia

Диплома за положен завршен испит (Secondary School Leaving Diploma) /Matura with minimum grade of 2

Malawi

Successful completion of MSCE normally with grades 1- 6

Malaysia

Successful completion of SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) with aggregate of 30 or less in best five relevant academic subjects

Malta

Secondary Education Certificate with no less than 5  in each subject

Mexico

Successful completion of Bachillerato at an average of 60%
Moldova

Atestat de Studii Medii de Cultură Generală (Certificate of Completed Secondary Education) with minimum grades of 5 each subject

Mongolia

Successful completion of Secondary Education Certificate

and High School graduation
Montenegro

Maturski ispit / Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (Secondary School Leaving Diploma) with minimum grades of 2 in each subject

Morocco

Diplôme du Baccalauréat or Diplôme du Baccalauréat Technique with pass grades

Myanmar

Completion of Basic Education High School Examination

Matriculation: Pass overall

Nepal Pass HSEC 12th Grade with 50% average in best 4 subjects
Netherlands

Voorbereidend Middelbaar Beroepsonderwijs (VMBO)
diploma [theoretische / gemengde / kaderberoepsgerichte leerweg] - min 6.0, or

MBO Vakopleiding (Level 3) - min 6.0, or

MBO Middenkaderopleiding (Level 4) - min 5.75, or

Hoger Algemeen Voortgezet Onderwijs (HAVO) diploma - min 5.75, or

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
(Gymnasium A/B and Atheneum A/B and Lyceum) diploma) - min 5.5

Nigeria

West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate normally with grades 1 - 6
Norway

Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with minimum overall grade of 2

Oman

General Education Diploma – min 50%

Pakistan

HSC with 50% or above

Palestine Successful Completion of General Secondary Education Certificate with minimum 60%
Peru Successful Completion of Certificado de Educacion Secundaria with an overall grade of 11/20
Philippines Completion of year 12 High School with a minimum 80% average.
Poland

Świadectwo Ukończenia Liceum Ogólnokształcącego

(Certificate of Completion from a General Lyceum without the state matura exam) with a minimum pass of 40% in relevant subjects, or Świadectwo Dojrzałości Certificate of Maturity (Matura) - Pass Matura with a minimum of 30% in relative subjects  

Portugal Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Certidão do Décimo Segundo Ano with Overall GPA of 12/20
Qatar 

Senior Schooling Certificate with a grade of at least 60% 

Romania Certificate Liceului - Minimum average of 7 or above

Russia

Certificate of Secondary Education with an average GPA of 3/5

Saudi Arabia

Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%)

Serbia

Диплома о стеченом среднем образованиy / Diploma o stecenom srednem obrazovanju Diploma of Completed Secondary Education) minimum score of 2

Singapore

Singapore/Cambridge O level/IGCSE with C/C6 or above (in at least 4 subjects)

Slovakia

Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with minimum pass of 4

Slovenia

Maturitetno spričevalo (Matura Certificate) with minimum pass of 2/5 in relevant subjects

Somalia

Secondary School Leaving Certificate with 60% in at least 4 subjects and 60% overall

South Africa Completion of Year 11 Senior Certificate with A – C in at least 4 subjects or successful completion of the National Senior Certificate
South Korea Completion of High School Diploma with minimum average 7th grade or Senior High School 2 with average 4th grade in relevant subjects or School Leaving Certificate with average 60%, or High School Graduation Equivalency Examination with 60%
Spain

Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO) minimum grade 5 in all subjects

Sri Lanka

O levels with a credit in a minimum of 4 subjects

Sweden

Avgångsbetyg /Slutbetyg från Grundskola Gymnasiet (Upper secondary school leaving certificate):

 / Högskoleförberedande examen (higher Education Preparatory Diploma):

* Yrkesexamen from gymnasiet

(vocational secondary education),

 

*Komvux (Kommunal vuxenutbildning på gymnasial nivå) = adult upper secondary education

10.00/20

Taiwan

Senior High School Year 2 with 60% average/Senior High School Year 3 with 55% average

Tanzania

 

Completion of COSC/EACE normally with 1 - 6 in at least 4 subjects

Thailand

Successful completion of Maw 6 with minimum average of 1.0/50%, or Maw 5 with minimum average of 2.5 points

Trinidad and Tobago

4 subjects at minimum grade 3 at general proficiency 

Turkey

Successful completion of Lise Deplomasi (High School

Certificate) with 55% or above

UAE

Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%)

Uganda

Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) normally with

1 - 6 in at least 4 subjects

Ukraine Complete Atestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Sersdniu Osvitu (Certificate of Secondary School Education) with an average 3 or 'good'
USA

High School Diploma GPA 2.0, or Pre March 2016 SATR 1330/2400, or Post March 2016 SATR minimum 470 (R+W) + 520 (Maths) = 990

Venezuela

Bachillerato with an overall above 10/20

Vietnam

Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma - successful

completion of Grade 11 with GPA 6.0

Zambia

School Certificate/General Certificate of Education with grades

1 – 6 (in at least 5 subjects)

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level -

4 passes Grades A-C

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A minimum of 20 points
IB Middle Years Programme 28 points with a minimum grade of 3 in each component
UK Qualifications

4 GCSE’s at A*-C, or two GCE A levels (grades E), or three GCE AS levels (grades D-E)

   

 

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