Ncc Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies

  • Business Pathway

NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies is an alternative qualification to the traditional Advanced Levels. International Foundation studies is becoming popular among students who are inclined towards a more practical approach to higher education preparation. Students will have the additional advantage of qualifying for higher education progression within a period of one year as opposed to taking two years for Advanced Level studies.

The programme emphasises the development of sound academic writing and research skills including in relation to foundation mathematics while enabling students to develop subject-specific knowledge and skills pertaining to Business education. The Foundation programme with the Business Pathway provides streamlined access to various higher education degrees, ranging from Business Economics, Finance, International Business and Management to more specialised areas such as Aviation Management, Supply Chain Management and Sports Management.

The Foundation qualification offered at Gateway Graduate School (GGS) in partnership with UK’s NCC Education has widespread recognition among universities in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia. There are direct university tie-ups organised by GGS with prestigious institutions such as the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of South Australia (UniSA). In addition, there are direct progression agreements made by NCC Education with a large number of universities across the world (

The standard duration to earn the International Foundation Diploma qualification is one year. There will be two intakes every year: January and September

Unit Title
Credit Weighting
1. Developing English Language Skills
30 Credits
This broad unit focuses on developing the basic skills of students in the aspects of speaking, comprehending, writing and listening of the English language.
2. English for Academic Purposes
10 Credits
This unit prepares students for the academic English skills required for higher education studies in terms reading strategies, academic vocabulary, structuring written work for academic purposes and listening strategies.
3. Advanced English Language Skills
20 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to advance their English language skills in terms of the following: Speaking and presenting to different audiences as per contextual requirements; comprehending general and unfamiliar texts; writing structured, factual, descriptive and explanatory texts, utilising complex linguistic structures and vocabulary; and applying a range of listening strategies in order to understand lengthy predictable discussions, factual presentations and more abstract conversations.
4. Study and Communication Skills
20 Credits
This unit provides students the opportunity to hone their study and communication skills in terms of the following: Taking effective notes from a variety of sources; working out the meaning of unfamiliar content; understanding common steps in producing academic work; producing academic work by utilising a clear drafting process; and appreciating different styles of learning.
5. Culture Studies
10 Credits
This unit will enable students to explore cultural issues in the light of preparation for higher education studies in an international context.
6. Foundation Mathematics
10 Credits
Through this unit students will be able to develop foundational skills in mathematics in terms of performing a range of algebraic calculations, solving a range of basic equations, presenting data in graphical forms, understanding the fundamentals of differential calculus, understanding the fundamentals of integral calculus, understanding measures of dispersion and understanding the fundamentals of probability.
7. Introduction to Business
10 Credits
This unit provides an overview of business management in terms of types of business organisation and their functions, business and management structures, basic principles of marketing in business, basic concepts of production and key business concepts.
8. Introduction to Accounting and Economics
10 Credits
This unit enables students to develop a grasp of the essential aspects of accounting and economics. In addition, it allows them to become familiar with how markets operate and understand the role of money, interest rates and inflation within the fields of accounting and economics. Students will also learn to apply a number of key concepts in accounting to business contexts.

Candidates are expected to have successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects including C passes for English Language and Mathematics at OLs/IGCSEs.

The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies (Business Pathway) is an accredited qualification on its own. Students who successfully complete the programme can use it to enhance their professional portfolio and ensure that they present it as an additional qualification to their potential employers in Sri Lanka and abroad.

The Gateway organisation is well-connected with the industry and we have provided internship opportunities to our students in the past at leading firms in Sri Lanka such as the Hatton National Bank. We can support you to undertake a short internship with one of the leading companies in Sri Lanka as an extension of your International Foundation Diploma studies. This provision will support you in developing your employment prospects when you go abroad for further studies.

It must be noted that internships cannot be guaranteed as they are always competitive. The final decision on the selection of interns will be taken by the employers. As such, students are encouraged to be proactive in seeking and obtaining their own placement and show flexibility with their target companies. If you choose to undertake an internship you will be provided with an internship tutor. These members of staff are there to provide support and guidance if you are thinking about this option.

The NCC Level 3 International Foundation Diploma in Higher Education Studies (Business Pathway) is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the UK. As such, it will enable those who have successfully completed the qualification to transfer to various universities across the world for higher education studies.


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