International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education – ICT Pathway

International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education – ICT Pathway 2020-12-22T13:36:58+00:00

Course Details


Level 4

ECTS Credits


Duration of Study Programme

1 Academic Year

Awarding Body

Domain Academy



Malta/EU Price


Course description

The International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education offers specialist pathways designed to provide learners with the transferable skills, knowledge and competence required to gain an accessible route into Higher Education with the opportunity to progress to future higher educational courses or employment

One key element of this course is that while studying you will also have the opportunity to develop your employability skills such as:

  • Problem-solving skills: analytical skills, use of critical thinking and showing initiative
  • Interpersonal skills: communicating and interacting with peers in different contexts, working collaboratively and showing responsibility
  • Intrapersonal skills: self-discipline, self-management and personal development

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Academic English and Study Skills

This module is designed to help students develop academic competence and awareness of academic English and study skills in preparation for higher education studies.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Demonstrate organisation of ideas and arguments in a clear and logical manner

b) Ability to write English clearly and appropriately using an appropriate range of sentence structures and vocabulary

c) Use citation and referencing appropriately

d) Use the work of others in academic writing – summarising, paraphrasing and quoting

  • Foundation Mathematics

This module is designed to consolidate learners’ knowledge and competence of mathematics through topics in the areas of statistical methods and linear algebra. The mathematical techniques taught in this module will be necessary to build a wider set of mathematical skills across a broad range of disciplines.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Demonstrate an ability to carry out basic algebraic manipulation

b) Plot graphs and apply general rules and principles of graphical construction

c) Apply concept of probability to find solutions to a range of problems

  • Computer Systems and Network Fundamentals

This module is designed to enable learners to understand computer systems and computer networking concepts and apply theoretical knowledge to practical application when building, configuring and maintaining computer networking systems.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Compare different types of computer systems

b) Evaluate the suitability of a system design specification

c) Build and configure a computer system to meet a design specification

d) Evaluate the impact of current network technology, communication and standards

e) Recommend potential enhancements for the networked systems

  • Object Oriented Programming

This module enables learners to become familiar with the underpinning concepts of object oriented programming and subsequently to develop particular skills in an object oriented language. This module includes the features of object oriented programming and explores different tools and techniques used in design and software development.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module/unit you will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Evaluate the suitability of object oriented programmes for different applications

b) Design an object oriented application to meet user requirements

c) Test an object oriented application

d) Create user technical documentation for the support and maintenance of a computer programme

How you will learn

This diploma is delivered with a flexible classroom-based method, through a variety of course materials, case studies, discussions, presentations, enquiry-based learning and problem-solving activities. We provide you with key reading and research activities, and you will make the most of our own teaching portal.

Method of Assessment

Assessment is carried out through home-based assignments, which means you will have plenty of time to dedicate to each criteria. By having small groups, you will have more time for discussions where you can share your experiences at your place of work.

Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement.

Entry requirements

Students should be in possession of either of the following:

  • Secondary School Certificate, demonstrating a basic level of English to benefit from the course


  • Candidates with relevant work/vocational experience will be considered on an individual basis


  • A qualification equivalent to MQF/EQF Level 3


In all cases, an interview may be requested by the Admission Board in order to ascertain that the candidates admitted to the course have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment criteria.

Students should produce copies of certificates, full CV preferably in EuroFormat and passport-size photo.

Fees & funding

Current Fees

Full-time Part-time
Malta/EU €2,450 €2,450

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