Course DetailsThe Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a one-year, two-semester course validated by the University of Westminster and delivered at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT). The Foundation is the first step into higher education. The aim of the course is to prepare the student for a successful study at honors’ degree level. The Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a University of Westminster award and recognized in the UK as an entrance qualification for all UK universities. As a UK university award, it is also recognized as an entry qualification for degree courses in many universities around the world. Students who successfully complete the Foundation studies will automatically qualify for progression onto one of the WIUT’s degree-level programs. They will also qualify for entry to the related courses at the University of Westminster in London, subject to application in the standard.
- Critical and creative thinkers
- Literate and effective communicators
- Global in outlook and community engaged
- Socially, environmentally and ethically aware
Aims of the CourseThe Certificate of International Foundation Studies has been designed as a program of study that prepares students for admission to a UK degree course. The course aims to meet the needs of students from the local environment in Uzbekistan as well as international students and to equip them with the necessary skills and competencies required for study on a UK degree. The course is intended to meet the following aims to:
Enable students to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of oral and written communication and numeracy to prepare them for degree-level study;
Equip students with a range of study and transferable skills and enable them to appreciate their importance within a higher educational context;
Enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts relating to social, economic or political contexts;
Enhance students’ global perspective and engagement in both local and international community;
Provide a teaching and learning environment that puts students at the centre of the learning process and encourages independent learning;
Integrate the use of technology in ways that will enable students to extend opportunities for communication and inquiry in educational contexts.
This module students with the opportunity to consolidate, expand and develop their proficiency in English within the language context of academic study. The module introduces the study and transferable skills required in higher educational environment. Within this module students will be able to develop academic listening skills, master basic critical reading skills, express facts and opinions following features of academic writing, evaluate and summarize information and ideas from different sources to include in writing.
This module is designed to further develop students’ confidence to cope with the processing and analysing of quantitative information and to introduce numerical and statistical concepts relevant to the business environment. This module will enable students to apply numerical skills to solve business problems, develop numerical skills to solve contextualized problems, to present statistical data in a variety of formats, to use descriptive statistics to compare data sets, to apply linear regression to model relationships between variables.
This module aims to strengthen the development of skills and attitudes that are key to students’ academic and professional success. It aims to develop their competencies as active and informed citizens in a global era. This includes strengthening their inquisitive thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and creative thinking and applying these to global issues which are relevant to their local context. Students will be provided with ongoing opportunities to explore and discuss these issues in-depth, building their awareness of what a global citizen is.
The module helps students to identify their interests and values in terms of their future career and equips them with basic professional skills. Students are encouraged to reflect on their experience, competencies and attainments in order to make an informed choice of their future career path. Within this module the student will be able to identify one’s aptitudes, skills and their application in shaping one’s professional identity, to get awareness of effective communication and strategies in problem solving, to identify and apply relevant methods of communication, and to structure and present personal ideas both in groups and individually in any format.
This module introduces the basic principles algorithmic, problem-solving, and programming techniques in different subject domains through visual programming language and development environment. Within this module, students will be able to address problems in a structured way and decompose them to smaller tasks, to design algorithms to solve problems and draw flow-charts for particular solutions, to differentiate between motion, events, controls, sensors, operators, variables and use them in their projects, to reuse and share the code.
The purpose of this module is to provide students with a broad understanding of law, sources of law and general principles and doctrines. The module enables students to classify and distinguish major legal families. It offers an insight into commercial law covering basics of such areas as company law, law of obligations: contract and tort. The module also considers comparative analysis of English and Uzbek law on selected topics in private and public, substantial and procedural law. It will explore the principles and concepts that underpin both theoretical and practical framework. The module aims at equipping students with writing, logical thinking, analytical, debating, mooting skills.
The module introduces students to basics of Economics. Students will learn the problem of resource allocation in the face of relative scarcity that generates the need for individual and systemic choices. The module seeks to explore the most important influences on the macro-economy and the outcome of actions taken by government to influence the course of economic events. This module will enable students to interpret simple economic stories using the graphical tools of supply and demand diagrams and verbal reasoning, to model the individual economic behaviour of households and firms using demand and supply curves, to use economic data to identify economic trends, to describe the inter-relationships between the key economic variables in the macro-economy, to identify the difference between the main macro-economic theories and the policy prescriptions associated with various schools of thought, to examine external economic relations in terms of balance of payments and exchange rates.
In this introductory module, you will be provided with a gentle introduction to the field and practice of finance, while also gaining practical tools and ideas on how to manage your finances using basic economics concepts and math. The module is structured around four themes: economic and socio-political environment; individuals, households and other relationships; economics and the real world; and the life course and financial planning. The students will study income, expenditure, debt, savings and investments, housing, insurance, and pensions, emphasizing the personal responsibility for financial well-being.
This module is an introduction to the role of business in modern society. It includes an overview of business management operations, analysis of the specialized fields within the business organisation, review of factors that impact internal and external business environment and development of a business vocabulary. Within this module, students will be able to discuss the role of business, its nature and scope by identifying goals and objectives of a business organization, to recall the fundamentals of how businesses function and interact with society, to identify core elements of business creation and organization, to recognize how to manage and lead the business organization, to identify different functional areas contributing to business/enterprise operations.
The Student Mentoring Scheme has been set up to help support students on CIFS. The scheme aims to provide support at key stages of the students’ course to help them to settle in, make progress and to achieve their potential within the university. Mentors provide support to groups of students at the start of the course (during Induction week) and throughout the first year of study. They are selected and trained to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge necessary to support new entrants who face obstacles during their transition from school to university and to new educational system. Mentors are Level 5 and 6 students. They are selected from among students with high academic performance, and who demonstrate responsibility and dedication. Prior to the commencement of the new academic year, the group of newly selected mentors receives intensive one-week training. This is to ensure that the Mentor can offer guidance on the regulations and resources of the University during the induction, as well as support and encouragement with course work and issues such as exams, assignments, etc., throughout the year.
This department provides advice and guidance on accommodation, financial and legal matters, personal counselling, health and disability issues, careers, and advice for international students. This gives students a chance to look at a variety of opportunities, starting from an advice and assistance on building plans for the future career, and ending with getting a part-time employment to cover their own living expenses. Additionally, for those who are required to undertake military service the Social Development Team can make necessary arrangements.
All CIFS students are assigned an Academic Counsellor who is a member of academic staff who may or may not be teaching you on other modules on your course but has been especially selected for this role because of their personal qualities and knowledge of undergraduate studies. The Academic Counsellors provide academic and personal support and developmental advice, on a planned and regular basis. They provide the link between course delivery by academic staff and the more specialist support provided by University services.
The Centre helps students in developing the skills required for higher education as well as ongoing support in enhancement of Academic English, quantitative and research competency and skills. As well as online resources on WIUT Intranet, students have the opportunity to attend workshops and one-to-one appointments with Learning Support Officers.
The University offers accommodation for regional and international students. In addition to all the necessary facilities, the dormitory has a Gym. There is also a computer lab with an access to Internet which provides students with a chance to continue their academic assignments off-campus.
The aim of the WIUT Students Union is to provide a range of essential services as well as assisting students in their social life. The Union gives help and advice on academic and personal matters and represents students on all University Committees and organizes sport events, language and other courses and entertainment.
Entry requirements for the Certificate of International Foundation Studies have been set in order to select potential students who have proven academic ability and are able to demonstrate a solid foundation of skills in both Mathematics and English. Applicants must have studied a broad range of subjects and have a school leaving certificate equivalent to GCSE O Level, e.g., the Uzbekistan Certificate of Secondary Education normally with an overall average mark of 70%. The university reserves the right to introduce other admission processes including for example, an Interview.
- Grade C or above in GCSE ‘O‘ level/ IGCSE English; or
- IELTS score from 6.0 and above (writing 5.0); or
- The required pass level on the WIUT Basic of English for Academic Purpose module at Level 2 of the WIUT Pre-Foundation Course
Applicants must have an acceptable level of competence in Mathematics. This could be demonstrated by one of the following:
- A pass in WIUT Mathematics Entrance Exam approved by the University of Westminster; or
- Grade C or above in GCSE "O" level Mathematics or its equivalent; or
- SAT Mathematics component 570; or
- A pass on the WIUT Basic of Quantitative Skills (BAQS) module at level 2 of the WIUT Pre-Foundation course; or
- Completion of Levels 1 and 2 (Semesters 1-4) at the WIUT Academic Lyceum with at least an average grade of 4 achieved in Mathematics (both Geometry and Algebra).
Applicants will normally have to be 17 years of age at the start of the academic year. Normally applicants are processed through the documentation submitted to the WIUT admission system.