The course

Delivery type
2 semesters (full-time)
Intake date
September, January



This programme is designed to provide students with a pathway into an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Computing at the Dubai Campus. It is specifically designed as a foundation programme that will help students to bridge the gap between their school qualifications and the demands of a university degree.

Students who complete the programme successfully will be able to progress directly into the first year of their chosen degree programme.

The programme will help students to develop their subject knowledge whilst providing a firm foundation in IT, research and writing skills, academic English, and assessment and examination techniques.


Upon successful completion of this DEP, students will be eligible to progress to one of the following programmes, all of which are offered at the Dubai Campus:

January entrants

Students starting the programme in January should note that it lasts for 2 semesters running from January to June.


The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Course content

Students study the following subjects:

  • Academic English
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Entry Physics. (Prospective Chemical Engineering students will study Entry Chemistry instead).
  • Entry Mathematics

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams and must attain a minimum overall grade of B (60%) in each course to ensure guaranteed transfer onto the undergraduate programmes listed above.

Entry requirements

  • British GCE/IGCSE 5 C’s
  • Indian CBSE/HSSC or equivalent Year 11 – 70% / Year 12 - 55%
  • UAE Tawjihiyya 70%
  • US American High School Diploma 70% (without SAT)
  • Africa WASSC (WAEC / NECO) 5 C4’s
  • Philippine High School – Year 10 - 80%
  • National Curriculum Russian / Kazakhstan (Attestat) grades of 4
  • IB – MYP year 11 – grades of 4
  • IBCP - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – Distinction + SL grades of 4 or IGCSE grades of C
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma – Merit

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving IELTS 5.5 in each category.

Fees and funding

  • AED 44100*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

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