University Foundation Year Diploma 

- University Pathway Programme -

Number 1 for price in Ireland. 

Globally competitive.

Why Study the FYD

at Birchwater Education

Recognised by more than 60 Universities. See list here 

Fully accredited and recognised  

Complete immersion in an English language environment.  Improve your chances for success 

Start Date: Sept 18th/ Jan 15th 2018
Course Length: 33 weeks
Days: Mon - Fri
Time: 9.30 - 1.30
Max students per class: 15
Guided Learning: 663 hours

How does the FYD Course prepare students?

  • Increase your IELTS Score and gain the fluency you will need to be successful in University 

  • Get ahead by choosing a stream related to your preferred course at University. 

  • Build key study skills to manage university life in an effect manner 

  • Understand the culture in which you intend to study and build the confidence needed to integrate in an overseas environment. 

 Diploma  Structure 

Advanced English Language Skills

This module enables a student to put into practice the language acquired and develop this into an advanced user of English. Students will make extensive use of the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing, as well as extending knowledge of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary.

Study and communication skills 

This module equips students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. Students learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures.


Developing English Language Skills

This module develops English language skills to be able to communicate effectively beyond simple everyday contexts. It aims to improve all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and enables a student to acquire a broad range of knowledge which can be used to confidently and effectively communicate in English

English for academic purposes

This module develops understanding and use of the key linguistic skills necessary to engage effectively in an academic environment where English is being taught.

Culture Studies 

This module enables students to gain awareness and increased understanding of other cultures. Students learn about various features of a foreign country and its culture, with a particular focus on student life and studying abroad.

This module builds upon existing knowledge in the areas of mathematics whilst introducing new topics appropriate across a range of academic disciplines.

A further 2 electives are available from a choice of 3 study streams 

Information technology 

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Introduction to Programming

Business Studies 

  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics


  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

Choose a University 

Over 60 universities located in Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia recognise and accept applications from this course at Birchwater Education including the following Universities... 

What Courses Can I study in University after I complete this programme?

A large number of college/institute/university courses are open to students that enrol in the Foundation Diploma programme including

Computing Courses

  • Computing, information Systems, Computer Games Development, Software Engineering

  • Multimedia computing, Web & Mobile Application Technology 

Business Courses

  • Accounting & Management, Business Administration, Marketing, Accountancy & finance, Economics, HR Management 

  • Tourism and hospitality Management 

Engineering Courses

  • Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 

Course Includes 

Learner protection & Medical Insurance
End of Course Certificate
Rosetta Stone language software
Not Included in Course Fee

Course Registration : €25.

Course Books : Varies with option chosen 

Exam Registration : €50

Dublin Airport Pickup (optional): €50