International Study Centre 

International Year One in Computer Science

A pathway leading to an undergraduate degree in information technology

The International Year One in Computer Science at the International Study Centre will prepare you to study BSc Computer Science (International) at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: September and January

Age: 17+

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What you will study

The International Year One in Computer Science (International) provides a platform to develop your programming skills and gain hands-on experience with practical programming tasks. Designed to offer an innovative learning environment that supports enhanced learning, the programme will effectively build a beginner’s knowledge of programming or computer systems.

This programme will additionally support you with the required academic English language tuition, enabling you to improve your level of writing and speaking skills in order to successfully study a degree in English.

Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to undergraduate success, by studying our International Year One course from September 2021 and the remainder of your degree with one visa.

  • Doing this means you will benefit from:
  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the International Year One programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before joining your undergraduate degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Ideal for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK

*IELTS or equivalent required, alternatives accepted include TOEFL iBT, Pearson, IGCSE, IB, HKDSE, India HSC (recognised board), Malaysia SPM, WAEC.

Progression degrees

Upon successful completion of the International Year One in Computer Science, you can continue your studies at Royal Holloway by joining the second year of the BSc Computer Science (International) degree. This will involve you obtaining the required grades, and progression requirements are subject to change. You can talk to your teachers about this towards the end of your programme.

Take a look at the undergraduate degree you will progress to:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
BSc Computer Science (International) BSc (Hons) 50% 60% with no lower than 40% in other skills

Term dates

January 2021 start

Semester 1: 18/01/2021 - 14/05/2021
Semester 2: 24/05/2021 - 27/08/2021

September 2021

Semester 1: 27/09/2021 - 11/02/2022
Semester 2: 21/02/2022 - 17/06/2022

January 2022

Semester 1 10/01/2022 - 29/04/2022
Semester 2: 09/05/2022 - 19/08/2022

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