International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (IFDHES)

The International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies (IFDHES) is a pre-university qualification, including a significant degree of English language teaching. On completion of this course, applicants are well suited to follow Computing, Business, Engineering and Education degrees at Gateway Graduate School, or alternatively to follow a course overseas.

The IFDHES aims to improve your general and academic English language ability, enhance your study skills and cultural understanding and introduce you to academic study in English in the fields of computing and/or business at a suitable level.


9 Months (full time)

Entry Criteria

For entry onto the NCC IFDHES qualification you must have::
  • Successfully completed secondary education in an appropriate range of subjects (C passes for English Language and Mathematics in the Ordinary Level)

Course Outline

To complete the qualification you must study and pass eight units.

The qualification consists of the following six core units:

  • Developing English Language Skills
  • Advanced English Language Skills
  • English for Academic Purposes 
  • Study and Communication Skills 
  • Culture Studies 
  • Foundation Mathematics
A further two units must be taken from a choice of four electives:
  • Introduction to Computing 
  • Introduction to Programming 
  • Introduction to Business 
  • Introduction to Accounting and Economics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics

Academic Pathways

  • BSc (Hons) in Business Computing and Information Systems
  • BA (Hons) in Business Administration
  • BSc (Hons) in Business Economics & Management
  • BSc (Hons) in International Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) in Management Studies
  • Pearson Edexcel Professional Diploma in Teaching

University Recognition

IFD is recognised as an entry qualification to degree level courses in many UK, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, USA universities:
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Contact Details

Head Office

  • No 01 , 36th Lane
    (Opposite Devi Balika Vidyalaya),
    Colombo 08.
    Telephone: +94112695103, +94112695107
    Contact Person/s:
    Rushika de Silva, Imeshi Kandumulla

Kandy Branch

  • No- 496, Peradeniya Road,
    Kandy, Sri Lanka
    Telephone: +94812203377