International Foundation in Social Sciences and Media

Academic preparation for the first year of an undergraduate degree in a wide range of subjects, including Advertising, Economics, Journalism, Law, Politics, Psychology and Sociology.

Why apply?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • recognised by more than 60 universities
  • a quality-assured university validated programme
  • multiple start dates

There are two course options available:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
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What is special about the programme?

The International Foundation in Social Sciences and Media combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation.

Successful completion of the Foundation programme leads to an award which is recognised more than 60 universities.

As well as a guaranteed university placement for successful students, you'll benefit from:

  • wide university recognition offering a choice of progression options
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

What will I study?

English Language for Foundation Study

The number of credits taken will depend upon your English language level at the start of the programme. 

If your level of English is IELTS 4.5, you will study the maximum 45 credits of English language modules. If you have a higher level of English, you may study fewer or no English language modules and more specialist modules, to a total of 120 credits. If you wish to specialise in Media, your level of English will need to be IELTS 5.5.

You will develop your overall English language level, including your grammar and vocabulary, as well as your specific skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking, which will prepare you for further academic study.

Depending on whether you focus on media or social sciences you will study the following core modules:

Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

The module aims to focus on providing you with a range of study, transferable and digital literacy skills, preparing you for undergraduate study. You will develop the skills needed for identifying an appropriate range of academic sources and using these competently and in accordance with academic conventions. The module also focuses on developing your self-reflection and time-management skills.

Politics and Political Systems

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to politics and the political system of the UK. You will be encouraged to use your critical thinking skills to interpret, evaluate and comment on systems of government and the functions of politics.

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Media Project

The media project aims to develop your independent study skills, preparing you for degree-level studies. You will submit your work in a format of your choice, such as a dissertation. Other acceptable formats include a composition, an investigative report or even a media production, backed up with a written piece.

Psychology

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of psychology, making reference to key theories and seminal research findings. You will then apply this knowledge to a variety of case study settings to evaluate why people may behave in the ways that they do.

Sociology

This module aims to provide you with a structured understanding of the world around you and to reflect on social issues within a sociological framework. You will be prompted to think about how humans are shaped by the social world in which we live and in turn contribute to it. You will be encouraged to identify and question social structures and the impact these have on both groups and individuals in micro and macro contexts. You will also be required to apply your understanding of sociological perspectives to your own life.

 

Depending on whether you focus on media or social sciences you will also study modules from the following list. The number of specialist modules you can choose will be dependant on your english language skills on entry:

Global Issues

The module aims to help develop your overall critical abilities when operating in the English language, preparing you for academic study at undergraduate level. Its purpose is to develop research, communication, thinking and reasoning skills in the context of global issues.

Introduction to Law and Legal Systems

The module will focus on the legal framework within which business operates and provide understanding of the laws concerning commercial activities. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of the legal system in your area of study, covering topics including contract law, civil liability, employment law and basic commercial and company law.

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Marketing

The module will introduce you to the foundations of marketing and focus on different aspects of marketing that are relevant for businesses in domestic and international contexts. It will also introduce you to fundamental principles of marketing and cover areas including marketing research, the role of culture, marketing mix, marketing campaigns and the rise of social media and technology.

Media and Communications

This module will introduce you to forms of media and to issues of ownership and control, and will examine key theoretical perspectives underpinning the study of media and communications. The module will conclude with a focus on the consumption of media by audiences.

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Economics

The module introduces the key concepts that underpin the economic behaviour of society at large and of a firm in particular. It will familiarise you with the rationale behind economic decisions and the role of government in shaping the economy. You will also examine the structural dimensions of a market and the various factors that influence economic activity at the firm level and the aggregate level.

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is both formal and informal. Informally you will receive advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed through a combination of examinations at the end of each term, and coursework, which may include written assignments, reports, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

How is the programme validated?

The International Foundation is quality assured and validated by the University of Gloucestershire. Successful completion leads to the award of Certificate in Foundation Studies, which is equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF), and is recognised as suitable for undergraduate level entry at a wide range of UK universities.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us.

English requirements:

3 term programme: IELTS 4.5 (no less than 4.0 in any subskill) or equivalent

4 term programme: IELTS 4.0 (no less than 4.0 in any subskill) or equivalent

If you wish to specialise in Media, your level of English will need to be IELTS 5.5.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for General English (Academic stream).

Age:

16 years and above*

 

* Students starting courses in September must be 16 years old by 1 September of that calendar year. For the June intake for Extended Foundation, students must be 16 before registering at the Centre. For all other start dates, students must be 16 years old by 1 September of the preceding calendar year. Therefore have turned 17 before 1 September of the year they progress to university.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

January 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 17 Mar 2017

Term 2: Mon 03 Apr 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£17,995

June 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018

£22,295

September 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018

£22,295

September 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 15 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 22 Jun 2018

£17,995

January 2018 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Thu 29 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 25 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018

£17,995

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Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £220 per academic course (3 terms), £290 per academic course (4 terms)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What's the difference between the 3 and 4 term course?

Lasting four terms, the Extended International Foundation course has an additional term of intensive English at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post.

Where will it take me?

Our 100% progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

What can I study?

This course will take you to the first year of an undergraduate degree in:

  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Education (non-teaching)
  • Geography
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Sociology

Successful completion of the Foundation programme leads to an award which is recognised more than 60 universities.

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