International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences

Combining academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year in Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University

INTO Newcastle University offers the best preparation for direct entry to the first year of your undergraduate degree in a range of subjects from law to media to politics.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university student status and access to university facilities

There are two course options available:

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

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • full university status
  • a quality assured university programme
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Newcastle University
  • multiple start dates
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Teaching methods

During your first semester you will have high contact hours, and will go on to work on more independent research related to your future chosen degree during your second semester. In addition to lectures, you will have seminars, group work, computer sessions and also study clinics, where you will receive one-to-one guidance from your teacher. 

You will be encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities to help you develop a range of transferable skills that increases your employability. Previous activities have included going into the community to demonstrate how to use technology; environmental projects looking at the regeneration of local community land; and modern and traditional theatrical performances.

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. In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes

This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are covered: reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and all are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way. The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on private study, student research, student-led presentations, seminar discussions, e-learning and group work.

Study Skills and Project

This module is designed to help you adjust to the specific demands and expectations of UK higher education. The skills covered will include: personal and time organisation; library and information skills; using and interpreting data; team-working skills; problem-solving skills; examination and revision techniques; presentation skills; and avoiding plagiarism. You will also have workshop sessions in core ICT skills including the use of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and web-based learning systems.

Introduction to British Institutions and Culture

This module will provide a broad introduction to British institutions and culture to enable you to understand the broader contexts of humanities and social science subjects in a UK university. Topics covered may include: literature, local and national government and politics; legal institutions; geography and sociology of the UK and the North East; business in the UK; and the UK education system.

Introduction to the Study of Humanities and Social Sciences

A broad-based module which examines what is meant by social sciences and humanities and the nature of academic knowledge and research in these areas. It includes a review of articles about topics in the social sciences and humanities; and study of the city of Newcastle and its region from geographical, sociological, political, historical, cultural and artistic perspectives.

Introduction to Sociology

This module offers an introduction to sociological concepts and methodological approaches, as well as the opportunity to study key sociological issues with particular reference to modern British society.

 

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving

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 very good grades.   

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score 

Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score 

For Newcastle Law School 

Three term: a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score 

Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score   

From 6 April 2015, 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 English for University Study.

Age:

17 years and above 

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

January 2017 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 2: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 3: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017 

£17,500

July 2017 start
(4 term)

Term 1: Mon 03 Jul 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017

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

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018

£22,595

September 2017 start
(3 term)

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

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

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

£17,995

September 2017 start
(4 term)

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

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

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

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018

£22,745

January 2018 start
(3 term)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

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

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018

£17,995

 

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee - an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • text books - an additional charge in the region of £210 per academic course (3 terms), £270 per academic course (4 terms)
  • lab fee - an additional £400 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities (only applicable to science-based courses)

 

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?

The Extended International Foundation 4-term course has an additional term of 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. Find out more about how to apply.

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.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

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