International Foundation in Humanities, Law and Social Science

Offering you direct entry to year one of an undergraduate degree in humanities, law and social science related subjects at the University of Exeter.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
  • 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 Foundation leads to the award of the Foundation Certificate and combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree

As well as a guaranteed offer from the University of Exeter for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  • a quality assured university programme
  • full university status
  • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

You'll receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies. The International Liaison Office will help with your application to the University of Exeter and arrange visits to your academic college, so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

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?

All students will study English language skills for academic study. This 40-credit module provides the core skills in English needed for university-level study and runs the length of the course. 

 Compulsory modules:

British History and Institutions

This module provides an overview of the key developments in British history and politics, 1900-1950. Topics will include: liberal reforms of the early 20th century; the Suffragette Movement; economic depression and the General Strike; the rise of the Labour Party; the beginning of the Welfare State; Britain and the European Union; Thatcherism; women in Britain since 1945; and the media. 

English Language for Academic Study

All students will study English language skills for academic study. The module provides the core skills in English needed for university-level study and runs the length of the course. 

Study Skills

This essential part of the curriculum will help you work in groups, present ideas, manage your time, conduct research, take lecture notes, organise the content of essays and dissertations, and understand how to evaluate your own work. 

 

You will choose three of the following modules:

Foundation Mathematics

This module aims to provide a foundation in mathematics for students who intend to follow a degree programme in accounting, business, economics, engineering, mathematics, psychology or science. Topics will include: geometry, logarithm and exponential functions; differentiation and integration; statistics; and using Microsoft Excel. 

Introduction to Psychology

This module will provide a foundation in psychological science if you wish to follow a degree programme in psychology or other disciplines at a UK university. The module will cover a range of fundamental issues and concepts drawn from general psychology with a particular emphasis on their relevance to issues that arise in everyday life. An indicative list of topics includes the following: the nature of psychology as the study of behaviour and mental processes, both normal and abnormal; theories and research methods focusing on the main perspectives - cognitive, behaviourist, Freudian and biological; the role of culture; perception, memory and intelligence; and ethical issues. 

Introduction to English Law and the English Legal System 1

This module will cover the basic structure of English law and its legal system, and the foundations of the substantive law of contract and criminal law. Topics will include: the English court system; the doctrine of precedent; the basic foundations of criminal law; and the basic foundations of contract law. 

Introduction to English Law and the English Legal System 2

This module follows on from the topics covered in Introduction to Law and the English Legal System 1. It will cover how the English legal system has been affected by developments in human rights law, as well as the basic elements of two further core subjects - tort law and land law. Topics will include: the impact of the incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights into English law; the basic foundations of tort law; and the basic foundations of land law. 

Mathematics 1

This module builds on the Foundation Mathematics module to provide stronger background in areas of mathematics required for higher study of a science-based discipline. Topics will include: algebra; vectors and matrices; further geometry, differentiation and integration; and more statistics. 

Introduction to Film and Literary Studies

This module provides an introduction to the study of literature and film from a range of perspectives. This includes textual analysis of the form and style of selected poetic, literary and filmic texts, the development of an awareness of the contexts of production and reception, and an understanding of critical concepts such as narrative, genre and adaptation in literature and film. By the end of this module, you will be able to discuss and analyse relevant theoretical issues through seminars and essay writing. 

Introduction to World Politics and International Relations

This module aims to introduce students to the study of world politics and international relations by looking at global events since the end of the Second World War. Topics will include: the formation of the United Nations; the increasing importance of International Law; and the changing relationship between states and other international bodies. You will also discuss and analyse the relationship between national politics and a nation's foreign policy, and the effects of international bodies and ideology. 

 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

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, including minimum Year 12 pass in maths.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now.

English requirements:

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

Four term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

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.

Students must turn 17 by the end of their first term of study.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
June 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 27 Jun 2016 to Fri 02 Sep 2016

Term 2: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 3: Mon 16 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 4: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

£22,595
September 2016 start
(3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Sep 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 16 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 09 Jun 2017

£17,995
October 2016 start
(4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 03 Oct 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016

Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 to Fri 07 Apr 2017

Term 3: Mon 24 Apr 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 4: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£22,595
January 2017 start
(3 terms)

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 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

£17,995

 Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £200 per academic course (3 term), £275 per academic course (4 term)
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)

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.

This course leads to the following undergraduate degrees at the University of Exeter:

College of Humanities

BA (Hons) Ancient History

BA (Hons) Anthropology

MArabic (Master of Arabic and Islamic Studies)

BA (Hons) Archaeology

BA (Hons) Art History and Visual Culture

BA (Hons) Classics

BSc (Hons) Criminology

BA (Hons) Drama

BA (Hons) English (Streatham and Cornwall campuses)

BA (Hons) Film Studies

BA (Hons) History (Streatham and Cornwall campuses)

BA (Hons) Liberal Arts

College of Life and Environmental Studies

BSc (Hons) Psychology

BA (Hons) Geography

College of Social Science and International Studies

BA (Hons) International Relations

LLB (Hons) Law (Streatham campus)

BA (Hons) Middle East Studies

BA (Hons) Modern Languages

BA (Hons) Philosophy

BA (Hons) Politics (Streatham and Cornwall campuses)

BA (Hons) Sociology

BA (Hons) Theology and Religion