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International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences

Prepare for direct entry to Year 2 of an undergraduate degree in a wide range of subjects including Media, Journalism, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Sport Studies at the University of Stirling. With this pathway, you'll also have the opportunity to progress to one of seven other leading Scottish universities - if you choose this option, you may progress to Year 1 or Year 2 of your degree, depending on the university you choose.

Course features

  • A specialist programme helping you to develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree.
  • Study academic modules that reflect the first year of your chosen degree.
  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students - find out more about our money back guarantee.
  • Our class sizes are smaller than you’ll typically experience at university – so you'll have more time with your teachers.
  • You will have university-style lessons for subject-based modules, to help you adapt to the studying in the UK.
  • Guidance with your university application, ensuring you choose the best degree for you.
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Key facts

Course length: 3 - 4 Terms
Start dates: January, June, September
Fees: From £15,075
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language requirements: From: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent
Award:

Certificate of Higher Education (SCQF Level 7) from the University of Stirling.

Course options:
  • Standard (3 terms, our popular 9 month programme.)
  • Extended (4 terms, contains an additional term of English language.)
A quality-assured university programme, validated by University of Stirling.

Your course options

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Develop both your academic knowledge and English language skills in just nine months.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses with 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 programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at the University of Stirling you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
25 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £15,075
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms £15,075

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO Students working in a sound studio

The University of Stirling is rated first in Scotland for Film and Media Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2017), and its emphasis on practical work continues to make it one of Scotland’s top institutions in this field.

Students taking production modules will have full access to a modern suite of media facilities for radio and television production, plus a state-of-the-art newsroom.

And you can expect excellent teaching by a range staff, from active academic researchers to former and current media industry professionals.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Marks from the International 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
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises
Study one term of English before continuing on to your academic pathway programme. Perfect if you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS point.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses with 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 programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at the University of Stirling you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
18 June 2018 7 June 2019 4 Terms £19,375
25 September 2018 23 August 2019 4 Terms £19,505

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO Students working in a sound studio

The University of Stirling is rated first in Scotland for Film and Media Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2017), and its emphasis on practical work continues to make it one of Scotland’s top institutions in this field.

Students taking production modules will have full access to a modern suite of media facilities for radio and television production, plus a state-of-the-art newsroom.

And you can expect excellent teaching by a range staff, from active academic researchers to former and current media industry professionals.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Marks from the International 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
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses with 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 programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at the University of Stirling you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
7 January 2019 23 August 2019 3 Terms £15,075
25 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £15,075

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO Students working in a sound studio

The University of Stirling is rated first in Scotland for Film and Media Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2017), and its emphasis on practical work continues to make it one of Scotland’s top institutions in this field.

Students taking production modules will have full access to a modern suite of media facilities for radio and television production, plus a state-of-the-art newsroom.

And you can expect excellent teaching by a range staff, from active academic researchers to former and current media industry professionals.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Marks from the International 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
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses with 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 programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at the University of Stirling you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth up to £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
25 September 2018 23 August 2019 4 Terms £19,505
18 June 2018 7 June 2019 4 Terms £19,375

Class information

Class hours:

21 hours per week on average

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
INTO Students working in a sound studio

The University of Stirling is rated first in Scotland for Film and Media Studies (The Guardian University Guide 2017), and its emphasis on practical work continues to make it one of Scotland’s top institutions in this field.

Students taking production modules will have full access to a modern suite of media facilities for radio and television production, plus a state-of-the-art newsroom.

And you can expect excellent teaching by a range staff, from active academic researchers to former and current media industry professionals.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Marks from the International 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
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises
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