International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences

Progression to year two* of a wide range of degrees in subjects including film, journalism, politics, sociology, psychology and sport studies

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • direct entry to year two of an undergraduate degree
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities

There are two course options:

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

What's special about this course?

This programme ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for year two entry to the University of Stirling and other Scottish universities.*

As well as a conditional offer from the University of Stirling 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 an undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling
  • high contact hours and small class sizes
  • the highest levels of pastoral care and support

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.


*The International Foundation also offers progression to year one of an undergraduate degree at some Scottish universities. For more details please contact the INTO Admissions Office.

What will I study?

All students complete a common core set of modules. Additionally, there are optional modules to choose from and individual degree programmes may stipulate specific modules which you must study before being permitted to progress on to your chosen degree or university.

This programme is 120 credits and on average, there are 21 class hours per week.

During this programme you may study:

Core modules:

English Language for Academic Purposes (20 credits)

This module is designed to help students develop their skills and confidence in academic English for university study. Four key skill areas are covered: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The aim is to prepare students to be able to operate successfully in an undergraduate study environment.

Core Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)

The module covers mathematical and statistical techniques that have applications in business and in economics. The module initially reinforces algebra skills and then builds on these in the areas of equation handling and graphing techniques through to an introduction to differential and integral calculus.

Introduction to British Culture and Society (10 credits)

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

ICT, Research and Study Skills (10 credits)

This module supports the work of academic modules and is designed to help students adjust to the specific nature, demands and expectations of UK higher education. The skills covered will include: personal and time organisation; library and information skills; using and interpreting data; teamwork; problem-solving; examination and revision techniques; presentation skills; and avoiding plagiarism.


Specialist modules:

Introduction to Business (20 credits)

This module will help students understand key features of business in the UK and introduces many aspects of business in preparation for a range of business degrees. 

Introduction to International Politics (20 credits)

International Politics concerns issues of power, alliances, conflict and peace, trade, the role of NGOs and the notion of an international society. 

Introduction to Journalism (20 credits)

This module introduces key theoretical approaches in the study of journalism. Topics covered include an analysis of public images of journalists and their representation in writing and film; the different approaches of political economy, organisational and cultural theorists to the understanding of journalism.

Introduction to Psychology (20 credits)

As the scientific study of mind and behaviour, Psychology is both a biological and a social science. This module therefore comprises an introduction to core elements of the subject which include: Child Development; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology.

Law and Legal Systems (20 credits)

The main principles and structure of business law are introduced in this module. In order to understand the background of the legal system you will study the principles of the constitution and various aspects of law.

Study of Society (20 credits)

This module introduces the fundamental concepts of society, socialisation and culture. Topics covered include race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion, and the mass media.

Understanding Media (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to media. It looks at how different media forms create meaning, how they are consumed and the ways they work to structure forms of identity, introducing students to related critical debates in the field.


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?

Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades. For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Four term programme: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.0 in any subskill)  or equivalent. 

 Three term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent. 

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 level you can apply for our Academic English course.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2017 start (4 terms)

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 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


September 2017 start (3 terms)

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

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

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


September 2017 start (4 terms)

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

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

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018


January 2018 start (3 terms)

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

Term 2: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018




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 cost in the region of £240 per academic course (3 term) and £315 per academic course (4 term)


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.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply to INTO University of Stirling.

Where will it take me?

Progression to the University of Stirling

If you successfully complete the relevant International Foundation programme and meet the required progression grades for entry to your selected degree programme, you will be offered conditional entry on to year two of an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Stirling. A select number of specialist degrees offer entry to year one of an undergraduate degree from the standalone International Foundation programme. If you would like to study the Integrated International Year One programme, please select your chosen degree from the list below.

Progression to other Scottish universities

If you do not meet the progression requirements for entry to the University of Stirling or intend to progress to a degree programme that the University does not offer, our Placement Services team will assist you with your application to another Scottish progression option. You will also be able to apply to other universities in the UK.

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This pathway leads to year two of the following degree programmes at the University of Stirling:

BA (Hons) Business Law

BA (Hons) Business Studies and Film and Media

BA (Hons) Business Studies and Law
BA (Hons) Business Studies and Marketing

BA (Hons) Business Studies and Psychology

BA (Hons) Criminology and Law

BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

BA (Hons) English Studies

BA (Hons) European Film and Media

BA (Hons) Film and Media

BA (Hons) Film and Media and Marketing

BA (Hons) Film and Media and Psychology

BA (Hons) Film and Media and Sociology

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management And Law
BA (Hons) Global Cinema

BA (Hons) History

BA (Hons) Human Resource Management and Psychology

BA (Hons) International Politics

BA (Hons) Journalism Studies

BA (Hons) Law

LLB (Hons) Law

BA (Hons) Law and Marketing

BA (Hons) Marketing and Psychology

BA (Hons) Marketing and Sociology

BA (Hons) Philosophy

BA (Hons) Politics

BA (Hons) Religion

BA (Hons) Scottish History

BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy

Please note: This information is correct to the best of our knowledge at time of writing but is subject to change.

Our 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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