Teesside University Foundation Year
International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law)
The foundation year will suit you if you have a keen interest in social science or law subjects. It prepares you for undergraduate study in higher education.
Your existing skills are developed and enhanced through a wide range of stimulating projects and classwork activities. It is ideal if you are from high school or college and don’t meet the entry requirements for undergraduate courses in social sciences or law. From essay writing to academic presentations, group work to independent study skills, the academic English modules equip you with all the necessary academic and language skills to succeed in higher education. Modules in maths ensure that you have a thorough foundation in numeracy too. If your English is already at the required level for undergraduate programmes, you can enter the second block of the programme in January. Here, you focus on your subject specialisms whilst also taking modules in computing, maths and academic English. You enter the first block (October) if your English is at IELTS 4.5.
Year 1 core modules
- Foundation Mathematics
- Getting Started with Mathematics
- Intermediate Academic English and Study Skills
- Intermediate English
- Introduction to Criminology
- Introduction to Information Technology
- Word Processing and Document Production
You should have a college or high school education. For details on the suitability of individual qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
English language requirements
There are two entry points for the International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law) depending on your level of English on entry.
If you wish to join the course in September:
- your English language level* must be IELTS of 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in each band. Maximum 5.5 overall with some bands at 4 or 4.5 (or equivalent). B1 level CEFR. Students must have a SELT (Secure English language test) certificate for entry onto this course.
- you study 120 credits of the International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law) including both English language modules.
If you wish to join the course in January:
- College level of education. IELTS minimum 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher (or equivalent) and mathematical skills. B2 level CEFR. Students must have a SELT (Secure English language test) certificate for entry onto this course.
- you study 60 credits of the International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law), including an Academic English language module.
* The International Foundation Year course starting in September commences with an intensive English language module so entry is limited to those whose English language level is IELTS 4.5 or 5. If your English language level meets or exceeds IELTS 5.5 then you should consider the International Foundation Year (Social Sciences and Law) which starts in February, or direct entry to an ‘extended’ degree course which includes an integrated foundation year. For further information go to our international course listings and click on the field of study related to the degree course you are interested in. You can find a list of available ‘extended’ degree courses in that subject discipline. If your title does not exist as an Extended degree course, we can help you select the most appropriate progression route based on your background and the degree title that you are interested in.
British Council Accredited
The English modules are accredited by the British Council which guarantees high standards in teaching, study facilities and accommodation.
Upon arrival all new international students will complete an orientation programme organised by our Student Services team. The programme is designed to provide you with essential and useful information to help you settle into university life. This is a great way to make new friends and meet the staff who will support you whilst you are studying at Teesside. Orientation will help you
- familiarise yourself with the University campus and local area
- enjoy social events and trips – there may be a small charge (£2.00-£5.00) for some trips
Orientation is also undertaken as part of Pre-sessional English courses.
More information and example orientation timetable
For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section
International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country
You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
- Length: 1 year
- Not available part-time
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