Mode of Attendance: Full-time

This Foundation Year prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge required for undergraduate study. In addition to modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency, they receive an introduction to different academic disciplines taught at SOAS in the departments of Finance and Management, Economics and Law.

The Foundation Year is excellent preparation for students who may benefit from an additional year of study before beginning an undergraduate degree, including students who do not have the required grades for direct entry onto an undergraduate programme or who have not previously studied the relevant subjects.

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Students passing the Foundation Year progress onto another undergraduate degree in the School. Students are supported to make a guided decision about the programme that they wish to go on to study. Progression is possible onto all other undergraduate programmes in the School, subject to availability, including the LLB but excluding the BA Law and Senior Status LLB. On successful completion of their degree, students will graduate with the degree title and subject progressed onto after the Foundation Year.


On successful completion of their degree, students will graduate with the degree title and subject progressed onto after the Foundation Year. Advice on future careers will help students to make a guided decision about the undergraduate degree programme that they progress onto.


You will take six modules during the Foundation Year.

  • Academic Practice
  • Numbers and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Digital Skills and Technology
  • The World from SOAS
  • Cultural Fluency
  • Introduction to Business, Management, Economics & Law

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

To apply for an undergraduate degree at SOAS (including students wishing to transfer from another university) you must apply through the UK's central universities application organization, UCAS. An application form and details of courses can be found on their website. UCAS charges an applicant's fee for handling the application.

You can apply to up to five choices of higher education institutions or course on the UCAS form. How you utilise the choice is up to you. In other words, you could apply to do the same subject, for example, economics, at five different universities, or five different courses at the same university, or any combination of subject and institution. Nor do you have to use up all five choices. Whatever you choose you should list your choices in the order they appear in the UCAS handbook.

Entry Requirements

If your grades do not fall within the indicated bracket and you are interested in the Foundation Year, contact us at

Students whose first language is not English should refer to IFCELS for information about its International Foundation Programme (ICC) or contact for further information.

  • A-Levels: CCC
    IB: 30 (5/4/4)-26

Alternative entry requirements

  • Access to HE: Minimum of 21 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: CCCCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCC
  • Irish LC: 260 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 3 3 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 70%
  • French Bacc: 12-11
  • German Abitur: 3.0-2.5
  • Italy DES: 70/100
  • Austria Mat: 3.0-2.7
  • Polish Mat: 65%

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 28, 2020
1 year
9,250 GBP
full-time fees per academic year: UK/EU £9,250; Overseas £17,750
June 30, 2020
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