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Top Foundation Year Programs in Social Sciences

Foundation year programs are intended to lead to higher level degree programs. Students who wish to become better prepared for university studies, who may be unsure if college is right for them, or who have recently received a high school diploma or GED should consider pursuing a foundation year diploma.

So, what is a foundation year in social sciences? Social sciences covers a broad range of fields such as business law, politics, economics, international relations, psychology, sociology and history. Your foundation year will provide basic knowledge in these areas via lecture, labs, group work and tutorials. You will also participate in courses in study skills, communication and critical thinking to further engender success in future degree programs.

Because a foundation year in social sciences can be tailored to individual goals, students find themselves uniquely prepared for study at the university level. Knowledge of basic principles in social science along with study, communication and critical thinking skills increase likelihood of education and career success.

A foundation year in social science diploma can usually be obtained in six months to a year. A number of factors including residency can affect the cost, so it is highly recommended that you contact your schools of interest directly for current fees and tuition rates.

Your foundation year in social sciences will provide you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a higher education degree program. In fact, some foundation year schools guarantee admission to a college undergraduate degree program upon receipt of your diploma. Once you complete that degree, many career opportunities, from teacher to solicitor, become available to you.

Foundation year programs are generally offered on-campus to full-time students, but part-time or online options may be available. For more information, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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17 Results in Social Sciences

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester

The International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences prepares you to study undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance and management, social sciences, law, an ... [+]

Study at one of the most successful faculties of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 academic staff and an income of around £200 million a year.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme? A guaranteed conditional route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester (subject to meeting the conditions of the offer set). A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme recognized by The University of Manchester. Access to a range of university facilities, including world-class library, sport and social facilities.

Course options available

There are three options available for this course:

International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students Headstart Foundation (3 terms) - this includes an additional two weeks of learning that introduces you to British culture and history Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support and English language entry requirements are typically lower Where will this programme take me? ... [-]
United Kingdom Manchester
January 2020
Full-time
9 - 12 months
Campus
City University of London

Preparation for undergraduate degrees in economics, journalism, international politics and social sciences. The International Foundation combines academic study, intensiv ... [+]

Academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in economics, journalism, international politics and social sciences.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

guaranteed university placement for all successful students access to City, University of London support and 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 Where will it take me?

Our progression guarantee:... [-]

United Kingdom London
January 2020
Full-time
6 - 12 months
Campus
University of Exeter

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

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. Where will it take me?

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.... [-]

United Kingdom Exeter
October 2019
Full-time
9 - 12 months
Campus
University of East Anglia

Prepare for your bachelor's degree in a choice of over 50 degrees at a leading university. The INTO UEA International Foundation programme improves your level of English, ... [+]

Progress to a wide variety of undergraduate degrees at the University of East Anglia, ranging from accounting and finance to history of art.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme? A guaranteed route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements). You are a student of the University from day one, on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.

Course options available

International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students. Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, and English language entry requirements are lower. Where will this programme take me? ... [-]
United Kingdom Norwich
October 2019
Full-time
9 - 12 months
Campus
St Clare's Oxford

St Clare’s is an international, independent centre of excellence in Oxford established in 1953. We welcome students from over 40 countries. Our PPE Foundation is a year ... [+]

St Clare’s is an international, independent centre of excellence in Oxford established in 1953. We welcome students from over 40 countries. Our PPE Foundation is a year-long programme that prepares you for university study at highly ranked universities in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Why St Clare’s?

We help you with the transition from high school to university Small, interactive classes, 12 students maximum Continual support through one-to-one meetings with your Personal Tutor Individual guidance from our in-house expert Careers & Higher Education Advisers A small, friendly and truly international college Excellent location – an hour from London, in a safe, desirable suburb north of the city of Oxford Oxford is one of the greatest centres of learning in the world and your teachers include museums, lectures and cultural visits to help you make Oxford your classroom 100% of students who successfully completed the course got a place at university We find the right course at the best university for you. ... [-]
United Kingdom Oxford
August 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Newcastle University

Prepare to progress to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of subject areas including archaeology, education, law, politics and sociology at Newcastle University ... [+]

Prepare to progress to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of subject areas including archaeology, education, law, politics and sociology at Newcastle University.

Course features Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway. Guaranteed university placement for all successful students. Benefit from smaller class sizes than at university, meaning you'll have more time with your teachers. Adapt to studying in the UK thanks to university-style teaching for subject-based modules. Guidance with your university applications, so you choose the best degree for you. Key course facts Course length: 3-4 Terms Start dates: 2018: September; 2019: January, June, September; 2020: January, June Fees: From £18,500 Class hours: 21 hours per week on average Class size: 16 Class duration: Typically held Monday to Friday between 08.00 - 19.00 excluding bank holidays. However, there may be instances where classes need to be held outside these times due to unforeseen circumstances. Award: International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from Newcastle University. Course options: Standard (3-term, 9-month programme) Extended (Contains an additional term(s) of English language.) Entry requirements ... [-]
United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne
September 2019
Full-time
9 - 12 months
Campus
University of Stirling

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 a ... [+]

Prepare for direct entry to Year 2 of an undergraduate degree in a wide range of subjects including Media, Journalism, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Sports 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. Key course facts Course length: 3-4 Terms Start dates: 2018: September; 2019: January, June, September; 2020: January Fees: From £15,075 Class hours: 21 hours per week on average Class size: 16 Class duration: English classes per week: 6 hours Subject module classes per week: 15 hours Average total per week: 21 hours ... [-]
United Kingdom Stirling
June 2019
Full-time
9 - 12 months
Campus
Middlesex University Mauritius

Our foundation programme gives you the best possible chance of entry to a degree course at Middlesex University. We teach in small, specialised classes and provide dedica ... [+]

Our foundation programme gives you the best possible chance of entry to a degree course at Middlesex University. We teach in small, specialised classes and provide dedicated individual support to prepare you for undergraduate-level study. The course also includes an introduction to the degree courses offered at Middlesex Mauritius.

The International Foundation Programme is a one-year streamlined course based on four modules, with a focus on a core theme. The core theme is set at the start of the course and is based on a real-world scenario. Classes are taught by specialist subject lecturers from across the University.

The course will:

Develop your study skills and give you the best chance of academic success Improve your English and develop your academic language skills Familiarise you with the culture of Middlesex University and the British education system Develop your confidence and independent learning skills Give you automatic progression onto a Middlesex degree courses upon successful completion of the course. Modules ... [-]
Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix
February 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
University of Kent - International Pathway Programmes

The Social Sciences IFP offers specific pathways in Business and Economics (Business Studies, Management Studies, Marketing Studies, and Economics Studies), Law (Law Stud ... [+]

International Foundation Programme (Social Sciences) - Credit

The Kent International Foundation Programme (IFP) is primarily designed for international students, allowing them to develop their academic knowledge and skills, and if required their English language ability, for entry to Undergraduate study at university.

The Social Sciences IFP offers specific pathways in Business and Economics, Law, Psychology, as well as a general Social Sciences studies.

Overview

The programme, on offer at the University of Kent for over 25 years, takes place on the Canterbury campus and students are full members of the University with access to University accommodation and all academic, welfare, social and sport facilities on campus. With academic subject modules and academic skills modules taught by highly qualified University of Kent tutors, the IFP leads to a range of degree programmes in the Social Sciences including pathways to Anthropology, Business, Journalism, Law, Psychology, and Politics.... [-]

United Kingdom Canterbury
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Bournemouth & Poole College

The University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a challenging and inspiring programme that has been designed to provide students with the skills and ... [+]

The University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a challenging and inspiring programme that has been designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for rigorous undergraduate study.

Venue: Lansdowne campus, Bournemouth Duration: One year, full time Start date: September Course Level: Level 3, Advanced Awarding body: University of London Entry requirements

You must be at at least 17 years of age and provide proof of your English Language level, e.g. a minimum UKVI IELTS 5.5 in each discipline.

We will consider all international high school results where students have achieved very good grades, especially in the subjects relevant to their intended Foundation course.... [-]

United Kingdom Bournemouth
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
IUMW - International University of Malaya-Wales

Your educational journey will see you acquiring a solid basis in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, as well as skills such as critical thinking, writing, publi ... [+]

This one-year foundation programme provides students a solid platform for further studies at the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences. Students of this programme not only acquire solid basics in the core of Science subjects but are empowered by other relevant skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and presentation techniques. On top of that, students will be given plenty of hands-on experience, essential for any student who wishes to excel in the science fields.

Laboratory Facilities Students will have access to the well-equipped science laboratories at Centre for Foundation Studies in Science (PASUM), the University of Malaya to conduct their practical class.... [-]

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
May 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Cardiff Metropolitan University

​This course is intended to cater for those who aspire to enrol on a social science-based Higher National Diploma (HND) or Honours degree programme within the Cardiff Sch ... [+]

Course Overview

This course is intended to cater for those who aspire to enrol on a social science-based Higher National Diploma (HND) or Honours degree programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is designed for those who have not achieved the required number of A-level points (A2 or their equivalent) or for those who have studied A-level subjects (or their equivalent) in areas that do not provide the necessary background in the disciplines of the intended pathways (HND or degree).

This course is also intended to widen access and participation for 'return to learning' students who wish to enter higher education.

Learning & Teaching

A variety of teaching strategies will be employed to reflect the requirements of the particular topic; variety of student learning styles; existence of professional experience within the group; and the level and type of study required over the programme.... [-]

United Kingdom Cardiff
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
United International Business Schools

This program allows students who are 17 or older and who have completed less than 12 years of formal education to earn up to an additional 60 credits in undergraduate cou ... [+]

This program allows students who are 17 or older and who have completed less than 12 years of formal education to earn up to an additional 60 credits in undergraduate courses in order to qualify for admission in our undergraduate degree programs. Refer to the undergraduate admission requirements for further details.

Duration

Depending on the number of credits attempted per quarter, the course selection and the course planning, full-time students may, for example, earn a Bachelor degree in either 3 academic years of 3 quarters each, for a total of 9 quarters of 20 credits each; or in 4 academic years of 3 quarters each, for a total of 12 quarters of 15 credits each. Earning credits during the summer quarter will speed up the studies. The additional requirements can be met in 1 academic year of 3 quarters of 20 credits each, or in 1 academic year of 4 quarters of 15 credits each.... [-]

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September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
ONCAMPUS

There are five academic pathways to choose from, and you will study the pathway most suited to your chosen progression degree. Academic skills relevant to the specific su ... [+]

International Foundation Programme (IFP)

This one-year (3 term) programme offers successful students guaranteed progression* to Coventry University. You will study your Foundation programme at our state-of-the-art Centre located at the heart of the Coventry University campus.

This programme gives guaranteed progression* to Year 1 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees or the International Year One in Business & Management.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies at Coventry University. If you successfully complete the IFP you are guaranteed placement on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at Coventry University. The IFP is set at level 3, which is equivalent to A-level standard in the UK.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
January 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
MPW

As an approved institution to teach the University of London International Foundation programme, MPW London and Cambridge provide an ideal route to equip international st ... [+]

As an approved institution to teach the University of London International Foundation programme, MPW London and Cambridge provide an ideal route to equip international students with the skills and knowledge required for the rigours of undergraduate study.

This one-year programme is structured with a strong emphasis on the development of academic skills and also encourages active learning by engaging with relevant and contemporary issues.

Classroom teaching is supported by comprehensive study materials and resources developed by the University of London including access to the virtual learning environment.

This course consists of four modules: one compulsory and three optional.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge London
August 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus