Preparatory Year in Humanities and Social Sciences

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Humanities and Social Sciences

A preparatory year can prepare a student for entrance into a formal program. Students often use this one-year program to brush up on skills or to learn fundamentals. Many students use the program to learn the target language of the institution they plan to enroll in.

What is a preparatory year in humanities and social sciences? This program allows students to gain necessary skills related to a major in the humanities or social sciences before transferring to a higher education institution. They may take courses in language, literature, psychology, sociology or linguistics, among others. International students also take courses in the language in which they plan to receive their education. These foundation courses can give them the tools they need to succeed in their major of choice. 

There are many benefits associated with this type of program. Students may develop qualifications that are required for their desired program. This pre-college experience also gives students a taste of college before they fully immerse themselves. 

The costs associated with this program vary depending on where you decide to apply. As always, when considering a school, it is a good idea to contact the admissions office in order to get the information you need. Many schools also offer various types of aid to incoming students. 

Those who complete a preparatory program don’t look for employment right away but rather enroll in a higher education program for their desired major. Graduates of advanced degrees in the humanities and social sciences are able to find a wide range of jobs. The type of job they are able to find often depends upon their particular major after the preparatory year; however, degrees in the humanities and social sciences are quite flexible due to their interdisciplinary nature.

Prospective students who desire preparatory studies are often able to find a program that suits their needs. This type of schooling is offered in many institutions and can include both full-time and part-time options. May students are also able to find courses online, or night and weekend classes, depending on their preference. For more information, search for your program below contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Academy Year Program

Bard College Berlin
Campus Full time 1 week October 2017 Germany Berlin

The Academy Year program is ideal for high school graduates who are exploring possibilities of further study at university, or who wish to try out undergraduate studies in the humanities through English in Bard College Berlin's international environment. Academy Year students take part in the first-year core curriculum along with incoming BA students. [+]

Best Course Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences 2017. The Academy Year program is ideal for high school graduates who are exploring possibilities of further study at university, or who wish to try out undergraduate studies in the humanities through English in Bard College Berlin's international environment. Academy Year students take part in the first-year core curriculum along with incoming BA students. Besides this core program which provides fundamental knowledge of the key intellectual movements and works that founded the disciplines of the humanities, the Academy Year also includes a wide range of elective courses in literature and the arts, politics and the social sciences, and film and the practicing arts. Academy Year students may also pursue language study in German from beginner to advanced level. Academy Year students are full members of Bard College Berlin's academic community and take part in its extra-curricular clubs and societies as well as the public lecture series. All of the advantages of Bard College Berlin's co-operations with other institutes and universities in the city of Berlin are open to Academy Year students. The Academy Year program begins with the three-week Language and Thinking Program, an introduction to College life and the city of Berlin. [-]

Pathway Program - Centennial College

Aston International Academy
Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Toronto

Centennial College is Toronto, Ontario close to our Aston Toronto school. It was the first community college in Ontario. Centennial offers more than 100 diploma and certificate programs, as well as bachelor degrees and collaborative programs with the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. [+]

Pathway Program - Centennial College Centennial is ranked first in student satisfaction among Toronto’s public colleges as based on the 2015 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey Centennial College is Toronto, Ontario close to our Aston Toronto school. It was the first community college in Ontario. Centennial offers more than 100 diploma and certificate programs, as well as bachelor degrees and collaborative programs with the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. More than 12,000 full-time students attend Centennial College. ​Centennial's programs emphasize hands-on experience with laboratory learning, industry placements and paid co-op education. Students can take advantage of Centennial's numerous transfer agreements with other institutions to pursue further education with the benefit of advanced standing. Centennial College Co-op Program Co-op is an optional program for students at Centennial College. To graduate with a co-op diploma, students must complete three work terms, each with a minimum of 420 hours. It is an excellent way to gain real-life work experience in Canada. Contact us for more details. About Centennial Founded: 1966 Number of Students: 12000+ enrolled full-time Languages Spoken on Campus: 80+ Campuses: Centennial has 5 campuses in the Greater Toronto Area and 1 Residence. Accreditation: Centennial College is accredited by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canda Additional Ranking Information Centennial College is ranked 13th in Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges - Research Info Source, 2015 94.8% of Employers are satisfied with Centennial students - Colleges Key Performance Indicators, 2015 #2 best Instagram Page in Canada - Canada University and Colleges Social Media Awards, 2015 School Amenities The College has nearly 2100 computers both Windows and Mac in 100 general and specialty labs across all campuses. There are 153 smart classrooms throughout all campuses which feature multimedia equipment contained in a podium and linked to a ceiling mounted projectors. The college has two child care centres providing stimulating, high-quality care to children of students and Centennial College offers private rooms for prayers on campus.​ The Centre for Academic English (CAE) provides free English tutoring and workshops for Centennial students at all campuses. The tutors are professional teachers with certification from TESL Ontario or TESL Canada. On-Campus Housing ​"Centennial’s student residence is located at Progress Campus, but frequent bus service that takes students to a light-rail station that connects to the subway makes it easy for all students to commute. Converted from a hotel, Centennial’s residence features an atrium as a common room, a glass elevator and even a small indoor pond. The front desk and lobby feature the tasteful décor of a hotel, but students are free to make their dorm rooms their own" - OntarioColleges.ca ​ Contact us for the current residence and meal rates. School Photos Centennial students will get the full Toronto experience in any of the four campuses across the GTA. Numerous restaurants, theatres and nightclub options are available, as well as museums, historical buildings and tourist attractions to explore. With a population of nearly 2.5 million speaking over 140 languages and dialects, Toronto is said to be one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Parents can rest easy knowing it is ranked as North America’s safest large metropolitan area, according to Places Rated Almanac. - Colleges Ontario Tuition Tuition guidelines are established by the Ontario government and are subject to revision. In addition to basic tuition fees, all programs require the payment of mandatory non-tuition related incidental fees. Program incidental fees vary by program. Tuition Fees for International Students start at approx. $14,000+ (2 semesters). Payment Plans are available. Contact us for details. The Centennial College Work Study Program provides on-campus, part-time employment for students in need of additional financial assistance. It is aimed at students whose financial need cannot be fully met by the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), OSAP Supplementary programs, or personal resources. Eligible students are allowed to work up to a maximum of 15 hours per week at a minimum of $12.00 per hour. Although the number of hours per week may vary by department, students are not allowed to exceed 125 hours per semester enrolled. [-]

Pathway Program - Austin Community College

Aston International Academy
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Austin

Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. [+]

Best Course Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences 2017. Pathway Program - Austin Community College The #1 Transfer College to the University of Texas (UT is ranked 30th globally, US News Best Colleges) Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. The college currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students. ​To transfer to a university, your first two years of study at a four-year college or university are spent completing the core curriculum and pre-major classes that prepare you for an intended major field of study. If completed in its entirety, the 42-credit core curriculum at ACC can replace the core curriculum in your bachelor's degree when you transfer. Austin Community College Scholarships Scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources, and many are reserved specifically for ACC students.for qualified Aston students. Contact us for more information on how to apply. We are happy to help. About the College Founded: 1973 Number of Students: 41,000+ students Student Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1 Residence: none available on campus. However, there are a number of off-campus apartments and dormitory-style accommodations available. Accreditation: The Austin Community College District is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges ​ NCAA: Not available Location: There are 11 campuses throughout Austin. Aston Texas is close to the Riverside campus. School Amenities International Student Office is eager to guide you toward a rewarding college experience. We offer support from the time you apply to ACC until you earn an associate degree and/or transfer to a university. You are eligible to work on-campus for Austin Community College if you have a valid F-1 visa and you maintain good academic standing. You can work up to 20 hours a week. On-Campus Housing On-Campus Housing is not available at the Austin Community College. You will need to make your own housing arrangements. Investigate your options independently or Contact us for help. School Photos ACC is committed to helping students reach their goals. They provide extensive support services - including free tutoring, advising and counseling, and specialized help for veterans - to put students on the path to success. They're also redesigning curriculum and implementing new ways of teaching. Tuition ACC's low tuition rates and financial aid options make college a possibility for thousands of students each year. ACC's payment plan can help if you can’t pay your full tuition by the deadline. Visit ACC's website for more information about tuition fees for the upcoming year. [-]

A-Levels

Llandrillo Menai International
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Rhôs-on-Sea Bangor + 1 more

In the UK, this is the most popular way of progressing to your place at University. You will study up to 4 subjects from the range of 45 subjects on offer at our campuses, for a period of 2 years. You will study 4-5 hours per subject each week and also have one to one time with your personal tutor for feedback and support. [+]

A Levels Category: A Levels and International Baccalaureate Subject: A Levels In the UK, this is the most popular way of progressing to your place at University. You will study up to 4 subjects from the range of 45 subjects on offer at our campuses, for a period of 2 years. You will study 4-5 hours per subject each week and also have one to one time with your personal tutor for feedback and support. Approximately 700 students take part in A level study each year at the College. 98.5% of our students pass their A Levels with us compared to a national average of 98.1%. 20% of students score A*- A grades. 60% of students score A*- C grades. The A Level Subjects popular with our International students include: Accounting Art & Design (5 options) Biology Business Studies Chemistry Design and Technology English Language English Literature French Geography Government & Politics History Law Mathematics ( inc Further Maths option) Physics Psychology World Development Sociology The International Office team and our teachers can advise you on which A Level subjects to choose to progress to the University of your choice. Our A level teachers are experts in their field, many holding Doctorates in their subjects. They only teach students over the age of 16, so are focused on getting you to University and do not have to worry about students studying at lower levels. Facilities at the College are first class with well-equipped laboratories and workshops for our small class sizes of no more than 20 students in each lesson. You will have an academic Personal Tutor who will work with our International team to help you during your time in the College. There will be opportunities to participate in a variety of activities alongside your academic studies with your classmates including listening to specialist visiting lecturers, community activities and enterprise competitions. Minimum entry requirements: Aged 16 or over at the September of your year of entry Evidence of a very good academic profile from your High School studies A UKVI IELTS score of 5.5 points or above A completed Llandrillo Menai International application form – fill in as much information as you can. We shall contact you for any missing information, such as exam results, etc. This programme is for you if: You are a high achiever who wants to go to University You are willing to work hard to achieve your goals You have a good standard of English to enable you to participate in class with your new UK classmates You have a very good academic profile from your home High School. [-]

Two Year A-Level

Abbey College Manchester
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. [+]

Best Course Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences 2017. There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. If you have studied AS Levels elsewhere and wish to join us for A2 Levels, we will give our best advice about which courses to take. Sometimes you might need to transfer examination boards. This is usually a straightforward task and we can advise you further on this matter. The college has experience in successfully enabling students’ transition into the upper sixth year. For some international students whose English skills are judged to be not quite at the level required to undertake the Two Year A-Level Programme, a three year A-Level option is currently available. This is undertaken at a slightly slower pace to the traditional Two Year Programme. Subjects Art and Design Biology Business Chemistry Economics English Language Geography History Maths and Further Maths Modern Languages Philosophy Photography Physics Psychology One Year Intensive Retake A-Levels Around 25 students are enrolled on this programme which is suitable for students who have taken their A-Levels before but wish to retake to improve their grades to get onto competitive degree courses. It is possible that some students may wish to take up a new subject in a year as part of this programme and mature students may wish to take A-Levels from scratch in a year. [-]

A-Level Course

Abbey College Cambridge
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Cambridge

Our A-Level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. [+]

Our A-Level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. Students with IELTS (or equivalent) of below 6.5 will also study English for Academic Purposes during their first year of A-Level study. Subjects: Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Economics English Literature History Maths and Further Maths Modern Foreign Languages Psychology A-Level Entry Requirements Course Start Date and Length: September (2 years), January (18 months) English Level (minimum): IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) Age: 16 – 19 years on entry Qualifications: 5 GCSE passes at grade C, or their equivalent Students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of their first academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. “Abbey Cambridge is a very friendly community. During my 18 months here I have learned a lot from my friends. We not only help each other with our studies, but we have discussions and so learn of the perspectives of different cultures.” Amin Farjadi, Iran [-]

A-Level Government and Politics

DLD College London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that politics is the ‘master key’ which unlocks the mysteries of human social life. When most people think of politics, they think of party political broadcasts, questions in the House of Commons and photo opportunities for the Prime Minister. [+]

Best Course Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences 2017. What is Government and Politics? The Greek philosopher Aristotle argued that politics is the ‘master key’ which unlocks the mysteries of human social life. When most people think of politics, they think of party political broadcasts, questions in the House of Commons and photo opportunities for the Prime Minister. All of these are part of modern politics but they are only a part of what students study on the course. At DLD we focus on three key aspects of politics: power, ideology and world order. What is Government and Politics at DLD? At DLD you will learn to study politics critically. This means examining how democracy really functions, why political decisions are made by a minority rather than a majority, and how politics in different countries is influenced by international developments. Classes at DLD are tutor-led, but all students will have an opportunity to contribute and participate in class discussions and debates. The course is assessed entirely by examination, and the emphasis is on preparing students to complete the questions confidently and within the time limit. All course notes and materials are provided, but students will be encouraged to purchase study guides and/or supplementary textbooks where applicable. How is it assessed? Unit 1 People and Politics 25% (50%) 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 2 Governing the UK 25% (50%) 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 3 Key themes in political analysis: Approaches to Global Politics 25% 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Unit 4 Extended themes in political analysis: Issues in Global Politics 25% 1 Hour 30 Minute Exam Exam Board: ED What do I need? Ideally, candidates should have an interest in politics and current affairs. They should also have good or above average literacy skills, and should enjoy reading. The most successful students are those who engage in private study, in addition to the work set by the tutor. Good subject combinations A Level Politics is a good choice for students considering a career in the professions, or those who simply want to understand how the world works. Politics goes well with Economics, History, Sociology and English. Politics does not just appeal to social science students, however: increasingly, Art and Drama students have enrolled to study Politics, giving them a broader perspective on the world. After DLD Most students who study Politics go on to university, and many decide either to continue with Politics and/or International Relations (for which they will be very well prepared) or to study History. Some students decide to study Law or Journalism as postgraduate options, and Politics provides an excellent grounding for these professions. Politics is also useful for students planning to join graduate training schemes, as employers view the subject as serious and challenging. Of course, many students make no direct use of the qualification, instead, they take with them a higher level of insight into the world, and there is no substitute in life for knowledge. Entry Requirements for International Students To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0. At the start of each academic year of study students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level. [-]

Psychology A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. You will acquire knowledge of theory and its applications, and develop skills of evaluation and analysis. You will be taught in a variety of ways including: taking notes during lectures, group and whole class discussions, as well as exploring topics through videos and DVDs. You will undertake individual study, pair work and presentations. What topics will I study? The study of Psychology is underpinned with the study of main perspectives or approaches and debates. There is no singular cause of behaviour so it is important to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of several approaches, such as biological, behavioural and psychodynamic. Psychologists employ a variety of methods when researching human behaviour, consequently it is necessary to learn about the relative merits of methods such as experimentation, interviews and case studies to name a few. In addition to the overarching theories and methods upon which the study of psychology is based students will learn to apply theories and methods to individual topics areas from different areas of psychology such as cognitive, social, developmental and mental health issues. What experiences will I get? You may have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip. This is not a compulsory part of your course. What are the entry requirements? You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C with English Language and Maths at Grade B or above. GCSE Science Grade B is desirable. What can I study alongside this course? This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme. What facilities are there? You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a refectory in the Hele Building. What can the course lead on to? Psychologists work in a number of fields, for example, industry, education, mental health, the prison service and social services. Psychology prepares you well for a broad range of degree courses, including social science. AS level offers a qualification between GCSE and A level. Both AS levels and A levels offer you the opportunity to gain points for entry into higher education. Are there any additional costs? There are some costs of materials and resources. What do our students think? "It's a really interesting subject to take but can be a challenge to understand as it is more scientific than you think.” “There is a lot to learn but as long as you have a good memory it's great, it's my favourite subject, but there are no shortcuts to learning all the stuff and getting a good grade.” "You can determine your own grade by the amount of effort you put in". This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). [-]