Undergraduate Social Sciences International Foundation Programme


Program Description

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.


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.

The Social Sciences IFP has two start dates; one in September and one in January.

Teaching Excellence Framework

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning, and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Course structure

The International Foundation Programme is a modular course taught over three terms, starting in September. All students take one core module in Academic Skills Development and either complete a Foundation Project module or take a module in English for Academic Study.

The Academic Skills Development classes help you work to develop all the necessary skills to fully enjoy your academic experience in the UK, for example, seminar and group work communication skills, developing as an independent student, improving skills in analysis, critique, time management, and project management. You will then take modules which are relevant to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

This course structure is indicative of the modules available for this programme. Modules are based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Foundation year

Modules may include, Credits

  • LZ035 - Foundation Project, 15
  • LZ036 - Academic Skills Development, 15
  • LZ037 - English for Academic Study, 15
  • LZ040 - Psychology for University Study, 30
  • LZ003 - Sociology for University Study, 30
  • LZ012 - Philosophy for University Study, 30
  • LZ013 - Mathematics and Statistics for University Study, 30
  • LZ019 - Law for University Study, 30


Students progress to studying at degree level in areas such as Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Management, Anthropology, Applied Psychology, Business and Management, Classical and Archaeological Studies, Criminology, Economics, European and International Business. Financial Economics, Law, Law and Criminology, Law and Economics, Marketing, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Social Psychology.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

To gain entry on to the IFP programme, you need the following:

  • a good academic school-leaving certificate with particular strengths in subjects that are relevant to your intended area of study.
  • GCSE grade A/B/C Maths or equivalent for some degree programmes. If you do not have this level of qualification, you will need to take the IFP Maths & Stats module.
  • 5.0 IELTS with no less than 5.0 in each band, or equivalent.

Qualification and typical offer/minimum requirement

Access to HE Diploma

Not applicable

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

Not applicable

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must pass IELTS at 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in all four categories. Please note that the IELTS test must be taken at an approved UKVI test center and the test report must include a UKVI number.

Last updated Sep 2018

About the School

The University of Kent is a leading university with an international outlook and excellent reputation for teaching and research. Our International Foundation Programmes offers international students ... Read More

The University of Kent is a leading university with an international outlook and excellent reputation for teaching and research. Our International Foundation Programmes offers international students the opportunity to prepare for the academic and personal challenges of an undergraduate education in the UK. The Times Higher Education 2018, ranked Kent in the top 10% of the world’s universities for international outlook. Kent was awarded GOLD, the highest rating, in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. We are a global institution. Forty per cent of our academic staff come from outside the UK and our students represent 157 different nationalities, creating a vibrant, multicultural place to study. We have one of the best graduate employment rates in the UK. More than 95% of our 2017 graduates were employed or in further study within six months of graduation Read less