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International Foundation Year

Students learning Social & Behavioural Sciences

Social & Behavioural Sciences


The International Foundation Year in Social & Behavioural Sciences prepares international students for progression to degrees in fields such as  Politics and Criminology.

You will study core modules which are general skills subjects and route modules which are specific and important for your academic development.

Core modules

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Personal, Learning and Critical Thinking Skills are essential skills for work and learning, and will prepare you to confidently enter university and later working life. The six groups of skills are:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Creative thinkers
  • Reflective learners
  • Team workers
  • Self-managers
  • Effective participators

This module is assessed by a project that focuses on your chosen degree subject and is an essential component of the International Foundation Year Programme.

Core Mathematics

In this module you will focus on basic topics and methods in Numerical Techniques, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and Probability with a view to strengthening your background knowledge and improving your skills in handling and presenting data.

Route modules

Investigating Business

You will develop an understanding of how businesses develop and adapt in a changing economic and business climate. You will be able to demonstrate that you can apply knowledge of the different forms of ownership and control to a specific business context and explain the reasons for change. You will also understand the role of different stakeholders and their competing, and changing objectives. You will be able to explain the reasons for reasons for growth or decline of industrial sectors and be able to analyse location decisions, including some international comparisons.

The Competitive Business Environment

This module gives you the opportunity to consider some of the external influences that affect businesses and other organisations. By applying your learning to real business scenarios you will learn that businesses rarely have any control over these influences. You will also analyse how a business or industry has responded to competitive influences.

Legal and Financial Environment

In this module you will develop knowledge, understanding and skills of how business organisations are affected by the law. You will explore the main types of legislation and consider how business activities are constrained by relevant legislation. You will also demonstrate the ability to interpret summary financial information and make judgements about business performance, including profit and loss statements, cash flow forecasts and balance sheets.

Degree progression

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accountancy BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Accountancy and Finance BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Accountancy with Financial Services BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Advertising and Marketing Communications BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Air Transport and Logistics Management BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Behavioural Sciences BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Business and Human Resource Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business and Journalism BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Information Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Management and Leadership BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Management with Finance BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Operations Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Studies BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Studies with Environmental Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Business Studies with Financial Services BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Childhood Studies BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Criminology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Events Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Global Business Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Health and Community Development BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Hospitality Business Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Hospitality Business Management with a Modern Language BA (Hons) 40% 50%
International Business BA (Hons) 40% 50%
International Politics BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Law (Exempting) Master of Law and Practice (MLP), inc. LLB LLB (Hons) 40% 50%
Law and Business BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Marketing BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Marketing with Public Relations BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Politics BA/BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Politics and Criminology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Politics with Contemporary History BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Politics with Sociology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Psychology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Psychology with Counselling BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Religion and Education BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Sociology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Sociology and Criminology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Sociology and Psychology BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Supply Chain Management BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Transport and Logistics Management BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Travel and Tourism Management BA (Hons) 40% 50%
Youth and Community Work BA (Hons) 40% 50%

These degrees and grades are subject to change

Please note: Refer to the University on receipt of application for admissions purposes for Childhood Studies BA, Religion and Education BA and Youth and Community Work BA.
Psychology BSc requires 50% in the writing element of English.