University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Social Sciences and Health

About this route

The International Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Health will prepare you for a degree in fields such as physiotherapy, podiatry and sports science.

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 aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, enabling 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.

This module will encourage students to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Physics and support further study of the subject. Students will appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. They will also develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of Physics and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other. As students taking this module have decided to study an Engineering, Science or Computer Science degree the subject will be taught in a contextualized way with applied examples given during the module to help and prepare them for the specific demands of their chosen degree.

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.

Route modules

This module is for students following degrees in Science and it will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of biology. You will cover population-biodiversity, organisms – exchange and transport, cells and molecular-biological molecules.

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.

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.

Key facts

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum of 4.0 in writing), or equivalent*
Age on entry: 17+ (in the September or October of the academic year you begin your course at the International Study Centre)

Visit our entry requirements page for a complete list of country-specific requirements.

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Course length: Three terms 
Entry points: January

Term dates:

January 2019 start:
Term 1: 07/01/2019 - 22/03/2019
Term 2: 01/04/2019 - 07/06/2019
Term 3: 10/06/2019 - 09/08/2019

IELTS Apr-Jun Jun-Aug Sept-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jun-Aug Sept
3.5       Progress to your degree

  International Foundation Year   English Language Preparation   Vacation

To learn more about course costs visit our fees page.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) 50% 60%
Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) 50% 70%
Podiatry BSc (Hons) 50% 60%
Sport Exercise and Nutrition BSc (Hons) 40% 50%
Sports Science BSc (Hons) 40% 50%