International Foundation Programme - Humanities and Social Science

International Foundation Programme - Humanities and Social Science

12 or 9 months

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New for October 2020.

Overview

The International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Science is ideal if you are looking to study a humanities or social science-related undergraduate degree.

This programme has been designed specifically to support international students who wish to study an undergraduate degree at Northumbria University. You will study on the Humanities and Social Sciences pathway to prepare you for your undergraduate degree in a range of Humanities and Social Sciences degrees at Northumbria University.

You will study a combination of Humanities and Social Science modules alongside an English module and an Academic Practice module. The combination of modules will enable you to develop key skills and understanding in language, study skills, critical thinking and a good understanding of knowledge relevant to Humanities and Social Sciences.

Key facts

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences degree
  • Develop your awareness of academic culture in the UK as you integrate into student life within a UK university
  • Benefit from gradual assessment via portfolios that allows you to assimilate to UK academic life and develop your skills over the course of the programme
  • Upon successfully completing your International Foundation Programme you will be guaranteed a place on a Humanities and Social Science-based undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
  • Progress onto courses in a range of subjects from English Language and History, Politics and Sociology to Mass Communication, Psychology and Surveying
About this course

What will I study?

The International Foundation Programme supports your integration to UK study by providing you with an opportunity to explore the style and strengths of the British approach to teaching and learning. For example, you will learn to how to engage critically with a range of academic texts to enrichen your understanding of the subject area along with its application to professional practice and behaviour.

In addition, the teaching of Humanities and Social Science modules means you will deepen your English language, academic listening and reading capabilities, your ability to interpret your findings and present to your peers and tutor, in appropriate written and oral format – specific to the requirements of undergraduate degrees in Humanities and Social Science.

You will develop your academic skills, techniques and processes with an emphasis on building your personal capacity for creativity, critical and independent thinking. You will also learn how to demonstrate effective academic writing, analysis skills, interpersonal communication and the ability to work in multi-cultural teams.

Study plan

IELTS Jul-Sept Oct-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jun July-Aug Sept
4.5 International Foundation Programme – Humanities and Social Science
(12 month)

Summer break Start your undergraduate degree at Northumbria University
4.5   International Foundation Programme – Humanities and Social Science
(12 month)
5.0   International Foundation Programme – Humanities and Social Science
(9 month)
Summer break
5.0     International Foundation Programme – Humanities and Social Science
(9 month)

How will I be taught and assessed?

Contact hours

  • 22 hours per week in seminars, lectures, workshops, labs and tutorials

Self-study hours

  • 15-20 hours per week on independent study – making use of the University’s electronic learning portal Blackboard

Guidance tutor

  • Your first point of contact for anything outside the classroom that affects your learning
  • Meet at the start of each term
  • You can arrange to meet them at any point and they may contact you if necessary

Assessment

  • Portfolios – including coursework, presentations, reflective essays and in-class tests
  • Assessed continually through each module and submit a portfolio at the end
  • This allows you to gradually assimilate to the learning and teaching style
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Upon successful completion and subject to specific entry requirements, you can go on to study a range of business undergraduate degrees at Northumbria University.

To progress and be eligible for entry on to our undergraduate degree programmes you must achieve at least 40% in your International Foundation Programme.

Please note that our undergraduate degrees are currently being reviewed, however, we have previously offered the opportunity for students to progress on to the following courses:

Your target course
BA (Hons) American Studies
BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science
BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science with Coaching
BSc (Hons) Building Surveying
BA (Hons) Childhood and Early Years Studies
BSc (Hons) Criminology
BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
BA (Hons) English Language Studies 
BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
BA (Hons) English Literature and History
BA (Hons) English Literature
BA (Hons) English Literature with American Studies
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies BA 
BA (Hons) Geography
BSc (Hons) Geography 
BA (Hons) Guidance and Counselling
BA (Hons) History and Politics
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) History with American Studies
Human Geography (MGeog)
BSc (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture
BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
BA (Hons) Journalism and English Literature
BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Advertising
BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Business 
BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Public Relations
BA (Hons) Mass Communication
BA (Hons) Media and Journalism
BSc (Hons) Physical Geography
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Criminology
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
BSc (Hons) Real Estate
BSc (Hons) Sociology
BA (Hons) Sport Development
BSc (Hons) Sport Management
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

If you would like to progress on to a degree in Art, Design and Media; Engineering; or Computing, Law, Media Production, Sport, and science subjects, please see our alternative pathway programmes:

Upon successfully passing your programme you will receive a Foundation Diploma in International English for Academic Communication which some other universities may also accept as an entry qualification.

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • GCSE/iGCSE – 5 passes at A-C

We welcome applications from students who have obtained good grades in their upper secondary education.

We also now accept the following:

  • China – Successful completion of Senior Middle School 2 with a minimum average of 70% or higher, or successful completion of Senior Middle School 3 with a minimum average of 60% or higher
  • India – Standard 11 with 55%, Standard 12 with 50%.
  • Malaysia – SPM Malaysia School Certificate, Forecast results accepted – UEC pass grades also accepted.
  • Senegal – Baccalaureate/Baccalaureat Technique 10/20

Depending on your chosen degree course, specific subject requirements may apply. Our team will be able to help confirm the details for you.

For other country specific entry requirements, please check our Entry Requirements. Alternatively, please contact our team who will be able to help you.

English language requirements

There are multiple entry levels to the International Foundation Programme depending on your IELTS level:

  • 4.5 with no single sub score below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre will study the 12-month programme
  • 5.0 with no single sub score below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre will study the 9-month programme

Age requirements

You must be over 16 years old

If you are under 18 at the start of the International Foundation Programme, you will need to include with your application a signed consent form by your parent or legal guardian. You can find a copy of this on our How to Apply page.

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12 and 9 month IFP students only

The purpose of this module is for you to engage in language and skills learning which will empower you to develop techniques to become a better language learner. This module will provide you with the skills and an understanding of the English required to achieve success in subsequent university assessments on both the credit bearing modules of the IFP and your chosen undergraduate degree.

You will also have a more active understanding of your language learning which will in turn allow you to confidently apply the techniques you learn to enhance your grammar and range of vocabulary.

In addition to English, this module also contains some academic content streamed by pathway, providing an early opportunity to engage with your chosen specialism. This subject learning comes in the form of lexical development as well as some key content to lead you into your next steps in your academic journey.

Students on the 12-month International Foundation Programme will study 2-terms of this module.

All students will study the following modules:

This module is designed to help you to meet the English level needed for both the International Foundation Programme and your undergraduate degree, and to give you the tools you need to become an independent language learner. It will teach you how to learn language for academic study, take responsibility for your own language learning, and gain the habits of continuous learning which you will need on your undergraduate program.

You will learn to develop your:

  • Communicative abilities in English
  • Functional language ability across the main skills of English (speaking, listening, reading and writing)
  • Grammatical knowledge and accuracy in English
  • Vocabulary and fluency in English

You will develop your skills in this area and improve your ability to apply them in the subject of your undergraduate degree.

The Academic Practice module has a series of practical sessions that link with your other pathway modules to prepare you for your undergraduate degree. These sessions feature the broad range of essential study skills such as research, critical analysis, ICT, presentation and seminar skills.

Developing and improving study skills is a gradual and long-term process. It is also an individual process. If you are new to higher education or have not studied for some time, you may feel worried about tackling your first assignment; taking an exam; or juggling study with other commitments. Here, this module is designed to help you to acquire the academic literacy and language skills you need to succeed at university.

In this module, you will expand your understanding of globalisation and be able to use your knowledge of other people’s behaviour and traditions to adapt to new cultures both in work and life. You will develop your knowledge of contemporary cultural trends, think critically and creatively and have more understanding of the influences on contemporary society within a singular, bicultural and multicultural framework.

This module aims to develop your reflective, intellectual, analytical and oral skills. Its focus will be to raise your awareness of yourselves as carriers of culture, to investigate concepts of otherness and to reflect on how you and others are represented within society. The first semester aims to increase your understanding of cultures other than your own and includes interpretation of the new British culture, within which you will be living and studying. This will later expand into cross-cultural communication challenges such as ethnocentrism and the impact of globalisation.

This module provides you with an accessible introduction to the contemporary issues shaping the humanities and the study of our social life. You will develop your subject knowledge, communicative ability and research skills. A multidisciplinary approach is taken including a focus on aspects of sociology, psychology, mass communication, politics, social policy, the environment, criminology and geography. Ideas shaping contemporary British society will be investigated, with a focus on power, inequalities, identity, and the relationship between the individual and the group. On completion of the module, you will have gained a wider perspective of the nature of knowledge in this area through a multidisciplinary approach.

You will develop research skills through collecting and analysing data using methods found in the humanities and social sciences. You will learn to question assumptions, construct arguments and evaluate evidence. Skills developed on this module include critical analysis of sources, independent thinking, team work, and self-reliance through guided study and self-directed learning

In this module, you will develop an awareness of how ethical action is increasingly important in today’s interconnected world. Decisions we take in one sector of a society can rapidly influence another sector, crossing borders and having far-reaching effects on real lives. Whether it is in the ethical choices you make in business, environmental policy, law and order, medicine, politics, the media or academic research, this is a key topic you need to understood for the twenty first century.

Drawing on core philosophical principles, the Ethical Practices in Action module guides you in examining how choices we make and actions we take shape today’s world. Through understanding where ethics come from, why they are important and how they can help us make better choices, you will be better prepared to work in many areas of contemporary society, for instance in business, HR, healthcare, counselling, criminal justice, academia and politics.

Managing projects that produce a final outcome/artefact are an everyday part of working and academic life. Learning the skills of how to organise your time, find resources and use your personal strengths is essential for your future career. This module is designed to support you to carry out a project in your subject-specific area and will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to complete your project successfully.

You will gain an understanding of the essential steps in the project life cycle and have the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on your (and your fellow students’) progress throughout the project work, to the project completion stage.

This module will also introduce you to academic research skills and develop your ability to critically appraise and organise material. This module takes a holistic and reflective approach to your learning, with you developing a portfolio of your improved project planning, research and evaluation skills, and production of an artefact.

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Tuition fee 2020/21

  • IELTS 4.5 will study the 12-month programme: £19,500
  • IELTS 5.0 will study the 9-month programme: £15,500

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University Pathway student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

Some students may need to purchase some equipment for their specific modules. It is wise to allow for a budget of up to £300 a year to cover these costs.

You do not need to purchase learning materials, as these will be available to you via the Virtual Learning Environment or from the library.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the International Foundation Programme, studying with us, the application process, and to have any other questions you have.

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How to apply

Online applications are currently unavailable. Please download and complete the PDF application form and email it to pathway.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

When applying you will need to choose the undergraduate degree course that you intend to progress on to after your International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Science and you must state this on the application form.

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If you are accepted you will receive one offer letter for the International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences followed by the appropriate degree programme. Once you have successfully completed the International Foundation Programme and achieved the required grades, you can gain direct admission onto your chosen degree at Northumbria.

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving your offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol on to your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

Course information

Level of study:
Foundation - NQF Level 3
Fee:
£19,500 (12 months) £15,500 (9 months) (20/21) (International)
Leads to:
Undergraduate degrees in Humanities and Social Science
Entry requirements:
5 GCSE/iGCSE passes at grade A-C, or equivalent
IELTS requirements:
From IELTS 4.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre
Duration:
12 or 9 months
Class hours per week:
22
Assessment methods:
Coursework - portfolios, presentations, essays and in-class tests
Scholarship or bursaries:
Available
Payment plan:
Available
Starts:
October, January 2021, July 2021
Next application deadline:
TBC
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