International Foundation Year in Social Sciences

Social Sciences Foundation Year

Our Social Sciences programme will prepare you for a degree across a range of areas, including Film, History, Journalism, Politics, Television and Psychology.


During your International Foundation Year you will study four modules:

The main focus of this module is looking at society through the topics of culture and identity, globalisation, mass media, and crime and deviance. You will also study the methods used in sociological research, which includes a mathematical element. This will prepare you for your own research project. After completing this module you will have a good knowledge of the main concepts of sociology and its research methods, as well an understanding of the influences shaping modern society.

Our Psychology module covers the theoretical approaches to psychology, research methods, human memory, childhood development, stress and psychopathology. You will also carry out a practical research project, which involves completing and analysing the results of a psychological experiment. At the end of the year you will have a strong understanding of the key concepts and theories of psychology, as well as practical research skills.

Media Studies is provided as an elective module for students interested in pursuing a media-related degree or have a specific interest in exploring the theoretical and practical aspects of Media. Through the module you will develop an understanding of key concepts underpinning different activities and an appreciation of the critical views of media and culture.

This module will teach you how to read, write, speak and understand English. As you progress through the module you will be taught a number of English language skills, including:

  • Sentence structure when writing
  • Scanning content for key information
  • Learning how to construct and deliver presentations.

Progression degrees

Once you have successfully completed your International Foundation Year and achieved the required progression grades, you will progress to your chosen degree programme.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Business Economics BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Criminology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Criminology & Sociology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Criminology and Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Economics BSc (Hons) 65% 50%
Financial Economics BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Journalism BA (Hons) 60% 60%
Media and Communication BA (Hons) 60% 60%
Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Psychology & Criminology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Psychology & Sociology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%

Course facts

Students in the library at Kingston International Study Centre

Entry requirements

English Language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (with minimum 5.0 in writing and no other element less than 4.0) or equivalent.

Options available for entry from Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall

Academic: Good high school graduation grades.

Age: Students are usually at least 17 years old.

View country-specific entry requirements.

Course fees

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English language tuition

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the International Foundation Year, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre.

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall (min 4.0 in all skills) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year.

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International student at Kingston University

"When you are studying [here] you do not feel like a stranger because there are so many nationalities. I’m studying away from home but I’m not feeling lonely."

Innocent from Nigeria
International Foundation Year
Progressed to BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science

Term dates

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