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, including the choice of two subjects from three options.

Compulsory modules

Social Sciences with Mathematics: 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 as an understanding of the influences shaping modern society.

Academic English Skills: 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

Elective modules

When you arrive at the International Study Centre we will help you choose two of the following elective modules, depending on your degree programme.

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 is an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will study the key concepts of economics and how understand how models and concepts can be applied to everyday problems. Economics transcends many degree subjects and studying this module will give you the confidence to recognise its existence when exploring a range of academic issues.

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 and Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Criminology and International Relations BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Economics BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Film BA (Hons) 60% 60%
Financial Economics BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Forensic Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% 60%
Global Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) 60% 60%
History BA (Hons) 60% 60%
Human Rights and History BA (Hons) 60% 60%
Human Rights and Sociology BA (Hons) 60% 60%

Course facts

Students in the library at Kingston International Study Centre

Entry requirements

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

Academic: Good high school graduation grades plus up to one year of further study.

Age: Students are usually at least 17 years old.

View country-specific entry requirements.

Term dates

Start dates Term dates
January 2018 Term 1 - 08/01/2018 to 16/03/2018
Term 2 - 02/04/2018 to 08/06/2018
Term 3 - 11/06/2018 to 10/08/2018
September 2018 Term 1 - 10/09/2018 to 30/11/2018
Term 2 - 07/01/2019 to 15/03/2019
Term 3 - 01/04/2019 to 07/06/2019

Course fees

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