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International Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences

Study law and social sciences in the UK

About this pathway

Our Law and Social Sciences programme will prepare you for a degree across a range of areas, including marketing, economics, media, sociology and entrepreneurship. Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be equipped to start an undergraduate degree, with all the English language skills and subject-specific knowledge you'll need to study at Kingston University London.

Many of the progression degrees include work placements and the opportunity to study abroad, for the same fee as a traditional degree. Combining academic study with professional experience will give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed in your chosen career.

Key Facts

Three terms

Find out more about specific term dates for this programme.

  • September and January

Find out more about entry requirements and course fees for this programme.

What you'll study

During your Law and Social Sciences International Foundation Year, you will study the following modules:

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

This module will introduce you to the dynamics at play in the social, political and economic dimensions of globalisation, with contemporary case studies provided throughout. Using the various perspectives on globalisation, you will be invited to explore important global issues and think critically about the influence of state and non-state actors on world politics.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: define globalisation and key concepts associated with it; identify and explain the factors that facilitate globalisation; examine the role of state and non-state actors in a contemporary global issue applying relevant theories of globalisation; show awareness of the role of the news media in globalisation with specific reference to culture change and assess the impact of globalisation on international conflicts and international human right framework. The module will also enable you to engage in academic debate on global issues in an informed manner and develop key study skills required for the social sciences.

This module will introduce you to the operation of the law in different contexts under English law. The course will equip you with an understanding of the interaction between the legal system and various organizations/individuals, most notably businesses, their employees and their customer. It also aims to provide an overview of the structures and concepts with which undergraduates will need to be familiar in order to study these topics in greater depth. The module will help you to develop essential legal study skills and understanding of key concepts.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: define legal concepts, principles and issues; explain the different sources of English law and the relations with regional and international law; demonstrate an understanding of appropriate legal rules and use legal methods and reasoning to evaluate and apply the legal rules and authority to reach a legal conclusion; examine the key requirements of duty of care under English tort law and appropriately use online resources and OSCOLA referencing style to cite legal, academic and non-academic materials.

This module will introduce you to the reasons and methods for studying social life. Through key concepts, perspectives and issues you will explore everyday facets of social life from an academic position and think critically about identity and whether or not we are shaped by our surroundings. This module will help you to develop key study skills and understanding social science research methods, which will facilitate successful future study in the Social Sciences, with a solid understanding of the key dynamics, concepts and perspectives at work in social life.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: describe key sociological concepts such as equality, diversity and social mobility; outline the key drivers of social change in contemporary society; examine the role of culture and the socialisation process in community cohesion; explore how economic, social and cultural factors influence the construction of personal identity and wellbeing in social science; discuss research methods in social science and consider ethical implications of these methods and clearly communicate ideas and information using different formats. You will also undertake a site visit and write a reflective report on your own learning and research skills to drive personal development.

Please note: you are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre or you are at risk of losing your Student visa.

Why study the Law and Social Sciences International Foundation Year with us?

There are many reasons you might want to study this Law and Social Sciences preparational programme at Kingston University London International Study Centre. The top ones are as follows:

Teaching from industry-experienced professionals

At the International Study Centre, students can learn from Kingston University London's highly qualified staff. The Faculty is made up a community of dedicated academics, business experts and researchers, all of which are dedicated to supporting you through higher education journey. Their expertise, along with the internationally tailored curriculum, will provide you with the best start to studying your degree in the UK.

Access to enterprising career links

Kingston University London is known for its well-established links to many global businesses. As the International Study Centre is based on the University's campus, learning in the buzzing capital city will provide you with exposure to a number of career opportunities and business connections that can further your job prospects, both before and after you graduate. Find out about how to work alongside your studies at Kingston.

Prepare for your new life at a UK university

The International Study Centre experience is designed to ease students into studying abroad. Upon starting your International Foundation Year here, you will be welcomed to your new home by our friendly support staff, while your English language and academic skills are honed by expert academics who know what it takes to study a degree in the UK. Benefit from an immersive, multicultural community from your very first days here.

Progress to Kingston's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Upon successful completion of this International Foundation Year pathway, you will be able to progress to a degree in the area of Law and Social Sciences at Kingston University London. Degrees provided by the University's Faculty of Business and Social Sciences combine prestigious heritage of the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and modern technologies of Kingston Business School.

English language tuition

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

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (min 4.5 in all skills) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year.

Prepare for Success

5 weeks before your selected course you will be automatically enrolled in our Prepare for Success online programme in order to help you get everything you need. You'll benefit from useful insights into studying abroad and have the opportunity to gain key skills before you start your pathway programme.

Progression degrees

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

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Kingston ISC student Madeline

It was really nice meeting international students from other countries. A lot of people on my course were from the Middle East. It was really nice to learn about other cultures and realise that you have a lot in common.

Madeline from France

Studied International Foundation Year in Social Sciences

Progressed to BA (Hons) Media and Communication and Criminology

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How to apply

See how to apply for a course at the International Study Centre and view the documents you need to provide with your application.

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English Language Preparation

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