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Kingston University International Study Centre - Study Group

Kingston , England ,United Kingdom

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:

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 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
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.

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.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Employability and career development skills
Kingston University will ensure that you have the right skills and experience to forge a successful career. You will receive top quality teaching, expert advice and exciting opportunities to work with some of the biggest businesses in London and beyond.

The International Study Centre integrates CareerAhead advice and activities into its programmes. These are designed to give you a head start by helping you become a highly skilled, self-aware, confident and employable graduate.

You will develop key employability skills, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication, and familiarise yourself with the world of work. You will also assess your strengths and areas for improvement. With help from your tutors, you will create a personal development plan to help set goals for future success.

You'll also have the opportunity to build up work experience by taking up part-time employment or a work placement during your studies. Find out more about working rights as part your visa.

Careers support at the university
KU Talent, Kingston University’s careers service offers practical career support, workshops and expert advice on CV writing, interview preparation and starting your own business.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: Only available to international (non-UK and non-EU) students

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing and no other skill less than 4.0)**, or a higher entry requirement for progression to the MPharm in Pharmacy (5.5 in all skills)

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  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 13250 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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