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Durham University International Study Centre - Study Group

Thornaby , England ,United Kingdom


The International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science prepares you for an undergraduate degree at Durham City. This programme lasts for three terms.

Upon successful completion of the programme you can choose from a range of related degrees at Durham University.

Who is this programme for?
This humanities, law and social science foundation year is for international students looking to study a related degree at Durham University but need additional time to prepare.   

  • Improve your academic and English language skills needed for your chosen degree. 
  • Explore concepts, terminology and practical skills needed to succeed at a world-class university. 
  • Study core modules for humanities, social science and law with this foundation year, developing your critical skills and understanding of key themes and models. 
  • Take the time to adjust to the UK education system so you can be ready to start your degree with confidence. 


  • Jan
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

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

Career development and support at every stage
At Durham University you will plan for your future, meet employers and develop your employability skills. Durham University produces some of the UK’s most employable graduates. It is ranked a world top 40 university for employability by blue chip companies (QS World University Rankings 2017/18). 

In a highly competitive graduate employment landscape, graduates need to demonstrate their strengths and experience to potential employers. You will start this preparation at the International Study Centre. With this in mind, CareerAhead will help you develop your skills for success.

At the International Study Centre
CareerAhead activities include:

  • identifying your personal strengths and areas for development
  • developing key employability skills such as problem solving, teamwork, time management and communication
  • creating a personal development plan, identifying your 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.

At the University
During your degree at Durham City you will have the full support of the University’s career advisors and resources. To help you stand out from the crowd, you can also complete the College Award and Durham Award.

University career services
Throughout your studies at Durham University you will have lots of opportunities to meet employers, organise work experience and develop your career skills. 

At Queen’s Campus, the International Study Centre will give you all the support you need. When you successfully progress to Durham City you can take full advantage of the University’s wider career services at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. Services include Career Fairs, a careers advisor, and help finding internships.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

IGCSE / GCSE / O-Level: 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). New grades 9 - 4 in English and Maths

IB Diploma Programme: 26 points (IB Certificate accepted, 26 points) (Subject pass level is 3)

A levels: 84 UCAS points (formerly 240) no E grades at A level counted towards UCAS points total, combinations of A and AS levels accepted

24 UCAS points from AS only (native language accepted) (formerly 80 UCAS points)

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  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Bachelors/UG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 19950 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: 235 GBP
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