Business, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law International Foundation Year

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Your pathway to an undergraduate degree

If you have dreams to study a degree in business, humanities, social sciences or law in the UK, this programme can help you achieve your goals. With the International Foundation Year, you can spend time adjusting to life at a UK university – ensuring you get the most out of your chosen degree at Teesside.

Key facts

3 terms

October, November (with Enhanced Induction) or January

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older.

Find out the specific term dates for this programme.

Why study business at Teesside University?

Get a head start on your business career by successfully completing the International Year One to progress to the second year of your undergraduate degree at Teesside while gaining the knowledge you need for future success. Once you successfully complete your programme at the International Study Centre, you can benefit from the innovative business features at Teesside University, including:

  • Access to a £7.5m business school equipped with the latest technology and modern learning spaces
  • The opportunity to receive a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute
  • Work placements with local companies such as Nissan, Samsung, Hitachi, Procter & Gamble, Northumbrian Water and Virgin Money
  • Real-life industry experience with the Teesside Enterprise Clinic
  • Gaining digital literacy skills on Europe’s first Adobe Creative Campus.

Your modules

You will study a combination of modules which are specific to your chosen subject route and progression degree.

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

Core modules for all students

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.

Core modules for business route students

Students will begin their academic study in this area by considering how business works. How is management and leadership important, how are organisations structured, what types of business are there, and what principles are important to success?

Areas of mathematics covered include: pricing; evaluating the acquisition of assets and investing in business opportunities and maintaining quality. This module will provide essential tools and theories in mathematics as a foundation for later modules, such as Introduction to Finance and Accounting. The mathematics content will provide business students with a base for them to evaluate the potential benefits to a range of business opportunities and the process of evaluating the most beneficial.

Report writing and handling academic conventions is a critical skill to study in these areas. In the UK there are very specific expectations, in terms of academic integrity, citations and referencing – the fundamental principles of this module.

This module will introduce important concepts in both micro and macroeconomics – both the economics of business and society, and of global trade. Understanding the working of supply and demand are critical to further study in business.

This is an introductory module intended to provide students with a basic knowledge of accounting and finance, and to prepare them for further study at undergraduate level in business/finance related degrees. Students will explore how firms record and use financial data, how they manage their financial operations – looking at issues such as decisions on methods of obtaining capital, evaluating the acquisition of assets and investing in business opportunities.

What is an entrepreneur? This module will introduce ideas around entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, encouraging students to think outside the norm. Students will work on a project that expands on the ideas they have encountered.

Core modules for humanities, social sciences and law students

This module introduces basic sociological ideas – such as how society is formed and might be structured, and how we can use different theories to look at society itself. The understanding developed here forms a basis for further study in both humanities and social science.

This introductory module will help students to consider what psychology is. It will introduce four principal areas of psychology: cognitive, behavioural, developmental and animal psychology.

Essay and report writing and handling academic conventions is a critical skill to study in these areas. In the UK there are very specific expectations, in terms of academic integrity, citations and referencing – the fundamental principles of this module.

This module aims to introduce students to law and the English legal system including its underlying principles, the law making process, the structure of courts and administration of the justice systems. It will also look to introduce students to the core aspects of private law, contract law, and property law.

How do nations think of themselves and organise themselves, politically, socially and structurally, with their neighbours and nations geographically distant to themselves? This module helps students consider these questions around international political and social alliances and global structures.

Students will learn about the importance of qualitative research, including how to gather and evaluate qualitative research. They will then have the opportunity to put this into practice in a research project of their own design.

Progress to your degree

After completing your International Foundation Year and achieving the necessary grades, you can transition to your chosen undergraduate degree. By completing this pathway, you will be able to progress to the following degrees.

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Please note:

For Social Work BA (Hons)

Subject to the academic requirements at the end of the IFY programme, students will be invited to attend for interview and complete a timed written exercise (if successful at interview). Both parts must be passed.

Student must confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that they have the ability to use basic IT including word processing, internet browsing and email.

As part of the progression process students will need to:

  • complete a satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance (further details will be provided)
  • complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You are strongly encouraged to enrol on the DBS updating service.
  • provide a satisfactory suitability assessment.

During the course and on completion students must declare any convictions, cautions or allegations to the University and relevant professional body prior to application for registration.

Progressed students need to have a full, valid UK driving licence, access to a car and insurance covering business use for most placement opportunities. Without these, TU may be unable to arrange placements on their behalf, impacting their ability to complete the course.

Progressed students may be asked to sign a declaration confirming that they have these in their interview, and provide evidence.

If progressed students are unable to drive or access transport due to individual circumstances, these can be considered and discussed at the interview.

Social Work BA (Hons) course | Teesside University - please see further admission process information under the entry requirements tab for consideration at application.

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