Business, Humanities, Social Sciences & Law International Foundation Year

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Your pathway to an undergraduate degree

If you have dreams to study a degree in business, the 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

Programme length

  • 2.5 or 3 terms

Entry points

  • February or November (2.5 terms)
  • January, October or November (3 terms)

Admission information

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

Term dates

2.5 Term

November 2022
6/11/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 2/3/2023
19/3/2023 - 1/6/2023
February 2023
19/2/2023 - 30/3/2023
16/4/2023 - 8/6/2023
25/6/2023 - 24/8/2023
November 2023
5/11/2023 - 18/1/2024
21/1/2024 - 11/4/2024
14/4/2024 - 9/5/2024

3 Term

October 2022
2/10/2022 - 15/12/2022
8/1/2023 - 2/3/2023
19/3/2023 - 1/6/2023
November 2022
27/11/2022 - 30/3/2023
16/4/2023 - 8/6/2023
25/6/2023 - 24/8/2023
January 2023
15/1/2023 - 30/3/2023
16/4/2023 - 8/6/2023
25/6/2023 - 24/8/2023
October 2023
1/10/2023 - 18/1/2024
21/1/2024 - 11/4/2024
14/4/2024 - 9/5/2024

Why study business at Teesside University?

As an innovative university, Teesside is a great place to study business or other degrees across the humanities and social sciences. Some of the benefits you’ll discover, include:

  • 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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Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.