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Year of Entry 2021/22
International Foundation Programme

Business, Law and Social Sciences

Develop the academic and English language skills necessary to begin your studies with confidence.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? International/EU: £10,560 or £12,680
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021
January 2022

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Course summary

  • Concentrate on improving your English alongside an introduction to business, law and social sciences.
  • Develop the language skills required to study the subject modules.
  • Receive regular feedback throughout the course to support your personal development.

Prepare for a range of degrees including business, law, hospitality, tourism, finance, built environment and psychology. The programme ends in late July, meaning you can to stay in the UK as you prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September, with advice given about obtaining a visa.

Sheffield Business School accreditation

Sheffield Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), placing us in the top 5% of business schools globally.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Build your confidence and knowledge through the same assessment methods you will encounter on your undergraudate course, providing you with valuable experience of the assessment process. You are assessed at the end of each module.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • coursework, such as essays and presentations
  • language examinations

Course leaders and tutors

Brett Clifton
Brett Clifton
Senior Lecturer In Tesol

I've been teaching English for academic purposes for many years, first in China, and now here at Sheffield Hallam. I've recently been working cross-college on course … Read more

Applied learning

Field trips

In addition to the core modules your timetable includes taster lectures in your chosen subject, along with social and cultural activities to help you adjust to studying at Sheffield Hallam and living in the UK. Activities include visits and events organised by our International Experience Team, the opportunity to participate in our mentoring support scheme, career talks and subject-specific peer study group meetings.

Future careers

The Business, Law and Social Sciences route allows you to progress to over 50 undergraduate degrees at Hallam. Please specify your chosen undergraduate degree when you submit your application.

IFP business, law, and social science 
BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance
BA (Honours) Applied Social Sciences
BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology
BSc (Honours) Building Surveying
BA (Honours) Business and Enterprise Management
BA (Honours) Business and Financial Management
BA (Honours) Business and Human Resource Management
BA (Honours) Business and Marketing
BA (Honours) Business Economics
BA (Honours) Business Studies
BA (Honours) Childhood Studies
BSc (Honours) Construction Project Management
BA (Honours) Criminology
BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychology
BA (Honours) Criminology and Sociology
BA (Honours) Early Childhood Studies
BA (Honours) Education Studies
BA (Honours) Education with Psychology and Counselling
BSc (Honours) Environmental Science
BA (Honours) Film Studies
BSc (Honours) Food and Nutrition
BA (Honours) Forensic Accounting
BSc (Honours) International Events Management
BSc (Honours) International Events Management with Arts and Entertainment
BSc (Honours) International Events Management with Tourism
BA (Honours) Finance and Banking
BA (Honours) Finance and Economics
BA (Honours) Finance and Investment
BSc (Honours) International Hospitality Business Management
BSc (Honours) International Tourism Management
BA (Honours) Journalism
LLB Law with Criminology
BA (Honours) Marketing
BA (Honours) Marketing Communications and Advertising
BA (Honours) Media
BSc (Honours) Nutrition, Diet and Lifestyle
BA (Honours) Politics
BSc (Honours) Psychology
BA (Honours) Public Relations
BA (Honours) Public Relations and Media
BSc (Honours) Quantity Surveying
BSc (Honours) Real Estate
BA (Honours) Sociology
BSc (Honours) Sports Business Management 
BSc (Honours) Sport Development with Coaching
BA (Honours) Sports Studies 


This course is accredited by the British Council.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
S1 1WB

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Entry requirements

All students

English language requirements

To enrol on the course, you are required to have an IELTS certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the IFP while you are waiting for your results.

For September entry, an overall IELTS 4.5 is required, with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills.

For January entry, a minimum IELTS 5.0 is needed, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.

Academic entry requirements

Good high school graduation grades which includes Maths.

Find out which qualifications we accept from your home country.

You may be required to provide examples of creative work to support your application.

You must be 18 years old when you enrol on the course. September applicants must be 18 years old by 1st September and January applicants by 1st January.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Academic Skills For University Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: English For Your Subject Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Business Studies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Law Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Social Sciences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Your Academic English Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: English For University Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

International students

For the three-term programme starting in September the tuition fee in 2021/22 will be £12,680. For the two-term programme starting in January the tuition fee in 2021/22 will be £10,560. On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a £1,000 progression scholarship towards your tuition fees (for the first year of your chosen degree).

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Business, management and enterprise courses (PDF, 267.5KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

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How do I apply?

To apply for this course, complete an application form.

Application form (PDF) (PDF, 5.8MB)

 Email your application to, or send it to Direct Admissions - IFP application, Surrey Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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