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International Foundation Programme: Business, Law and Social Sciences

The Business, Law and Social Sciences route offers international and EU (non-UK) students the opportunity to prepare for a range of over 50 degrees at Sheffield Hallam University including • business • law • hospitality • tourism • finance • journalism • built environment • psychology. You develop the academic and English language skills required for undergraduate study so you are fully-prepared to start your studies with confidence.

Course length 7-11 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed to support international and EU (non-UK) students to meet the academic and English language entry qualifications required for our undergraduate degrees. On successful completion, you are qualified to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree.

Our TESOL Centre was established in 1980 and offers pre-sessional and in-sessional language teaching for all degree levels. TESOL language courses are accredited by the British Council.

The IFP is delivered at the heart of our city campus. You learn from Sheffield Hallam lecturers from the TESOL Centre and our academic departments. Your tutors are all highly-experienced at teaching international students at all study levels. The course is designed to give you the best possible start to your undergraduate studies.

At the beginning of the course, you concentrate on improving your English language, alongside an introduction to business, law and social sciences. As the course progresses, you focus more on the subject areas, while continuing to develop your English language skills. This approach helps you develop the language skills required to study the subject modules. You receive regular feedback throughout the course to support your personal development. By the end of the IFP, you have the academic and study skills so you feel comfortable with studying at degree-level at Sheffield Hallam University.

In addition to the core modules, your timetable includes taster lectures in your chosen subject area, 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. This helps you to build your confidence, improves your use of English and is a great opportunity to make friends.

The course builds your confidence and knowledge by using the same assessment methods you have on your degree course, providing you with valuable experience of the assessment process.

You are assessed at the end of each module which provides more opportunities for feedback and support your development throughout the programme.

You have full access to all our facilities including our library, which is open 24 hours every day of the year, our support services and our accommodation.

The IFP finishes in late July so you can opt to stay in the UK as you prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September. We can advise and support you with your application to extend your visa.

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

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Council.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

English language requirements
To enrol on the course, you need an IELTS for UKVI* certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the International Foundation Programme while you are waiting for your results.

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

For January entry, an overall IELTS for UKVI* 5.0 is required, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.

Academic entry requirements
Good high school graduation grades which include Maths.

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.

*IELTS accepted if you are on a dependant visa or an EU National

Please see below for the country specific qualifications that we will consider for entry onto our International Foundation Programme.

Australia Australian OP and ATAR qualifications

Azerbaijan Attestat qualification

Bahrain Tawjahiya Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Bangladesh Higher Seconday Certificate

Brazil Certificado de Ensino Médio / Certificado de Conclusão de Segundo Grau

Brunei Cambridge GCE O Level

China (PRC) Senior Middle School 2

China (Hong Kong) HKDSE

China (Macau) Senior Middle School 2 or HKDSE

Cyprus Apolytirion of Lykeio / Techniki Scholi Apolytirio

Egypt Secondary Education Certificate Al Azhar

Ghana West African Senior School Certificate

India 10+2 or 12th Standard

Indonesia SMA / SMU / SMK

Iran High School Diploma

Iraq Certificate of Preparatory Education / Secondary School Certificate

Jordan General Secondary Education

Kazakhstan ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education

Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Kuwait General Secondary Education Certificate

Libya Secondary Education Certificate

Malaysia SPM

Nepal Higher School Leaving Certificate

Nigeria West African Senior School Certificate

Oman General Education Diploma

Pakistan Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Diploma of Associate Engineer or Diploma in Commerce (only offered in Punjab)

Qatar Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate)

Russia Attestat o (Polnom) Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education)

Saudi Arabia General Secondary Education Certificate

Singapore Singapore General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Higher National ITE Certificate (Higher NITEC)

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)

Taiwan Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate

Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education/MAW 6

Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School diploma), also referred to as Genel Lise

UAE General Secondary Education Certificate

Ukraine ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education

Vietnam Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Ho (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Full-time

Start date - September and January

Typical modules may include

For September start only

Learning English for academic purposes
During the first term (September to December) you focus on developing your English language skills to gain the level required to study the English and academic modules in terms two and three. Skills include: reading, writing listening, speaking, academic English, oral presentations, discussions and seminar participation, and listening and taking notes.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 16 students.

For January and September start

English for your subject
This module develops your knowledge of English for academic purposes which is required for undergraduate study. You are introduced to and develop your understanding of study and note-taking skills.

English for university
You improve and develop your English language ability in reading, writing, listening and speaking, to achieve the levels required for entry onto your chosen degree.

Academic skills for university
This hands-on module allows you to conduct a small, real-life research project on a topic of interest. This allows you to gain some of the key research and language skills for degree-level study at Sheffield Hallam University.

Introduction to business studies
Using case studies and up-to-date examples, you will learn what a business is, what business functions are and how they integrate within the business environment. You be introduced to theories, key terms and subject-specific vocabulary, which you will apply to real life business scenarios.

Introduction to law
You will learn about the common law system and theory which you will apply to real life scenarios. You will be introduced to key terms and subject-specific vocabulary which you will learn how to use and apply to your studies. The module also includes a visit to Sheffield Courts so you can observe UK law in action.

Introduction to social sciences
You study theory and research in three areas of social sciences: psychology, sociology and politics. You will be introduced to key terms and subject-specific vocabulary which you will learn how to use and apply to your studies.

Assessment The course builds your confidence and knowledge by using the same assessment methods you have on your degree course, providing you with valuable experience of the assessment process. You are assessed at the end of each module which provides more opportunities for feedback and support your development throughout the programme.
  • coursework, such as essays and presentations
  • language examinations

Employability

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

Progression degrees are available in the following subjects
• Accounting and finance
• Architecture
• Business and management
• Construction, building and surveying
• Education and childhood studies
• Law & Criminology
• Media, PR and journalism
• Planning, housing and regeneration
• Psychology, Sociology & Politics
• Sport and active lifestyles
• Stage and screen
• Tourism, hospitality and events

Please see the course description page for the full list of degrees.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £11,950 for the three-term programme starting in September (with an IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills).

or

£9,950 for the two-term programme starting in January (with an IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills).

On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a 10% progression discount from 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 information

How to apply

To apply for this course complete this application form and return it to ifp@shu.ac.uk or address to Direct Admissions - IFP application, Surrey Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

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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