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Would you like to improve your English language and academic skills before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree programme? This course aims to fully prepare those who speak English as a second language for full-time study on one of Southampton Solent University’s specialist degree programmes.
Part of a range of extended degree programmes for students whose first language is not English, this foundation year helps learners to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 in each language skill component) before starting undergraduate studies.
Using our multimedia facilities and language centre, students will have the chance to tailor their English language studies to suit the subject they will later study at degree level.
Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment. Students also benefit from access to our dedicated language centre, which offers a range of interactive resources designed to aid second language study.
Thinking of studying for a degree here in the UK? This foundation year will help you transition into academic life as smoothly as possible, improving your language, research and communication skills as you begin to learn about your chosen subject area.
Have you got a question about applying?
A minimum level of English of PTE Academic 41/IELTS 4.5
Students study a total of 120 CATS points (equivalent to 60 ECTS) through four core units, one pathway unit and one option unit, which is related to your chosen degree course.
Lectures and classroom-based seminars and workshops are complemented by individual and group tutorials, online learning and independent study.
AssessmentYou will be assessed through in-class tests, presentations, portfolio and assignment work. You must pass each language test component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) of the Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study 2 unit to pass the course overall.
Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.
Members of staff have a wide range of experience in teaching English as a foreign language in the UK and abroad, and specific subject expertise.
From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.
The International Foundation Year prepares you for continued undergraduate study at Solent, and ensures that you will have the practical academic skills and specialised language to make the most of your studies.
English language, academic skills, communication, evaluation, critical thinking and problem-solving.
The International Foundation Year will prepare you for your chosen study on one of the following courses:
Business, Sport and Enterprise pathway
BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance NNJK, NNKHBA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management N805BSc (Hons) Business Economics LC10 BA (Hons) Business Management N2Q3, NN1G BA (Hons) Fitness Management and Personal Training CN68BA (Hons) International Business Management N1RY BA (Hons) International Tourism Management N8QJ)LLB (Hons) Law M1Q3, M205 BSc Maritime Business N9Q3 BA (Hons) Marketing N509BA (Hons) Marketing with Advertising Management N515, N590BSc (Hons) Shipping and Port Management 4XATBA (Hons) Sport Studies C6QA BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Business C6NDBA (Hons) Tourism Management N83F
Creative industries pathway
BA (Hons) Advertising N561 BA (Hons) Media Culture and Production P309 BA (Hons) Photography W644 BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communication P2Q3 BA (Hons) Sport Journalism P5QH BA (Hons) Television and Video Production PP34
Maritime and technology pathway
BEng (Hons) Acoustics R2M7MEng (Hons) Audio and Acoustic Engineering F381BA (Hons)Architectural Technology K1Q3BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering O373BSc (Hons) Broadcast Systems Engineering H643BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology G5Q3BSc (Hons) Computing G403BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Web Design G4QHBSc (Hons) Construction Management, K2Q3BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering H6QHBSc (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture H151 BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering H305BSc (Hons) Software Engineering G6Q3BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design H524BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production 4R81
Location of study: East Park Terrace
Study mode: n/a
The International Foundation Year (IFY) starts in September.
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.
The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £7,650
International full-time fees: £10,000
For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx
Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.
Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.
Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.
Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.
Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.
You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.
Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.
Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.
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