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About the course

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 our 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.

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.

Further studies

Students will improve their English language skills under the guidance of expert language tutors.

What does this course lead to?

The general and specialised language skills you develop during your course, along with valuable academic skills, will improve your employment prospects in the English-speaking world and ensure you can make the most of your undergraduate studies.

Who is this course for?

Our international foundation year is the perfect way to improve English language and academic skills ahead of a full undergraduate degree. Suitable candidates should be at a minimum of IELTS 4.5 before beginning the course.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,800
International full-time fees: £11,000 

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

    48 UCAS points or equivalent 

    • For this course you will have successfully completed your high school diploma or equivalent outside the UK
    • You must also have a minimum level of English of IELTS 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in each language skill component or equivalent.
    • In addition, where courses require specific subject expertise (for example, mathematics for engineering courses), you must demonstrate this prior to entry onto the International Foundation Year.

    We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Please contact us for more information.

    Note to all international students requiring a visa:

    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.  

    Non-standard entry

    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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

international@solent.ac.uk +44 23 8031 9129

How to apply

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Students study a total of 120 CATS points (equivalent to 60 ECTS) through six core units

  • Business English Lower Intermediate
  • Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study 1
  • Business English Upper Intermediate
  • Academic Skills for Undergraduate Study 3
  • The UK Economy and Institutions
  • Degree-related Portfolio 

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Facilities

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, wifi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students will develop the key academic skills required for study at degree level.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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