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International Foundation Programme Social Sciences and Humanities - Prep Diploma

Why study this course?

This course will give you the chance to spend a year preparing for a university degree course in London. You'll be able to develop your subject knowledge, English language skills and the study skills you'll need to go on to a degree course.

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The International Foundation Programme Social Sciences and Humanities course is a one-year programme designed to prepare EU and overseas students for an undergraduate degree at London Met.

You’ll be introduced to key concepts in social sciences and humanities, develop key study and English language skills, and gain an orientation to higher education in the UK.

It will also introduce you to academic study in the UK and, if necessary, help you to reach a level equivalent to at least 5.5 IELTS in English. You'll be registered as a London Metropolitan University student, and successful students are guaranteed a place on a suitable degree course at London Met.

For more information about becoming an international student at London Met please see the international section of our website.

Please note that there is no UK public (or Student Finance England) funding available for this course.

Assessment

You'll be assessed via examinations, essays, practical reports and presentations.

You should have:

  • good results in 12 years of education, and to have completed high school or similar in your own country 

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon
    • summer studies morning
    • spring semester morning

    This module provides an introduction to the social sciences, through examining a few key sociological theories, approaches and concepts. Themes may include the influence of power on us as citizens, the individual within society and the role of family. We will examine the theories in historical, cross-cultural and contemporary contexts through the use of a core text “Dead White Men and Other Important people”. By using this narrative approach we aim to help students develop reflective skills and practice basic application of theory. The interaction between different themes and ideas and how these may affect our students’ lives will be explored through the module. The module will also develop reading, independent study, revision and exam writing skills

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  • This module focuses on helping students to raise their level of English across the four main skills areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening in preparation for entry to a range of undergraduate degrees

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides an introduction to media, crime and deviance and ‘race’ and racism.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module introduces students to the academic skills required for undergraduate study in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Students will acquire research skills through a guided research project. They will use these as a basis for producing a short report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    Students will be introduced to various key areas of current research within the area of social sciences and humanities. They will analyse this research, undertake further research and this will inform their research proposal. They will give an oral presentation based on their area of research interest.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    This module develops students’ academic skills for the effective planning and production of an essay in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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The course will enable you to improve your English and gain the skills you need for degree-level study.

You can choose from one of the following subject pathways:

  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Art, Media and Design
  • Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Computing, Technology and Mathematics
  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Law

You'll study a combination of modules from your subject pathway giving you an introduction to your subject area. You will also improve your learning and research skills, and take English modules, should you need to improve your language skills.

Foundation English: teaches you the written and spoken English language you need for study at University in the United Kingdom.

Foundation Studies: covers all the skills you need for higher education study – finding information, reading and writing essays.

You also study modules specific to your pathway, giving you an introduction to your subject area.

"A great foundation programme which gives you a great deal of idea of what university work is like."

If you pass the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you'll be automatically offered a place on a social sciences and humanities-related undergraduate degree.

You can study the IFP from September to June or from January to July. You can then join your chosen bachelors degree in the following September.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Applying for September 2017

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2017 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

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When to apply

We accept applications for all courses starting in September one year before the start of the course. You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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