International Academy

International Foundation Year in Social Sciences with Foundation Year

University Statement of Preparatory Studies Full-time 1 year

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L652
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  • Start Date(s) 17 January 2022, 19 September 2022
  • Award University Statement of Preparatory Studies
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location University Telford Campus
  • School International Academy
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Why choose this course?

As an international applicant, the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences will give you a solid base to progress onto and study a selection of our degree programmes, subject to professional body requirements at the University of Wolverhampton.

We will help you to understand the expectations and academic skills required to study successfully for a degree in the UK.

We offer two start dates for the International Foundation Year in either semester 1 or 2, with the course lasting an academic year.

You will study a mixture of subject-specific modules and more general modules that will expand your English language and learning skills ready for higher education.

You will gain a solid foundation in the key academic skills such as research and referencing that will support degree-level study.

The International Foundation Year:

  • introduces your chosen specialist subject
  • gives you a solid foundation in key academics skills like research and referencing that will support degree-level study
  • develops and improves your academic language skills
  • provides a choice of pathways based on your desired subject specialism
  • provides an educational bridge to study an undergraduate degree of your choice at the University of Wolverhampton (subject to professional body requirements).

By studying the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences, you will develop skills in your chosen subject specialism to a level that will allow you to begin a degree (subject to professional body requirements) at the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

The International Academy is Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.





What happens on the course?

Our dedicated staff provide expert support and tuition to help prepare you for your future study choices. The programme has a minimum of 12 weeks of teaching included.

All modules include a number of tutorial sessions either in small group sessions or one-to-one.

You will have access to extensive online facilities, as well as our learning centres/libraries, allowing you to make the most of the resources available to you.

You can make the general modules relevant to you by choosing topics that relate to your chosen academic subject.

Typical modules include:

  • Getting Ahead as an International Student
  • Exploring an Academic Discipline
  • Language Skills – Grammar, Writing and Speaking
  • Learning in a Digital Environment

Within the Faculty of Social Sciences typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Academic Skills
  • Culture
  • Nationality in Conflict
  • Wolverhampton and its People


Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Assessment methods include:

  • assessment on project work undertaken throughout the period
  • assessment of your ability to research and discuss a topic during seminars
  • a portfolio of written tasks.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The aim of this course is to allow successful candidates to progress onto a degree programme in your chosen subject at the University of Wolverhampton.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The International Foundation Year [without linking the programme to a University of Wolverhampton degree]

On the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences, you will join our friendly community at Telford Innovation Campus. You will have some teaching in the historic Priorslee Hall, where our International Academy is based. Priorslee Hall has social areas with TVs and table tennis and shares outdoor exercise equipment, sports field, and a floodlit hard court for football, basketball and tennis with Telford Innovation Campus.


Telford Town Centre is nearby which has many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.  Telford Central railway station enables easy travel around the UK and a free shuttle bus provides regular transport to the other University of Wolverhampton campuses.

You will also be taught at our Wolverhampton City Campus, which has a wealth of facilities for students both on campus and in the city. Take a quick tour to see what’s available. Students can travel for free during term-time between the campuses by using the University’s shuttle bus service, which also stops in Telford town centre.

You will benefit from a range of expertise from various members of staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences for your subject-specific learning and from the staff and department at the International Academy which is Accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English in the UK.





On completing the International Foundation Year, you will be well prepared for further academic study at the University of Wolverhampton. 

You will be familiar with key concepts and theories that will support you chosen subject, and be confident in expressing and presenting your ideas.

You will be able to show clear references to sources of information used in your work, and use those sources to support your findings using appropriate conventions for academic audiences.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6165 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £8670 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants must hold a pass at High School Certificate or equivalent.


  • Pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as UKVI IELTS and achieve B2 to meet UKVI requirements. IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at


Loretta Ifeoma, Nigeria

“I feel more prepared now than ever for a university degree.  I have gained all the necessary support to improve my academic writing style and I look forward to coming to class every day because the lecturers are very patient and understanding and the classes are interactive and motivating.”


Orgest Lika, Albania

“I am enjoying the International Foundation year because I am improving my language learning and communication skills and I have made lots of new friends.”


Haroun Jesulayomi, Nigeria

“The teaching has been great and I have enjoyed the teaching explanations by the lecturers.”


Tony Declan, Ghana

“I have enjoyed being able to interact with people from other cultures and the teachers are insightful and very supportive.”   


Why not take a look at what our students have to say?




If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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