International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences

Introduction

Overview

Preparing students for direct entry to Year 2 of an undergraduate degree in a wide range of subjects, including Media, Journalism, Politics, Sociology, Psychology and Sport Studies at the University of Stirling.

With this pathway, students also have the opportunity to progress to one of our affiliate partner universities in Scotland. Depending on the university they choose, students may progress to Year 1 or Year 2 of their degree.

On campus and online study options
This program is available to study either on campus or online – giving students the flexibility to choose what’s best for them.

If your student starts online, they’ll have the opportunity to transfer to an on-campus program the following term. They’ll need to meet any visa requirements and demonstrate good attendance and performance during their studies online.

If your student applies for an Online Extended program, they’ll be offered an Online Academic English plus online or on-campus academic pathway study plan.

Key information

  • Observe the Scottish political and legal systems in action with field trips to courts and the Scottish Parliament.
  • Opportunity to progress to one of our partner Scottish universities, including the University of Stirling.
  • Meet the University tutors and programme managers at the start of the academic year who will be the point of contact through transitioning to the University of Stirling.

Fast facts

Class duration

  • English classes per week: 6 hours
  • Subject module classes per week: 15 hours
  • Average total per week: 21 hours

Classes are held Monday to Friday between 9.00am-5.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 16

Award

Certificate of Higher Education (SCQF Level 7) from the University of Stirling.

Teaching

Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Group projects and presentations.

Why University of Stirling?

  • Top 15 in the UK for Communication and Media Studies (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
  • Film and Media students benefit from the Macrobert Arts Centre, which offers opportunities including film and cultural festivals.
  • Contribute to campus television station and filmmaking group AirTV and to Air3 Radio.
  • Criminology and Sociology students benefit from the strong practical focus and links with research centres including Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, and The Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection.
Start Dates October January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement

17

Academic requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

Dates & fees

October 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 3 October 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 10 March 2023
Mon 20 March 2023 - Fri 2 June 2023


January 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 10 March 2023
Mon 20 March 2023 - Fri 2 June 2023
Mon 12 June 2023 - Fri 25 August 2023


Modules

A total of 120 credits must be earnt to successfully complete the pathway programme.

Term 1 modules

Credit value

Core Mathematics and Statistics

20 Credits

English Language for Academic Purposes

20 Credits

Study Skills for Business and Humanities

20 Credits

Term 1 specialist modules

Credit value

Introduction to Business

40 Credits

Introduction to International Politics

20 Credits

Introduction to Journalism

20 Credits

Introduction to Law

20 Credits

Introduction to Psychology

20 Credits

Study of Society

20 Credits

Understanding Media

20 Credits

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

BA (Hons)-Film/Media and Journalism Studies

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Business Studies and Film/Media-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Business Studies and Law-BA (Hons)

60%

60%


Business Studies and Psychology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Criminology and Law-BA (Hons)

60%

60%


Criminology and Sociology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Film and Media-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Film/Media and Marketing-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Film/Media and Psychology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Film/Media and Sociology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Human Resource Management and Psychology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


International Politics and Languages-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


International Politics-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Journalism Studies and Politics-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Journalism Studies and Sports Studies-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Journalism Studies-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Law-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Marketing and Psychology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Politics and Psychology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Politics and Social Policy-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Politics and Sociology-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Politics-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)


Sociology and Social Policy-BA (Hons)

60%

60% (55% min in each skill)