The University of Wolverhampton

University Statement of Preparatory StudiesInternational Foundation Year in Social Sciences

Why choose this course?

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

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
  • give you 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 your 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 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.

A typical week will include 12-16 contact hours (teacher-led learning).

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.

Why Wolverhampton?

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

On the International Foundation Year, 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.

Telford Innovation Campus has social areas with comfy sofas, TVs and games consoles, table tennis and tea and coffee making facilities. It also has outdoor exercise equipment, sports field, and a floodlit hard court for football, basketball and tennis.

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. And you 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.

The International Academy is based in the historic Priorslee Hall at the University’s Telford Innovation Campus in Shropshire. We offer a friendly place of welcome in safe, relaxed surroundings.

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 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.

What our students think

Timothy Waive – International Foundation Year student

Timothy Waive International Foundation Year Student Profile

"My name is Timothy Waive and I'm from Nigeria. I came to the University of Wolverhampton to study Biochemistry via the International Foundation Year in 2011. The International Foundation Year was recommended by the University to help the transition of international students from the educational system to which they are normally adapted to the British educational system.

In the course of my International Foundation Year, I was taught Harvard Referencing and citation which is very important for avoiding plagiarism but was new to me. The International Foundation Year (IFY) also taught me new and improved patterns for academic writing to enable easy relay of information with high levels of vocabulary, accuracy, precision and professionalism. The lecturers of the IFY and the University of Wolverhampton were always available to render assistance where and when needed, making the learning process easier.

The IFY opens opportunities of friendship to students from all around the world. During my time on the IFY course, I made friends of different nationalities who have made Wolverhampton a warmer place to be.

Thanks to the education and training I received from the IFY, I graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a first class BSc degree in Biochemistry.

In the future, I hope to be a medical doctor and have already started pursuing this dream. I have secured a place at a medical school here in the UK and should graduate in 2020 as a medical doctor".

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

Career path

The aim of this course is to allow you to progress onto a degree programme in your chosen subject at the University of Wolverhampton (or at another UK university which recognises the programme).

Most of our International Foundation Year students continue onto their chosen degree programmes at the University of Wolverhampton, but should you wish to progress to another University we have a progression agreement with Oxford Brookes University, provided you meet the following conditions:

  • Evidence of a competed High School Certificate with satisfactory results.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Programme at the University of Wolverhampton with a minimum grade of 60/65% for most Oxford Brookes University undergraduate programmes. Oxford Brookes University may also require minimum marks on specific modules.
  • Fully completed UCAS application form, with an appropriate personal statement and good academic references from tutors.
  • Proof of English language proficiency. For most programmes this will be an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing. Law and Psychology require IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Reading and Writing.

We also have a progression agreement with Brighton University for their undergraduate Business courses only, subject to conditions which include WEPE/IELTS 6 overall with 6 in writing and minimum 5.5 in other areas.

We are also having ongoing discussions with several other institutions.

What skills will you gain?

On completing the International Foundation Year, you will be well prepared for further academic study at the University of Wolverhampton (or another UK university which recognises the programme).

You will be familiar with key concepts and theories that will support you chosen subject, and 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.

Who accredits this course?

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • A pass at High School Certificate or equivalent.
  • Students will need to 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 5.0 in each element)

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £8,840

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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