Extended Foundation Year in Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences

About this route

The Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences Extended International Foundation Year* provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to degree study at the University of Surrey in a related field.

During the Extended International Foundation Year* you will study a core unit of general subject skills, subject-specific units and elective units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

*Subject to approval

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Business Studies 1 & 2

These units will provide an understanding of the nature and scope of business in society. You will look at the key issues facing new business and best management processes with units focussed on effective management and corporate social responsibility.

Economics 1 & 2

These units will introduce you to the basics of economics, from the behaviour of individuals to the national and global economy. Students will gain a better understanding of free market and the role of government in economy.

To complete your Extended International Foundation Year programme you will also study one of the following elective units:

Accounting 1 & 2

During these units you will learn about the role of accounting in business and the need for financial information. You will learn about the different formats for presenting accounting information and the regulatory framework for presenting accounting information.

Law 1 & 2

In these units you will look at the core principles, rules, concepts and structure of the English Legal System, Contract Law, Consumer Protection and the Tort of Negligence. These units will provide an understanding of how to cite legal authority and use legal reasoning to analyse problems.

Progression degrees 

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change. Find out about IELTS requirements for progression.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
BMus Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Economics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management (Human Resource Management) BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management and French BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management and German BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Business Management and Spanish BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Criminology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Dance BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Digital Media Arts BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Economics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Economics and Finance BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Economics and Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Film and Video Production Technology BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
International Business Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
International Events Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
International Hospitality and Tourism Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
International Hospitality Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
International Politics BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Law LLB (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with 6.5 R & Wr, 6 in other skills
Law with Criminology BA (Hons) 65% ELTS 6.5 with 6.5 R & Wr, 6 in other skills
Law with International Relations BA (Hons) 65% ELTS 6.5 with 6.5 R & Wr, 6 in other skills
MBus Business Management Mbus (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
MBus Business Management (Entrepreneurship) Mbus (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
MBus Business Management (Human Resource Management) Mbus (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
MBus International Business Management MBus (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
MBus International Hospitality Management MBus (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
MBus International Tourism Management Mbus (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Media Studies with Film Studies BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Media Studies with Spanish BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Media, Culture and Society BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Modern Languages (French and German) BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Modern Languages (German and Spanish) BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Music BMus (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Musical Theatre BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Politics BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Politics and Economics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Politics with French BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Politics with German BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Politics with Spanish BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Psychology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Sociology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Theatre and Performance  BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Theatre Production BA (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6

Hospitality or Tourism degrees 

Places on Hospitality or Tourism degrees are limited and will be allocated on a case-by-case basis following an interview. Interviews will be conducted by a Senior Lecturer from the School of Management or the Head of Centre at the International Study Centre during the second semester of your Foundation programme. If you are not offered a place on the Hospitality or Tourism degree you will still be able to progress to other Business and Management degrees, subject to achieving the academic and English progression grades.

Key facts

Course length: Three semesters

Entry points: September

Term dates:

  • September 2017 start
    Semester 1: 25/09/2017 – 15/12/2017
    Semester 2: 08/01/2018 – 11/05/2018
    Semester 3: 04/06/2018 – 24/08/2018

Age: 17 years old to study at the International Study Centre and progress to the University.

Visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements.

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