Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences International Foundation Year

About this route

The Business, Economics, Law and Social Sciences 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 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.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your International Foundation Year, you can take our English Language Preparation programme.

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 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.

Study plans

September intake

IELTS requirement Length Sept-Dec Jan-Jun Jul-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters     Progress to your undergraduate degree

  International Foundation Year   Vacation

January intake

IELTS requirements Length Jan-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters   Progress to your undergraduate degree

  International Foundation Year

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.

All degrees listed include the option to complete a Professional Training Year as part of your degree. The Professional Training Year takes place in year two of a four year sandwich degree. If you would like to take a Professional Training Year you will be able to select this option while at the International Study Centre before you progress to the University. The University of Surrey will provide guidance and support in year one and two in helping you to secure a suitable placement. Please note the Placement Year is optional and is not guaranteed.
Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
BMus Creative Music Technology BMus (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business and Retail Management BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Economics BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management (Human Resource Management) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management and French BA (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management and German BA (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Business Management and Spanish BA (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Criminology BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Please note there may be additional entry criteria and/or an audition or Interview may be required for entry onto the following programmes: Music, Creative Music Technology, Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting, Actor-Musician, Theatre Production, Tonmeister and Modern Languages. Applicants for Musical theatre, Acting and Actor-Musician are also required to pay an audition fee. For further information, please refer to the relevant page on our website: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate or contact the Admissions team – admissions@surrey.ac.uk.

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: January and September 

Term dates:

September 2018

Semester 1: 24/09/2018 - 01/02/2019

Semester 2: 04/02/2019 - 31/05/2019

January 2019

Semester 1: 07/01/2019 - 10/05/2019

Semester 2: 13/05/2019 - 23/08/2019

Age: you must be at least 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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