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Study at University of South Wales International Foundation Programme Business & Social Sciences 2021

Apply to Study at the University of South Wales International Foundation Programme Business and Social Sciences.
Application to study at the University of South Wales for international students is open to all nationalities to apply.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) Business and Social Science prepares you for university study in the UK. It helps you develop your academic skills and improve your ability to use English in an academic context, together with building your subject knowledge.

What will I study?

Studying on the International Foundation Programme – Business and Social Science Pathway will allow you to explore the subject area which you have chosen for your studies at the undergraduate degree level.

English term

For those of you who require additional English language support, you will study a 3-term International Foundation Programme that includes a term of English language preparation. This aims to improve your English language skills with a focus on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also study vocabulary, grammatical accuracy and oral fluency.

Studying a term of English allows you to:
  • Improve your English language skills so that you are better prepared for the modules and assessments you will need to study on the foundation programme
  • Develop your self-confidence and team-working skills by working on a group video project based around a current UK issue
  • Become accustomed to how English is applied in a University context
  • Make friends with other international students from all over the world whilst improving your English

The term of English is also applicable for those of you who have had little opportunity to study in an English institution or are looking for a more gradual introduction into studying at University.

How will I learn?

You will be taught in larger groups for lectures and smaller groups for seminars and workshops. You will also meet with your tutors individually for additional academic support.

To prepare for your lectures and seminars, you will have access to our online learning platform, where you can access course information, content and your weekly reading lists.

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In addition to lectures, seminars and workshops, you are expected to spend approximately 15-20 hours per week on self-study.

Independent study activities can include preparatory reading for seminars, research for your assessments, revision quizzes, practice writing tasks, discussions with your classmates in preparation for group presentations.

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Contact hours

  • 16-20 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops per week
  • 20-30 minutes of 1-1 tutorials with your Academic English and/or your Pathway subject tutor per week

Self-study hours

  • 15-20 hours per week


  • Coursework, presentations, portfolios, projects and in-class tests

Application Requirements

Applicants should have the following:
Academic requirements

  • GCSE/IGCSE – 5 Passes at A-C
  • Where UCAS tariff is applicable or relevant, applicants should have an equivalent of 30 UCAS tariff points from either 1 A Level and 1 AS or a minimum of 2 AS Level qualifications.

For country-specific entry requirements, please contact our team, who will be happy to assist.
English language entry requirements

  • *UKVI SELT IELTS 5.0 (with no single element below 4.5) or equivalent UKVI SELT – you can join the International Foundation Programme (2-term IFP)

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  • *UKVI SELT IELTS 4.5 (with no single element below 4.0) or equivalent UKVI SELT – you will need to complete an additional term of English before joining the International Foundation Programme (3-term IFP)

If you have the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 overall with no sub-score below 5.5, we will be able to provide one CAS to cover the whole of your foundation and undergraduate study at the University of South Wales. This means that as long as you pass and progress normally on your academic programme and do not require additional time on your visa, you will only need to apply for your Student Route visa once during your entire UK study and there will be no additional English language testing requirements other than the English assessment in your IFP programme.

Minimum age requirements

  • *Please note, you must be over 17 and turn 18 within the first 3 months of your pathway programme.

Make sure you select the application entry to see the requirements for your country. Click here to select your country

Fees and Finance

Tuition fee 2021/22 & 2022/2023

  • 2-term – £10,500

  • 3-term – £13,000

Scholarships and bursaries are available, subject to eligibility, contact us for more information.

How to apply

You can apply online to study this programme by clicking on the Apply Online button for your chosen duration (2- or 3- term) and intake.

University of South Wales International Foundation Programme Business and
Social Science

  • English requirements: From IELTS 4.5 (with no single element below 4.0)
  • Level: Level 3
  • Duration: 2-term (8 months) or 3-term (10 months)
  • Fee: (21/22): 2-term- £10,500; 3-term- £13,000
  • Entry requirements: GCSE/IGCSE 5 Passes at A-C or equivalent
  • Start date: October and January
  • Application deadline: 3 December 2021

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