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Foundation Years

BA / BSc Business, Management, Economics & Law with Foundation Year (2021 entry)

Select year of entry: 2021 2020

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This Foundation Year prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate programme at SOAS. During the Foundation Year, students are equipped with the skills and knowledge required for undergraduate study. In addition to modules on academic practice, working with numbers, digital skills and technology, topical global issues and cultural fluency, they receive an introduction to different academic disciplines taught at SOAS in the departments of Finance and Management, Economics and Law.

The Foundation Year is excellent preparation for students who may benefit from an additional year of study before beginning an undergraduate degree, including students who do not have the required grades for direct entry onto an undergraduate programme or who have not previously studied the relevant subjects.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Entry requirements

A Levels:
30 (5/4/4)-26

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Access to HE: Minimum of 21 Level 3 Credits at Distinction

Scottish Highers: CCCCC

Scottish Advanced Highers: CCC

Irish LC: 260 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above

Advanced Placement: 3 3 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0

Euro Bacc: 70%

French Bacc: 12-11

German Abitur: 3-2.5

Italy DES: 70/100

Austria Mat: 3-2.7

Polish Mat: 65%

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1 year full-time + 3/4 year UG programme

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU fees:
Overseas fees:

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Undergraduate Tuition Fees page


May be combined with:

Students passing the Foundation Year progress onto another undergraduate degree in the School. Students are supported to make a guided decision about the programme that they wish to go on to study. Progression is possible onto all other undergraduate programmes in the School, subject to availability, including the LLB (but excluding the Senior Status LLB) and all BA Joint Law and another subject programmes (but excluding BA History of Art (Asia, Africa and Europe)). On successful completion of their degree, students will graduate with the degree title and subject progressed onto after the Foundation Year.


You will take six modules during the Foundation Year, as detailed below. 

Foundation Year
Module Code Credits Term
Academic Practice 155100001 30 Full Year
Numbers and Quantitative Reasoning 155100002 15 Term 2
Digital Skills and Technology 155100003 15 Term 1
The World from SOAS 155100004 15 Term 1
Cultural Fluency 155100005 15 Term 2
Introduction to Business, Management, Economics & Law 155100007 30 Full Year

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Foundation Year is designed to ensure that students are capable of succeeding at undergraduate level, with an emphasis on the development of skills and knowledge that will be important throughout their undergraduate studies. In the Academic Practice module, for example, students develop a range of academic skills and techniques, including critical thinking and academic writing, culminating in a supported project. Students are closely supported by their Foundation Year teachers and academic advisors. 

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of undergraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Undergraduate Tuition Fees page.

Fees for 2020/21 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Programme Full-Time


BA, BSc, LLB £9,250 £18,630
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad £1,385 £9,320
UK/EU Tuition Fee Loans

Undergraduate students with UK and EU residency taking a degree or some full-time certificate programmes are eligible for a non-means-tested tuition fee loan from Student Finance or SAAS to cover the cost of their tuition fees. You repay this loan once you have left university and are earning over £25,000 per year.

Applying Online:

On the Student Finance system degree programmes are listed in generic groups, instead of by subject.

When completing your loan application please enter ‘degree’ in the course detail box and click the search icon. You can then select the relevant length generic degree title. You will see 7 options, and you should select Humanities and Social Science Degree with Foundation Year.

Paper Application:

If you are an EU resident and applying using a paper form do not enter the UCAS code on the course details page. Instead, enter the generic degree title in the course name box.

BA/BSc with Foundation Year Humanities and Social Science Degree with Foundation Year


For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section


On successful completion of their degree, students will graduate with the degree title and subject progressed onto after the Foundation Year. Advice on future careers will help students to make a guided decision about the undergraduate degree programme that they progress onto.


How to Apply

English Language Requirements

Applicants for the Foundation Years who are Speakers of English as a Second Language (ESL speakers) will be asked to submit evidence of their English Language ability and will be expected to meet one of the following requirements:

Test Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
TOEFL IBT 100 23 23 23 23
PTE Academic 65 65 65 65 65
Direct entry with In-sessional language support
Test Overall Listening Reading Speaking Writing
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.5
TOEFL IBT 100 21 21 21 23
PTE Academic 65 60 60 60 65
Duolingo 120

ESL applicants with scores in other English tests should contact  

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