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: Anthropology; Arts; Development Studies; History, Religions & Philosophies; Languages, Cultures & Linguistics; East Asian Languages & Cultures; and Politics & International Studies.
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
- 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%
- 1 year full-time + 3/4 year UG programme
- 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 programme 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 BA Law and Senior Status LLB. 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.
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 & 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.
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.
|BA, BSc, LLB
|BA/BSc Language Year Abroad
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.
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.
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 Non Native Speakers of English (NNES) will be asked to submit evidence of their English Language ability and will be expected to meet one of the following requirements:
NNES applicants with scores in other English tests should contact email@example.com