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
Who is this programme for?:
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Foundation College at SOAS
- 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
May be combined with:
- 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)).
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. On successful completion of their degree, students will graduate with the degree title and subject progressed onto after the Foundation Year.
International students requesting an integrated CAS for the 4-year integrated degree (Foundation Year + BA/BSc degree programme) will be required to state on the CAS request form which BA/BSc degree programme they will be progressing to at the end of successful completion of the Foundation Year. Students who later change their mind about the preferred degree programme will need to return to their home country to submit a new Student Visa application.
Alternatively, you may want to consider doing the International Foundation Programme (ICC). This qualification allows students to apply for a single CAS covering the one-year programme, then apply for their preferred degree programme from within the UK. For further information about this programme see the Internation Foundation Programme (ICC).
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.
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.