Foundation College

BSc Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities with Foundation Year

Key information

Start date
4 years
Attendance mode
On Campus

Home student fees: £9,250
Overseas student fees: £21,990

Please note that fees go up each year. 
See undergraduate fees for further details.

Course code
Entry requirements
  • A Levels: CCC

If your grades do not fall within the indicated bracket and you are interested in the Foundation Year, contact us at 
Students whose first language is not English may wish to refer to the International Foundation Programme (ICC) or contact for further information.

Course overview

This Foundation Year programme prepares students for entry onto an undergraduate degree 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, you will receive an introduction to different academic disciplines taught at SOAS in the departments of: Anthropology, Arts, Development Studies; HistoryReligions & 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.

Degree combinations

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

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 International Foundation Programme (ICC).



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

Important notice

The information on the website reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. The modules are indicative options of the content students can expect and are/have been previously taught as part of these programmes.

However, this information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Foundation Year - Core and Compulsory

120 credits core and compulsory

Teaching and 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

Fees for 2023/24 entrants, per academic year

Home studentsOverseas students
BA, BSc, LLB£9,250£21,160
BA/BSc Language Year Abroad£1,385£10,580

Please note that fees go up each year. See undergraduate fees for further details.

UK tuition fee loans

Undergraduate students with UK 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.

Online application

Degree programmes are listed in generic groups, instead of by subject on the Student Finance system. 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 YearHumanities and Social Science Degree with Foundation Year


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.