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LMV0 IFY Integrated International Foundation Year (4 years)

This dedicated International Foundation Year programme is aimed at students from a variety of backgrounds from outside the UK/EU. It offers an integrated, relevant preparation for progression to year one of an undergraduate degree programme in either Education or another discipline.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for IFY Integrated International Foundation Year at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Integrated International Foundation Year and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of IFY Integrated International Foundation Year.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.


This could be a good choice if you

  • have achieved high grades at school or college in your own country (or are a mature student with suitable work experience)
  • want to study at a UK university, but need a year to adapt to the UK higher educational system
  • do not yet have the required standard of English language for direct entry onto an undergraduate programme
  • are expecting to study Education - or another subject in the general area of Law, Management and Social Sciences - at degree level.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

You can apply online in one of two ways:

  1. through UCAS, where the programme code is LMV0 and the University of Southampton's code is S27,
  2. or direct.

For more information, see How to Apply.

The International Foundation Year prepares you for a BSc (Hons) Education Studies, a BSc (Joint Hons) Education Studies and Psychology, or a related degree at the University of Southampton, rather than being a stand-alone qualification. You will be applying in effect for a four-year degree course. You will need to tell us in your application which subject you hope to study at degree level.

If you are considering a future career in teaching, particularly at secondary level, please read the advice on each programme page carefully.  

Programme Structure

  • English for Academic Study
  • Critical Thinking & Research Skills
  • Personal Research Project related to your undergraduate study (extended essay)
  • Contemporary Britain
  • Global Society
  • Content-based options


If you have a question about the International Foundation Year itself, you should contact the International Foundation Year Office: +44 (0) 23 8059 9699.

If your question is about the degree course, contact Dr Julie Price in the Southampton Education School, tel +44 (0)23 8059 7521.

Fees and funding

Standard overseas fees apply over the 4 years of the foundation and degree course.

Key Facts

  • An integrated introductory year to your BSc, designed specially for international students
  • A guarantee of University accommodation, subject to conditions. For more details see here.
  • Southampton is one of the very few Russell Group universities offering degrees in Education Studies.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

International applicants

You will have very good school grades from your own country. You will need to have proficiency in English language of at least IELTS 5.5 or its equivalent before you start the Foundation Year. You will also need to have reached a minimum level in mathematics, as you will need this to study Education successfully.

You can see a summary of requirements here.

For all queries about the Foundation Year for Law, Management, Arts and the Social Sciences, you should contact the International Foundation Year Office: +44 (0) 23 8059 2663.

UK applicants

Unlike the University's science-based foundation courses, this course is not suitable for UK applicants who do not yet have the qualifications for direct entry to an Education degree. Instead, you may want to take Open University modules, an Access course or other college-based options. To discuss your individual situation, you should contact the Programme Tutor, Dr Julie Price,  +44 (0)23 8059 7521.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

In your application, you will need to show us that you will be able to complete both the foundation year, and your chosen BSc Education Studies degree successfully.

Please note that this course is not available for students from EU countries aiming for a degree in Education Studies and/or Psychology.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content



Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

These are the standard modules. Depending on your existing level of mathematics and the degree that you hope to study after the Foundation Year, you may also need to take mathematics classes.

Semester One

English for Academic Study - part 1 [9]

Contemporary Britain [3]

Critical Thinking and Research Skills [2]

Elective subjects [2]


Semester Two

English for Academic Study - part 2 [9]

Global Society [3]

Critical Thinking and Research Skills - personal research project

History of ideas [2]

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

The year is structured around two semesters, each approximately 12 weeks long. In each semester you will study 60 credits (600 hours of learning) across four courses (modules).

Although you will be learning for 600 hours per semester, only part of that is in class with your tutor. You will be given lots of work to do outside class and when you are not in class you will be expected to work independently in the library or with other students.

The assessments will comprise: assignments throughout the year, such as: essays, oral presentations and listening/reading tests. There will also be exams at the end of each Semester (January and May/June).

Study Locations

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