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.
You can apply online in one of two ways:
- through UCAS, where the programme code is LMV0 and the University of Southampton's code is S27,
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Typical entry requirements
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.
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.
- 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
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.
English for Academic Study - part 1 
Contemporary Britain 
Critical Thinking and Research Skills 
Elective subjects 
English for Academic Study - part 2 
Global Society 
Critical Thinking and Research Skills - personal research project
History of ideas 
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).