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Description

This programme ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for year 2 entry to the University of Stirling and other Scottish universities.

In Scotland, INTO academic preparation programmes count directly towards your degree, meaning it is possible to graduate with an ordinary degree after just two further years of study following the International Foundation – a great opportunity to get a head start in your career.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme at INTO Stirling?

  • a quality-assured university programme
  • a first-year Scottish undergraduate degree programme equivalent qualification
  • direct entry to year 2 of an undergraduate degree*
  • full university status
  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • a conditional offer of a place on an undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling
  • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
  • high contact hours and small class sizes
  • the highest levels of pastoral care and support

* Please note: the International Foundation offers progression to year 1 of an undergraduate degree at some Scottish universities. For more details please contact the INTO Admissions Office.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 10955 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 10955 Year (Non-EEA)

September 2014 start(4 terms):£14,745;September 2014 start(3 terms):£10,995;January 2015 start (3 terms):£10,995

Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 12 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

All students complete a common core set of modules. Additionally, there are optional modules to choose from and individual degree programmes may stipulate specific modules which you must study before being permitted to progress on to your chosen degree or university. During this programme you may study:

Core modules:

English Language for Academic Purposes This module is designed to help students develop their skills and confidence in academic English for university study. Four key skill areas are covered: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The aim is to prepare students to be able to operate successfully in an undergraduate study environment. Core Mathematics and Statistics The module covers mathematical and statistical techniques that have applications in business and in economics. The module initially reinforces algebra skills and then builds on these in the areas of equation handling and graphing techniques through to an introduction to differential and integral calculus. Introduction to British Culture and Society This module will provide a broad introduction to British institutions and culture to enable students to understand the broader contexts of business, humanities and social science subjects in a UK university. Topics covered may include: local and national government and politics; legal institutions; geography and sociology of Scotland and the UK; business in the UK; and UK education systems. ICT, Research and Study Skills This module supports the work of academic modules and is designed to help students adjust to the specific nature, demands and expectations of UK higher education. The skills covered will include: personal and time organisation; library and information skills; using and interpreting data; teamwork; problem-solving; examination and revision techniques; presentation skills; and avoiding plagiarism.

You will study the following optional modules:

Introduction to Business This module will help students understand key features of business in the UK and introduces many aspects of business in preparation for a range of business degrees. Introduction to International Politics International Politics concerns issues of power, alliances, conflict and peace, trade, the role of NGOs and the notion of an international society. Introduction to Journalism This module introduces key theoretical approaches in the study of journalism. Topics covered include an analysis of public images of journalists and their representation in writing and film; the different approaches of political economy, organisational and cultural theorists to the understanding of journalism. Introduction to Psychology As the scientific study of mind and behaviour, Psychology is both a biological and a social science. This module therefore comprises an introduction to core elements of the subject which include: Child Development; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Law and Legal Systems The main principles and structure of business law are introduced in this module. In order to understand the background of the legal system you will study the principles of the constitution and various aspects of law. Study of Society This module introduces the fundamental concepts of society, socialisation and culture. Topics covered include race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, religion, and the mass media. Understanding Media This module provides an introduction to media. It looks at how different media forms create meaning, how they are consumed and the ways they work to structure forms of identity, introducing students to related critical debates in the field.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Marks from the International Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


University requirements


Program requirements

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 4.5

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.

Requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

The Centre accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELT) including Pearson PTE.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Stirling.

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