The International Foundation Year in Business, Law and Social Studies leads to a wide range of degrees at the University of Leeds, in areas ranging from mathematics, economics and finance to law and social policy. You will study core and optional modules, which are carefully tailored for your academic development and chosen area of study. Find out about the modules you will study and what kind of work you will be undertaking as a part of this pathway.
Duration: 2 semesters (one academic year)
Start dates: September or January
English language entry requirements: Minimum of IELTS 5.0 (including 5.0 in writing)*
Academic requirements: Good high-school graduation grades, or equivalent
2019/2020 term dates
September 2019 start
Semester 1: 16/09/2019 – 07/02/2020
Semester 2: 10/02/2020 – 12/06/2020
January 2020 start
Semester 1: 06/01/2020 – 09/04/2020
Semester 2: 27/04/2020 – 24/07/2020
*Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Tier 4, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.
This module aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, which will enable you to achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
This module aims to give you an introduction to the principle, concepts and models of micro-economic analysis, providing a framework upon which further economic analysis can be developed. You will be able to apply your knowledge base as well as learn basic skills relating to data analysis and evaluation of economics issues. You will learn about economic principles and basic terminology, goods type, demand and supply, elasticity, market failure and contemporary issues in economics.
You will get an introduction to macroeconomics, and learn about economic cycles, economic indicators and growth, inflation, unemployment, balance of payments, and fiscal and monetary policies.
You will complete a self-study project on a topic you will choose in consultation with your tutor. By the end of this module, you will be able to produce an extended piece of work in the discipline area of your intended degree course, through an on-going, supervised, self-study approach. The project should use a broad range of source material to present a coherent piece of work, which combines a balanced factual content with a critical commentary.
You will be introduced to the main areas of international relations. At the end of this module, you will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the subject, and some of the leading theories used to analyse this subject matter.
This module will help you develop an understanding of the operational and strategic problems facing the business enterprise in the modern market economy. This module considers the practical aspects of setting up, establishing and running a business and looks at the external influences that could have a major impact on the business's success.
You will develop an understanding of the operational and strategic problems facing the business enterprise in the modern market economy, with reference to marketing management, advertising and public relations.
This module will teach you how to maintain financial records, understand accounting systems and prepare periodic financial statements of sole traders, partnerships, and limited companies.
This module will prepare you for entry onto LLB Law or combined honours degrees and will introduce you to the principles which underpin the English legal system, including the mechanics of the legal process, justice in a wider sense, and the personnel who administer it.
This module will introduce you to basic legal principles and practice, as well as preparing you to progress onto a range of business and law courses at degree level. You will develop an understanding of the principles, issues and legislation relating to contract and consumer protection.
You will develop and demonstrate core mathematical skills, including algebra and statistics, relevant to your undergraduate degree course. You will study core mathematical principles and tools. You will practise your skills through class work and self-study assignments. You will also practise questions similar to the format of those in your exams.
This module will introduce you to the study of Politics through discussion of the main issues in the British political system, and the core concepts used by political scientists and political theorists. This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge necessary to succeed in the Introduction to Law, Advanced Law and International Relations modules.
You will be required to take an exit IELTS exam at the end of your course, and details of the IELTS requirements are below. This means that once you successfully complete the International Foundation Year, and meet the required English language progression requirements, you will be ready to start your degree at the University of Leeds.
BA (Hons) Geography
* Students must pass all route modules in addition to the specified overall grade.
† Students must pass all route modules
^ Students must pass all modules
∆ High School completion with certificate may be required
∫ Required: the equivalent of a grade B in A Level Music – we also accept some music qualifications
Please note that degrees and grades listed above are subject to change.
This International Foundation Year will prepare you to progress on to multiple degrees at the University of Leeds, which is one of the UK’s leading universities. With highly-ranked facilities and dynamic approaches to teaching, some of the benefits that come with choosing to study here are as follows.
The University of Leeds houses the School of Law, a world-leading and diverse collective of scholars who are committed to exploring contemporary issues and supporting their students to become highly employable graduates.
The University of Leeds’ Business School is a leading, triple-accredited education body. Academics and professionals make up a world-ranked team who are proud to present their students with the tools to follow on to a successful working career.
Strong enterprising links to major businesses come with a degree from the University of Leeds. This pathway will enable you with skills and knowledge that are valued by industry professionals, and the CareerAhead programme is in place to help you apply these in real-world scenarios.
This programme is designed for international students, with a unique, focused teaching approach put in place to welcome you into the British education system. Your learning will be structured in the same way as University teaching, to wholly support and prepare you for your next step.
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