International College
Student pathways to The University of Sheffield

Whether you want to be an entrepreneur, solicitor, landscape architect or something else entirely, this is the first step.

The International Foundation Year in Business, Social Studies and Humanities leads to a number of degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences. This includes the Management School and the School of Law.

Your programme will be tailored to allow you to prepare for your chosen degree. You will study the most relevant modules to your subject area. Some of these modules will be compulsory for progression onto specific degree programmes at the University.


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Core modules

  • Critical Reading
  • English Skills for University Study 1, 2 and 3 (ESUS)
  • Reach Higher (an interdisciplinary group challenge)
  • Personal Development Programme (PDP)

Pathway modules (dependent on your chosen degree option)

Subject area  Module 1   Module 2  Module 3  Module 4 
Business & Management  Introduction to Business  Statistics for Social Science  Introduction to Economics  Introduction to Financial Accounting 
Economics Pure Mathematics Introduction to Economics  Statistics for Economics
Social Sciences Sociology  Statistics for Social Science  Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice Globalisation 
Society & Environment Sociology The Urban Environment Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice Globalisation
Law & Society Sociology Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice Globalisation Law


Please note: Our programmes are subject to formal approval by the university but may be subject to minor modification. Degrees and entry requirements are also subject to change and some degrees may require a minimum level of performance in specific modules.

Degree options

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade % English Grade
Accounting & Financial Management
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Accounting & Financial Management and Economics
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Applied Social Sciences BA (Hons) 67% 60% overall with min 50% in all skills
Applied Social Sciences BSc (Hons) 67% 60% overall with min 50% in all skills
Archaeology * BA (Hons)
60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
Architecture #
BA 70% 70% min 70% in each component
Architecture and Landscape #
BA 70% 70% min 70% in each component
Business Management
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Business Management and Economics
BA (Hons)  67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Business Management and Japanese Studies
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Chinese Studies and Business Management
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Classical and Historical Archaeology  BA (Hons) 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
Digital Media & Society
BA (Hons) 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
East Asian Studies
BA (Hons)
64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics
BSc (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics with Finance
BSc (Hons)
70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics and Mathematics
BSc (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics and Philosophy  BA (Hons)  67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics and Politics
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Education, Culture and Childhood
BA (Hons)
60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
Geography
BSc (Hons)  67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Geography and Planning
BA (Hons)
63% 60% with min 50% in all skills
History BA (Hons) 67% 70% with min 60% in all skills
International Business Management with Study Abroad
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Politics and Security Studies
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Relations and Politics
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Journalism Studies ** †
BA (Hons)
64% 80% in all skills
Korean Studies and Business Management
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Landscape Architecture ^
BA (Hons)
63% 60% with min 40% in all skills
Landscape Architecture ^
BSc (Hons)
63% 60% with min 40% in all skills
Law
LLB (Hons)
70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
Law and Criminology
LLB (Hons)
65% 70% with min 50% in all skills
Law (European and International)
LLB (Hons)
70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
Music ! BMus 60% 60% with 40% in all skills
Philosophy *
BA (Hons)
64% 70% with min 60% in all skills
Philosophy and Religion BA (Hons) 64% 50% (min 40% in each component)
Politics
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Politics and Philosophy
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Politics and Sociology
BA (Hons)
67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Psychology** BSc (Hons) 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Religion, Theology and the Bible BA (Hons) 64% 50% (min 40% in each component)
Speech and Language Sciences BSc (Hons) 60%  80% with min 70% in all skills
Sociology
BA (Hons)
60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Sociology with Criminology
BA (Hons) 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Sociology with Social Policy*** BA (Hons) 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Urban Studies
BA (Hons)
63% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Urban Studies and Planning
Mplan
63% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Quantitative Social Sciences BA (Hons)  67% 60% with min 50% in all skills

* Delivered in Faculty of Arts & Humanities

** Students wishing to progress to these degree programmes at the University will require an English level of IELTS 0.5 or equivalent higher than the standard level of entry to their International Foundation Year/Pre Masters Programme

*** Subject to approval/ validation

† Pass in an interview required as well as meeting progression requirements.

# Design Portfolio required at application of USIC. Find more details.

^ Portfolio will be completed in College but does not count towards progression

! Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit or equivalent. If equivalent qualifications are offered, please consult with the department to check if appropriate.

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International Foundation Year Key Facts

Course length: Two or three terms, dependent on English language Academic IELTS for UKVI* score

Entry points:

Three terms - September and January

Two terms - March

Age on entry: Students will normally be 17 years of age or older

Term dates

Entry requirements

Fees

* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English