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)

Pathway Module 1   Module 2  Module 3  Module 4 
Business & Management
(B&M)
Introduction to Business  Statistics for Social Science  Introduction to Economics  Introduction to Financial Accounting 
Economics
(E)
Pure Mathematics Introduction to Economics  Statistics for Economics
Social Sciences
(SS)
Sociology  Statistics for Social Science  Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice Globalisation 
Society & Environment
(S&E)
Sociology The Urban Environment Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice Globalisation
Law & Society
(L&S)
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 Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management
B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management and Economics
B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Applied Social Sciences SS or S&E 67% 60% overall with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Applied Social Sciences SS or S&E 67% 60% overall with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Archaeology * S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BA Architecture #
S&E 70% 70% min 70% in each component
BA Architecture and Landscape #
S&E 70% 70% min 70% in each component
BA (Hons) Business Management
B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Business Management and Economics
B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Business Management and Japanese Studies
B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Chinese Studies

64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Chinese Studies and Business Management
Any pathway 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Chinese Studies with Japanese

64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Classical and Historical Archaeology  SS or S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BA (Hons) Digital Media & Society
S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) East Asian Studies
Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Economics
E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Economics
E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance
E 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematics
E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Economics and Philosophy  E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Childhood
SS or S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Geography
S&E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Geography and Planning
Any pathway 63% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) History S&E or SS or L 67% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BA (Hons) International Business Management with Study Abroad
B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) International Politics and Security Studies
L&S or S&E or SS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
L&S or S&E or SS 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Japanese Studies

64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Journalism Studies ** †
S&E 64% 80% in all skills
BA (Hons) Korean Studies

64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Korean Studies and Business Management
Any pathway 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Korean Studies with Japanese

64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture ^
S&E 63% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture ^
S&E 63% 60% with min 40% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law
L&S 70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology
L&S 65% 70% with min 50% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law with Chinese Law L&S or S&E or SS 70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law (European and International)
L&S 70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
BMus Music ! Any pathway 60% 60% with 40% in all skills
BA (Hons) Philosophy *
S&E 64% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BA (Hons) Philosophy and Religion S&E or SS or L&S 64% 50% (min 40% in each component)
BA (Hons) Politics
S&E or SS or L&S 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy
S&E or SS or L&S 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology

S&E or SS or L&S

67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Psychology** Any pathway 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Quantitative Social Sciences
SS or B&M 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Religion, Theology and the Bible S&E or SS or L&S 64% 50% (min 40% in each component)
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences SS 60% 80% with min 70% in all skills
BA (Hons) Sociology
S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology
S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Sociology with Social Policy*** S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Urban Studies
Any pathway 63% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Mplan Urban Studies and Planning
Any pathway 63% 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