International College

International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

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

Progress to a degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree in the humanities and social sciences at Sheffield. The Faculty of Social Sciences includes the Management School, the School of Law and Sheffield School of Architecture.

Key facts

Course length:
Two or three terms

Entry points: 
Three terms – September and January
Two terms – March

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

Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements

Fees: Check fees for your programme

What will you study?

This is a two or three-term programme that has been developed in collaboration with the University, so modules are relevant to your field of study. Core modules are studied by everyone on  this programme and will develop the English and academic skills you need for your degree. The pathway modules you study will depend on your chosen progression degree at the University.

Modules

  • Critical Reading
  • Academic English Skills
  • Reach Higher (an interdisciplinary group challenge)
  • Personal Development Programme (PDP)

Pathway modules (related to your degree choice)

  • Introduction to Business
  • Statistics for Social Science
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Statistics for Economics
  • Sociology
  • Statistics for Social Science
  • Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice
  • Globalisation
  • Sociology
  • The Urban Environment
  • Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice
  • Globalisation
  • Sociology
  • Political Ideas, Concepts and Practice
  • Globalisation
  • Law

English language courses

If you need additional support to reach the English language level for this programme you can take one of our English language courses first.

Progress to your degree

You will receive regular feedback on your progress throughout your course so you know you’re on the right track. And our progression advice is available to support you throughout your studies. 

Once you complete your International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen degree at the University of Sheffield.

Degree options

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management B&M 64% 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 Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Applied Social Sciences Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Archaeology* S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BA (Hons) Architecture#^^ S&E 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Architecture and Landscape#^^ S&E 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Business Management B&M 64% 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 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Chinese Studies~ Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Chinese Studies with Japanese~ Any pathway 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) Criminology L&S or S&E or SS or B&M 67% 70% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Digital Media & Society^^ Any pathway 64% 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 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
BSc (Hons) Economics with Finance E 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Childhood SS or S&E or B&M or L&S 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics S&E or SS or L&S 67% 70% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature S&E or SS or L&S 67% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BA (Hons) English Literature S&E or SS or L 67% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Geography S&E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Geography and Planning Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) History S&E or SS or L 67% 70% with min 60% in all skills

* Delivered in Faculty of Arts & Humanities
# Design Portfolio required at application of USIC. Download flyer for more information.
^^ Students wishing to progress to this degree must turn 18 by the end of September of the academic year when they start their undergraduate course at the University
~ Students cannot be native speakers of any of the language degrees they progress to

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
BA (Hons) International Business Management with Study Abroad^^ B&M 64% 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~ Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Journalism Studies**† S&E 64% 70% in all skills
BA (Hons) Korean Studies~ Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Korean Studies with Japanese~ Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture^ S&E 64% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Landscape Architecture^ S&E 64% 60% with min 40% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law Any pathway 70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law (European and International) L&S 70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology Any pathway 70% 70% with min 50% in all skills
LLB (Hons) Law with Chinese Law L&S or S&E or SS or B&M 67% 70% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Mathematics E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MMath Mathematics  E 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Philosophy E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Mathematics & Statistics E 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MMath Mathematics & Statistics E 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Modern Languages and Cultures S&E or SS or B&M or E 67% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BMus Music! Any pathway 67% 60% with min 40% in all skills
BA (Hons) Philosophy* Any pathways 67% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Philosophy, Religion and Ethics Any pathway 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
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 64% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BSc (Hons) Psychology** Any pathway 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
† Pass in an interview required as well as meeting progression requirements
^ Portfolio will be completed in College but does not count towards progression
^^ Students wishing to progress to this degree must turn 18 by the end of September of the academic year when they start their undergraduate course at the University
! 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
~ Students cannot be native speakers of any of the language degrees they progress to

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
BA (Hons) Quantitative Social Sciences SS or B&M or E 64% 60% with min 50% 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
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences SS & SE 64% 70% with min 60% in all skills
BA (Hons) Urban Studies Any pathway 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Mplan Urban Studies and Planning Any pathway 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

*** Subject to approval/ validation
^^ Students wishing to progress to this degree must turn 18 by the end of September of the academic year when they start their undergraduate course at the University

Born in China. Made in Sheffield.

Chuhan in the The University of Sheffield International College

My pathway here is Social Sciences and the course modules, such as Politics and Sociology, are very relevant to my progression. The English language has helped me improve my English ability and also my academic ability. Those are things that I’ve never experienced in my home country.

Sherry

International Foundation Year in Business, Law, Social Sciences and Humanities

BA(Hons) International Politics and Securities Studies