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. 

Study modules related to your chosen progression degree

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.

Who is the programme for?

  • Students with the ambition to study at a high-ranking UK university
  • Students who want the skills to have a successful career in business
  • Students who will benefit from spending a year in a supportive and international environment

What will you study?

This is a 1.5 or 2-semester 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.


  • Academic English Skills (AES)
  • Project skills

All students will also study Academic Success (personal tutorials and development).

Pathway modules (related to your degree choice)

  • Social Science
  • The Built Environment
  • Management
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Principles of Economics
  • Mathematics

Law and Criminology (L&C) is not available for the January 2023 intake. All students can continue to progress to chosen Law degrees from other routes within the International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities pathway.

  • Social Science
  • Humanities

Why study business, social sciences or humanities at Sheffield?

  • The Management School at the University of Sheffield is among the global elite of business schools, having been awarded Triple Crown accreditation.
  • There are more than 100 related progression degrees at the University of Sheffield.
  • Tailor your degree to your specific interests by joining one of the many academic or special interest societies at the University.

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.

Note: Places are limited on some degree courses, so you are advised to apply and confirm your place as soon as possible.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Please note

Design portfolio required at application to the International College.

  • Architecture BA (Hons)
  • Architecture and Landscape BA (Hons)

Language degrees not suitable for native speakers.

  • Chinese Studies BA (Hons)
  • Chinese Studies and Business Management BA (Hons)
  • Chinese Studies and History BA (Hons)
  • Chinese Studies with Japanese BA (Hons)
  • East Asian Studies BA (Hons)
  • Japanese Studies BA (Hons)
  • Japanese Studies and History BA (Hons)
  • Korean Studies BA (Hons)
  • Korean Studies with Japanese BA (Hons)
  • Music and Korean Studies BA (Hons)

Students must be 18 or over when starting their degree.

  • Architecture BA (Hons)
  • Architecture and Landscape BA (Hons)
  • International Business Management with Study Abroad BA (Hons)

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.

  • Journalism Studies BA (Hons)
  • Psychology BSc (Hons)

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

  • Journalism Studies BA (Hons)

Portfolio will be completed in International College but does not count towards

  • Architecture BA (Hons)
  • Architecture and Landscape BA (Hons)
  • Landscape Architecture BA (Hons)
  • Landscape Architecture BSc (Hons)

Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit or equivalent.

  • Music BMus
  • Music and Korean Studies BA (Hons)
  • Music and Philosophy BA (Hons)

Blog chat required

  • Journalism Studies BA (Hons)

Born in China. Made in Sheffield.

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.


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

BA(Hons) International Politics and Securities Studies

Key facts

Course length: 1.5 or 2 semesters

Entry points: 
2 semesters – September and January
1.5 semesters – 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


The International College and the University of Sheffield offer scholarships for students who show excellent academic potential.

Learn about how to qualify here ->

Prepare for Success

5 weeks before your selected course you will be automatically enrolled in our Prepare for Success online programme in order to help you get everything you need.

Prepare for Success

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.

Find out more ->


Find tuition fees for all International College programmes, as well as information on insurance and taxi transfers from the airport.


How to apply

How to apply

Semester dates

You can start at the International College at multiple points in the year. Check semester dates for your programme.

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