International Foundation Programme in Social Sciences


Once you have successfully completed this programme, you will be able to progress onto an undergraduate programme.

Course type


Course format

No placements


1 academic year (September to June)

UCAS code(s)


Start date

Entry requirements and fees

Academic and age requirements

  • You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat or Year 12) or equivalent. Please use the link below to view standard entry requirements by country.
  • Applicants who will be under 18 years of age at the start of the programme in September will be considered on an individual basis upon receiving parental consent and evidence of a UK based guardian. 

English Language Requirements:

  • You will need a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre.  We require 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in each test).           
  • If you only hold the minimum listed above, you will be required to undertake English language modules as part of the programme. If you already meet the minimum 1st year English language entry requirements for your chosen degree programme, your English Language modules may be substituted with alternative modules.

You can view the entry requirements for your country here 

Tuition fee (2020/21 session):  £14,200*

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

How to apply

The application is submitted onlinePlease select LSS as the University School. It is free of charge to apply.

Together with your online application, you must also:

  • State which undergraduate degree course you would like to progress onto.
  • Supply copies of your academic qualifications achieved so far. If they are not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation into English, as well as copies in the original language. 
  • Provide copies of your English language qualifications (if you have any).
  • Submit one academic letter of recommendation.
  • Give details of the courses you are currently studying, along with any results you are waiting for. 

Course outline

Programme Duration: 1 academic year (September to June)

This programme offers you to the chance to develop a solid foundation for an exciting career in social sciences. You will get a taste for many of the subjects we offer, to help you choose which path you’d like to follow.

Exploring the world of modern politics, you will study topics including foreign relations and conflict resolution, learning to analyse and evaluate political events and developments. 

A developmental psychology module will teach you how cognition, language and perception develop in children and how research using children is conducted. In addition, you will study the sociology of identities and inequalities.

All the modules included in the programme encourage you to develop skills in critical thinking, and independent study. Classes are designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and approaching topics, leaving you fully prepared to join the School of Languages and Social Sciences on an undergraduate degree programme.

Subject guide and modules

The course provides a thorough grounding in the key subjects you will need to successfully pursue a degree at Aston in Politics, International Relations, Sociology/Social Policy, or English (Literature/Language).

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Social Science Project
  • The World of Modern Politics

You will also study either Professional Skills or Academic Language skills depending on your English requirements. You will also need to choose 1 of the following options:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Development Psychology

You will also need to choose 2 of the following options:

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Security Challenges of the International System
  • E-business

Learning, teaching and assessment

As with a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.  

The Academic Language Skills modules are taught by CELCA (Centre for English Language & Communication at Aston) which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language. 

Upon successful completion you will receive a Foundation Diploma as well as the opportunity to enrol on an Aston University degree programme.

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