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Programme structure: International Foundation Programme Social Sciences and Law - what's running in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

Students take different combinations of units depending on the type of undergraduate degree programme they are hoping to progress onto. The combinations are for:

  • Social Science degree programmes (e.g. Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Philosophy, Childhood Studies, and Social Policy)
  • Law degree programmes
  • Economics, Finance, Accounting and Management degree programmes

Students on the IFP+ take different mandatory units and have more optional choice.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Text Response LANG00010 30 Mandatory
Academic Writing LANG00006 30 Mandatory
Instead of the above units, students on the IFP+ (with a minimum IELTS 7.0 (overall) and a 6.0 in writing) will take:
Accelerated Academic Writing LANG00019 20 Optional
Accelerated Text Response LANG00018 20 Optional
Students wishing to progress onto degrees in Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Philosophy, Social Policy, and Childhood Studies must take the following unit:
Introduction to the Social Sciences SPOL00001 40 Optional
Students wishing to progress onto degrees in Law must take the following unit:
British Constitutional History LANG00012 20 Optional
Plus students wishing to progress to Law must choose one of the following units:
Introduction to the Social Sciences SPOL00001 40 Optional
What Does it Mean to be Human? I: The Modern World ARTF00004 40 Optional
Students wishing to progress onto degrees in Economics, Finance, Accounting and Management must take all of the following units:
Foundations of Finance and Economics EFIM01000 20 Optional
Introductory Foundations of Mathematics MATH00002 20 Optional
Further Foundations of Mathematics MATH00001 20 Optional
Any student can then select units from the list below if they have not already reached a total of 120 credit points:
Literature: Exploring Short Stories LANG00016 20 Optional
Language and Communication Studies LANG00017 20 Optional
Post-War European Cinema FATV00001 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance and Economics EFIM01000 20 Optional
British Constitutional History LANG00012 20 Optional
What Does it Mean to be Human? I: The Modern World ARTF00004 40 Optional
Introduction to the Social Sciences SPOL00001 40 Optional
Foundations in Biomedical Sciences MVSF00001 20 Optional
International Foundation Programme Social Sciences and Law   120  

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, and the Gateway programmes or for International Foundation Programmes please see the student handbook available on Blackboard.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.

The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).

Degree classifications:

  • First Class Honours 70 and above
  • Second Class Honours, First Division 60-69
  • Second Class Honours, Second Division 50-59
  • Third Class Honours 40-49
  • Fail 39 and below

An Ordinary degree can be awarded if a student has successfully completed at least 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6.

The pass mark for the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine and Dentistry is 50 out of 100. The classification of a degree in the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry is provided in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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