Social Sciences and Law pathway

On this pathway, you will focus on social sciences and law. You will also learn the academic skills you need for an undergraduate degree.

How to apply

How is the programme structured?

As well as core language and study skills classes, you will choose some subject-specific units. You are likely to be in classes, lectures, labs or tutorials for approximately 20-25 hours each week. However, this will vary and some weeks will consist of self-study or assessments rather than classes. All classes will be held between Monday and Friday, 9 am and 6 pm. You will receive your timetable when you start the programme.

Outside of class time, you will be expected to complete at least another 20 hours of study each week. You will have access to subject-specific libraries, computer rooms and study areas across campus. You will also use Blackboard, the University's online learning environment. Tutors and academics will be available during their office hours.

You can find detailed information about units, contact hours and programme structure on our online unit catalogue. Your choice of units will depend on the degree you wish to progress to and your IELTS level, as well as timetable constraints. To discuss your options in detail, please contact us.

What will my degree options be?

When you complete our programme, we make you a conditional offer. This means you can progress to an agreed degree relevant to your previous studies.*

Our programme is the only one that guarantees you an offer from the University of Bristol. The qualification is also recognised by other UK universities.

This pathway prepares you for degree studies related to:

  • accounting
  • economics
  • finance
  • international relations
  • law
  • management
  • politics
  • sociology
  • many other disciplines.

Please see the prospectus for undergraduate courses offered at the University of Bristol.

The International Foundation Programme is a great opportunity to learn more about the British education system and the careers on offer. It is also a great place to meet people from all over the world.

Dr Alba Lanau

Do I meet the entry requirements?

We are looking for students who will be successful on the International Foundation Programme. We also want you to do well on your undergraduate degree. To ensure this, we look at your high school grades and existing English language skills.

Read full details of our language and academic entry requirements.

When does the programme run?

The programme usually runs from September to June. This is split into three terms with holiday periods in between.

Check our key dates page for details.

How much does it cost?

The course fee for academic year 2019/20 is £19,100.

Read more about fees and funding.

*You select which degrees you wish to progress to. However, some degrees are highly competitive or require extra qualifications. Your first choice of degree is not guaranteed.

I would definitely, unreservedly recommend Bristol’s International Foundation Programme. There is no doubt the students are very well cared for and catered for.

Ken Delaney-Moore

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Admissions statement

Read the 2019 admissions statement for the International Foundation Programme.

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