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Foundation Certificate for Business, Law and Social Sciences, Pre-Bachelor

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The Foundation Certificate for Business, Law and Social Sciences prepares you for an undergraduate degree at Nottingham Trent University, and helps you to qualify for entry to the 1st year of a bachelor's. You'll study a range of modules to help you:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Improve your subject knowledge
  • Raise your English language level

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 6 months
    • Duration description

      6 to 15 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

All students study these modules to gain a solid base of skills:

  • English for Academic Purposes 
  • Extended Project

You'll also take 2–3 of the following that best fit your career and degree goals (for progression to some degrees the University will require you to take particular modules):

  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Intermediate Mathematics
  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • People, Culture and Society
  • Statistics

2.5 and 3 term modules

If you take a 2.5 or 3 term course, you'll also study these modules if your English level is below UKVI IELTS 5.5:

  • English for Academic Study 3
  • Independent and Collaborative Study
  • Reading and Writing 3
  • Speaking and Listening 3

Or, if you have IELTS 5.5, or do not need to take an IELTS test, you'll study these modules:

  • Critical Reading, Writing and Reasoning for Higher Education
  • Independent and Collaborative Study

Plus 2 of the following 4

  • Digital Applications
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Preparatory Statistics
  • UK Society and Culture

3.5 and 4 term modules

If you take a 3.5 or 4 term course, you'll study additional modules to help you reach university:

  • English for Academic Study 2
  • Reading and Writing 2
  • Speaking and Listening 2
  • Study Skills Preparation

Personal development activities

During your pathway course, you'll also work on developing your online personal portfolio and practical skills, giving you a truly well-rounded experience.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Entry to the Foundation Certificate generally requires you to have completed high school education. Exact entry requirements will vary depending on your country’s education system, as well as your progression degree subject at Nottingham Trent University. 

You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking a UKVI IELTS exam. For the Foundation Certificate in Business, Law and Social Sciences, you will need to have a minimum English language level of 5.5 with no less than 4.5 in any skill.

If you do not meet this English language entry level, but have at least UKVI IELTS 4.0 in all skills, we can offer you a course that includes Extended English and Skills (EES).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12590 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12590 GBP per year and a duration of 6 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12590 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12590 GBP per year and a duration of 6 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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