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International Foundation Year in Social Studies, Pre-Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #135 (QS) Lancaster, United Kingdom
The International Foundation Year in Social Studies programme of Lancaster University leads to a choice of undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies and the Faculty of Science and Technology. 
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About the programme

To prepare for your degree, you will study core English language modules and subject modules. Degree options include Philosophy, Sociology, and Film.

You will learn about global issues and contemporary events, including business, culture, politics and environment. Other areas of study include advertising, social media, psychology, and theories that relate to media and modern society.

Progressing to your degree

You will progress to your chosen degree when you have completed the International Foundation Year and achieved the grades you need.

Faculty of Arts and Social Studies

You will be studying at Lancaster’s largest faculty and one of the most prominent in the UK. The University is also home to Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts. All departments have excellent reputations for research.

Degree options

You can choose between more than 70 different degrees within the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies. Your degree options include Film, Psychology and English Language.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Subject- specific modules:

  • Globalisation 
  • Politics
  • Media and Culture
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Economics

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.

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General Requirements

  • Age: 17+ upon entry to the International Study Centre
  • Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17250 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Lancaster

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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