Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Law and Social Sciences with International Foundation Year

Improve your English language, research and study skills and prepare for entry on to a full-time undergraduate law and social sciences course.

Law and Social Sciences with International Foundation Year

Course Overview

  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    4 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

If English is not your first language, this subject-specific international foundation year will give you the necessary English language ability and expertise to study an undergraduate degree in law and social sciences within UK higher education.

As part of your course you’ll:

  • Develop intercultural awareness and self-confidence
  • Work on your communication, maths, research and study skills
  • Increase skills in presentation, time management, problem-solving and planning
  • Gain an understanding of British culture and universities, through a series of lectures and seminars

For the law aspects of the module, you’ll:

  • Examine the law-making process, review court structure and the passage of an Act through Parliament
  • Identify key legal personnel including solicitors, barristers, legal executives and judges
  • Review the differences between criminal and civil law
  • Visit Leeds Combined Court Centre to see law in practice.

For the social sciences aspects of the module, you’ll:

  • Be introduced to the distinction between positive and normative theory
  • Examine how social science theory can be used to explore questions of state authority, legitimacy and obligation
  • Explore the social context of the administration of law and systems of justice in an unequal society
  • Participate in class debates to develop your use of theories and evidence

We’ll help you improve your study skills through projects, essays and practical exercises. You’ll be assessed by a mixture of coursework and classroom tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Academic support
You’ll be given access to online self-study resources and matched with a personal tutor who will offer you guidance throughout the course.

Like minds
You’ll study some parts of the course with British students, while other sessions will be with fellow international students.

Guest lectures
A range of guest speakers will provide unique and insightful views and opinions on how best to settle into the UK and how to achieve the most from your time at university.

Class study
In semester one, there will be 16.50 hours classroom-based, daytime study per week, as well as a recommended 15 hours per week of self-study.

In semester two, there will be a minimum of 15 hours classroom-based, daytime study per week, depending on your subject route, as well as a recommended 15 hours per week of self-study.

Your class timetable will be provided at induction. All classes take place during the working week from Monday to Friday at any time between 09:00 and 18:00. There will be no classes on national holidays (Monday 3 May, Monday 31 May and Monday 30 August 2021).

Class size
Maximum 23 students, except in the Researching Contemporary Britain lectures and some subject module classes, which will be determined in the pathway Schools.

Degree progression
On completion of this course, you’ll automatically progress to study on an undergraduate degree in your chosen subject area. You’ll also be awarded a Foundation Certificate. As such, this course is the first year of a four-year integrated degree programme*.

*Applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa will not be eligible for an integrated offer and will require a separate CAS for progression to their undergraduate course.

Why study International Foundation Year at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Improve your English Language and study skills, while developing subject specific knowledge
  2. Grow your knowledge of British culture and universities
  3. Guest speakers will provide you with insightful views and opinions on how to best settle in the UK and achieve the most from your studies
  4. Accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English Language in the UK
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