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

  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    4 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

If English is not your first language, this subject-specific international foundation year is an ideal step towards degree-level education. It will give you the necessary academic English language ability and expertise to study an undergraduate degree in law and social sciences within UK higher education. If you require a Student Visa, you will not be eligible for this integrated course and instead should apply for the non-integrated International Foundation Year.

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Build your intercultural awareness and self-confidence
  • Work on your communication, maths, research and study skills
  • Increase your skills in presentation, time management, problem-solving and planning
  • Gain an understanding of university life in the UK
  • Develop subject-specific knowledge
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 subject knowledge, academic and study skills through projects, essays and practical exercises. You’ll be assessed by a mixture of coursework and classroom tests.

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

Expand your network
You’ll have a chance to meet students across the wider university through:

  • Joining clubs and societies
  • Taking part in university sport and active lifestyle activities
  • Volunteering
  • Becoming an international student ambassador
  • Course representative opportunities

Class study 
There will be a minimum of 15 hours classroom-based, daytime study per week across both semesters. This is in addition to a recommended 15 hours of self-study per week.

Your timetable will be provided at induction. Classes could be timetabled any time between 09:00-18:00 Monday to Friday. There will be no classes on national holidays.

Class size
Your class will have a maximum of 25 students, apart from lectures and some subject module classes.

Why study Law & Social Sciences with International Foundation Year at Leeds Beckett University?

  1. Improve your English language ability  and study skills, while developing subject specific knowledge
  2. Build your knowledge of British culture and universities
  3. Automatically progress onto an undergraduate degree in your chosen subject area
  4. Accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English Language in the UK
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