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International Study Centre

International Foundation Year in Sciences

A pathway programme leading to undergraduate science and research degrees

The International Foundation Year in Sciences prepares you for science-related undergraduate degrees.

This one-year programme is split into two routes:

  • General Sciences
  • Psychology.

Both General Sciences and Psychology offer a variety of modules. The route you take will depend on the degree you are looking to progress to at the University.

Key facts

Course length: Three terms
Entry points: September and January
Age: 17+

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What you will study

The programme consists of core and pathway-specific modules. Your core modules will improve your academic and English language skills. The pathway-specific modules will go into more depth about the field of your undergraduate degree.

General Sciences route

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Applied Mathematics

You will develop your ability to recognise how a real-world situation may be represented mathematically and how mathematical models can be improved and refined. You will be required to broaden your subject knowledge and deepen your understanding of the world around you.

Physics

You will gain a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves.

On completion of the programme, you will be able to understand the main ideas and methods of physics and apply your understanding to solve problems. You will also be able to describe phenomena in terms of geometrical, pictorial and mathematical models.

Pure Mathematics

This module will develop your knowledge of algebra, solving equations and sketching graphs. A major part of this will be the use of calculus, focusing on functions, derivatives and integrals and their application in the “real world”.

If you study the General Sciences route, you will not be able to choose any additional optional modules.

Psychology route

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Core Mathematics

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge of algebra, solving equations and using graphs to represent findings. You will also focus on statistical mathematics, including probability, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimation.

You will develop your ability to apply a wide range of techniques for understanding and analysing data. The emphasis is on understanding the implications of various techniques in practical situations.

Psychology

You will learn about the historical development of psychology as well as key areas of contemporary research, including cognitive, biological, developmental and social psychology.

You will also study the methods of psychological research and will be required to evaluate the scientific status of issues associated with research involving humans and animals.

Business

You will gain an understanding of the reasons behind starting a business, how a business is organised, the different legal frameworks a business can adopt and how businesses work with stakeholders in the real world.

Using international businesses as examples, the course looks into more detailed study of business activity in the fields of human resource management, marketing, finance and operations, and concludes with an in-depth study of global organisations, business objectives and ethics.

Physics

You will gain a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves.

On completion of the programme, you will be able to understand the main ideas and methods of physics and apply your understanding to solve problems. You will also be able to describe phenomena in terms of geometrical, pictorial and mathematical models.

Sociology

You will be introduced to a range of issues which affect contemporary society, and study the research methods relevant to sociological investigations.

You will also study the way societies develop, their structure and the way in which they function, including aspects such as family, education, work and crime, and issues in which social divisions are prominent; poverty, health, race and gender.

Term dates

January 2019 start

Term 1: 07/01/2019 - 29/03/2019
Term 2: 15/04/2019 - 28/06/2019
Term 3: 01/07/2019 - 16/08/2019

September 2019 start 

Term 1: 07/01/2019 - 29/03/2019
Term 2: 15/04/2019 - 28/06/2019
Term 3: 01/07/2019 - 16/08/2019

January 2020 start

Term 1: 06/01/2020 - 27/03/2020
Term 2: 13/04/2020 - 26/06/2020
Term 3: 29/06/2020 - 14/08/2020

Study plans

IELTS Length Jun Aug Sep Dec Jan Jun Jul Aug Sep
4.5 4 terms         Start your degree
4.5 4 terms        
5.0 (5.0 in writing) 3 terms          
5.0 (5.0 in writing) 3 terms          

   International Foundation Year    English Language Preparation

Progression degrees

You can continue your studies at Royal Holloway as an undergradaute when you successfully complete your International Foundation Year. This means achieving the required grades for progression. Our staff can tell you what they are closer to finishing your programme because the requirements might change.

You can study one of the following undergraduate degrees:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
BEng/MEng Electronic Engineering BEng/MEng 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BEng/MEng Electronic Engineering with a Year in Industry BEng/MEng 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Applied Psychology BSc (Hons) 70% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Astrophysics BSc (Hons) 70% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Computer Science BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Computer Science (Year in Industry) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Computer Science and (Distributed and Networked Systems) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Computer Science and Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills
BSc Computer Science Artifical Intelligence ( Year in Industry) BSc (Hons) 65% 60% overall with min. 40% in other skills

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Careers after graduation

As a science graduate, you can become a professional in:

  • Actuarial science
  • Environmental science
  • Geo-engineering
  • Media
  • Product management
  • Psychology
  • Software engineering.