Arts, Social Sciences, Business and Law

Start date
September
Duration
1 year / 4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation
Fees

Annual tuition fee for 2020/21:

£9,250 (EU); £18,120 (Overseas)

Our Arts, Business, Social Sciences and Law Foundation Pathway is the perfect preparation for undertaking a Russell Group education at a global top 100 university. We guarantee your progression to a wide range of undergraduate programmes if you meet our progression requirements.

 

Our Foundation Pathway provides you with a fully integrated experience, which means you will be taught by Birmingham academics and have full access to all the facilities at the University of Birmingham’s stunning Edgbaston campus.

This pathway will lead you into a number of possible undergraduate degrees within our College of Arts and Law or our College of Social Sciences, which includes the Birmingham Business School. Our academic departments have an excellent reputation for teaching and research, and are at the forefront of generating new knowledge and applying it in ways to help individuals and societies around the world.

Studying the Arts, Business, Social Sciences and Law foundation pathway will ensure that you are fully prepared for undergraduate study at the University of Birmingham and will provide you with strong academic training and transferable skills.

Our Arts, Business, Social Sciences and Law Foundation Pathway leads to undergraduate degrees in all the subject areas outlined on our progression table

Why Study this Course?

1. You will study and live on our stunning campus

As a student at the Birmingham International Academy, you are a full member of the Birmingham student community, will access to all University facilities and student events. This includes our sports centre offering up to 200 sports and fitness classes, an award winning museum and art gallery and our library. There are 40 food and drink outlets on campus providing cuisine from around the world.

2. High quality teaching

During your foundation year you will be taught by the same world-leading academics who teach on our undergraduate courses. Birmingham was awarded a Gold rating in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework, reinforcing our global reputation as an outstanding higher education provider.

3. You will join a community of over 6,500 international students

Our students come from all across the world. Birmingham has an outstanding global reputation, and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in the QS World University rankings 2020.

4. You will be guaranteed a place on one of the University’s undergraduate programmes if you achieve satisfactory grades in your foundation year

Successful completion of one of our foundation pathways will guarantee you progression onto your chosen undergraduate degree. We want to make sure you are fully prepared for your undergraduate studies, so each pathway will help you to develop important academic and English language skills.

5. You will be part of an exciting city with people, food and cultures from around the world

Birmingham is the second largest city in the UK. We have people from over 150 nationalities living here and there are restaurants and shops letting you try food from around the world. Birmingham has many mosques, temples and churches, and hosts live music, cultural and sporting events that you can attend (or maybe even participate in), including the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Modules

You will take four or five subject-specific modules from the list below plus one of the Academic English & Study Skills modules (or Advanced Academic Skills).

Some modules are compulsory for progression onto certain undergraduate degree programmes.  When you receive and accept your offer, you will be advised about your module choicesThe modules listed may be shared by the different pathways, so you will be studying alongside students from other disciplines.

 
Modules  Credits
Politics in a Changing World   20
Social Policy, Welfare and Society   20
Business and the Market   20
Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics   20
Learning to Read History   20
Learning to Read Literature    20
Understanding Religion    10
Understanding Law   10

Module descriptions

There are a range of Academic English and Study Skills modules, including advance options.

Politics in a Changing World

This module will introduce you to the main issues and debates in contemporary international and global affairs and the changing role and position of nation-states in an increasingly globalised world.

Social Policy, Welfare and Society

This module explores the potential to create the societies in which we would want to live through the development and implementation of policies, which include health, social care, housing and criminal justice.

Business and the Market

This module focuses on the relationship between markets and companies under different competitive conditions. How do markets work and differ, and why do these differences matter?

Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics

While this module has a mathematical foundation, it is not simply about developing your mathematical skills. Rather, the purpose of the module is to show you how you can use these skills to improve your understanding of business problems and to help you make business decisions more effectively.

Learning to Read History  

You will explore two contrasting historical periods to develop your analytical skills. First, examine the social, economic and political issues which have shaped Modern Britain. Secondly, analyse the theme of empire, from Ancient Rome to the rise and decline of other empires, while reflecting upon the role of the USA in the modern world.

Learning to Read Literature  

How do we read literature critically and reflectively? How do we understand and interpret what we're reading? Understand different approaches to reading through a wide variety of early and contemporary literature, exploring a range of key ideas and concepts such as heroes and monsters, epics and romances, the Gothic, Feminism and Postmodernism.

Understanding Religion 

Religion is a significant force in the world. It rebuilds and shapes cultures and nations, but can also be divisive and dangerous - and at the heart of many global conflicts of the last century. You will explore why religion has such influence by exploring the ideas, sacred texts and global practices of different religions, and the political, social and cultural power of these faiths.

Understanding Law

The course will enable students to develop a sound foundational understanding of the structure and practice of key domestic and international law fields.  As part of this overall aim, the students will be introduced to core legal skills such as the analysis of statutes, treaties and case-law, critical thinking and problem solving.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020-21 are £18,120 (International Fee) and £9,250 (EU Fee)

This includes:

  • One year’s tuition fees
  • Books and all classroom equipment

Please see information on available scholarships.

You are required to pay a deposit of GBP £1,000* to confirm acceptance of your place. This amount will be deducted from your tuition fee. Read more information about single payment options.

*Please note: due to government funding systems EU, American and Norwegian students are exempt from the deposit,  along with students funded by a recognised sponsor or scholarship organisation.

Please note: Accommodation will incur additional charges to the above fee.

How To Apply

Please review our entry requirements for your country before making your application. 

To apply, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page. This will direct you to our application site, where you can complete the required information, and upload relevant documents to support your application. 

International Requirements



Entry requirements for our foundation pathways will depend on the qualifications you have taken. To find out the specific requirements for your country, or the qualifications you have taken, please visit our country pages

If you have any questions about the entry requirements listed, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page. 

 

At Birmingham we believe in the importance of developing confident learners who are able to discover and master new academic skills.

Our tutors and staff will teach you using a range of methods that are appropriate to your chosen pathway or course. When you enrol at the BIA, you will be allocated a tutor who will help you to monitor and reflect on your progress. You will also have access to a welfare tutor who can assist with any difficulties you have in your personal life.

The University of Birmingham has a reputation for excellent teaching and is proud to count 11 Nobel Prize winners among our staff and alumni, including three prizes awarded in 2016. In 2017, we received a Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), demonstrating our commitment to providing our students with outstanding teaching.

Academic English and Study Skills

In addition to your academic subject modules you will study on your pathway, you will take a module in Academic English and Study Skills. This will enable you to develop you academic communication. We are a British Council accredited language centre, so you can be assured of the quality of the English language teaching you will receive.

You will be learning in a supportive environment in small classes (maximum 15 students) that are focused on your individual needs. Classes are dynamic, with many opportunities for you to actively develop your communication skills in groups.

Regular one-to-one tutorials provide you with feedback on your progress throughout the module and e-learning workshops allow you to work on specific aspects of academic communication such as constructing arguments and communicating complex ideas. They will also allow you to develop the academic skills needed to thrive in an undergraduate programme at a top 15 UK university.

We will assess your language proficiency at the start of the programme and you will then follow one of two module structures: core or high-level English.

You will take either:

One of three 40-credit modules, or a 20-credit module depending on your current level of English.

Each module will equip you with the English required for your undergraduate degree. All modules will allow students to become familiar with what is expected from excellent Undergraduate students. The lower levels also include work on overall language proficiency.

Please note that all students take one of these modules as an integral part of their foundation year.

You will take a module determined by your initial placement test and your entry qualification (eg IELTS). The decision of the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) is final.

We also offer Presessional English programmes for students who do not yet meet the English language entry requirements.

Presessional courses are offered during term-time and the summer with flexible entry and exit points depending on your current level of English (IELTS score) and the requirements of your main UoB offer for Foundation Pathways.

The length of course you need depends on your existing level of English, and on the score specified in your UoB offer letter.

Assessment Methods

Assessment on our foundation pathways is by a combination of exams, coursework exercises, project work and written assignments, depending on the subject. Assessment of your English language progress will be made by the BIA.

If you have made satisfactory progress at the end of your first year at the BIA, and are progressing to an undergraduate degree programme at the University of Birmingham, you will not normally be required to take another English language test.

Progression

Upon successful completion of the appropriate pathway, you will be guaranteed progression to an extensive range of our undergraduate programmes in Arts and Law or Social Sciences. Academic and English language progression requirements apply for each programme. For a small number of programmes you will need to pass an interview, workshop or audition stage.

Teaching methods

Lectures

You will listen to and engage with academics who will introduce you to key facts and ideas in your subject. You may wish to take written notes but most lectures are now recorded, so you can access the information afterwards using our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Seminars

You will be encouraged to present and discuss your ideas in small groups and to debate with other students. 

Tutorials

Your tutor will provide continuing academic support and guidance on a one-to-one basis.

Workshops

You will engage in problem-solving sessions facilitated by a member of academic staff; these sessions usually involve students working in groups.

Peer group learning

You may be asked by your tutor to direct a lesson or prepare a presentation with your fellow classmates. By interacting with the lesson material, you will remember the content more effectively.

 

Our Careers Network offers a range of services that will help you identify and work towards your career goals from the day you arrive at Birmingham. This includes a dedicated careers advice and guidance service delivered by experienced and professionally qualified employability consultants and advisors. The University of Birmingham is the second most sought after university by graduate employers. Each year our dedicated Employer Liaison Team organises over 120 employer presentations, graduate recruitment fairs and events. We can also develop work experience opportunities for you, greatly enhancing your employability skills.

Your education at Birmingham will prepare you for a career that has no geographical boundaries. With over 6,500 international students from more than 150 countries, we have one of the largest global student communities in the UK. You will live and study alongside students of all nationalities, enabling you to see the world from a different viewpoint. 31% of our academic staff are non-UK nationals, demonstrating that Birmingham attracts the brightest talent to its academic community from around the globe.

We have longstanding links with universities throughout the world, including membership of Universitas 21, the prestigious consortium of global research-led universities in 16 countries. We have also established networks which promote excellence in global engagement via centres such as the China Institute and Africa Hub.  Once you progress to your undergraduate degree, this network of global partnerships will offer you exciting international opportunities, such as work experience placements and annual summer schools that attract the best students from across the world to engage in an exchange of culture, experience and intellect.