International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science

About this pathway

The International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science prepares you for an undergraduate degree at Durham City Campus. This programme lasts for three terms.

Upon successful completion of the programme you can choose from a range of related degrees at Durham University.

Length: Three terms

Intakes: September and January

January start 

Term 1: 04/01/18 to 23/03/18
Term 2: 03/04/18 to 08/06/18
Term 3: 11/06/18 to 31/08/18

September start  

Term 1: 17/09/18 to 07/12/18
Term 2: 07/01/19 to 22/03/19
Term 3: 01/04/19 to 21/06/19

January start 

Term 1: 07/01/19 to 22/03/19
Term 2: 01/04/19 to 07/06/19
Term 3: 10/06/19 to 30/08/19

 

Core modules

Academic English Skills supports students to develop their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular focus on the language uses that will prove most useful throughout their studies at Durham University. This critical module runs throughout each term at the International Study Centre, and features particular emphasis on grammar and language skills for those requiring a boost in this area, whilst also allowing able students to stretch themselves in their written and spoken work.

This module will allow students to pursue and develop subject specific interests, and encourages students to work independently with supervision in some depth. This module will also allow students to develop methods of research and analysis appropriate to their specific progression route.

(Not for students looking to progress to History BA (Hons)

 

Academic Practice in Arts and Humanities

This module looks to provide students with a background in academic conventions and expectations in the Humanities to prepare them to join the Community of Practice of their chosen discipline.  The module also aspires: to provide students with a grounding in study skills and their supporting technology; to support students in developing an academic voice; and to develop critical analysis.

Studying Social Life for Arts and Humanities

This module looks to encourage students to think sociologically; to stimulate the ‘sociological’ imagination. It will introduce a foundational bank of social science knowledge, paradigms and themes, and it will also provide a framework of academic and analytical skills upon which students can build either in further directed study or by the process of self-study. The module will above all develop confidence and students’ learning and assessment skills 

Introduction to Liberal Arts

This module will introduce key theories, ideas and philosophies, that inform present day British and other Western societies; It will also introduce students to the relationship between cultural icons and values of society. Students will become familiar with studying primary source materials alongside relevant critical work, which locates these sources in their historical/sociological/artistic contexts as well as within a body of academic scholarship; It will also work to develop students’ ability to demonstrate critical thinking by describing, analysing and evaluating relevant primary source materials.

Understanding Language

This module aims to introduce students to some basic linguistic principles in order to provide a grounding for future language study in their progressing department.

English Literature

This module will introduce students to a wide variety of literary texts from various periods and different genres. It will introduce ways of reading texts which include an analysis of form, narrative perspective, intertextuality, literary theory, and some knowledge of the context in which the text was produced. The work they undertake will increase students’ confidence in their personal response to literature, and it will also develop accuracy in writing.

Academic Practice in Social Science

This module looks to provide students with a background in academic conventions and expectations in Social Science to prepare them to join the Community of Practice of their chosen discipline.  The module also aspires: to provide students with a grounding in study skills and their supporting technology; to support students in developing an academic voice; and to develop critical analysis.

Studying Social Life for Social Science

This module looks to encourage students to think sociologically; to stimulate the ‘sociological’ imagination. It will introduce a foundational bank of social science knowledge, paradigms and themes, and it will also provide a framework of academic and analytical skills upon which students can build either in further directed study or by the process of self-study. The module will above all develop confidence and students’ learning and assessment skills.

Designated modules 

Alongside core modules you will study designated modules that relate to your progression degree route. When you successfully complete this pathway and achieve the required grades, you can begin your undergraduate degree at Durham University.

Archaeology BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Human Health and Disease
  • Biology of the Environment

Anthropology BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Human Health and Disease
  • Biology of the Environment

Chinese Studies BA (Hons)

  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Discovering Anthropology

 Classics BA (Hons)

  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Discovering Anthropology

Combined Honours in Social Sciences BA (Hons)

  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • English Literature
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts

Criminology BA (Hons), Law LLB (Hons) or Politics BA (Hons)

  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • English Literature
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts

Education Studies BA (Hons)

  • Introduction to Science
  • English Literature
  • Maths and Statistics for Teachers
  • Psychology of Thinking and Learning

English Literature BA (Hons) or Theology and Religion BA (Hons)

  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Introduction to Modern History

Geography BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons)

  • Introduction to Earth Science and Physical Geography
  • Introduction to Science
  • Geography
  • Numerical Skills with Statistics

Health and Human Sciences BSc (Hons)

  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Human Health and Disease

History BA (Hons)

  • Introduction to Ancient History
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Extended Essay – History

International Relations BA (Hons)

  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts
  • Understanding Language 
  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Discovering Anthropology

Law LLB (Hons)

  • Law 1
  • Law 2
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • English Literature
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts

Music BA (Hons)

  • Foundations of Music: History and Form
  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Foundations of Music

Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA (Hons)

  • Introduction to Modern History
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts
  • Understanding Language 
  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Calculus and Further Maths with Statistics and Strategic Maths

 Sociology BA (Hons)

  •  Foundations of Statistics
  •  Discovering Anthropology
  •  Introduction to Modern History
  •  English Literature
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts

Sport, Exercise and Physical Education BA (Hons)

  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Human Health and Disease
  • Biology of the Environment

Biology of the Environment

This module will encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in a science subject, and will develop students' learning skills. A basic bank of knowledge will be introduced, on which students can build either by the process of self study or in further courses of directed study. 

Calculus and Further Maths with Statistics and Strategic Maths

This module will prepare students for their further studies, providing the opportunity for students to engage in logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking and applications of standard mathematical techniques. It will extend knowledge of the standard trigonometrical functions and inverses, also introducing and developing a knowledge of matrices and their applications. The module should extend understanding of a range of standard techniques for differentiation and integration. In addition students will be introduced to standard statistical techniques.

Discovering Anthropology

This module will introduce students to the scope of anthropology. It will introduce foundational concepts, theories and vocabulary essential for a critical understanding of anthropology. The module will also work to encourage development of skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening in preparation for further study in the social sciences. 

English Literature

This module will introduce students to a wide variety of literary texts from various periods and different genres. It will introduce ways of reading texts which include an analysis of form, narrative perspective, intertextuality, literary theory, and some knowledge of the context in which the text was produced. The work they undertake will increase students’ confidence in their personal response to literature, and it will also develop accuracy in writing.

Extended Essay – History

This module will allow students to pursue and develop subject specific interests. The student will be required to work independently with supervision in some depth. The student undertaking this module will be encouraged to develop methods of research and analysis.

Foundations of Music

This module will enable students to extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music. It will help students to recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding, and the links between performing, composing and appraising. The module will provide a framework within which analytical skills may be developed.

Foundations of Music: History and Form

This module aims to provide students with an overview of trends in European musical life from 1600 to 1900. It will help students to investigate some of the principal developments in European musical form during these dates. An awareness of music from a variety of cultures will also be fostered.

Foundations of Psychology

This module will provide students with a general introduction to the psychological processes underlying human behaviour. It will provide an awareness of the diversity, applications and limitations of psychological knowledge. Students will also become familiar with the scientific approach to collecting and interpreting data.

Foundations of Statistics

This module will introduce and develop understanding of basic statistical principles to provide a foundation for future study. It will also develop skills that help students to apply statistical tools to real life problems. Ultimately this module will encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in statistics.

Geography

This module seeks to develop knowledge and understanding of selected physical geographical processes. Students will be encouraged to develop observational and interpretative skills. They will also use a range of skills and techniques, including the use of maps and images at different scales necessary for geographical study  It will also be possible for students to carry out research and fieldwork as appropriate to the topics selected.

Human Health and Disease

This module will encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in a science subject, and will develop students' learning skills. A basic bank of knowledge will be introduced, on which students can build either by the process of self study or in further courses of directed study. 

Introduction to Ancient History

This module will provide an introduction and basis for further study of a specified period of Ancient History and culture. Students will be encouraged to investigate central themes and topics of at least one ancient culture. They will gain familiarity with and develop a critical perspective of the studied historical period and the various sources of evidence.

Introduction to Liberal Arts

This module will introduce key theories, ideas and philosophies, that inform present day British and other Western societies; It will also introduce students to the relationship between cultural icons and values of society. Students will become familiar with studying primary source materials alongside relevant critical work, which locates these sources in their historical/sociological/artistic contexts as well as within a body of academic scholarship; It will also work to develop students’ ability to demonstrate critical thinking by describing, analysing and evaluating relevant primary source materials.

Introduction to Earth Science and Physical Geography

This module will encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in a science subject. It will introduce and develop an understanding of some basic Earth Science and Physical Geography concepts. The module will develop students’ ability to perform practicals and fieldwork using the skills of observation, and the ability to record and interpret observations.

Introduction to Modern History

This module looks to develop knowledge and understanding of selected periods of Modern History as well as the nature of historical sources and the methods used by historians. Students will also gain familiarity with and develop a critical perspective of differing interpretations of historical problems and alternative and conflicting sources of evidence.

Introduction to Science

This module works to encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in science, and to introduce a basic bank of knowledge on which students can build either by the process of self study or in further courses of directed study. The module will help to develop confidence in a laboratory situation, to introduce a range of equipment, and to develop observational and interpretative skills. The module looks to develop students' ability to apply science concepts to problem solving, and to develop scientific report-writing, data handling and critical evaluation. 

Law 1

This module aims to introduce students to the law and legal system in England and Wales, including its underlying principles, the personnel who administer it, the mechanics of the legal process, and justice in a wider sense.  

Law 2

The Law 2 module will focus on (English) Contract Law, which is one of the core modules of an LLB degree. Through the Law 2 module, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the key topics in contract law and, following on from the Law 1 module, students will also continue to build their understanding of how to use legal sources, statutory provisions and case law.  

Maths and Statistics for Teachers

This module works to introduce and develop a bank of mathematical skills, which students can apply in a range of contexts.  It will help to introduce and develop understanding of basic statistical principles to provide a foundation for future study. By developing a problem solving approach, the module aims to encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in mathematics and statistics, in order to provide a foundation for future study in Education.

Numerical Skills with Statistics

This module works to introduce and develop a bank of mathematical skills, which students can apply in a range of contexts.  It will help to introduce and develop understanding of basic statistical principles to provide a foundation for future study. By developing a problem solving approach, the module aims to encourage students to develop confidence in their own abilities in mathematics and statistics.

Psychology of Thinking and Learning

Students will be given with an introduction to the psychological processes of thinking and learning, to develop students' knowledge of theories of thinking and learning. The module looks to familiarise students with methods used to assess thinking and learning, and to raise awareness of psychological conditions that can affect the thinking and learning processStudents will be introduced to questions in the application of psychology in real life settings, and will have an opportunity to reflect on their own learning experiences and self-development.

Understanding Language

This module aims to introduce students to some basic linguistic principles in order to provide a grounding for future language study in their progressing department.

Progression degrees

When you successfully complete your International Foundation Year and achieve the required grades, you can progress to one of the following undergraduate degrees at Durham City:

Please note that students wishing to progress to LLB (Hons) Law need to pass the Law National Aptitude test (LNAT).
Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
BA (Hons) Anthropology BA (Hons) 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Archaeology BA (Hons) 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Chinese Studies BA 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Classics BA (Hons) 75% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Combined Honours in Social Sciences BA (Hons) 80% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Criminology BA (Hons) 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Education Studies BA (Hons) 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) English Literature BA (Hons) 80% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Geography BA (Hons) 80% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) History BA (Hons) 80% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) International Relations BA (Hons) 75% 60% with min 50% in all skills
BA (Hons) Japanese Studies BA 70% 60% with min 50% in all skills

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