Would you like to improve your English language and academic skills before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree programme? This course aims to fully prepare those who speak English as a second language for full-time study on one of Southampton Solent University’s specialist degree programmes.
Part of a range of extended degree programmes for students whose first language is not English, this foundation year helps learners to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 in each language skill component) before starting undergraduate studies.
Using our multimedia facilities and language centre, students will have the chance to tailor their English language studies to suit the subject they will later study at degree level.
Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment. Students also benefit from access to our dedicated language centre, which offers a range of interactive resources designed to aid second language study.
Thinking of studying for a degree here in the UK? This foundation year will help you transition into academic life as smoothly as possible, improving your language, research and communication skills as you begin to learn about your chosen subject area. Successful completion of the International Foundation year will provide a pathway to the BSc (Hons) Information Technology degree.
Students studying information technology management here at Solent will have the opportunity to use the latest software and hardware in our dedicated computing and networking labs. These include our usability labs, which use eye-tracking technology to test the functionality of digital platforms and the quality of the user experience.
Southampton Solent University also operates a devices lab - an area which contains a range of mobile devices for website and application testing.
Successful students will have the opportunity to gain an Oracle certification alongside their degree. This shows employers that they possess proven skills and opens up the door to further certification through the ‘Oracle University’ programme.
Business information technology at Southampton Solent University has a strong focus on employability. This means that the curriculum is designed to equip students with skills that are relevant to employers. Students are also encouraged to take part in placements in their third year of study, or during their summer breaks.
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
Following your foundation year, you will study: Year one: CORE UNITS *Systems Analysis and Design *Introduction to Databases *Internet Technology *Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving *Introduction to Professional Practice *Business Information Management *Event-Driven Programming. Year two: CORE UNITS *Information Systems Design *Enterprise Database Development *Analytics and Financial Analysis *Developing for the Internet *Graduate and Professional Development. OPTIONS *Human-Digital Interaction Design *Curriculum Plus (including languages and entrepreneurship). Year three: CORE UNITS *Project (double unit) *Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence *Software Requirements Project Management. OPTIONS *Human-Computer Interaction *Web Application Development *Enterprise Data Modelling *Curriculum Plus (including languages and entrepreneurship).
To guarantee the university or college will consider you for this course, you must apply by:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This means the year in which you would like to start the course.
‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.
‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.
You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
For this course you will have successfully completed your high school diploma or equivalent outside the UK You must also have a minimum level of English of IELTS 4.5 overall, with 4.5 in each language skill component or equivalent. In addition, where courses require specific subject expertise (for example, mathematics for engineering courses), you must demonstrate this prior to entry onto the International Foundation Year. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
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IELTS with a minimum of 4.5 in all four language components reading, writing, listening and speaking or equivalent language qualification.
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.