Social Sciences and Humanities (International Foundation) January 2021 entry
The January Social Sciences and Humanities programme is a multi-discipline programme which enables students to complete their studies in time to enter university in September of the same year. This intense programme is designed to equip students with the intellectual and linguistic skills appropriate to the demands of an undergraduate degree programme.
Based on their future degree intention, students will typically choose academic subjects such as Psychology, History, International Relations, Literature and Philosophy.
Teaching and learning experiences introduce students to their future degrees and possible future careers. The programme has a high success rate with 100% of students completing the programme successfully over the past three years. Graduates have gone on to study for single and joint Honours degrees at the University of St Andrews and other top UK universities.
If you would prefer to study Social Sciences and Humanities in 2020, see the Social Sciences and Humanities (International Foundation) – September 2020 entry page.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
The modules listed here are the typical modules students must take in order to complete their foundation programme. The choice of academic subjects depends on timetabling, and some subject combinations may not be available for 2021 entry.
Students will take the following three modules in their first semester:
- Communicating in Academic Contexts 1: students will learn how to communicate effectively in a number of spoken academic contexts.
- Research and Writing for Arts 1: introduces you to academic English and writing conventions in the Faculty of Arts through a combination of reading and writing classes.
- Academic Subjects 1: introduces you to academic subjects which may be useful for your degree. You will study key concepts within your chosen discipline, familiarise yourself with the vocabulary and language associated with that discipline, and learn how to apply that knowledge. Students choose three academic subjects. Students typically choose from the following options, depending on their degree intention:
- Foundation Art History
- Foundation Economics
- Foundation English literature
- Foundation History
- Foundation International relations
- Foundation Management
- Foundation Mathematics
- Foundation Philosophy
- Foundation Psychology.
Students will take the following three modules in their second semester:
- Communicating in Academic Contexts 2: develops your presentation skills, which will be essential for your academic career and beyond.
- Research and Writing for the Arts and Sciences: continues to develop reading and writing skills, but working with more complex texts and different types of writing.
- Academic Thought in Arts and Science: this module will further facilitate your transition into the wider academic community by enhancing your knowledge of the key principles underpinning academic thought and study at undergraduate level.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.