The IFY is the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree, which aims to improve your English, study skills and content knowledge to the level necessary to join the undergraduate course you have selected. You will study a combination of compulsory language-focused modules (English for University Study 1 and 2, and Academic English Skills), and subject-based optional modules.
These options are normally dependent upon the BA/BSc course you intend to study and availability. You will be advised by your Course Director on this.
The IFY course is divided into two semesters, the first from September to December, and the second from January to June.
English for University Study 1
The aim of this module is to broaden your knowledge and develop your correct usage of grammatical structures and vocabulary.
English for University Study 2
The aim of this module is to develop your ability to understand and produce English in an academic context.
Investigating Business Practices 1
The aim of this module is to develop your awareness in the key concepts of basic business terminology and functions in order to prepare you for the ‘Foundation Business’ module in term 2.
Investigating British Life and Culture:
The aim of this module is to develop a broader awareness of Britain and British Institutions so that you can function effectively in Britain and integrate comfortably into the life of a student living in Britain.
The aim of this (double) module is to introduce you to the necessary English language skills for understanding undergraduate study. The focus will be on raising your awareness of the requirements of academic writing in the context of British universities, and on techniques and strategies in reading for academic study.
Investigating Business Practices 2:
The aim of this module is to further that what was covered in Investigating Business Practices 1 and to give additional language support for the ‘Foundation Business’ module.
Foundation Social Sciences:
The aim of this module is to introduce you to a variety of the major themes and perspectives on human behaviour and social life that characterise the social sciences.
Foundation Media Studies:
The aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the key concepts and media institutions that help structure knowledge and understanding of how the media produce, and exhibit texts and how these texts reach the audience.
The aim of this module is to provide you with a systematic understanding of the world of business. It will introduce you to the different nature of organisations of both public and private sectors in a range of national and international environments.
Foundation Science Skills:
The aim of this module is to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand scientific reasoning and to undertake scientific investigations.
Foundation Biology – Processes of Life:
The aim of this module is to introduce you to living systems and life processes. The module introduces you to the movement across cell membranes and transport in plants and animals.
This module aims to equip you with the basic understanding of law in general and to introduce you to some of the major themes and issues involved.