Overview of Foundation Programme in Social Sciences


Endorsed by ATHE, an Ofqual authorised awarding body

Our Foundation Programme in Social Sciences is intended for students wishing to progress onto degree courses in a range of social science subjects including Law, Politics, International Relations, Economics and related subjects.

Successful completion of your IFG Foundation Programme offers a pathway to an extensive range of career-enhancing undergraduate programmes at leading universities in the UK and Australia. While studying at IFG you will receive one-to-one advice to help you decide on the best university and course options plus IFG will guide you through you application. For more information on our university partners and advice please click here.

Course Content

There is a strong emphasis on developing the learning skills required for studies at higher education level in the UK. The teaching of the three specialist modules – Politics, Law, and Economics – encourages students to evaluate and analyze information, construct balanced arguments, and to apply theories and concepts to current political, legal and economic issues. In Law, students are given an understanding of the English legal system and processes and develop skills in applying legal rules and principles to specific cases. The first term gives students a firm foundation in law making and interpretation, court systems, negligence, and contract law. In the second term, students develop a more detailed understanding of criminal law and explore issues of morality, justice, and judicial creativity. There is a strong emphasis on evaluating information and knowledge and developing the ability to construct logical, coherent and balanced arguments.

Government & Politics introduces students to political systems and processes in the UK. It looks at the relationship between the legislature and executive and encourages an evaluation of where power lies within the UK system. It also examines representative processes and institutions and questions the strengths and weaknesses of democracy in the UK. There is a strong emphasis on applying knowledge to contemporary politics such as the General Election in 2015.

The foundation in Social Sciences also focuses on political institutions and processes in the USA and again challenges students to evaluate and analyze how successfully power is dispersed within the political system.

Students develop skills in comparing the systems in the UK and USA and reaching judgments on the similarities and differences between them.

The Economics module combines a study of micro and macro content in exploring a range of economic issues drawn from national and international contexts. This Social Sciences foundation course promotes an understanding of economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems, and institutions that affect everyday life.

Course Structure

Part One:

  • Study Skills
  • Statistics for Business
  • Communication Skills
  • Themes in Social Science
  • Academic English

Part Two

  • Law
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Academic English
Entry Requirements

These vary from one country to another but we are looking for good High School grades plus an English language level equivalent to 5.5 in IELTS. For students who do not have this level of English, Pre-Sessional courses are available. Click here to find out more.

Also, we offer One to one Tutoring, please click here to find  more!

Programme Length

One academic year

Intake Dates

Start dates:

Monday 30th September 2024
Monday 6th January 2025



* These fees are for UK based centres and may vary for other centres, please see individual teaching centre pages for more details.

IFG Foundation Courses September 2024

We offer the option of either joining us in London or Abu Dhabi or studying online in our virtual classroom.

Start dates:

Monday 30th September 2024
Monday 6th January 2025

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