Foundation in Social Sciences, Business and Law


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Programme Overview

Leading to a range of law, business and social sciences undergraduate degree programmes at University of Birmingham, UK

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Developed and awarded by University of Birmingham in the UK, this nine-month programme is suitable for those with GCE 'A' level, IB diploma, local polytechnic diploma or who have completed high school qualification, and who wish/need to:

  • study in the UK
  • complete a foundation programme for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree programme in the UK
  • pursue aspirations in law, business or social sciences discipline
  • have a change of study discipline

UK Subject Ranking

The University is one of the Top 25 in the UK for a range of subjects including Accounting and Finance, Business and Management Studies, Economics, Education, History, Law, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Social Policy, Theology and Religious Studies (The Complete University Guide, 2018).

To discover more about the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Business School, click here.

Dr Stephen Minchin from Birmingham shares more about the programme 


Course Start Date & End Date

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The Foundation in Social Sciences, Business and Law programme (Birmingham Foundation) puts you on the path to an international degree at University of Birmingham in the UK. It is designed for those who are planning to advance their studies and future career in the related discipline of law, business or social sciences.

Reasons to study Birmingham Foundation at SIM

  • A wide range of business, law and social sciences undergraduate courses to progress to on the university’s home campus
  • Established international reputation of the University
  • This programme is of the same standings and standards as the programme offered on the university’s home campus
  • The expertise of Birmingham academics and local lecturers will provide the subject knowledge, language and skills to achieve your success at the University and beyond
  • UCAS* application is not required of Birmingham Foundation students to progress to the University for undergraduate study
  • Dedicated staff who provide continuous support for your studies, and your progression to the UK

Birmingham Undergraduate Pathways & Requirements

Upon your successful completion of the Birmingham Foundation at the necessary level of achievement, you will progress to an undergraduate degree programme at University of Birmingham in the UK.

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List of undergraduate degree programmes available for progression at University of Birmingham, UK

The undergraduate courses and progression requirements are subject to change and will follow in accordance to the foundation programme in the UK.

For the most up-to-date of available undergraduate degree programmes and progression requirements, please refer to the University's website at:

Pre-departure Talks & Advisory Services 

There will be pre-departure talks and advisory services to help prepare students for their undergraduate progression to Birmingham's home campus on:

  • UK student visa application
  • Accommodation
  • Financial planning and insurance
  • Cultural differences

Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of the Birmingham Foundation at SIM, and the undergraduate degree programme on the university's home campus, graduates can pursue a career in various industries and sectors.

The University of Birmingham is the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

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*UCAS stands for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, a UK-based organisation who operates the international student application process for British universities


Teaching Faculty

Birmingham academics and local lecturers

Mode of Delivery

The programme covers 5 modules over two semesters.

Classes are conducted through lectures and tutorials on weekdays, typically 6 to 7 hours daily on SIM campus. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.

All classes are conducted on SIM's campus, unless otherwise stated.

Semester Timetable

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  • Academic English and Study Skills (40 credits)
  • A Critical Introduction to Law and Legal Skills (20 credits)
  • Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Politics in a Changing World (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics (20 credits)

The modules on Academic English and Study Skills, and Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics are fully taught by local lecturers. The rest of the modules are co-delivered by Birmingham academics and local lecturers.

Module Synopses

Duration & Candidature Period

The programme is designed to be completed in nine months. Students may take up to 36 months to complete the programme.

There will not be any refund or recourse should students fail to complete the programme within the candidature period.

Minimum Class Size 

Minimum class size to commence: 20 students

If the class fails to commence due to low take-up rate, applicants will be informed within one month before programme commencement with the refund of application fee.

Entry Requirements

Academic Qualification

  • 3 GCE ‘A’ level passes with grades of BBB, but applicants with BBC/ BCC grades can be considered depending on 'A' level subjects and destination degree; or
  • Local polytechnic diplomas; or
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with at least 28 points overall, or achieve 5,5,4 for three Higher Level subjects with 24 points overall; or
  • Completion of high school qualification, or equivalent.
  • All other qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Country-specific High School Entry Requirement

English Proficiency

For progression to Law, English Language or English Literature undergraduate degree programmes, applicants are required to meet a higher requirement:

  • A minimum of Grade B4 pass in English as First Language at Singapore GCE ‘O’ level; or
  • IELTS 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each band); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 53 in all four skills.

For other undergraduate degree programmes, applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of Grade C6 pass in English as First Language at Singapore GCE ‘O’ level; or
  • IELTS 5.5 overall (with at least 5.0 in each band); or
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 45 in all four skills.


  • Applicants can submit their application based on provisional results subject to their official results meeting the entry requirements before programme commencement.
  • Applicants will need to indicate their choice of undergraduate course when applying to the Birmingham Foundation at SIM.
  • For more information on progression, please refer to the introduction section above on “Birmingham Undergraduate Pathways & Requirements”.

All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.


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Exemption Eligibility



Lecturers & Teaching Modules

Average teacher-student ratio 1:20

Assessments & Exams

Modules are assessed either by written exams, coursework*, or a combination of both. The final exams are normally held in May and results are released by end June. Re-sits will be scheduled in July if required.

*Coursework includes written assignments, in-class tests, presentations, etc. Some coursework might be group-based.

Note: The assessment schedule is subject to change by the University. 

Attendance requirement



Upon programme completion, you will receive an official transcript issued by the University of Birmingham.