Foundation in Social Sciences, Business and Law
Leading to a law, business or social sciences undergraduate degree at University of Birmingham in the UK
Developed and awarded by University of Birmingham, UK.
The University, founded in 1900, is one of the largest in the UK. It is a major centre of research and academic study, with 11 Nobel Prize winners among staff and alumni.
The University has a long history of delivering foundation programmes in the UK. It is ranked 82nd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2016/17), and the University of the Year for Graduate Employment by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. It is also one of the Top 25 universities 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, etc (The Complete University Guide, 2017).
The nine-month foundation programme is is offered through the Birmingham International Academy of University of Birmingham.
This programme is suitable for those with GCE 'A' level, IB diploma, local polytechnic diploma or have completed high school qualification, and who wish to:
- study in the UK
- complete a foundation programme for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in the UK
- pursue aspirations in law, business or social sciences discipline
- change of study discipline
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Equipping you for the future
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.
This programme offered in Singapore is of the same standings and standards as the programme offered on the university’s home campus.
Undergraduate Pathways & Progression Requirements at Birmingham
Upon your successful completion of the Birmingham Foundation programme to the required level, you will progress to an undergraduate degree at University of Birmingham in the UK.
The undergraduate degree options and progression requirements are subject to change and will follow in accordance to the foundation programme in the UK.
Pre-departure Talks and Advisory Services
There will be pre-departure talks and advisory services to help prepare students for their undergraduate progression to Birmingham's home campus. They include:
- UK student visa application;
- Financial planning and insurance;
- Cultural differences, etc.
Upon successful completion of the Birmingham Foundation programme at SIM, and the undergraduate degree in the UK, graduates can pursue a career in the Business, Legal or Social Sciences sector.
* UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, a UK-based organisation who operates the international student application process for British universities
Birmingham academics and local lecturers
Mode of Delivery
The programme has a structured curriculum of five modules delivered over two semesters.
Classes are conducted daily on weekdays from 9.00am to 5.30pm or 9.30am to 5.00pm through lectures and tutorials. Saturday classes may occasionally be scheduled if required.
All classes are conducted on SIM's campus, unless otherwise stated.
- Academic English and Study Skills
- A Critical Introduction to Law and Legal Skills
- Business and the Market
- Politics in a Changing World
- Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
The modules on Academic English and Study Skills, and Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics will be fully taught by local lecturers. The rest of the modules will be co-delivered by Birmingham academics and local lecturers.
Duration & Candidature Period
The programme is designed to be completed within 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.
- 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.
English Proficiency Requirement
For progression to Law, English Language or English Literature undergraduate degrees, applicants are required to meet a higher proficiency 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 degrees, applicants are required to meet the following English language entry requirement:
- 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.
- All admissions are based on merit and are subject to the final approval of the University.
- Applicants will need to indicate their choice of undergraduate degree when applying to the Birmingham Foundation programme at SIM.
- For more information on progression, please refer to the earlier section on “Undergraduate Pathways & Progression Requirements at Birmingham”.
Programme fee: S$20,330.00, payable in two payments
Per payment payable before each semester: S$10,165.00
Repeat fee per 20-credits module: S$3,424.00
Repeat fee per 40-credits module: S$6,634.00
All fees inclusive of prevailing GST and exclude textbooks (valid for Oct 2017 intake and payable before each semester’s commencement).
Average teacher-student ratio 1:30
Assessments & Exams
Assessment is by a combination of coursework, final exams or a combination of both depending on module.
Final exams are normally held in May and results are released by end June. Re-sits will be scheduled in July if required.
The assessment schedule is subject to change by the University.
* Coursework includes written assignments, in-class tests, presentations, etc. Some coursework might be group-based.
Upon programme completion, you will receive an official transcript issued by the University of Birmingham.