What will I learn?
Our Social Science IFP is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to progress on to a wide range of related degree courses at university, including Sociology and Politics.
You'll be encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills and will learn how to analyse sources and present academic arguments. Throughout the course, you'll be given opportunities to further develop your communication skills and team-working ability - key skills required to be successful in undergraduate studies, as well as throughout your career.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars, which is the same type of teaching you can expect at undergraduate level in the UK.
Lectures are where all students on a module are together (this can be up to 100 students on the IFP), and the academic tutor introduces the topic of study. Seminars are much smaller groups (typically no more than 15 students), where you have the opportunity to explore a subject in more detail with your academic tutor and classmates. In your seminars, you will be expected to engage in discussions and debates around the subject matter.
How will I be assessed?
Across your modules you will be assessed through a range of methods including essays, literature reviews, presentations and examinations.
The modules on this programme have been developed to give you a thorough preparation for a range of related undergraduate degrees. Modules will typically include subjects such as Sociology, Politics and International Relations - all key disciplines within Social Science.
Our Inquiry and Research Skills for Social Science is a core module on this course, and is delivered in two parts to complement your other modules. The first part of this module looks at developing core research and inquiry skills including academic searching, using sources, teamwork, reflection and problem based learning inquiries. The second part of the module allows you to put everything you have learnt into practice through a research based project.
All students will also study an English for Academic Purposes module. This module is not about developing your conversational or everyday English skills; instead, it will develop your Academic English skills. You will consider how academic essays should be written, including looking at appropriate referencing and paraphrasing, as well as thinking about how presentations should be delivered in an academic context.
Those students who require additional support to improve their IELTS scores will also study one of our IELTS modules. Students joining the course as native speakers or with an IELTS of 7.0 with 6.5 in components will not be required to take an IELTS module.
Students on this course would typically be looking to progress to a range of undergraduate degrees within the Social Sciences such as Politics, Sociology and Criminology.