COURSE OVERVIEW

*Please note: This programme is due for revalidation in early 2020. Changes to the programme, including to the course content and modules, are anticipated. Please keep referring to this course page on our website for the most up-to-date and accurate information. In the event of any changes we will notify applicants quickly and update the website at the earliest opportunity.

Want to explore the underlying principles and skills in media, art, and design?

Studied at High School level overseas and ready to take the next step towards your creative industries career?

The International Foundation Programme at Solent University has been designed for students who have already completed their High School education overseas meet the demands of undergraduate study in the UK. As such, substantial support is given for language development as well as building your confidence and independence to learn effectively within this academic culture.

The Creative Industries Pathway introduces you to the key principles and skills in media, art, and design. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge in an area of which you have a particular interest within the Creative Industries. The aim is to develop your creative capacity and to develop your confidence and skills so that you are able to communicate your ideas effectively. The course involves a Creative Project unit which allows you to build upon your ideas, well-preparing you to progress on to creative industries or media-related programme at undergraduate level.

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Key facts
  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependant on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2020/21: 2 term programme: £10,500, 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: Up to 20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, exams and portfolios
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 30
  • Average class size: 16 – 18
  • Starts: October and February (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

Key dates

October and February (2-term only)

  • Key facts
  • Key dates
  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependant on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2020/21: 2 term programme: £10,500, 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: Up to 20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, exams and portfolios
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 30
  • Average class size: 16 – 18
  • Starts: October and February (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

October and February (2-term only)

About The Course

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

With substantial English language development support, this International Foundation Programme will enhance your confidence and independence, alongside building your study skills, fully preparing you for UK academic culture.

The Creative Industries Pathway will introduce you to the underpinning principles and skills in media, art and design. You will have the opportunity to develop the appropriate knowledge and creative capacity so that you are confident in communicating your ideas.

You will also take part in the Creative Project unit which will teach you to develop your ideas through the initial research stage through to the final piece of completed work, preparing you for studying creative industries or media-related topics at an undergraduate level.

These programmes are delivered as part of a partnership between Solent University and QA Higher Education. The programmes are validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education staff.

OVERVIEW

  • Level: Foundation – NQF Level 3
  • Entry requirements: 12 or 13 years of schooling dependant on the education system in your country
  • Tuition Fees 2020/21: 2 term programme: £10,500. 3 term programme: £13,000
  • Contact hours per week: Up to 20
  • Duration: 2 term or 3 term
  • Assessment methods: Coursework, exams and portfolios
  • Scholarship or bursaries: Available
  • Payment Plan: Available
  • Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme
  • Maximum class size: 30
  • Average class size: 16 – 18
  • Starts: October and February (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

2 TERM PROGRAMME

Tuition fee 2020/21: £10,500

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

Starts: February

Next application deadline: TBC

 

3 TERM PROGRAMME

Tuition fee 2020/21: £13,000

English language requirements: IELTS minimum 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

Starts: October

Next application deadline: TBC

All of our pathway programmes are fully embedded so you will be studying your course on-campus in Southampton, with access to all of the university facilities that you can expect for your undergraduate studies at Solent.

Throughout your studies, you will be taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their experience to develop your English and academic skills in preparation for progression on to your chosen undergraduate course.

Course contact time: Up to 20 hours / week

Additional study time: 15 hours / week for self-study and individual learning

You will be taught through a mix of teaching methods which may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops/labs. You will also have access to suitably equipped laboratories where appropriate, and Solent Online Learning, an online resource for teaching materials.

Assessment for this programme is through a mix of coursework, exams and portfolios.

These programmes are delivered as part of a partnership between Solent University and QA Higher Education. The programmes are validated by the University and delivered by QA Higher Education staff.

TERM ZERO

For those who study the 3 term variant of this programme, you will start in Term Zero which is designed to support those who hold IELTS 4.5 at the start of the programme.

This additional term aims to ensure that you are able to achieve an English language level equivalent to IELTS 5.0 at the start of Term 1. Term Zero involves a 12-week term comprising of 20 hours per week of English. Units are built around the key linguistic elements that students are required to develop. You will be required to pass each unit before progressing on to Term 1 and 2 of the programme.

To study the International Foundation Programme – Creative Industries Pathway you will need to meet the following entry requirements.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 12 or 13 years of schooling dependent on the education system in your country.

COUNTRY SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To find out more information on the specific entry requirements for your country please click below

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • 2 term programme: IELTS minimum 5.0 overall with a minimum of 4.5 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre
  • 3 term programme: IELTS minimum 4.5 overall with a minimum of 4.0 in each individual component from a UKVI Approved Centre

AGE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age: 16 years old – you must turn 18 within the first 6 months of your programme

If you are studying the 2 Term programme, you will study Terms One and Two. If you are studying the 3 Term programme, you will study all Terms detailed below.

TERM ZERO TERMS ONE & TWO
All units are 0 credits. All units are 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.
  • Understanding Texts – academic reading and vocabulary development
  • Academic Communication – listening and speaking in an academic context
  • Academic Communication – writing in an academic context
  • Language in Context
  • Developing and Using Language in an Academic Context (40 credits)
  • Maximising Academic Potential
  • Mastering Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Foundations for the Creative Industries
  • Creative Project

The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2019/20. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

TUITION FEES 2020/21

  • 2 term programme: £10,500
  • 3 term programme: £13,000

Your course fees cover registration costs, teaching for the course and access to the learning resources at the University and Student Support Services. They do not include the cost of course books, stationery and photocopying/printing costs, accommodation, living costs, travel, hobbies, sports or other leisure activities.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You should be prepared to buy some course texts at £30 each (average £200 per year).

In addition, you should be prepared to buy personal writing materials and photocopying costs as well as additional specialist materials that you may require for your chosen projects. This figure is very dependent on the type of project you decide to complete and the resources it requires beyond those provided as part of the programme, but we would suggest allowing an additional £250.

You should also allow around £200 for trips in the local area as part of this Pathway.

PLEASE USE THE FORM BELOW TO REQUEST A COPY OF THE APPLICATION FORM

Once completed, email your application and supporting documents to international.admissions@qa.com who will assess your application.

 

WANT TO ASK US A QUESTION?

If you have any questions regarding the International Foundation Programme – Creative Industries Pathway, entry requirements, or studying in the UK at Solent, contact us using the form below or visit our Enquire Now page.

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