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.

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

Solent University’s International Foundation Programme in STEM aims to support students who have completed their High School education abroad transition into level 4 study in the UK. Emphasis is placed upon building your confidence and independence so you are able to learn effectively within the UK’s academic culture.

The STEM pathway has been designed to contain real-life scenarios and practical applications. The aim is to equip you with the knowledge and confidence when problem-solving in scientific and engineering contexts by applying the correct scientific and mathematical theory.

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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: 17 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 (3-Term only) and February
  • Next application deadline: TBC
Key dates

October (3-Term only) and February

  • 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: 17 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 (3-Term only) and February
  • Next application deadline: TBC

October (3-Term only) and February

About The Course

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The STEM pathway will teach you the fundamentals of scientific and mathematical reasoning, developing your use of statistics to test hypotheses and validity of scientific data.

Assessments are based on demonstrating the application of the theory in projects and portfolios that are typical at the undergraduate level, leaving you well-placed for successful undergraduate studies in a range of fields including Renewable Energy Engineering, Biomedical Science and Design, and Manufacture.

Drawing on examples from construction, mechanical and electrical engineering, you will get a real understanding of the relevance of mathematical principles.

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: 17 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 (3-Term only) and February
  • Next application deadline: TBC

 

2 TERM PROGRAMME

2020/21 tuition fee: £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: October and February

Next application deadline: TBC

 

3 TERM PROGRAMME

2020/21 tuition fee: £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 onto 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.

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 – STEM 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: 17 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 TERM ONE & TWO
All units are 0 credits All units are 20 credits, unless otherwise stated
  • Understanding Texts – academic reading and vocabulary development (0 credits)
  • Academic Communication – listening and speaking in an academic context (0 credits)
  • Academic Communication – writing in an academic context (0 credits)
  • Language in Context (0 credits)
  • Developing and Using Language in an Academic Context (40 credits)
  • Maximising Academic Potential
  • Mastering Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Problem Solving

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 also 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 cover photocopying costs at around £50.

Staff may wish to take students on field trips as an additional part of their studies. You should allow around £100 for this.

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 – STEM 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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