Response to Covid-19 – Update for October 2020 intake: Our campus will be open in September for the 2020/21 autumn term, and we intend to offer a mixture of on-site and in-class teaching alongside an ambitious programme of online learning. Of course, protecting the health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we will continue to be guided by Government and sector advice in all our planning. You can read our FAQs here.

COURSE OVERVIEW

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 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC
Key dates

October (3 and 2-term) and January (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: 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 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • Next application deadline: TBC

October (3 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)

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 and 2-term) and January (2-term only)
  • 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 January

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

All units are 0 credits

In addition to developing your overall reading level, this unit introduces you to how to read academic texts.  In doing so it helps you to develop confidence and familiarity with the type of academic sources you will be required to engage with during term 1 and term 2 of the programme.  This skill development will also assist you to broaden your general and academic vocabulary.

Being able to listen effectively in lectures and seminars, both to lecturers and fellow students, is a key part of the learning process during an undergraduate programme and proficiency is essential if you are to engage fully with the learning opportunities open to you.  This unit is designed to develop your listening skills, together with your ability to speak fluently and clearly in both general and academic contexts.

From effective note taking to production of assignments, the ability to write in English is a core skill.  This unit seeks to develop your ability to structure sentences and paragraphs as well as generally developing the sophistication of your written use of language.  These skills are developed in the context of specific practical tasks to help you become accustomed to answering academic style questions with coherent and well-structured text.

This unit differs from the others taught in term zero as it does not have a specific focus on the academic use of English.  Rather, it explores the use and development of language in a range of non-academic contexts to develop your confidence in the use of language in social, domestic and work environments.  Whilst this contributes to your overall linguistic development, it also contributes to your acculturation.

TERMS ONE & TWO

All units are 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

This unit underpins the language development that has to take place to take you from your entry level of English through to the level of language skill required for successful study at level 4 of a degree programme. As such the unit focusses on the parallel development of the core linguistic skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This linguistic development takes place in an academic context and employs use of authentic texts and learning environments to help you engage effective with the teaching environments you will experience at undergraduate level, together with the types of materials and sources you will be expected to use.

As the unit progresses you are increasingly introduced to how to use language in an academic content to construct and defend arguments and to use language critically to appraise the work of others.  Oral presentation and the use of language in debate is also explored.

This unit begins by exploring the learning environment you will experience once you join a degree programme. It then goes on to explore the personal and study skills that are required to operate successfully in this environment, together with the linguist demands this will place upon you.

The unit is then structured to help you gradually develop independence of learning underpinned by the ability to research problems, access and utilise academic resources in a variety of formats.  The unit will equip you with a range of useful practical skills around searching and using electronic and paper-based libraries, note taking, referencing and the importance of good academic conduct.

You will be expected to solve a series of individual and group challenges that will help you develop these all important skills sets at the same time as underpinning the linguistic development taking place in other units by encouraging debates and the construction and defence of arguments both orally and in written format.

This unit is designed to help you improve your mastery of grammar and to increase your academic vocabulary. Whilst this in in part tutor led, you are also encouraged to become independent language learners.  This unit equips you with the tools needed to be self-analytical and proactive in your language development, focusing on the development of your grammatical skills and vocabulary.

This unit provides a basic introduction to the technologies and the mathematics that underpins much of computing and media technology.  Several concepts from discrete mathematics and algebra will be introduced and emphasis will be placed on acquiring a practical understanding through solving mathematical problems that relate to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In this unit you will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and approaches that can be used as tools to help interpret problems, generate ideas and find solutions in a variety of contexts.  Effective real world problem solving often involves creative thinking with the exploration of problems from a number of angles and perspectives.

In addition, this unit provides you with an opportunity to define problems in a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematical contexts and then to define and implement appropriate logical and creative solutions. This could include for instance, scientific experimentation, engineering problems or to the development of appropriate software code.

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.

YOU CAN NOW APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ONLINE

Click the buttons below for your preferred start date below which will take you to our online application form.

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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.