Foundation Year

Your university journey starts here

If you want to study a humanities-related degree at university then the Humanities Foundation Year at BSC London is the perfect pathway for you.

This course combines our core English for Academic Purposes module with modules in Business Studies, Economics and International Relations, making it suitable for students who are keen to start a career in law, journalism or politics. Upon successful completion, you'll be guaranteed entry to one of our partner universities.

Contact us and get expert advice on your academic career.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course we recommend you take a look at the Extended Foundation Programme.

Humanities Foundation Year details

Start date

Standard Programme - 26 September 2022
Accelerated Programme - 9 January 2023

Course duration

Standard Programme - 9 months (37 weeks tuition and exam inc holidays)
Accelerated Programme - 7 months (29 weeks tuition and exam inc holidays)

Average tuition

Standard Programme - 20 hours a week
Accelerated Programme - 25 hours a week



Entry requirements

IELTS 5.5 & country specific high school scores

Minimum age


Max class size




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Get guaranteed entry to university

Upon successful completion of the Humanities Foundation Year, students are guaranteed a minimum of
2 conditional offers and 1 unconditional offer from NCUK universities. Contact us today to start your journey.

Why study a Foundation Year in Humanities?

For international students, applying to study a Humanities subject overseas can sometimes be overwhelming. For this reason, many students find taking a foundation year to be incredibly beneficial for a number of reasons:

  • Expert support applying to university in the UK and around the world.
  • Dedicated modules to help you develop your academic English.
  • Enhance your skills in essay writing, critical thinking and presentation.
  • Gain an understanding of UK teaching styles, research methods and lecture environments.
  • Get guaranteed entry to an NCUK university upon successful completion of the course.

Who is the course for?

  • Students who would like to progress to a degree such as Law, Journalism, Literature or Politics after their foundation year.
  • Students who are highly literate and have a flair for writing essays.
  • Students who are not as confident in mathematics.
  • International students who would like support applying to university in an English speaking country.

Find out more

Download the Guide to see where your Humanities Foundation Year could take you.

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Student Outcomes

“It helped me in different ways. The programme taught me how to be independent and how to carry out research.

And the best of all? It allowed me to work with others in groups.”

Bamba, Senegal, BSC International Foundation Year Student, BA Business Management at University of Leeds

Student Outcomes

"This has been an excellent course that has brought a lot out in me.

I would highly recommend it to someone who wants to begin their education in the UK. It’s an excellent stepping stone to university."

Sophia from Mexico - Humanities Foundation Year, BSC London
Gained a place to study Psychology at the University of Kent

Student Outcomes

"The process to get here was so easy and the people have been really nice. They're always asking you how you’re doing and if you need help. The people at Student Services are also really nice and are always there to help you."

Isabel Gomez, Colombia, Humanities Foundation Year, BSC London

Student Outcomes

"I would strongly recommend the International Foundation Year!

It’s easy to communicate with the teachers as well as the students and the teachers make it so simple to understand everything. It's really helped me a lot!

Saleh from Saudi Arabia, - Humanities Foundation Year at BSC London
Now studying History and Archaeology at Bangor University

What courses can you apply for with a Humanities Foundation Year?

  • International Relations
  • Classics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Politics

Contact us today to start your journey. For a full list of progression courses, please visit the NCUK website.