International Foundation Programme

The SSC foundation programme is an intensive study programme combining academic and English language study for students whose academic background does not allow them to enter a British university directly.

Advantages of studying at Swansea Sixth from College:

  • Small classes of no more than 16 students
  • Experienced and passionate teachers
  • ICT through task-based English
  • Regular tutorials to discuss your progress
  • Subject specific English classes: either International Relations or Language and Literature
  • Integration of language and subject teaching to consolidate and develop the language skills and academic knowledge you will need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree programme in the UK
  • University Application course, offering guidance and advice with the application process, including helping with the personal statement section of the UCAS application form
  • Leisure / Activity programme

10 month or 6 month programme

The programme is available in two options

  • 10 month programme – September to July
  • 6 month programme – January to July

Who is this programme for?

The SSC foundation programme is designed for students who want to study for an undergraduate degree or Masters degree at a British university. You may need to complete a foundation programme if:

  • You have finished school in your own country, but your school-leaving certificate does not qualify you for direct entry to a UK university
    or
  • You have been part-educated in an English-medium school in the UK or elsewhere, but have not achieved the grades needed for university entrance because of language difficulties.

Programme Aims

  • to help you gain entry to degree programmes at UK universities in the humanities, social sciences and business-related studies
  • to give you the English language and academic skills you will need to be successful on a degree programme
  • to make a wide range of academic subjects accessible to you through subject-based English language tuition
  • to give you the chance to experience a year of life and study in a beautiful part of the UK

Outcomes

  • Improved score in IELTS/ Trinity ISE to gain entry to a UK University
  • Improved ability in English
  • Improved ability using mathematics
  • Improved ability using I.C.T.
  • Prepared to study at UK University level

Visa Requirements

Non UK or EU students
To enrol on this course you must obtain an Extended Student Visitor Visa.

Entry Requirements

Academic Qualifications

You should have successfully completed high school in your own country with good grades in a range of subjects.

Language level

The following tests and levels can be used to show that you meet our English language requirements:

  • GCSE English Language grade C
  • IELTS 4.5 (Minimum 4.5 in each section not just the overall grade) for 10 month programme
  • IELTS 5.0 (Minimum 5.0 in each section not just the overall grade) for 6 month programme
  • Trinity ISE I or GESE Grade 8
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English Grade C

Entrance Test

When we receive your application and supporting documents we will look at them carefully and then decide if we will consider you for a place at SSC. We will assess your application by interview, either face-to-face in Swansea or in your own country, or by Skype. We may also ask you to take all or part of our entrance test, depending on your English level.

Subjects

General English

  • Increase confidence in speaking and improve pronunciation
  • Develop better listening, reading and writing skills
  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Understand English grammar
  • Improve your study skills
  • Learn about and enjoy life in the UK

Academic English for IELTS or Trinity

  • Academic skills
    • creating presentations, documents, dissertations and more
  • Application skills
    • researching and applying for courses and jobs
  • Critical thinking skills
    • analysing concepts, interpreting evidence, asking critical questions and more
  • Prepare for IELTS/Trinity ISE exams

Subject-based English

Choose from*

  • English Language and Literature
    • Study drama, poetry, prose and creative writing
  • English International relations
    • Study Politics, History and Economics in an international context
  • English for Engineering
    • Study specific English vocabulary and skills for Engineering

English Communication Skills

  • Extra speaking, listening and pronunciation skills practice

I.C.T. (Information and Computer technology)

  • Learning I.C.T through English

University Application

  • Guidance, advice and research
  • Prepare to apply to the University of your choice

Academic Excursions

  • Visits to local Universities and Higher Education Fair

Leisure / Activity Programme

  • Every Wednesday afternoon
  • Sports, trips and activities

Example timetable -25 hours per week (21 hours in class plus 4 hours guided self study)

Term 1

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lesson 1
09.00 -10.00
Lesson 2
10.00 – 11.00

General English

General English

General English

General English

General English

Break

Lesson 3
11.15 – 12.15

General English

General English

General English

General English

Tutorials

Lunch

Lesson 4
1.15 - 2.45
Lesson 5
3.00 – 4.30

I.C.T.

Leisure Programme

English Communication Skills

Term 2

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lesson 1
09.00 -10.00
Lesson 2
10.00 – 11.00

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Break

Lesson 3
11.15 – 12.15

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Tutorials

Lunch

Lesson 4
1.15 - 2.45
Lesson 5
3.00 – 4.30

Subject English*

Leisure Programme

Exam Preparation and UCAS Applications

Term 3

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lesson 1
09.00 -10.00
Lesson 2
10.00 – 11.00

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Break

Lesson 3
11.15 – 12.15

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Academic
English for IELTS

Tutorials

Lunch

Lesson 4
1.15 - 2.45
Lesson 5
3.00 – 4.30

Subject English*

Leisure Programme

Exam Preparation

Term Dates

10 month programme

Term 1

3rd September 2019

20th December 2019

16 weeks

Term 2

6th January 2020

3rd April 2020

13 weeks (1 week holiday)

Term 3

6th April 2020

3rd July 2020

13 weeks (1 week holiday)


6 month programme

Term 1

6th January 2020

3rd April 2020

13 weeks (1 week holiday)

Term 2

6th April 2020

3rd July 2020

13 weeks (1 week holiday)

What is included?

  • 21 hours classroom tuition per week
  • All coursebooks and other learning materials
  • Wednesday afternoon leisure/activity programme
  • Exam fees for IELTS Trinity ISE and GCSE Maths
  • Academic Excursions (once per term)

What is not included?

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Trips (optional extra)
  • UCAS fees and travel costs to interviews
  • Travel to UK*
  • Travel within UK

*Meet and Greet service available

Leisure Programme

At SSC, we believe don’t stop learning English when you leave the language classroom! We provide a variety of sports and leisure options on Wednesday afternoons to develop your physical and mental abilities and to give you the opportunity to practice your English outside of the classroom.

We have a wide ranging programme of sports and leisure to ensure that all students have the opportunity to extend existing skills and to learn new ones. Students are offered team sports, solitary sports, adventurous sports, creative activities and activities that those less physically active (for example, due to physical impairments) can take part in, learn from and enjoy.

Participation in the Leisure Programme is optional for all English courses students, and fees are applicable. If you are interested in taking part in the Wednesday afternoon Leisure Programme, please tick the box on the application form and we will send you more information about the fees.

Trips

Once a term, SSC will organise a whole-college (GCSE and A Level) outing to fun and/or educational sites in Wales and further afield.

Examples:

Autumn Term

Margam Park, including GoApe access

Spring Term

Outdoor pursuits day in the Brecon Beacons or Gower

Summer Term

Oakwood Adventure Park

If you wish to sign up for any of these trips, speak to Reception and we will provide you the dates and fees for each trip.

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