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Programme Specification for the 2021/2 academic year

FdCert International Foundation Programme in Humanities Law and Social Sciences (January start)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameFdCert International Foundation Programme in Humanities Law and Social Sciences (January start) Programme codeLIF0INTINT08
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2021/2
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award3 (INTO)

2. Description of the Programme

This pre-undergraduate programme is intended to provide you with the skills and knowledge relevant to studying subjects in the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. It also aims to improve your English and study skills in order to meet the requirements for entry to undergraduate degrees at the University of Exeter.

 

The programme consists of:

  • Four academic content modules
  • A module in  Academic English for Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Content modules introduce key concepts and skills relevant to students wishing to study law, humanities and social sciences and develop important technical and communication skills.

 

You will be offered a favourable learning environment (online and/or face to face), designed to meet your specific needs, where you can  develop academic skills including essay-writing, lecture note-taking, presentation and seminar skills, and English language competence, alongside better understanding of academic subjects. Learning is appropriately paced and supported with a generous allocation of teaching time.

 

The programme will give you experience of the expectations of study as a university student, while delivering benefits in the form of small-group tuition and a very supportive environment.

 

Entry to the first year undergraduate degree at Exeter is through UCAS application and dependent on you achieving the required academic standards and general entry requirements for the University of Exeter.  

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This programme is designed to enable you to enter a degree programme at the University of Exeter (or any other UK Higher Education Institution). The aims of the Foundation programme are:

  • to enable you to increase your knowledge and skills to a level equivalent to A-level study;
  • to help you to improve your English to the level required for entry onto undergraduate programmes in the UK (in most cases equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or 6.5), making sure that you can use written and spoken language appropriately in an academic context;
  • to help you to develop the necessary study skills and approaches to learning required at undergraduate level study;
  • to introduce you to the culture of academic study in a UK higher education institution;
  • to provide you with the technical, communication and personal skills that you will need in your further studies and throughout your professional career.

4. Programme Structure

The International Foundation in Humanities, Law and Social Sciences programme is a one year full-time programme of study at Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) level 3, and is a single stage programme. The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of credits. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. The programme consists of 120 credits with 90 credits at level 3, and 30 credits at level 2. There are three academic subject modules of 20 credits at level 3; one interdisciplinary academic module of 30 credits at RQF level 3,and a 30-credit module in Academic English for Humanities and Social Sciences at RQF level 2. 

 

Academic English for Humanities and Social Sciences and academic content modules are based on semesters (11 or 12 weeks), with assessment periods usually falling mid-semester and at the end of each semester. Academic English for Humanities and Social Sciences and one of the compulsory academic modules is taken over two semesters.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-exeter/studying/our-courses/course-list/international-foundation-in-humanities-law-and-social-science.aspx

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the following website

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3887 (Cohort 1)

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4315 (Cohort 2)

Optional modules are offered every year at the discretion of the Centre and student choice may be constrained by the requirements for progression into their chosen undergraduate degree programme and timetable constraints.

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

All students on the Foundation Certificate in Humanities, Law and Social Sciences take the following modules:

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0052 Foundation Academic English Foundation Academic English30Yes
INT0048 Liberal Arts with Research Project Liberal Arts with Research Project30No
INT0049 Introduction to Social Sciences Introduction to Social Science20No

Optional Modules

In semester 2, students choose two of the following modules (subject to availability).

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0042 Introduction to Law Introduction to English Law 20No
INT0026 Introduction to World Politics and International Relations Introduction to World Politics and International Relations20No
INT0027 Introduction to Film and Literary Studies Introduction to Film and Literary Studies20No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe key theories, concepts and information from specific subject area
2. Apply the knowledge, theories and concepts you have learnt from your studies to respond to new contexts;
3. Read widely about your subject, going beyond the basic texts;
4. Operate effectively in English, including in the context of your discipline, and with the skills necessary in an academic context

ILOs 1 and 2 are developed through lectures, and seminars (online and/or face to face) which consist of a variety of tasks, activities, and discussions. ILO 3 includes guided independent study and use of e-learning and ELE resources.

ILO 4: Academic English classes employ a variety of learning activities and teaching methods to improve your ability to communicate effectively in an appropriate format.  These include online and/or face to face teacher-led groups, student presentations, seminars and set tasks.

ILOs 1 to 3 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, presentations and coursework assignments.

 

ILO 4: Academic English skills assessment comprises of a written assignment, a group presentation listening, reading and writing exams, and a seminar.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Present an argument which is coherent and supported with evidence from wider reading
6. Analyse and evaluate information
7. Apply relevant theories, procedures or skills to solving practical problems or analysing situations
8. Demonstrate appropriate academic literacy practices, using citation and providing bibliographies correctly

ILOS 5-7 are developed through teacher-led classes (online or face to face) which consist of a variety of tasks, activities, student presentations and seminar discussions. In addition, guided independent study, and use of ELE resources play an important role.

ILO 8: input and practice are provided in the Academic English for Humanities and Social Sciences module. This is further supported by the other modules.

ILOs 5 to 8 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, presentations, projects and coursework assignments.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. With support, take responsibility for your own learning and work independently
10. Work co-operatively in groups
11. Present your work to others, communicating logically and effectively in an apprpriate form
12. Assess your performance against given criteria.
13. Undertake straightforward research tasks (collecting and interpreting information) within a given framework and with guidance.

ILO 9 is developed in the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills, since independent study and practice forms an important part of teaching and learning methods.

ILOs 10 and 11 are developed through class and group discussions in classes and working in groups in some modules.

ILO 12 is developed through the processes of formative assessment and feedback and reflective tasks set during the research project.

ILO 13 is developed as students progress through the content modules, and overtly in the Research project in the liberal arts and research project module.

ILOs 10, 11 and 13 are assessed through coursework assignments, exams, presentations, and the Research Project.

ILOs 9 and 12 are indirectly assessed – in the sense that, where modules require development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills.

 

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

The programme consists of 120 credits. The pass mark for all modules is 40%.

To achieve the Foundation Certificate you are required to achieve 120 credits in this single stage programme. Up to 30 credits can be condoned, provided you have achieved an average mark of at least 40% across the 120 credits of assessment, including the marks for any failed and condoned modules. Condonementis the process that allows you to pass a stage should you fail to achieve the required number of credits in any stage. However you should note that you will not be able to progress to the University of Exeter degree programmes with any condoned modules (see below)

Progression

Admission (or ‘progression’) to Year 1 at the University of Exeter is dependent on students meeting the requirements given to them in their conditional offer from the University of Exeter. These conditions have been approved by the University of Exeter’s Admissions Policy Group (APG) and can be found for the current admissions cycle:  http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/progression/

Assessment and Awards

In case of non-progression to a degree at the University of Exeter, assessment of this single stage programme contributes to the summative classification of the award.

 

Classification

The marking of modules and the classification of the Foundation Certificate broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

  • Distinction : 70% overall in academic content and Study Skills + 70% in English Language Skills for Academic Study
  • Pass: 40-69%

Full details of assessment regulations for UG programmes can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website. Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All INTO Foundation students will be allocated an Academic Tutor ("Personal Tutor") and will normally retain the same tutor throughout their time at INTO. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (in group and 1-1 settings). Academic ("Personal") tutors liaise with the Programme Manager, who takes responsibility for the programme as a whole and provides a second line of support to students.

Each student will be issued with a Programme Handbook which contains information on:

Programme staff

Programme dates

Programme structure and modules

Attendance

Assessment, including submission and marking

Sickness, absence and mitigation procedures

Other general, important information

 

The Programme Handbook can be found here:

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4315  (Cohort 2)

where there are separate areas for each of the programme modules. Resources include:

 

Timetables

Course programmes / schedules

Coursework tasks, schedules and marking criteria

Past exam papers

Extra academic resources to support your studies

Links to useful web sites

 

Academic tutoring: The role of Academic ("Personal") Tutors at INTO is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff. A University-wide statement personal tutoring is included in the University’s Personal Tutor Code of Practice at

 

http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%206/6B(2010)Personal%20Tutor%20System%20CoP%20FINAL.pdf

 

and is supported by resources for personal tutors at:

http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/staffdevelopment/aspectsofacademicpractice/personaltutoring

Learning Resources

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed below, INTO University of Exeter also provides

-          Its own computer suites, and printing facilities

-          Students with specific physical and learning needs will be provided with appropriate support. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide further information and resources. However, for International Students there may be cost implications for some support elements.

-          One-to-one and Group Academic Tutorials to support subject assignments.

-          Dedicated support for applications for further study.

-          Dedicated online resources on ELE for each programme and module

    

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of INTO University of Exeter.

For entry to the International Foundation Programme in Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, entry requirements are:

  • Normally completion of 12 years of education;
  • A/AS 64 points (local language A/AS Levels are accepted); IB 20 points;

(Country-specific entry qualifications can be obtained from INTO Admissions.)

  • English: IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and a minimum of 4.5  in all other subskills (or equivalent)
  • Unless otherwise specified Subjects recognised must relate to 'academic’ subjects or modules only

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

INTO University of Exeter ensures that students studying on the International Foundation programme meet the standards required by the receiving Colleges for entry into the first year of a degree programme through representation at Examination Boards and through joint College/INTO Boards of Studies. An INTO/University Academic Board oversees implementation of the University’s quality assurance mechanisms.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

FdCert International Foundation Programme in Humanities Law and Social Sciences (January start)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

3 (INTO)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

2002

Date of last revision

31/07/2020