This course has been designed to introduce international students from different educational and language backgrounds to life and study at UK universities. It aims to give you a deep understanding of academic culture that will allow you to flourish in your degree studies.
As well as providing a thorough academic orientation and induction, on successful completion it also supports you to develop the appropriate level of academic language, study skills and content knowledge to meet the entry requirements of your destination degree programme. This solid foundation aims to enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ on your degree, help you take a critical approach, reflect on your learning, organise your studies and be an independent learner.
You can study this course via the following pathways:
- CUCIFY03 (IELTS 4.5)
- CUCIFY10 (IELTS 5.0)
- CUCIFY11 (IELTS 5.5)
On successful completion of the International Foundation Year (Law), you will be eligible to progress onto the following Coventry University degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):
The International Foundation Year (Law) consists of six modules – three academic language and skills modules and three subject-specialist modules. Depending on your SELT score, you could have the opportunity to join the course at the second or third language and skills module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.
This module aims to introduce you to life and study at UK universities. It explores some of the key academic language and skills needed for successful study and reviews teaching methods and ways to communicate with the wider university, including asking for help. It also introduces research, reporting and presentation skills, and key study skills for managing successful study.
This module aims to provide an in-depth exploration of academic language and skills. This includes strategies for approaching academic assignments, structuring academic writing and presentations, developing a reasoned argument, incorporating supporting evidence, summarising and proofreading. It will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in universities.
This module aims to review and refine your academic skills and language. You will analyse examples of academic work to identify successful approaches and strategies, deepen reading and listening skills for gathering information, and explore different ways of organising arguments and incorporating source material appropriately. You will also have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and an appropriate academic style and review key information about your destination degree course.
This module aims to ensure that you understand the primary concepts, terms and processes in the practice of law in England and Wales. We’ll discuss the interpretation and application of legal rules – providing you with an insight into key aspects of professional practice and law in the workplace.
We will focus on contemporary case studies and analyse current issues in the legal system to keep the course relevant.
In this module, you will learn to understand exactly what constitutes a valid and enforceable contract. You’ll look at obligations, the rights of third parties and the terms of a contract to solidify your understanding. You will cover a range of relevant topics, such as discharge of contract, misrepresentation, vitiating factors and legal reasoning.
You’ll develop analytical skills by performing critical evaluations of contractual obligations and the remedies available.
The initial transition to higher education can pose a range of challenges that you need to overcome. Therefore, we ensure that you have a clear understanding of the skills needed for effective legal practice, including how to create, draft and use various client care documents, and become confident as an independent learner.
We’ll guide you through legal reasoning, critical thinking and decision-making. You’ll also learn the processes and procedures of professional conduct with client care, interviews and communications.
If you do not need to complete all three English modules because of your English language score, there will be an additional module:
This module aims to give you a deeper understanding of, and an opportunity to develop and practice, key skills that support successful university study and you can transfer to the workplace. You will explore skills and approaches including teamwork and collaboration, communication, information gathering, analytical and problem-solving, what it means to be ‘professional’, taking a global perspective and intercultural awareness. You will produce a portfolio of work during the module and present reflections and findings to your peers and other university group stakeholders.
In more detail...
This International Foundation Year will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. You will be taught using various approaches, which may include lessons and individual and group tutorials. You will also have self-study materials to follow outside of the classroom.
Each one of the modules requires the equivalent of between 225 and 300 study hours. They run over a six-week period and are taught consecutively, with a combination of assessments in each six-week block.
You will receive approximately 18 hours of teaching contact hours per week. This will be a combination of lectures (which may take place in person on-campus or live online). There will also be regular small group or individual tutorials. The remaining study hours required for the module will be self-guided.*
The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
*We set out the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters/blocks and years of study and may vary due to module selection (if applicable). In addition to the contact hours detailed, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.
You will be assessed on the first three academic language and skills modules of the International Foundation Year through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments. Formative assessments will be delivered at the end of module one and two, and there will be continuous assessment of your performance and output throughout each module.
The modules will be assessed as follows:
- 50% Coursework (Assessment methods vary and include class and course work performance, oral presentations and individual and group tasks)
- 50% Phase Tests (these tests for all three academic language and skills modules will follow the end of your final Academic Language and Skills module)
The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and will be given a score, and your final feedback will refer to each outcome and provide an overall score.
For your subject-specialist modules the learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.
Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.
Course Breakdown (approximate):
- 60% Coursework
(Assessment methods vary and may include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block)
- 40% Phase Tests
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion of your modules, including the subject-specific modules, you will have had the opportunity to:
- Understand approaches to learning in UK universities and expectations in your chosen subject area.
- Write an extended piece of academic writing that requires elements of research and follows standard academic conventions
- Express facts, information and ideas with effective grammatical accuracy and accuracy, using an appropriate range of academic and subject specific vocabulary
- Communicate effectively in everyday situations within the university environment and more generally in English-speaking contexts
- Deliver a well-structured presentation on an academic topic
- Participate in seminar discussions on academic topics
- Access academic texts in order to select relevant information
- Differentiate between different academic genres of writing
- Comprehend extended academic listening texts and record relevant information
- Access online materials and demonstrate increased digital literacy
- Organise academic study and manage your time
- Reflect on learning
- Understand, engage with and critically evaluate knowledge relating to global issues
- Apply your knowledge and language skills to a realistic learning opportunity and assessment, at an appropriate academic level.
On successful completion of the International Foundation Year (Law), you will be eligible to progress onto the following Coventry University degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria:
- Law LLB (Hons)
- Criminology BA (Hons)
- Criminology and Psychology BA (Hons)
- Forensic Investigations BSc (Hons)
The subject-specific modules and the academic language and skills modules are all non-credit bearing. A progression meeting is held at the end of your modules to determine whether you can progress to the degree course.
Applicants must have a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT), which is listed on the UKVI’s ‘List of approved tests and providers’.
Non-Student visa students may be accepted with equivalent scores on Cambridge Preliminary (PET), First (FCE) or Advanced (CAE); PTE Academic; TOEFL iBT; or the Coventry University English Test (CUET), on a case-by-case basis.
Depending upon the SELT score already obtained, you will have the opportunity to join the course at the second or third module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.
Entry to the course on the first or second Language and Skills Modules requires a SELT. Direct entry on to the third Language and Skills Modules requires students to have obtained CEFR Level B2 or above; evidence of B2 level competence can take the form of a non- SELT language test.
Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application by email.
Please be aware you will need the following information to make your application:
- Copies of your full (final) and up to date academic transcripts
- Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
- An English Language test result or certificate
- One academic reference letter
- Your personal statement supporting your application to study at Coventry University
- Copy of your current passport.
Please see the list of entry requirements by country. If your country is not represented, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
|Country||Entry Requirements - International Foundation Year|
|Angola||Completion of Secondary School Certificate (Grade 12) with pass grades|
|Albania||Completion of high school education with Certificate of Maturity with pass grades|
|Armenia||Certificate of Secondary Education (Mijnakarg Yndhanur Krtoutian Attestat) with pass grades|
|Azerbaijan||Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) with pass grades|
|Bahrain||Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades|
|Bangladesh||Senior School Certificate/Higher Secondary Certificate with pass grades|
|Botswana||Cambridge Overseas School Certificate with pass grades|
|Brazil||Certificado de Ensino Medio with grade 6 average|
|Brunei Darussalam||Brunei Cambridge O-level with pass grades|
|Cameroon||Baccalaureat or Certificat de Probation with pass grades in relevant subjects|
|China||Completion of Senior Secondary School Year 3 with 60% average
Completion of Senior Secondary School Year 2 with 70% average
|Gambia||West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate with pass grades|
|Georgia||Certificate of Secondary Education with pass grades|
|Ghana||West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate with pass grades|
|Hong Kong||Successful completion of Form 5 with pass grades in relevant subjects OR HKDSE with passes in 3 relevant subjects|
|India||Completion of Year X with average 65% Completion of Year XI with average 50% Completion of Year XII with average 40%|
|Indonesia||SMU 2 with an average of 7.0
SMU 3 with an average of 6.5
|Iran Islamic Republic of||Successful completion of High School Diploma with pass grades|
|Japan||Upper Secondary School Year 2 with GPA 2.5
Upper Secondary School Year 3 with GPA 2.0
|Jordan||Tawjihiya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades|
|Kazakhstan||Diploma of Completed Secondary Education (Attaestat) with pass grades|
|Kenya||East African School Certificate/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE with pass grades|
|Kuwait||Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades|
|Lebanon||Lebanese Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate with pass grades|
|Libya||Secondary Education Certificate|
|Macao||iGCSE/O-levels/ Completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with average grades|
|Malaysia||SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) (or forecast) with average grades/UEC with pass grades|
|Myanmar||High School Matriculation with pass grades in relevant subjects|
|Nigeria||West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate with pass grades|
|Oman||Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades|
|Pakistan||Higher Secondary Certificate with pass grades|
|Qatar||Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/Senior Schooling Certificate with pass grades|
|Russian Federation||Certificate of Secondary Education with good grades in relevant subjects|
|Saudi Arabia||Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades|
|Singapore||Singapore/Cambridge O-level/iGCSE with pass grades|
|Republic of Korea||Senior High School 2 with average 4th grade in relevant subjects/Senior High School 3 with average 6th grade
in relevant subjects/School Leaving Certificate with average 60%
|Sri Lanka||O-levels with average grades|
|Taiwan||Senior High School Year 2 with 60% average/Senior High School Year 3 with 55% average|
|Thailand||Mathayom (MAW) 5 with GPA 2.5
Mathayom (MAW) 6 with GPA 2.0
|Turkey||Successful completion of Devlet Lise Birtme Diplomasi OR High School Year 3 with pass grades|
|United Arab Emirates||Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with pass grades OR Technical Diploma: min. 60%|
|Uzbekistan||Diploma of Completed Secondary Education with pass grades|
|Vietnam||Completion of Year 12 with an average Grade 5.0
Completion of Year 11 with an average Grade 7.0
|Zambia||Zambia School Certificate with pass grades|
|Zimbabwe||ZIMSEC O-level – 5 passes A–C inc. English and Maths|
£16,000 (per year)
£16,000 (per year)
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees, which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated based on what it costs to teach each course, and we aim for total financial transparency.
|International Foundation Year Law (IELTS 4.5)||CUCIFY03||£16,000|
|International Foundation Year Law (IELTS 5.0)||CUCIFY10||£16,000|
|International Foundation Year Law (IELTS 5.5)||CUCIFY11||£16,000|
If you successfully pass the International Foundation Year (Law), you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at Coventry University (listed in the Overview section), subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.
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