This course prepares you for your undergraduate media-related degree at Newcastle University.
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
The quality of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies experience is recognised by consistently high rankings in the major league tables.
We are ranked 1st in the UK in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2017. We also achieved a very impressive 91% overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2016 ranking us in the top 20 in the UK.
We also rank in the top 20 UK universities for Law in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017 and The Complete University Guide 2018.
Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us including a brand new Architecture studio.
Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.
This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.
Choosing this course means that you'll get:
- a quality-assured university course
- full Newcastle University status
- a guaranteed offer on a designated undergraduate degree at Newcastle
- a campus-based course with access to university facilities
- active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
- a very supportive study environment
Modules for 2017/18 entry
Introduction to British Institutions and Culture (10 credits)Introduction to British Institutions and Culture (10 credits)
This module will provide a broad introduction to British institutions and culture to enable you to understand the broader contexts of humanities and social science subjects in a UK university.
Topics covered may include:
- local and national government and politics
- legal institutions
- geography and sociology of the UK and the North East
- business in the UK
- the UK education system
English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)English for Academic Purposes (40 credits)
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way:
The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on:
- private study
- student research
- student-led presentations
- seminar discussions
- group work
Study Skills and Projects (30 credits)Study Skills and Projects (30 credits)
This module is designed to help you adjust to the specific demands and expectations of UK higher education.
The skills covered will include:
- personal and time organisation
- library and information skills
- using and interpreting data
- team-working skills
- problem-solving skills
- examination and revision techniques
- presentation skills
- avoiding plagiarism
You will also have workshop sessions in core ICT skills including:
- the use of Word
- web-based learning systems
Introduction to the Study of Humanities and Social Sciences (20 credits)Introduction to the Study of Humanities and Social Sciences (20 credits)
This broad-based module examines what is meant by social sciences and humanities and the nature of academic knowledge and research in these areas.
It includes a review of articles about topics in the social sciences and humanities; and study of the city of Newcastle and its region from geographical, sociological, political, historical, cultural and artistic perspectives.
Introduction to Sociology (20 credits)Introduction to Sociology (20 credits)
This module offers an introduction to sociological concepts and methodological approaches, as well as the opportunity to study key sociological issues with particular reference to modern British society.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
- 21 hours per week minimum
- Maximum of 16 students per class for English language teaching
- 17 years and above
Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.
Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.
Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including
- written essays
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- bibliographical searches
- oral and video presentations
- problem solving
To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
Academic requirementsAcademic requirements
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
To progress to all degrees except Law
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
To progress to Law
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
Don't meet English language requirements?
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for Academic English.
You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by 31 December.
For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.
You're guaranteed a place on one of our designated undergraduate degrees at Newcastle if you successfully complete the International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences.
As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of Newcastle progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:
- successfully completing an interview;
- having previously studied a relevant discipline;
- having previously completed a degree; or
- having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language
Your progression options:
- Combined Honours BA Honours (Y001)
- Film and Media BA Honours (P303)
- Geography BA Honours (L701)
- Geography and Planning BA Honours (LK74)
- Journalism, Media and Culture BA Honours (P500)
- Media, Communication and Cultural Studies BA Honours (PQL0)
- Politics BA Honours (L200)
- Politics and Economics BA Honours (LL21)
- Sociology BA Honours (L300)
- Philosophy BA Honours (V500)
- Architecture and Urban Planning BA Honours (K190)
- Urban Planning BA Honours (K421)
- Master of Planning MPlan Honours (K400)
History, Classics and Archaeology
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
June 2018 start (4 terms) £23,250
September 2018 start (4 terms) £23,400
September 2018 start (3 terms) £18,500
January 2019 start (3 terms) £18,500
The above tuition fees do not include the following.
An extra charge of £150 per academic course, charged on confirmation.
The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:
- 3 terms will cost approximately £210 per academic course
- 4 terms will cost approximately £270 per academic course
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.
We offer International Foundation Scholarships to a limited number of gifted students.
Visit our International Preparation Course website for more details.
How to apply
To apply online visit our INTO application form.
You can also contact us in a variety of ways.