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Bangor International College

International Year Zero - Psychology and Social Sciences

This course will give you an excellent grounding in the practical and technical skills required to support your continuation onto your chosen Business, Management and Economics degree.

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Overview

The IYZ in Law, Media, Psychology, and Social Sciences will give you an excellent grounding for undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas, including Media, Law, Sociology and Psychology. You will also develop maths skills that are vital for your degree studies.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • If you have an IELTS of 5.0 (with no component below 4.5), you will be offered a6 week Pre-sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.
  • If you have an IELTS of 4.5 (with no component below 4.0), you will be offered a12 week Pre-Sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the IYZ.

Key Information

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Duration

4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

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Start Dates

October 2022 | November 2022 | January 2023
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Pathway Tuition Fee

£16,995.00

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Core Modules

Introducing key features of the legal system of England and Wales, this module covers its principles and processes. You will learn about the different types and levels of court, including the jury system and the roles of judges, barristers, solicitors and court officials, as well as processes around civil and criminal cases. The module also explores how laws are made and the contributions of Parliament, judges’ judgements and case law, and the impact of the European Union.

In this module, you’ll receive a basic introduction to the study of business and management. You’ll learn the different types of businesses and organisations, as well as how to finance a start-up. The module also illustrates different approaches to management and explains decision-making processes. It will give you an appreciation of the current business context and the challenges facing managers today.

In this module, you will learn the maths skills expected of you at degree level. It covers essential mathematical language, notation, conventions and units, as well as developing your algebraic skills and introducing you to basic statistical concepts, topics and methods.

You will be introduced to key concepts underpinning a range of media activities in this module. It considers the role and impact of the mass media in the UK – both print and digital – in the context of wider society, through a study of the news media. You will be introduced to textual criticism and theory. In terms of study skills, you will develop your critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities to become more effective as an independent learner.

Providing a basic introduction to the study of Microeconomics, this module introduces relevant theories, concepts and terminology as well as explaining key topics such as demand and supply, the economic problem and the allocation of scarce resources. You will look at different models and the importance of economic decision-making, the effects of government intervention and theories around elasticity, specialisation, productivity, economies of scale, public goods, merit and demerit goods, and monopoly.

In this module, you will learn the maths skills expected of you at degree level. It covers essential mathematical language, notation, conventions and units, as well as developing your algebraic skills and introducing you to basic statistical concepts, topics and methods.

Providing a basic introduction to the study of Microeconomics, this module introduces relevant theories, concepts and terminology as well as explaining key topics such as demand and supply, the economic problem and the allocation of scarce resources. You will look at different models and the importance of economic decision-making, the effects of government intervention and theories around elasticity, specialisation, productivity, economies of scale, public goods, merit and demerit goods, and monopoly.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses:

BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Neuropsychology

You’ll specialise in understanding the structure of the human brain, and how it functions to enable perception, thought, emotion, language and behaviour.

BA (Hons)
Journalism & Media Studies

Our Journalism and Media degree will equip you with the skills you need to forge a career in journalism and the media. This exciting degree course is aimed at students who want to make a profession of their passion by understanding how the news and media industry work.

BA (Hons)
Health & Social Care

The BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree will provide you with an in-depth understanding of health and social care theory and practice, and help you to gain the skills necessary to improve the lives of those who rely on the health and social care system.

BA (Hons)
Film Studies and Production

This film degree will provide a theoretical grounding and historical understanding of visual culture, as well as equip you with a broad range of production skills within different areas of the media, including documentary filmmaking, screenwriting and short film production.

LLB (Hons)
Law with Criminology

This Law with Criminology programme provides quality education in Law, or in Law combined with another discipline, to promote such an awareness and to allow those who so wish, to progress to careers in the legal professions.

LLB (Hons)
Law

Law affects all of our lives and the knowledge of law increases our understanding of the society and the world in which we live.

BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Forensic Psychology

This Psychology with Forensic Psychology degree course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

BSc (Hons)
Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides eligible graduates with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

BSc (Hons)
Psychology

This ‘pure psychology’ course will allow students to gain a scientific understanding of the basic processes by which we learn, think, feel and adapt to our social conditions.

BA (Hons)
Sociology

Sociology, and this course, investigates social life and the way it shapes people’s behaviour, beliefs and identity.

BA (Hons)
Journalism and Media Studies

This exciting degree course is aimed at students who want to study Journalism and Media, including television and radio journalism; print journalism; digital journalism; media practice; public relations; and the history, development and ethics of journalism

BA (Hons)
Health and Social Care

The BA (Hons) Health and Social Care will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the health and social care policies, theory and practice and students will gain the skills needed to be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment.

BA (Hons)
Criminology and Criminal Justice

This course provides you with the opportunity to study two main subject areas; Criminology and Criminal Justice

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)