International Year Zero - Social Sciences & Law

This course aims to prepare you with a foundation of law, humanities and political knowledge and introduce you to various topics such as international relations and psychology.

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Our pathway course in social sciences and law introduces you to the core
knowledge necessary for the study of disciplines such as Politics, International Relations and Law.

This pathway provides a route to various degrees such as psychology, sociology, politics and law. Studying Law at Greenwich offers lots of opportunities, from training to offer legal support in our Legal Advice Centre to volunteering to investigate alleged wrongful convictions of individuals. In addition, the Complete University Guide 2022 ranks Greenwich joint 5th in the UK in Politics for Graduate Prospects (Outcomes) and joint 2nd in London in Politics for Student Satisfaction.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school (48 UCAS Points) 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.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates

January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)

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.

Subject-specific modules

Data Analysis enables you to work with data for the purpose of solving real-life problems in the context of your chosen field of study. You will be introduced to basic statistical concepts, topics and methods, as well as statistical packages to help you collate and present data in forms that aid effective analysis and interpretation.

This module looks at business structure and the impact of internal and external factors on business growth and development. It will also introduce you to management and leadership approaches within business, and how thinking about management has developed over time.

Introduction to Psychology 1 introduces you to the main theoretical approaches to psychology, considering its historical development as a field of study. You will be made aware of key ideas and concepts in social, cognitive and developmental psychology.

This module provides students with an introduction to government and society in the British Isles, explaining the main features of British democracy, and exploring key features of British society, class, ethnicity, gender, rights and obligations

This module aims to provide you with a basic introduction to the legal system of England and Wales. Although the focus is on contemporary law, a historical perspective shows how the legal system has developed over time. The module describes Parliament’s role, the main features of the court system, the different types and levels of court, the jury system, judgements and case law, and the roles of judges, barristers, solicitors and court officials. It explains the different processes around civil and criminal cases, and also briefly considers both the impact of EU directives and the role of European courts within Britain in the context of the Brexit negotiations.

Introduction to Psychology 2 aims to broaden your understanding of a wider range of approaches within the subject, focusing on biopsychology and considering the key area of stress. Abnormal behaviour is also studied with an emphasis on two areas: schizophrenia and eating disorders. You will review the methods employed in psychological research, and consider the ethical issues raised in conducting research with human and animal participants.

The Pure Mathematics module will help develop your mathematical understanding as well as your familiarity and fluency with mathematical notation. It will prepare you to use mathematical applications for problem-solving in the sciences, engineering and computer science.

This module provides an introduction to the study of international relations, including historical and theoretical background to current world problems. It also looks at the concept of globalisation, considering supra-national organisations and the influence of multinational companies.

This module continues to build on your basic knowledge of biological topics in preparation for further studies. Topics include the organisation and integration of physiological processes in nature, with a particular reference to animals and with an emphasis on mammalian (especially human) anatomy and physiology.

Continuation degrees

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

BA (Hons)
Politics and International Relations
In a hectic world such as the world of politics , this is the ideal time to study a politics and international relations degree. The course will prepare you for roles in government and public service.
BA (Hons)
Physical Education and Sport
Gain the expertise needed to teach physical education and sport at a London university that has fantastic sports facilities on site.
BSc (Hons)
Explores adult and child psychology through this BSc course, the workings of the brain, social influences on relationships, and applications of psychology in the real world.
BA (Hons)
Psychology with Counselling
The BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling at Greenwich explores the workings of the human mind and brain, and how individuals with mental health difficulties can be helped with counselling and psychotherapy.
BSc (Hons)
Public Health
Studying public health at Greenwich is an exciting start to a lifelong career in a dynamic field of work.
LLB (Hons)
The law degree offers a range of legal knowledge, including contract law, criminal law, public law and human rights law, plus the skills to help you succeed in the workplace.
BA (Hons)
Criminology and Criminal Justice
The criminology and criminal degree justice is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about the causes, consequences and prevention of crime at local, national and international levels.

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