Would you like to improve your English language and academic skills before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree programme? This course aims to fully prepare those who speak English as a second language for full-time study on one of our degree programmes. Part of a range of extended degree programmes for students whose first language is not English, this foundation year helps learners to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 in each language skill component) before starting undergraduate studies. Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment. Students also benefit from access to our dedicated language centre, which offers a range of interactive resources designed to aid second language study. Thinking of studying for a degree here in the UK? This foundation year will help you transition into academic life as smoothly as possible, improving your language, research and communication skills as you begin to learn about your chosen subject area. Successful completion of the International foundation year will provide a pathway to the Acoustics degree. Southampton Solent University's undergraduate acoustics programme will see you working under an expert academic team and using industry-standard acoustics facilities. You’ll explore the nature of sound, vibration and the way they interact, developing a wide-ranging knowledge of acoustics engineering. This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses? Acoustics covers all aspects of sound and its behaviour, and therefore acousticians are an essential element for everything from designing the latest concert venues to reducing aircraft noise emissions or making the latest vacuum cleaner quieter. This highly practical course aims to help students develop an in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of acoustics, alongside core engineering skills such as computer programming, signal processing and electronics. During their studies, students can also learn to use the latest measurement, simulation and modelling technology. To aid study and help perfect their technique, students have access to the University’s fully-equipped laboratory and studio facilities. Students will be able to utilise industry-standard packages for acoustic measurement and laboratory work using a wide range of test equipment such as sound level meters, a 16-channel data acquisition system, head and torso simulators, a laser vibrometer and ambisonic microphones. Students will also have access to cutting-edge simulation and modelling software, including MATLAB, NI Labview, CadnaA, CATT Acoustic, and EASE. The dedicated electronics labs are used for systems testing and circuit building and students will also have access to specialist facilities for the testing and demonstration of acoustic and electro-acoustic principles, including a hemi-anechoic chamber, audio isolation booths for sound recording and audiometric testing, and the University’s digital 3D cinema.