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. Using our multimedia facilities and language centre, students will have the chance to tailor their English language studies to suit the subject they will later study at degree level. 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 Advertising degree. Are you considering a career in advertising? With a curriculum designed and taught by advertising professionals, this three year degree is an ideal introduction to the industry. During your studies you’ll have the opportunity to create a portfolio of work, while at the same time learning to design professional campaigns, pitch creative ideas and spot emerging advertising trends. Advertising at Southampton Solent is accredited by Creative Skillset. Advertising at Southampton Solent is accredited by Creative Skillset – a mark of quality reserved for courses that are best suited to prepare students for a career in the creative industries. Some advertising students at Southampton Solent get their first taste of the industry by freelancing at Solent Creatives, an on-campus advertising and marketing agency that specialises in connecting students with businesses that need creative help. This offers students the opportunity to gain work experience, create additional work for their portfolios and make industry contacts. Students are also encouraged to take on work experience throughout their studies. Students have previously secured placements at Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Erickson, EHS 4D, Chemistry Communications, B&Q, Channel 4 (Jersey) and Palmer Hargreaves. In previous years, advertising lectures have been supplemented by a schedule of industry guest speakers. These speakers delivered talks on a range of academic topics and offered an insights into agency, in-house and freelance careers. Advertising students are also offered free access to a fully equipped IT centre. Both Windows and Mac computers are available, featuring video, audio and graphic design software. Students also enjoy free access to a range of photographic equipment.