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 Southampton Solent University’s specialist 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. 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 Marketing degree. Southampton Solent University’s BA (Hons) Marketing programme will help prepare you for a varied career as a professional marketer - driving growth, increasing brand awareness and delivering high-quality marketing materials for businesses of all types and sizes. Designed in partnership with industry employers – and with a strong focus on employability and workplace skills – this three-year degree will equip you with both an understanding of marketing theory and a range of sought-after practical skills. Southampton Solent University’s marketing programme is one of the only programmes in the South to offer students access to a high level of professional qualification in addition to a traditional degree. Additional qualifications include Chartered Institute of Marketing, CAM Foundation, PRINCE2 and Google Analytics awards. These professional qualifications are valued by many employers, giving students an advantage when it comes time to look for graduate employment. The course teams established industry links have provided students with a range of exciting opportunities including guest lectures, live briefs and industry assessments. Businesses that have previously been involved with the course include Mercedes Benz, Ahmed Tea and Dorset Goodness. Students may also take part in national marketing and business competitions. Past students have made entries to both the University Business Challenge and the Pearson RED Challenge.