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Foundation year at SOAS

So I didn’t get the results I wanted and did not get into SOAS for law but got into business. management, Economics & law with foundation year (Y004). And I got into royal Holloway for economics. Which one should I pick? And is a foundation year worth it or should I just go straight to uni.
Hi!

I'm so sorry that you didn't get your first choice at SOAS, but congratulations on both of your other offers!

I have a few friends who went through a similar situation and ended up doing the foundation year at SOAS. It is 1 extra year of study, but it can be very enjoyable to do. In addition, it allows you to get the experience of studying a variety of different degree programmes, which can make it easier to discern which degree discipline you would like to pursue. At the end of it you can then transition straight into any of the course options, so in this case that could be BSc Economics, LLB law etc.

As well as this, all students starting this year will now have the opportunity to study abroad for a year, regardless of which programme they are from. This is an incredible experience and SOAS have curated a very diverse list of partner school options. For example, with law you have the options of studying in Hong Kong, India, Norway, Singapore or Taiwan etc.

I would recommend looking at the course structures for both the foundation year and LLB and comparing them with the structure for economics at Royal Holloway. It will help you out in deciding which option is more appealing to you.

I know how stressful this period can be, but take your time in considering your options. If you need help or have any questions, you can drop any of us a message on here or if you would like to talk to a student who completed that foundation year, you can send a message on Unibuddy. If you have questions about your application or want any clarifications, you can always call our clearing hotline number: 0203 912 6580

I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)
School of Oriental and African Studies
London
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I also got into this!

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I also got into this!

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Hi!

I'm so sorry that you didn't get your first choice at SOAS, but congratulations on both of your other offers!

I have a few friends who went through a similar situation and ended up doing the foundation year at SOAS. It is 1 extra year of study, but it can be very enjoyable to do. In addition, it allows you to get the experience of studying a variety of different degree programmes, which can make it easier to discern which degree discipline you would like to pursue. At the end of it you can then transition straight into any of the course options, so in this case that could be BSc Economics, LLB law etc.

As well as this, all students starting this year will now have the opportunity to study abroad for a year, regardless of which programme they are from. This is an incredible experience and SOAS have curated a very diverse list of partner school options. For example, with law you have the options of studying in Hong Kong, India, Norway, Singapore or Taiwan etc.

I would recommend looking at the course structures for both the foundation year and LLB and comparing them with the structure for economics at Royal Holloway. It will help you out in deciding which option is more appealing to you.

I know how stressful this period can be, but take your time in considering your options. If you need help or have any questions, you can drop any of us a message on here or if you would like to talk to a student who completed that foundation year, you can send a message on Unibuddy. If you have questions about your application or want any clarifications, you can always call our clearing hotline number: 0203 912 6580

I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)


Are you able to study accounting and finance after completing the foundation year. Also is accounting and finance good in soas
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Are you able to study accounting and finance after completing the foundation year. Also is accounting and finance good in soas


Hi!

Yes, on completion of your foundation year, you are able to study the BSc Accounting and Finance degree after!

I enjoyed the accounting and finance degree at SOAS. Studying this degree at SOAS meant that I had the greatest diversity in module choices, alongside the opportunity to specialise in different areas and regions. For example, there is the option of studying finance in East Asia or finance in North Africa and the Middle East etc. In addition, I found the lecturers and tutors to be genuinely passionate about their respective fields. This not only means that both lectures and tutorials are engaging and interesting, but also each department member assigns a certain number of hours a week for you to drop in, ask them questions, get help or just talk.

The Accounting and Finance degree at SOAS is CIMA and ACCA accredited, which means that you qualify for certain exemptions if you choose to pursue either of those qualifications. In addition, we have a great careers team, who are happy to help you find internships and jobs, help create and tailor your CV/cover letters and give you mock interviews.

Another great thing about SOAS is that all students starting this year will now have the opportunity to study abroad for a year, regardless of which programme they are from. This is an incredible experience and SOAS have curated a very diverse list of partner school options. Some of the country options include the US, Canada, Jordan, Hong Kong, India, Norway, Singapore, Taiwan and so many more!

Finally, SOAS’s campus is in Bloomsbury, in central London, and is next door to UCL and Birkbeck. This is great because students from University of London institutions have the opportunity to use the other universities facilities. For example, as a SOAS student you can use KCL or LSE’s library, sign up for a student membership at UCL’s gym or buy food from Birkbeck’s SU shop etc. In addition, SOAS’s location in London is optimal, as King’s Cross is a 10-15 minute walk in one direction and Tottenham Court Road/Oxford street is a 10-15 minute walk the other way. This means that you are surrounded by amazing places to eat, markets to visit and can always find something to do!

I hope that this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

- K (BSc Accounting and Finance)

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