IYZ Social Sciences and Law


Gain the core knowledge required to support your successful continuation to a degree, such as Law LLB (Hons) or Politics and International Relations BA (Hons)

International Year Zero (IYZ) Social Sciences and Law will give you the core knowledge required to support your successful continuation to a degree in the disciplines of the Social Sciences and Law.

Modules you will study

Compulsory: Data Analysis, UK Government and Society, International Business Management and Introduction to Psychology 1

Data Analysis

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.

International Business Management

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

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.

UK Government and Society

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

Optional Modules

Choose One:

Principles of English Legal System

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

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.

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Pure Mathematics

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.


Introduction to International Relations

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.


Anatomy and Physiology

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.

Core modules

As well as modules unique to your specific route, you will also study several core modules common to each course. The core modules are:

English for Academic Purposes

This module aims to help you achieve the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) for continuation to further study at University of Greenwich. Through this course, you will be made aware of the critical importance of English competence in the context of your ongoing academic studies.

Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy develops your computing skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It further helps you to develop research skills through appropriate use of the Internet, and shows how using both the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and social media can help you communicate effectively with your tutors and fellow students.

Project Study

The Project Study module will help you develop the skills required to plan, research, write and deliver a project within your subject area. You will have the opportunity to study all aspects of a project related to your particular field of study, identify and develop the skills to enable you to realise the project, and report your findings both in written form and through a presentation.

Continuation Degrees

  • LLB Law
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling
  • BSc (Hons) Public Health

Entry requirements for IYZ courses