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International Year Zero - Social Sciences & Law

This course aims to prepare you with a foundation of law, humanities and political knowledge and introduce you to various topics such as international relations and psychology.


Our pathway course in social sciences and law introduces you to the core
knowledge necessary for the study of disciplines such as Politics, International Relations and Law.

This pathway provides a route to various degrees such as psychology, sociology, politics and law. Studying Law at Greenwich offers lots of opportunities, from training to offer legal support in our Legal Advice Centre to volunteering to investigate alleged wrongful convictions of individuals. In addition, the Complete University Guide 2022 ranks Greenwich joint 5th in the UK in Politics for Graduate Prospects (Outcomes) and joint 2nd in London in Politics for Student Satisfaction.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school (48 UCAS Points) or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Subject-specific modules

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.

Optional module A (Choose A or B): 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.

Optional module B (Choose A or B): 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.

Optional module C (Choose C or D or E): 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.

Optional module D (Choose C or D or E): 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.

Optional module E (Choose C or D or E): 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.

Key Information



4 years:1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023


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