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COURSE TITLE Certificate in Foundation Studies in Humanities and Commerce







Cert. FS(Melit.)

Short Cycle Qualification

Level 4

1 Year



The Certificate in Foundation Studies (Humanities and Commerce) Programme aims to provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework upon which to base their future undergraduate studies.

The primary aim of the course, whether in the Humanities or the Commerce area, is to provide students with the linguistic skills, knowledge base, transferable skills, and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta’s undergraduate courses either in the Humanities or Commerce fields.

The programme has been designed to engage and stimulate whilst giving the appropriate support needed to move from a fully structured educational environment normally encountered in high school to the attitudes, knowledge, analytical and evaluation skills expected of a student at the University of Malta.

The course will provide teaching in the areas of English, Accountancy, Economics, French, History, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Psychology. Students taking the Humanities stream will also be able to attend a study-unit in Communications offered by the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.

Every study-unit will include an end of study-unit written examination, and there are also study-units which include oral examinations as well as presentations. The course will also include continuous assessment in order to create a realistic profile of the student’s abilities. The students’ performance will be monitored continuously and students will have a monthly individual feedback session with the Director of Studies.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The course will provide students with:

• listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English necessary to function effectively as a student following an undergraduate course either in the humanities or commerce;

• a sound grounding in grammar, in order to be able to speak and write correctly and syntactically, especially in a formal way;

• instruction which will take students up to A level standard in History and Economics;

• instruction which helps students to cope effectively with subjects encountered at undergraduate level, such as Mathematics, Psychology and Accountancy;

• occasions to demonstrate knowledge and skills gained through oral presentations and discussions;

• possibilities to think and reason constructively, especially in the abstract;

• opportunities to develop intellectually;

• the prospect of meeting and understanding different cultures.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Students who are awarded the Certificate in Foundation Studies (Humanities and Commerce) will be uniquely furnished with the skill-set, attitudes and knowledge base which would enable them to follow with profit undergraduate courses in the Humanities and Commerce areas (Arts, Knowledge and Media Sciences, European Studies, Tourism, Commerce, Laws, Social Wellbeing). These courses would open up opportunities in the world of work related to International Relations, Media, Public Policy, Banking and Finance, Management, Insurance, Marketing, Public Administration, Tourism, and many others.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The Certificate in Foundation Studies (Humanities and Commerce) is specially designed to enable students who have completed their secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) for admission to an undergraduate degree course at the University of Malta.
The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and

(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 61, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or
(iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or
(iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and

(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but

(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 16 March 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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