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Social Sciences Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

Subject area - Social Policy and Social Work

UCAS Code: Counselling and Psychotherapy with Foundation Year - B9C9, Criminology with Foundation Year - M901, Criminology with Counselling with Foundation Year - MC12, Criminology and Sociology with Foundation Year - LM59, Social Policy with Foundation Year - L408, Sociology with Foundation Year - L305

Start Dates(s): January; September

Duration:

Year one of a four-year degree

Fees:

UK - £6,000 (for Foundation Year)

In Brief:

  • A chance to sample social science and social care subjects at university level, with the flexibility of changing between related degree pathways at the end of the Foundation Year to suit your own interests
  • Ideal if you're returning to education or seeking to develop your career in a new direction
  • Intensive modules which provide the requisite background for specific honours courses for those without the necessary qualifications

Course Summary

The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in the social sciences to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programmes (see Course Details). The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with fundamental subjects in the social sciences.

Students will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas. This will be achieved by providing modules on sociology, criminology, social policy and social care to explore inequalities associated with gender, class, race, disability and health, using different theories to understand social change and how societies try to address inequalities and discrimination. In addition, students will examine key ideas in political and social thought, discussing ideas of citizenship and democracy and learning about the development of policy.

More specifically the aims of the programme are to:

  • Improve competence in essential areas of social sciences necessary for progression onto social science degrees
  • Develop factual, theoretical knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for progressing in social science subjects
  • Develop analytical, critical and problem solving skills in social science subjects
  • Develop IT skills
  • Develop communication and study skills.

Course Details

This foundation year programme will provide a solid foundation and a pathway into established Social Science degree programmes. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in the social sciences and social care practice. You will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas. Modules on sociology/criminology/social policy and counselling will explore inequalities associated with gender, class, race, disability and health, using different theories to understand social change and how societies try to address inequalities and discrimination. In addition, you will examine key ideas in political and social thought, discussing ideas of citizenship and democracy and learning about the development of policy.

Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course.

Course Structure

This programme prepares students to study on the following three-year University undergraduate programmes, meaning the duration of your degree is four years in total. See full course details of these degrees, including modules studied, using the links below.

Year 1    

This module is designed to encourage students to apply study skills to the subject areas through an integrated practical and theoretical approach. Students will be able to grasp the relevancy of study skills through practically applying them in class. Students develop structured and reasoned lines of argument and judgements. Guided independent study is a necessary feature of the module and students will be supported with a range of texts and resources designed to reinforce understanding and the development of key skills. The emphasis on transferable skills throughout the module will enable students to become independent, active and reflective learners.      
This module aims to introduce students to key ideas about social care practice. Key models of practice and values will be explored in order to equip students with the knowledge to meet level 3 requirements. The focus on culturally competent practice and service user led provision will help students to understand the needs for practice that recognises a range of needs and is able to respond to individuals living within the community. The assessment strategy is designed to measure academic knowledge and communication skills with an explicit relationship between the lectures, seminars, learning outcomes and assessments.      
The module aims to provide students with a firm grounding in sociological substantive and factual knowledge, help build interpretive capacity, and encourage the development of evaluative thought. Students will also be encouraged to develop a range of allied transferable skills. Teaching will include formal delivery of material via lectures, supported by online materials, alongside seminars, for which students will be expected prepare and in which they will be expected to actively participate. Tutorials will give students the opportunity to speak one-to-one to members of the teaching team to discuss any issues, questions or queries they have pertaining to aspects of their learning and development.      
This module aims to introduce students to key ideas in social policy. The focus on the British experience of welfare services is designed to encourage students to examine welfare provision from different perspectives, use theory to explain social change and critically assess existing institutions such as the NHS, benefits and housing systems. Lectures include topics such as; meeting needs and the different welfare providers, introduction to social divisions; researching race/ethnicity in the media, political and ideological influence on policy, the feminist perspective (worker, wife, mother, carer), disability and education, poverty in the UK, tax and benefits, the winners and losers.      
The module introduces fundamental questions in criminology: What is crime? What causes crime? How does crime and criminal justice affect us? How should we best respond to criminal behaviour? In addressing these questions, key concepts will be explored. Each student will have the opportunity to choose a particular type of crime or deviance, then apply the various fundamental questions raised by the module week by week. The case studies will help students apply concepts to contemporary issues. Students will have the opportunity to consider different policy and practice solutions for criminal justice ‘industry’.      
What is counselling? What does it mean to be an effective citizen? Counselling skills of active listening, empathy, respect and genuineness, identifying our values, beliefs and barriers to communication, enhancing personal development. This module introduces you to basic counselling skills and the skills and qualities required to be an effective citizen. The assessment strategy will prepare students for interview for admission to undergraduate Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. The assignment is a personal learning statement which will require students to make their own learning plan for the future.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 64 points
GCE A level Typically two grade Cs
BTEC National Diploma MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma)

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Additional entry requirement information

The General Entry Academic Requirements are as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy detail for:

  • Foundation Certificate/level 3 of CertHE/DipHE/Bachelor’s Degree/Integrated Master’s programmes.

Applicants normally must have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English. However applicants who do not have the equivalent of grade C or above, GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants who do not have the qualification are required to state in their application how they intend to obtain the required GCSEs by the end of their Foundation Year.

Programme specific entry requirements
BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice
To proceed on to this degree course you are required to complete a personal statement, successful DBS and Occupational Health check and interview.

English Language Requirements

This course is not suitable for international applicants.

Applicant profile

You would have a keen interest in changing society with perhaps some experience of the social sciences from school or college. If you have practical knowledge of change in the systems that provide welfare services, economic, political and social structures this programme can assist you in the development of your ideas and progression. Career opportunities are widespread across all sectors dependent on the degree path chosen.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,000 (for Foundation Year)

Please view the relevant degree programme under the 'Course Details' tab to view the fees for the remainder years of your course.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.

Teaching

A wide range of teaching methods are used according to the nature of the module e.g. lectures, seminars, reflective practice, guided study, teamwork, and oral presentations. A wide range of alternative learning technologies are applied throughout the programme including podcasts, VLE, Facebook, YouTube and student response system to provide an interactive experience for the students.

Assessment

You will be assessed during the Foundation Year through the methods below:

  • Essay - 71%
  • Exam - 16%
  • Podcast or film clip - 5%
  • Group interview with peer feedback - 8%

To find out more about assessment on the remainder three years, please visit the relevant course page using the links under the 'Course Details' tab.

Employability

You will be equipped with transferable skills in areas such as research, ICT, critical thinking and advanced problem solving, which will provide you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a diverse range of professions.

A degree in social sciences provides a strong foundation for a range of occupations from policing to prison and probation work to journalism and social administration. It also provides you with the skills vital in jobs such as administration, public service and research. To find out more about employment opportunities for each of the individual degree programmes, please visit the relevant course page using the links under the 'Course Details' tab.

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