Social Sciences Foundation Year
School - School of Health and Society
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): September
Year one of a four-year degree
UK - £6,165
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy: Professional Practice (on completion of successful DBS check and interview)
- BSc (Hons) Criminology
- BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
- BSc (Hons) Criminology with Counselling
- BSc (Hons) Social Policy
- BSc (Hons) Sociology
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.