Higher Education

Social Science Foundation Degree

Full-Time + Part-Time


Course Location Whittingham Road Campus

Course Duration

  • Full-time - 2 years
  • Part-time - 3 years

Fees (2016-17)

  • Full-time UK and EU student £7,500*; international students £11,000*
  • Part-time UK and EU student £4,400*

*From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

UCAS Course Code: L310

How to apply

About this course

The Social Sciences Foundation Degree is an excellent introduction to higher education, enabling you to gain a wide range of academic and work based learning skills, which will enhance your employability.

Modules have been specifically selected to allow you to gain an in-depth understanding of theory and its application in a variety of real world settings including work related learning.

What will I learn?

All modules are compulsory:

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Health, Education and Work
  • Crime and Society
  • Research Methods
  • Work-related Learning in Social Science
  • Values, Ethics and Judgement

Subject to discretionary change

Delivery — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Independent Study 70% 50%
Placement 0% 0%
Timetabled Classes 30% 30%
Delivery — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Independent Study 70% 70% 50%
Placement 0% 0% 20%
Timetabled Classes 30% 30% 30%

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a variety of methods including: timed assessments, short answer questions, timed examination, group presentation, group discussion and written essays (non-timed).

Assessment — Full-Time
Year 1 Year 2
Coursework 80% 78%
Practical 13% 4%
Written 7% 18%
Assessment — Part-Time
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Coursework 85% 75% 70%
Practical 5% 20% 30%
Written 10% 5% 0%

What do I need?

64 UCAS points

  • A Level 3 vocational qualification; or
  • An A Level profile in relevant subjects such as Psychology, Sociology or Philosophy; or
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or 4) in Maths and English Language.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Where can it take me?

Those wishing to continue their studies can use this qualification to progress on to a full honours top up degree such as Working with Children, Young People and Families or Criminology.

The Foundation Degree in Social Science is ideal if you are considering a career in teaching, learning support, family support, social work/care, probation service or a wide variety of third sector roles.