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Foundation Programme in Social Sciences

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Enter the fascinating world of social science."

Entry requirements

A Levels: CCD Minimum

(Full entry requirements below)

This programme focusses on the skills needed to be a successful social scientist: independent study, formulating and presenting arguments, evaluating literature and interpreting data.
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Preparation for studying at undergraduate degree level
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Opportunity to experience a range of social science subjects
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Guaranteed progression to our social science degrees upon successful completion
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Sample a number of different social science subjects - broaden your perspective and find where your passion lies

UCAS code: L301

Course duration:

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year
  • Foundation and 3 year BSc : 4 years
  • Foundation and 4 year BSc (including placement or year abroad): 5 years

All programmes:

  • GCSEs: Maths & English – C/4 min (Maths B/5 for Politics & Economics)
  • A Levels: CCD Minimum    
  • BTEC: DDM (normally in Business or Health and Social Care)
  • IB: 28 points

Plus, for progression onto specific study areas:

  • To study Modern languages: A-level C min, or IB HL 5/6, in the language(s) to be studied. Some Joint Honours courses in Spanish/German are available at beginners level (please check with the admissions team for details.)
  • To study English Language: A-Level C min, or IB HL 5/6, in English (Lit, Lang or combined).
  • To study Politics and International Relations: 1 A-Level in a Humanity or Social Science minimum
  • To study Sociology and Social Policy: 1 A Level in a Humanity or Social Science minimum
  • To study a Business combination: 1 A Level in Business/Economics, a Humanity or Social Science minimum

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Progression Requirements:

40% in Foundation Programme to achieve progression onto all programmes – plus prerequisite grades as per Entry Requirements

This programme focusses on the skills needed to be a successful social scientist: independent study, formulating and presenting arguments, evaluating literature and interpreting data. The programme also gives you an opportunity to sample a number of different social science subjects and topics so that you can broaden your perspective and find where your passion lies. You will have the best of both worlds - you will be taught at Aston University by both Aston University staff involved in research and by staff from Birmingham Metropolitan College. This is a programme which aims to consolidate your skills and knowledge from further education study, but build on them to smooth your transition to a University environment. 

This programme offers you to the chance to develop a a solid foundation for an exciting career in languages and social sciences. You will get a taste for many of the subjects we offer, to help you choose which path you’d like to follow.

Exploring the world of modern politics, you will study topics including foreign relations and conflict resolution, learning to analyse and evaluate political events and developments.

You will also have the chance to learn about the sociology of crime - including patterns of crime, deviance and victimisation and theoretical explanations for crime from the fields of psychology and sociology. You will explore methods of tracking, measuring and preventing crime.

Psychology also forms a core part of the programme as well. You will learn to understand the ways in which cognition, perception and language develop in children, and discover psychological research methods.

All the modules included in the course encourage you to develop skills in critical thinking, and independent study. Classes are designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and approaching topics, leaving you fully prepared to join the School of Languages and Social Sciences on an undergraduate degree programme.

You will study:

  • Professional Skills

  • Introduction to data analysis

  • Politics

  • Sociology of Crime and Deviance

  • Global Interaction

  • One optional module from a range including modules in Business and Science

You will be taught at Aston University by both Aston University staff involved in research and by staff from Birmingham Metropolitan College. As for a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.


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