Foundation Programme in Social Sciences

This Foundation Programme in Social Sciences focuses on the skills needed to be a successful social scientist: independent study, formulating and presenting arguments, evaluating literature and interpreting data.


Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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No placements


1 year

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Entry requirements & fees

UCAS code: L301

Fees 2020/21: £9,250 for UK/EU students

Course duration:

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year
  • Foundation programme and 3 year BSc : 4 years
  • Foundation programme 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: DMM (normally in Business or Health and Social Care)
  • IB: 28 points

Plus, for progression onto specific study areas:

  • To study Modern Languages: A-level grade C minimum, or IB HL 5/6, in the language(s) to be studied. For Joint Honours courses in Spanish/French/German one language can be taken at beginners level (please check with the admissions team for details).

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for the qualifications most commonly studied. 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 the Foundation Programme to achieve progression onto all programmes – plus prerequisite grades as per entry requirements

Course outline

The Foundation Programme in Social Sciences focuses 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 out where your passion lies. 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 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.

Subject guide and modules

You will study:

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Social Science Project
  • Professional Skills
  • The World of Modern Politics

You will also need to choose 1 of the following options:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Development Psychology

You will also need to choose 2 of the following options:

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Security Challenges in the International System
  • E-business

Learning, teaching and assessment

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. As with 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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