Foundation Programme in Social Sciences 2021

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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Course format

No placements


1 year

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Course outline and modules

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 programme will consolidate and build upon your existing skills and knowledge to facilitate your transition to a higher education.

This programme offers you the chance to develop a solid foundation for an exciting and rewarding graduate career in the 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 international 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 identity and inequality, as well as conduct your own research project.

Psychology also forms a key 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 Social Sciences and Humanities on an undergraduate degree programme.

Progression Requirements:

40% in the Foundation Programme to achieve progression onto all programmes – plus prerequisite grades as per entry requirements.


Core modules
  • The World of Modern Politics
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Social Science Project
  • Professional Skills
Optional modules
  • Leadership and Management
  • Development Psychology
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Security Challenges in the International System
  • E-business
  • Understanding the International System


Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

CCD minimum


BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM  (Normally in Business or Health and Social Care)


28 points overall

Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.


GCSE C/4 in Maths and C/4 in English (Maths B/5 for Politics & Economics)

View our Admissions Policy. 

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.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will have the best of both worlds with the Foundation Programme in Social Sciences at Aston - you will receive plenty of support and guidance from your module tutors, who are also experts in their respective fields of research. 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.

Programme Director(s)

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick

Fees and Scholarships

UK students (2021/22)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as home students. Further information can be found here.

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees


At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

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