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Are you keen to develop an understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life? Do you want to enhance your skills in research and analysis, and decision-making?

Social sciences help us to identify trends, explore relationships, challenge prejudices and gain a deeper understanding of the societies in which we live and work. This understanding equips us with the tools to question current thinking and inform future social policy.

This foundation year, which covers the areas of sociology, politics, criminology, and media, prepares you for degree level study in a range of social science subjects.  Through engaging with real world issues, you’ll begin to develop the critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for both further study and employment.

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

Are you keen to develop an understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life? Do you want to enhance your skills in research and analysis, and decision-making?

Social sciences help us to identify trends, explore relationships, challenge prejudices and gain a deeper understanding of the societies in which we live and work. This understanding equips us with the tools to question current thinking and inform future social policy.

This foundation year, which covers the areas of sociology, politics, criminology, and media, prepares you for degree level study in a range of social science subjects.  Through engaging with real world issues, you’ll begin to develop the critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills that are essential for both further study and employment.

Following successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

Course Information

UCAS Code
L3L4

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Social Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Social Sciences Foundation Year

Our Department of Social Sciences is a community that equips you to make a positive social change, become a critical thinker, a problem solver, and to challenge what you think, see and hear.

Book an Open Day / Experience Social Sciences Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Sciences Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The course offers a range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic environment.  Core modules are aimed at developing your knowledge and understanding of theory and practice. You will also learn how to collect and analyse data as you explore the research methodologies used across the social science disciplines.

Teaching methods include lectures, small-group discussions and individual tutorials, guided study and independent learning. These will be supported by regular feedback sessions during which you can discuss your progress with a personal tutor and ask further questions.

The assessment strategy is both professionally and academically focused giving you the best opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge. You might be asked to complete multiple choice tests, write essays, complete document analysis, understand qualitative and quantitative data, produce a presentation or compile a portfolio.

Book an Open Day / Social Sciences Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Science Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

When you enrol on Northumbria’s Social Sciences Foundation year you will join a community of students, researchers and staff with enquiring minds and a real desire to improve people’s lives.

You will learn from enthusiastic and well-published lecturers who have established a high quality, research-led approach to teaching, combined with first class support.  The academic team includes practising researchers and leaders in their field, many of whom are actively involved, through their research, with real issues that face the community.

Staff research and professional expertise inform all elements of teaching to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to move on to undergraduate study.

   

Book an Open Day / Social Sciences Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Science Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will be part of an exciting, vibrant and dynamic department which has received continued praise for the quality of its teaching and learning, student support and engagement, and the research rich environment it offers students.

Where appropriate we make use of technology to enhance teaching and extend your learning experiences beyond the traditional lecture/classroom environment.  These include the eLearning Portal (Blackboard), which provides online access to module materials, video podcasts and online quizzes. We also use TurnitinUK (a web-based plagiarism detection tool) and electronic reading lists to improve your learning experience. 

The teaching team are always keen to pioneer new approaches to engage you via smartphones, associated apps and social media.

   

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Book an Open Day / Social Sciences

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Science Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Research excellence is embedded into all of your modules.  This contemporary and innovative approach to learning draws on the latest academic theory and practice to develop your understanding of research methods and to arouse your curiosity.

As you progress through the course you will learn how to conduct research, critically assess the work of others, investigate and solve problems and to translate findings into intellectual questions and arguments.

Research / Social Sciences

The pioneering research in the Department of Social Sciences focuses on a wide range of issues.

Book an Open Day / Social Sciences

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Science Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills that will open doors to a range of further study opportunities and careers. You will develop your written and verbal communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills, as well as the ability to work individually and in groups. All of which are essential for a successful twenty-first century workplace.

Throughout the course you will work alongside a team of world-leading scholars who will oversee your personal development, your intellectual growth as the course content evolves in line with progress in industry and academia.

Additionally, we offer careers sessions to engage you with the many different ways that a Social Science qualification can support you in gaining employment. These include visits to third sector organisations and social enterprise companies as well as traditional employers.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Social Sciences

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Science Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The foundation year offers an insight into all of the essential disciplines within the area of Social Sciences. On successful completion you will be in the best position to choose the right undergraduate degree for you, whether your interests lie in Criminology, Sociology, Politics or Media.

Whatever route you decide to follow, you will move on with the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate.  These include strong employability skills such as independent learning, critical reflection, collaboration, curiosity and problem solving. 

Book an Open Day / Social Sciences

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Social Science Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

If you want to study a broad range of Social Science disciplines (Sociology, Criminology, Media, International Relations and Politics), then this course will equip you with the subject knowledge and essential skills required to help you decide which degree option best meets your needs.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 45 Level 3 modules at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</a

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3001 -

Social Sciences Portfolio: Skills for University (Core, 40 Credits)

Through this module, you will be supported to develop a range of skills which will be critical to succeeding with the foundation degree and your subsequent undergraduate programme. You will also be supported to gain a deeper understanding of how the key disciplines which comprise social sciences (criminology, sociology, politics and media) help us to understand a number of real-world issues, the links between the disciplines and how an understanding of social sciences as a whole will contribute to a deeper understanding of your preferred discipline. Specifically, the module will cover: managing the transition to university life; key academic skills, such as referencing, research, communication and team-work; and how the social sciences inform our understanding of and responses to issues such as poverty, sex work, homelessness, desistance from crime and rehabilitation, policy-making and influencing and mass communication. Students will also undertake a group research project, present their findings at a small conference event and develop a portfolio, demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and personal skills which they have developed through the foundation degree.

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AD3002 -

Crime and Society (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the concept of crime and its manifestations within society. You will explore the different types of crime that exist and the platforms on which they take place; consider perspectives that help explain why these crimes occur; investigate ways in which we respond as a society to those who commit crime and look at different approaches used to prevent it. You will also explore the different career and study routes that are available to you within the crime / criminal justice sector.

As well as the above core knowledge areas, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to understand and talk about crime within society and within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; essay and report writing and presentation skills. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

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AD3004 -

Sociological Imagination (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of sociology as a discipline and to begin to develop your own ‘sociological imagination’. Central to this is an understanding of how individuals not only shape the world around them but are also shaped by it. This is the core focus of sociology and will be the focus of this module. It will draw on contemporary social issues and problems to help you understand society and the role of sociology in understanding and seeking to change it.

This module introduces you to key ideas and vocabulary in the in the study of society, such as ‘agency’ and the notion of the structured social world and therefore the foundation of society such as the family, identity, the role of the state, crime and punishment and economic inequality etc. Throughout the module you will be supported to be self-reflective about your place in the social world and to consider if your own attitudes and beliefs are the result of your own free will (agency) or the consequence of pressure from wider social forces, or maybe even both.

The module will introduce and assess a number of important academic skills including writing for academic purposes, accessing and evaluating different information sources, academic referencing, group work and presentation skills. This module will prepare you for further study in higher education and, more specifically, for the study of the sociology and/or other social science subject areas.

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AD3005 -

Politics and Decision Making (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to key aspects of domestic and international politics. The module provides a broad knowledge and understanding of political processes and institutions to help you gain an insight into the world of politics and how decisions are made. The module explores how ideas influence politics and you will begin to develop an understanding of key concepts such as power, which underpin many of the issues facing the world today. The module provides you with an introduction to the relationships between local, national and international levels of government, and how they make decisions in relation to contemporary events.
In addition to the above, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to communicate your understanding within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; writing and presentation skills. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

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AD3013 -

Media and Society (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will develop your core knowledge and understanding of the ways in which contemporary media connect to society and culture in both national and international contexts, introducing you to some of the major concepts and approaches in this field of study. You will explore not only how media industries and communication systems are shaped by external factors such as institutional ownership, regulatory policies and audience/consumer habits and behaviours, but also how in turn media has transformed our social relations, reshaped our political life and impacted on our cultural and societal values. You will also develop your skills in critical thinking and apply them to contemporary media images, systems and practices.

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