The Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences is offered as an entry route to a law, politics, criminology or sociology degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study.
You enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. If you complete this year successfully you progress directly onto one of our three-year degree courses in these subject areas. The number of students who progress to degree study are very high - in fact some of these students have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.
The Foundation Year is for you if:
If you are interested in studying the Law and Social Sciences foundation year you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information about how to apply including UCAS codes. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen social sciences, politics or law degree. We offer:
The Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences is taught by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses and you are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures. The course will allow you to develop transferable skills in law, social sciences, politics, communication and problem-solving.
*Please note this course is subject to review
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You will study all four modules simultaneously over the year which means you have the chance to examine topics in-depth. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
This module aims to prepare you to embark on studying the disciplines of sociology, criminology, politics and law. You will engage in active reading and writing, and will enhance your knowledge of the world within which the disciplines are located, and the skills with which to understand, decode and comment on it.
This module provides the fundamental written and oral communication skills required to continue studying at degree level. You will develop analytical skills through a problem solving approach, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using libraries and a range of e-learning resources.
This module introduces the fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of subjects studied at degree level. In a structured and supportive environment, you will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understand and describe abstract ideas.
This module provides you with the experience in a range of related subject-related projects that reinforce understanding of topics taught, and provide opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in other modules.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
The Foundation year aims to engage you in all aspects of your learning.
You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills through interactive online lectures, and workshops, online activities and tests, guided research, individual and group projects and virtual laboratories and face to face laboratories. You will receive formative verbal feedback in live teaching practical sessions and summative feedback is provided electronically and/or verbally.
Your knowledge and understanding is assessed by individual written assignments and tests, pair and group presentations, learning logs, and demonstrations.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: September 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, Usually 4 years or 6 years part-time
Start: October 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 4 years part-time, 5 years part-time with placement
Start: October 2023
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 4 years part-time