The Foundation Year in Social Science is for you if you want to study our Criminology degree programme but do not have the required entry requirements to do so, or don’t yet feel ready to begin degree-level study. This four-year pathway offers an alternative route into university, allowing you to begin your studies with an initial full-time Foundation Year. This one-year period of study aims to develop your academic skills and confidence as well as introduce you to key concepts, debates and skills that will inform your second, third and fourth years of undergraduate study. Our Foundation Year is for you if: • you do not have the right qualifications for a full degree; • you feel you are not yet ready for degree-level study; • you are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree. Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to progress to Level 4 of the Criminology linked honours degree.
Academic skills and studying with confidence: You’ll develop skills such as using electronic resources, planning and note-taking, communication skills related to essay and report writing and delivering presentations. You'll learn how to manage your time, how to prioritise and how to manage stress, and you'll become more confident in engaging with collaborative learning, debates, discussions and critical reflection. Project: You’ll study an area of interest related to your chosen future specialisation. You’ll work individually on your project (e.g., written report, presentation and oral examination, film, blogs) with feedback and support provided throughout, helping develop your self-confidence. Foundations in Psychology: With this module you will be introduced to the main perspectives, investigation methods, key studies and controversies in key areas of psychology. You will explore the history of psychology and its themes such as cognitive behaviour, sociology, biology and developmental theories. You will learn via a blend of lectures, discussions and group workshops and develop familiarity with key concepts through individual research. Foundations in Sociology and Criminology: This module focuses on social inequalities and patterns of crime, exploring concepts including socialisation, norms and values, social control, crime, victimisation and retribution. You will examine crime statistics, social trends and theories and review policies on social problems and criminality. We'll encourage you to apply sociological concepts to familiar social issues, and you'll work in groups to understand trends and academic theories, as well as taking part in debates, discussions and critical reflection.
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.
If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.