The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in social sciences to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in the social sciences and social care practice. You will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas. Modules on sociology, criminology, social policy and counselling will explore inequalities associated with gender, class, race, disability and health, using different theories to understand social change and how societies try to address inequalities and discrimination. In addition, you will examine key ideas in political and social thought, discussing ideas of citizenship and democracy and learning about the development of policy. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remainder three years of your course.
University Life - This module has been designed to promote a positive and supportive transition from further to higher education, focusing initially on the importance of wellbeing to successful study. The module will provide a firm grounding in the key skills required to be able to read, write and present in the academic world. You will embed your learning through a series of large and small group activities using a problem-based approach. Small group work will allow for regular, tailored feedback specific to small group tasks and group dynamics with a focus on your future chosen vocation. Following the completion of the module, you should feel very prepared for your journey at level 4 and beyond. Social Care Practice - This module aims to introduce you to key ideas about social care practice. Key models of practice and values will be explored in order to equip you with the knowledge to meet the requirements of this level of study. The focus on culturally competent practice and service user led provision will help you to understand the needs for practice that recognises a range of needs and is able to respond to individuals living within the community. The assessment strategy is designed to measure academic knowledge and communication skills with an explicit relationship between the lectures, seminars, learning outcomes and assessments. Introduction to Sociology - The module aims to provide you with a firm grounding in sociological substantive and factual knowledge, help build interpretive capacity, and encourage the development of evaluative thought. You will also be encouraged to develop a range of allied transferable skills. Teaching will include formal delivery of material via lectures, supported by online materials, alongside seminars, for which you will be expected to prepare and in which you will be expected to actively participate. Tutorials will give you the opportunity to speak one-to-one to members of the teaching team to discuss any issues, questions or queries they have pertaining to aspects of their learning and development. Understanding Social Policy - This module aims to introduce you to key ideas in social policy. The focus on the British experience of welfare services is designed to encourage you to examine welfare provision from different perspectives, use theory to explain social change and critically assess existing institutions such as the NHS, benefits and housing systems. Lectures include topics such as; meeting needs and the different welfare providers, introduction to social divisions; researching race/ethnicity in the media, political and ideological influence on policy, the feminist perspective (worker, wife, mother, carer), disability and education, poverty in the UK, tax and benefits, the winners and losers. Understanding Criminology - The module introduces fundamental questions in criminology: What is crime? What causes crime? How does crime and criminal justice affect us? How should we best respond to criminal behaviour? In addressing these questions, key concepts will be explored. You will have the opportunity to choose a particular type of crime or deviance, then apply the various fundamental questions raised by the module week by week. Introduction to Counselling - What is counselling? What does it mean to be an effective citizen? Counselling skills of active listening, empathy, respect and genuineness, identifying our values, beliefs and barriers to communication, enhancing personal development. This module introduces you to basic counselling skills and the skills and qualities required to be an effective citizen.
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GCSE English and Math Grade A-C required alongside any level 3 study. Functional Skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy are accepted as an alternative to the GCSE requirement.
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