Psychology with Social Sciences Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

Want to explore the areas of psychology or sociology but not quite ready to study at degree level? The social sciences foundation year provides the perfect introduction to studying this fascinating subject, and will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to progress on to a related full undergraduate degree. Students will study a range of topics that are central or highly relevant to the study of the social sciences. You’ll explore areas such as mental health and wellbeing, contemporary issues in social sciences, and professional practice to help prepare for undergraduate study. The course has an applied focus – students are encouraged and enabled to apply their theoretical knowledge to real world problems, such as mental health, psychological wellbeing and everyday problem-solving. On successful completion of the foundation year, students will be eligible to progress onto one of our psychology undergraduate degrees, which are accredited by the British Psychology Society, or our sociology programme. Students interested in social work can apply and be interviewed for our social work degree. During this foundation year, you’ll begin to develop the academic writing and independent learning skills necessary to study a scientific discipline. You’ll also begin to learn the basics of thinking and writing in social sciences. You’ll be taught by an experienced team who are accessible and approachable, and ultimately dedicated to providing an inclusive learning environment. The course offers an introduction to a range of topics within psychology and sociology and other social science disciplines. What does this course lead to? Studying this foundation degree can help you on to the path of studying a full psychology, sociology or social work undergraduate degree. Who is this course for? The course is specifically designed for those wanting to study social sciences but who do not meet the entry requirements. It is also suitable for those who wish to refresh their academic skills and subject specific knowledge before starting an undergraduate degree.


FOUNDATION MODULES Professional Practice Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences Crime and Risk in Society Media Project in Social Sciences Investigating in the Social Sciences Psychological Approaches to Mental Health If you successfully complete the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree course. Please note that some of the modules below may change. YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Thinking and Writing Psychologically Beginning as a Researcher Perspectives within Psychology Developing as a Researcher Current Issues in Psychology Psychology and Social Change YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Behaviour and the Brain Individual Differences and Social Psychology Psychological Research Training A Flourishing Life Psychological Research in Action Community Psychology YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Applying Psychology to Professional Practice Applied Psychology Research Project YEAR 3 OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Cognition and Consciousness Conceptualising Psychopathology Quality Stats: An Assortment of Advanced Analytical Methods Behaviour Change Cyberpsychology Animal Behaviour Mindfulness-Based Practice and Approaches Issues in Educational Psychology Critical Psychology Issues in Forensic

Assessment method

Students are assessed by a combination of presentations (individual and group), essays, practical reports, portfolios (i.e. non-essay written assignments consisting of a variety of written pieces based on independent learning), and in-class electronic tests.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £13020 Year 1
International £13020 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note that this is the cost for the foundation year of your 4 year degree.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

Psychology with Social Sciences Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS