Solent University (Southampton) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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.
Core unitsProfessional Practice Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences Volunteering in the City Media Project in Social Sciences Investigating in the Social Sciences Psychological Approaches to Mental Health
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||48 points||
A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C / 4.
Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|Access to HE Diploma||
M: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
|AS||In combination with other qualfiications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)||MM|
|Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)||PPP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||D|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MM|
|Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)||D|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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