BA Social Science Foundation degree

Your next step to a brighter future?

Get where you want to be in life with our BA Social Science (foundation year), specifically for learners without a traditional education background.

You may have recently left education, or you are returning to study after a break. Perhaps you missed out on the common entry requirements and are considering the BA Social Science as a gateway to a degree. This course is perfect for those who don’t have the A Level entry requirements to apply for a standard three-year degree.

This four-year programme takes the first year to lay the foundations that you’ll need to progress onto a degree topic in social sciences for the other three years. There are plenty of degrees to choose from in the areas of Law, Education, Sociology and Social Policy, Politics and International Studies, and Healthcare.

Whichever direction you choose, we'll get you started on your learning journey and support you all the way through.

Interested in starting this course in September 2024? Applications are open until 30 June 2024. 

BA Social Science (foundation year) open day

Join our open day on 2 December to learn more about the BA Social Science (foundation year) degree.

This event will introduce the course, give you a chance to meet the friendly and supportive people you’ll work with, and ask any questions you might have.

You'll also have the opportunity to meet some of our current students and chat to them about their personal experience of the course.

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If you have any questions or would like to discuss the course in further detail please get in touch.