Applied Social Science BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course in Applied Social Science.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

Why study Applied Social Science?

Societies are changing rapidly and are increasingly having to respond to the challenges of globalisation, new technologies, demographic shifts and the aftereffects of austerity and recession. Drawing on insights from sociology, social policy, politics, psychology and criminology, our course offers students the opportunity to acquire a solid grounding in and critical understanding of social science, and how policies and political decisions impact on the lives of people and their communities, locally, nationally and internationally. You can expect to be engaged from the outset in lively and up-to-date debates about the big issues facing contemporary societies, exploring themes such as inequalities and exclusion, community cohesion, and the ways in which our everyday lives are shaped by ideas, culture and the media amongst other things.

You will learn how to apply social scientific knowledge to investigate and address real-world social and community concerns. You will also develop highly transferable research and communication skills which are relevant to a wide range of work and volunteering contexts.

In addition to being taught by lecturers with strong expertise in sociology, criminology, psychology and research, you will benefit from regular contributions from guest speakers with policy and practitioner backgrounds from across a range of relevant sectors, including charitable organisations, housing, health, social welfare and criminal and social justice.

What does the course cover?

This broad-based degree will deepen your knowledge of how societies operate and how people within them interact with one another. The first year equips you with a foundation of social science ideas and perspectives and encourages you to relate these to discussion of a wide range of contemporary social problems and community controversies.

As you progress through the programme, you will examine different areas of social policy and practice, including crime, social welfare and community development, and will have the opportunity to follow specific pathways: for example, public and political participation, identity and community studies. The course will promote critical thinking and extend your ability to link theory and research to policy and practice. You will learn about professional research skills and techniques and how to apply them competently and ethically to the evaluation and analysis of current social issues.

The programme allows you to take optional modules in areas that best reflect your emerging career aims and ambitions. You will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements and, in your final year, you will be able to pursue an independent, in-depth inquiry into a social science topic of special interest to you.

What makes this course noteworthy?
  • You will be taught by an experienced and supportive course team with active research interests in the applied social sciences
  • You will have opportunities to volunteer or undertake project work with local community organisations
  • You will enhance your employment prospects by undertaking a work placement as one of your modules
  • You will benefit from regular visiting speakers with policy and practice backgrounds
Further Information

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details. Applied Social Science BA (Hons)

What careers can I consider?

The skills and knowledge developed on an Applied Social Science degree provide an excellent preparation for a wide range of occupations, including jobs in social and community services, local authorities, human resources, education, criminal justice, charities and the voluntary sector. Possible roles would include community development worker, police officer, offender manager, researcher, fund-raiser, housing officer, advice worker. Graduates can also progress on to a wide range of postgraduate degree programmes.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

All students begin by applying through UCAS. Students will ideally require 48-80 UCAS points to access the programme. However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the gaining of level three credits.

Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted. Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different additional entry requirements.

Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. 
Applied Social Science BA (Hons)

If you require any further information or clarification of entry requirements please contact our friendly, helpful Admissions department, who will be happy to help.

Entry requirements for other routes within the 4 year courses with the Foundation Year 0, can be found below:
Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families BA (Hons)
Criminology BA (Hons)
Health and Social Care BSc (Hons)
Psychology BSc (Hons)
Psychology and Childhood Studies BA (Hons)
Psychology and Counselling BSc (Hons)
Sport and Education BA (Hons)
Working with Children Young People and Families BA (Hons)
Working with Children Young People and Families and Education BA (Hons)
Youth and Community Work BA (Hons)

These courses are running from September 2017 and are open to applications from July 2017. Applicants need to be available w.c. 21 August 2017 - or during clearing - for interview.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Applied Social Science BA (Hons)

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

All applicants will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. This will involve an initial one off payment of £50 and then a £13 per year renewal fee going forward. For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Finance information

Applied Social Science BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page
Applied Social Science BA(Hons)



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Course Code: L31F
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