Social Science Degrees (with Foundation Year)

Honours Degree , Full-Time

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Key Details

  • 4 Years
  • 48 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • Full Time
Newman Students

Overview

Newman University has introduced a new innovative Foundation Year for our social science degrees. The Foundation Year is the first part of a four year degree programme. The following courses are offered with a Foundation Year:

Applied Social Science (with Foundation Year) 

Counselling Studies and Working With Children Young People and Families (with Foundation Year) 

Criminology (with Foundation Year) 

Early Childhood Education and Care (with Foundation Year) 

Forensic Psychology (with Foundation Year) 

Health and Social Care (with Foundation Year) 

Physical Education and Sport (with Foundation Year) 

Psychology (with Foundation Year) 

Psychology and Childhood Studies (with Foundation Year) 

Psychology and Counselling Studies (with Foundation Year) 

Psychology with Sport (with Foundation Year) 

Sport Development With Coaching (with Foundation Year) 

Studies in Primary Education (with Foundation Year) 

Working with Children Young People and Families (with Foundation Year) 

Youth and Community Work (with Foundation Year) 

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.

You need to apply in UCAS for a named degree, but can swap onto other degrees in the course of the year, if the subject tutor agrees.

Why study this course?

  • The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes understanding of education, society and the social sciences, alongside consideration of your own educational journey, to effectively prepare you for degree level study.
  • It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials
  • It provides a supportive learning environment to develop your confidence, intellectual curiosity, plus the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously.
  • It operates a personal tutor system
  • You will be part of a small tutor group that meets for three hours a week where the sessions are student led, exploring their ideas of concepts encountered on the course.

What does the course cover?

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in Higher Education, including your own approach to learning. These work through your experiences of formal assessment, such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement.

You will also undertake Foundations of Social Sciences, where you will explore the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health, to everyday lives.

In the second semester, you will undertake two projects:

  • Understanding and exploring society: You will further apply what you have learnt to the real world.
  • Proposal for successful further study: You will 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.

How will I be assessed?

In general, assessments across the foundational modules are effectively patchwork portfolios. However, they are broken up into tasks, largely facilitated through tutor group. Assignment length and difficulty builds gradually over the course of the programme to provide students with a feeling of movement and hopefully achievement. This ultimately aims to facilitate the student’s developing sense of identity as a HE learner whilst also enabling early identification of those who may need support, or for whom the programme is not working. One key feature mentioned is that there will be a gateway assessment of a contract of attendance, participation and responsibility to each other which will be co-created with in the tutor group and co-marked with students (the tutor will moderate both of these processes).

Entry Requirements

Students will ideally require 48 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.

For specific information on the entry requirements of the 3 year undergraduate degrees that the Foundation Year 0 lead on to, please visit the corresponding course page.

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

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In order to qualify for study finance, applicants much choose a specific Foundation Year entry route from the list below. Although you will apply for a specific course via UCAS you will study the Foundation Year in Social Sciences then progress on to your chosen 3 year undergraduate course in your 2nd year of study at Newman.

Apply now: Applied Social Science (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L31F

Apply now: Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: B942

Apply now: Criminology (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L313

Apply now: Early Childhood Education and Care (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: X333

Apply now: Forensic Psychology (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C817

Apply now: Health and Social Care (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L511

Apply now: Physical Education and Sport  (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C602

Apply now: Psychology (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C80F

Apply now: Psychology and Childhood Studies (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C802

Apply now: Psychology and Counselling Studies (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C803

Apply Now: Psychology with Sport (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C806

Apply now: Sport Development with Coaching (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C603

Apply now: Studies in Primary Education (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: 9X74

Apply now: Working with Children, Young People and Families (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L54F

Apply now: Youth and Community Work (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L53F

 

Contact Details

Contact for Admissions enquiries:

Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386)
Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Contact for course specific enquiries

Dr Mike Seal, Head of Foundation Years
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2354)
Email: m.seal@newman.ac.uk

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Course Fees

Fees per academic year 2019/20 for Foundation Year 0:
Full time Home/ EU Students: £7,500*

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year*. Please go to the corresponding 3 year undergraduate degree page for details.

*The University will annually review tuition fees for continuing students and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrollment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

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.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

 

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

Modules

Optional Modules: find out how the University deals with changes that may occur in some eventualities

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

For module information on the subsequent 3 years of the course please visit the relevant undergraduate course page.

  1. STUDENTSHIP, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY 1
    (Compulsory) fys001
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module examines what is needed to be successful in higher education, including one’s personal disposition towards learning alongside how to develop the necessary skills required to be successful in HE. It will deconstruct student’s experiences of more formal aspects of assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, helping them develop a plan to overcome barriers to effective engagement. It also seeks to deconstruct and reform their views on what constitutes knowledge, education and learning, drawing on theories around critical pedagogy.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 48.00 Independent   : 152.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to understand the nature of studentship, education, knowledge and learning, and apply it to their everyday lives

    • Enable students to understand their own journey within the structures of education and prepare effectively for further degree level study.

    • Enable students to develop confidence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to manage their learning.

    • Promote peer-to-peer and staff-to-student relationships that reflect those needed for success in HE.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge base of education and studentship and current debates within the subjects

    • Show understanding of their own motivations fears and barriers to further study and develop appropriate strategies for being successful in HE

    • Assesse own capabilities against given criteria, take responsibility for completing tasks and seek clarification and appropriate help where needed.

    • Take responsibility for self and others and work in a professional and ethical manner.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 10% Education Timeline (10 minutes, 500 word equivalent)

    Component 3 - 90% Patchwork Portfolio (2000 word equivalent)

  2. STUDENTSHIP, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY 2
    (Compulsory) fys002
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    Building on FYS001, this module continues to examine what is needed to be successful in higher education, including one’s personal disposition towards learning alongside how to develop the necessary skills required to be successful in HE. It will further deconstruct student’s experiences of more formal aspects of assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, helping them develop a plan to overcome barriers to effective engagement Students will further examine and challenge what universities are, who they are for, and how they are structured, with a focus on how best they can traverse the institutions systems, and where necessary challenge them. The module thus provides the opportunity to practice academic tasks that are designed to explore key university systems, processes and support mechanisms, whilst encouraging students to plan for the maintenance and development of their individual skills and abilities needed for success in Higher Education.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 48.00 Independent   : 152.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to understand the nature of studentship, education, knowledge and learning, and apply it to their everyday lives.

    • Enable students to understand their own journey within the structures of education and effectively prepare them for further degree level study.

    • Enable students to develop confidence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to manage their learning.

    • Enable students to understand the structures and systems of Higher Education and develop skills to effectively traverse them

    • Ensure students can evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions and begin to reach judgements and communicate information

    • Promote peer-to-peer and staff-to-student relationships that reflect those needed for success in HE.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Analyse and relate their experiences to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences, carrying out appropriate research.

    • Demonstrate an ability to respond to the HE environment and assessment regimes such as exams, assignments, presentations and in developing skills in skills in group work, literacy, reading, writing, numeracy and using learning resources

    • Assesses own capabilities against given criteria, take responsibility for completing tasks and seek clarification and appropriate help where needed.

    • Take responsibility for self and others and work in a professional and ethical manner

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 10% Glossary (500 words)

    Component 3 - 90% Patchwork Portfolio (2500 word equivalent)

  3. FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
    (Compulsory) fys003
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to promote a philosophical way of thinking in students and as such, will cover the core of philosophy, politics, economics, sociology and psychology as well as its applications. Students will think philosophically through an examination of everyday philosophy in everyday life and how we use its languages.

    Politics is examined to discuss why it is often not seen as important and explores questions such as:  who votes? Why not? How are decisions made and who gets to make them? What is left and right, globalisation, environmentalism and immigration? 

    Starting with their own situations, and those of their communities, students examine how economies work and people make money or not. They will go on to explore how and why some economies boom and bust, how prices are determined, why do people earn more and why.

    The history of sociology as a subject, and what it is to think sociologically will be explored. Themes discussed during the module include those on what is society? What is meant by functionalism? What are conflict models and post structuralism?  Issues pertinent to those in the classroom are examined and include, but are not exclusively limited to class, race, disability and gender.

    Psychology, its history and debates are discussed through an exploration of its different major schools including cognitive/ biological, behavioural and psycho dynamic approaches. Themes as relevant to the student body, possibly including issues such as violence, adolescence, crime, mental health, masculinity and sexuality are subsequently examined. Furthermore, some of the areas that have developed into distinct areas of social sciences, including criminology, health and social care, social policy and sports and wellbeing are debated.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 72.00 Independent   : 328.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to understand the nature of social sciences and its applications

    • Provide a conducive learning environment that enables students to see the relevance of social sciences in their everyday lives

    • Support the development of student confidence, intellectual curiosity, the ability to manage their learning within the social sciences as a member of a team and autonomously.

    • Enable students to be confident in researching topics and concepts within the social sciences from a multitude of sources

    • Ensure students have a grounding in evaluating arguments, abstract concepts and data in the social sciences and making appropriate judgements

    • Develop key transferable skills including the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making and other abilities needed to undertake further study

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Understand the knowledge base of social sciences

    • Develop an awareness current areas of debate within the social sciences and their applications 

    • Relate their experiences to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences, including carrying out appropriate research.

    • Analyse a range of social science related information using pre-defined principles, frameworks or criteria.

    • Take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures

    • Develop an awareness of the ethical issues in the social sciences

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Indivdual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 20% Essay (1000 words)

    Component 3 - 80% Patchwork Portfolio (5000 word equivalent)

  4. UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLORING SOCIETY
    (Compulsory) fys004
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module asks students to undertake a practical social sciences related project. Supported through initial input and group tutorials student will go through a process. Firstly, they need to understand a community’s issues and concerns through conducting a community profile. Subsequently, they need to deconstruct the issues and attempt to find generative themes of common concern which can be seen through a social science framework. This is done via applying knowledge and theory, unpacking issues and making wider connections. Students will then need to analyse what is going on further, generating new themes, new theory and making connections. Finally, students demonstrate understanding of political and policy structures, coming up with strategies and planning for action.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to apply their understanding the nature of social sciences and its applications to a real world context

    • Enable students to manage their learning and work as a member of a team and autonomously.

    • Develop students’ confidence, intellectual curiosity and ability to manage and applying their learning within the social sciences to applied situation

    • Enable students to be confident in researching topics and concepts within the social sciences from a multitude of sources

    • Ensure students have a grounding in evaluating arguments, abstract concepts and data in the social sciences and make appropriate judgements in real world situations

    • Develop in students key transferable skills including the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making and other abilities needed to undertake further study

     

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Apply their understanding of the knowledge base of the social sciences to real world situations, illuminating current debates within them

    • Apply their knowledge of education and the education system, including the nature of knowledge and learning about social sciences

    • Analyse and relate their experiences to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences, carrying out appropriate research.

    • Develop skills in group work, literacy, reading, writing, numeracy and use learning resources

    • Take responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures in conjunction with others

    • Take responsibility for self and others, including the community, and work in a professional and ethical manner

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 50% Community Profile (Groups of 3-6, 1500 words)

    Component 3 - 50% Group Presentation of Community Plan (30 minutes, 1500 words equivalent)

  5. PROPOSAL FOR SUCCESSFUL FURTHER STUDY
    (Compulsory) fys005
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    In this module students will investigate, and have the opportunity to make a case for the course they wish to go on to study, and how they will overcome any barriers. They will have the opportunity to undertake both desk-based research and interviews with lecturers and current students. They are expected to reflect upon their direct experiences of the teaching of at least two courses, and expose themselves to a real world experience related to their choice as negotiated with the tutors, the potential subject tutors and their study group. Students will create a poster that identifies which course they want to study, why, what the barriers may be for them, and how they are going to overcome them.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Enable students to build on their core understanding of the nature of social sciences and identify which aspect of the social sciences they wish to specialize in and why

    • Enable students to understand and articulate their intended journey within the structures of education and show how they are now prepared for degree level study.

    • Enable student to demonstrate how they have developed confidence, intellectual curiosity and the ability to manage their learning.

    • Enable students to show how they have adjusted to the demands of learning at HE level and can function in a modern professional environment and have acquired sufficient information and digital literacy.

    • Ensure students can demonstrate their grounding in evaluating arguments, abstract concepts and data are able to make judgments and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem

    • To enable students to demonstrate how they have developed the key transferable skills necessary for further study and employment including: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, decision-making, communication to multiple.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge base and current areas of debate within the social sciences and their intended study area

    • Show understanding of their own motivations, fears and barriers to further study

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of appropriate strategies for being successful in HE 

    • Show how their experiences relate to underlying theoretical frameworks and approaches within social sciences and their intended subject

    • Investigative options and communicate results effectively, including how they will traverse the HE environment and assessment regimes such as exams, assignments etc and develop specific skills in group work, literacy, reading, writing, numeracy and using learning resources

    • Assesses own capabilities against given criteria.

    • Take the responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures, adapting own behaviour to meet obligations to others.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - Pass/Fail Element: Adherence to Group and Individual Learning Contracts

    Component 2 - 100% Poster Presentation (2000 word equivalent, plus 10 minute discussion)