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Aston University, Birmingham

International Foundation Programme in Social Science

UCAS Code: L900

Foundation Diploma - Fd Dip

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social sciences

The International Foundation Programme in Social Science offers you to the chance to develop a solid foundation for an exciting career in social sciences. You will get a taste for many of the subjects we offer, to help you choose which path you’d like to follow.

Exploring the world of modern politics, you will study topics including foreign relations and conflict resolution, learning to analyse and evaluate political events and developments.

A developmental psychology module will teach you how cognition, language and perception develop in children and how research using children is conducted. In addition, you will study the sociology of identities and inequalities.

All the modules included in the programme encourage you to develop skills in critical thinking, and independent study. Classes are designed to stimulate new ways of thinking and approaching topics, leaving you fully prepared to join the School of Languages and Social Sciences on an undergraduate degree programme. This course is for non-EU international students only.

Modules

The course provides a thorough grounding in the key subjects you will need to successfully pursue a degree at Aston in Politics, International Relations, Sociology/Social Policy, or English (Literature/Language). The core modules include:
•The world of modern politics
•Introduction to data analysis
•Identities and Inequalities
•Developmental Psychology, and Professional Skills

You will also pick one optional module from a range including modules in Business and Science.

Assessment methods

As with a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.

The Academic Language Skills modules are taught by CELCA (Centre for English Language & Communication at Aston) which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language.

Tuition fees

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International
£14,200
for the whole course

The Uni


Course location:

Aston University, Birmingham

Department:

School of Languages and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

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£19,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
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Employed or in further education
93%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Public services and other associate professionals
12%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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