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Northumbria University, Newcastle

Social Sciences Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L3L4

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

80

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator Subject Requirements: There are no specific subject requirements for this course GCSE Requirements: Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent. Additional Requirements: There are no additional requirements for this course International Qualifications: We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry English Language Requirements: International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Social sciences

Are you looking to develop a global understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life, skills in research and analysis, and strong decision-making skills?

The Social Sciences department is home to a large community of enquiring minds who are interested in international developments, analysing crime and the criminal justice system, communicating on a global scale through language, and challenging conventional wisdom. Many of the staff are active researchers and leaders in their field, producing research of international quality with world-leading journals.

This foundation year will prepare you for degree level study in a range of social science subjects, introducing you to research theory and practice and giving you the tools to engage with contemporary debates. Additionally, social science enterprise activity, which is at the centre of this programme, will allow you to gain an insight into the wider value and use of social science knowledge and skills.

Through engaging with real world issues, you’ll be prepared for the critical thinking, and communication and transferable skills you need for further study or to enhance your employment prospects.

On successfully completing the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

BSc (Hons) Criminology
BSc (Hons) Sociology
BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
BA (Hons) History and Politics
BA (Hons) Journalism
BA (Hons) Journalism and English Literature
BA (Hons) Media and Journalism
BA (Hons) Mass Communication
BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Advertising
BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Public Relations
BA (Hons) Mass Communication with Business

Modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

The Uni


Course location:

Northumbria University, Newcastle

Department:

Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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Sociology, social policy and anthropology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Protective service occupations
14%
Other elementary services occupations

This section covers a range of subjects that are often very different, so if you have a particular course in mind, the data here might not fully reflect the possible outcomes from your particular choice. Graduates from these subjects tend to do similar sorts of things to graduates from other social studies courses, so welfare and community roles are common, as are education, whilst graduates also often go into management, marketing and HR jobs and jobs in the police, and employment rates are good in general — but talk to course tutors and attend open days and try to get stats for the course you’re interested in.

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