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Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

Maths and English at grade C/4 or above

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Part-time | 2022

Subjects

Study skills

Social sciences

Preparation for Higher Education (PHE) is a one year part time foundation year which provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed. This is an extended degree course for mature students looking to return to study and wishing to progress to a range of degrees (both full and part-time) in the social sciences, arts and healthcare.

Designed with mature students in mind, the foundation year runs on two evenings a week and one Saturday every four weeks, so you can study whilst balancing your other commitments. You will be taught by friendly and supportive staff in the Lifelong Learning Centre, with experience in working with adult learners.

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the requirements of your progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree course. Recent cohorts have progressed to full-time degrees in English, criminology, law, radiography, nursing, midwifery, psychology, sociology, dental hygiene and therapy and professional studies. In addition to part-time degrees in child and family studies, business management and learning and teaching.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leeds

Department:

Lifelong Learning Centre

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
high
Study skills
68%
med
Social sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Personal development

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
85%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

Social sciences (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

74%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

61%
Library resources
68%
IT resources
53%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
A
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Education and teaching

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.

100%
med
Employed or in further education
48%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Public services and other associate professionals

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Education and teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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