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Foundation Year Social Sciences

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
1 year full time UCAS codes are included on the relevant webpage for the course you would like to study 2018

Why choose this course?

Are you thinking of returning to education after a break? Do you want to have another go at getting some qualifications? Are you contemplating a different degree, and want to get a flavour for it before committing to three years?

This course will provide you with the academic and transferable skills you need to study an undergraduate degree in any of the social sciences. At Kingston these include criminology, sociology, psychology, economics and politics. Throughout the year-long course, you can study a range of these subjects, allowing you to get a better idea of which ones you prefer. It'll guide you in the direction of a social sciences degree that you're particularly interested in.

The Foundation Year will develop your independent study skills and help you to better understand your academic ability, a potential career path and how to develop the skills that employers look for in graduates.

What you will study

You will study four year-long social sciences modules during the degree.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Foundation year

  • This is a core module for all students following the Foundation in Social and Behavioural Sciences programme. The module is designed to introduce students to the wide spectrum of disciplines and approaches that encompass the social and behavioural sciences. The module will address both common features across the social and behavioural sciences (ie. the study of collective and individual human behaviour), as well as the defining features of the individual disciplines. A key focus will be on the overlapping and somewhat artificial nature of the boundaries between the different disciplines in the social and behavioural sciences. In addition, the module will allow students to engage with key qualitative methods used in the fields examined. At the conclusion of the module students will have acquired a comprehensive overview of the social and behavioural sciences as a field of study, of the individual, yet overlapping, disciplines within the field and how they are examined.

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  • This module offers students the opportunity to carry out a research project on a topic agreed in consultation with a supervisor. Supervisory sessions with an academic supervisor will help guide students to conduct a literature review, formulate a research question, design a research study, collect data and present findings.

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  • This module is designed to help students develop the skills necessary for them to succeed at university. A series of highly interactive lectures/ workshops, some of which will draw from the Faculty's Writing and Oral Skills Workshop programme, will introduce students to different learning styles and strategies and how these relate to the particular kind of teaching undertaken at university. It will also introduce students to helpful strategies for time management and stress management, with a particular focus on recognising points at which stress needs to be dealt with. Over the course of the module we will also explore more specific skills around academic reading, argument, different assessment strategies, ways of working in groups, presentations and library skills. Ultimately the aim is to develop the self-awareness of students as learners and encourage them to actively shape their own learning. This will be evidenced through the production of a learning journal, through which students will report on their own progress and experience.

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  • This module is designed to allow students to develop competence in a range of mathematical and statistical techniques which they can then apply within a range of contexts in social and behavioural sciences. The module reinforces basic mathematical concepts to the level required for entry in the BA/BSc programmes offered by the School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, and is accessible to students with a wide range of previous mathematical experiences.

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