BA Applied Social Science with Foundation Year - Full-time/part-time

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This exciting and innovative degree offers you the opportunity to break through traditional disciplinary boundaries. The course has been designed to allow you to follow your own interests, whilst providing you with the knowledge and experience to investigate and understand the important issues faced by society today.

Taught by academics who are leading innovators in research methods, as well as being respected academics in their subject areas, you will be able to select modules from: Journalism, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Social Policy, Sociology, Politics, Criminology, Urban Studies, and Education, Culture & Childhood.

For more information see the Full-time BA Applied Social Sciences or Part-time BA Applied Social Sciences web pages.

Foundation Year

The foundation year of the programme provides people with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the Sheffield Methods Institute. It is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

This year is taught within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed through offering accessible foundation courses that can lead to full and part-time degree level study. You'll be learning alongside other students who are studying for a number of different degrees, typically in small classes, supporting one another to develop and succeed.

This foundation year also includes a range of opportunities to become involved in the life of the Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI).

Progression to the Sheffield Methods Institute

Students will progress to the Sheffield Methods Institute after completing their foundation year, subject to meeting progression thresholds which differ across courses and departments. These will be discussed with applicants at interview. These thresholds can also be found by searching for the relevant degree course within the University's Programme Regulations Finder and viewing information relating to 'Year 0'.

Attendance and length of programme

The foundation level will be taught within DLL, where modules are taught both during the daytime and in the evenings. You will then study in the daytime at the higher levels of study within the Sheffield Methods Insitute.

It will take you one year (full-time) or two years (part-time) to complete the foundation year and, if you successfully pass that, it will take you a further three years (full-time) or six years (part-time) years to complete your degree.

Learning and Teaching methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:
•Lectures and seminars
•Problem solving classes
•Field studies
•Independent study
•Skills and subject-based tutorials
•Group work
•On-line activities.
•Revision workshops
•Laboratory sessions

Programme details

The links below will take you to more detailed information:

About the programme structure

About the higher levels of study of this degree programme

About the Sheffield Methods Institute

UCAS code: L432

To apply for this course

For the full-time course, please apply through, using the course code: L432

For the part-time course, please apply using our part-time application form and the course code SMIU199

Eligibility requirements and how to apply
Preparing to study at DLL

Statistics about this course

The figures below give you key information about this course. The data has been independently collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).