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Social Sciences and Humanities (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This four-year course includes a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study in the social sciences or humanities. This is a great route into an undergraduate degree if you don’t have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements to study a traditional three-year degree. It is also a way to explore a number of different subjects if you're not sure exactly what you would like to study at university.

At the end of your foundation course you’ll be in a better position to decide which area you’d like to specialise in, be that in health and social care, social work, education, criminology, media, journalism or community development. Providing you attain the necessary entry requirements at the end of this foundation year, you will progress on to Year 1 of one of our social sciences or humanities related degrees.

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More about this course

The foundation year of this course, Year 0, is your chance to encounter a range of topics relating to the social sciences and humanities. The foundation year cohort will be made up of students from other disciplines, allowing you to work closely with people with varied but related academic interests. Core modules for this year include Culture, Family and Power, Critical Thinking and Reflecting on Self and Society.

This introductory year is also a brilliant opportunity to improve your academic and study skills, which will boost your confidence, unlock your potential for further study and help you to excel in university life. You’ll find exceptional support from our careers and academic teams offering academic mentoring, tutoring and skills-based workshops.

Once you have passed the foundation year and attained the grades you require to continue, you’ll go on to choose a more specialised route and study one of our many undergraduate degrees in a related field. You will graduate with the title of the equivalent three-year degree.

The subsequent undergraduate courses available on this pathway may also include their own opportunities for work-related learning, study abroad options and professional accreditation.

The courses you could go on to study following the initial year of our Social Sciences and Humanities (including foundation year) BA make use of London Met’s many facilities, from a journalism newsroom to a state-of-the-art interpreting suite. No matter what degree you choose, you’ll have access to our range of study areas, library facilities and computer rooms.


You'll be assessed via a variety of methods, including group work, coursework, presentations and portfolios.

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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • GCSE English Language at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:
    1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
    2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
    3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
    4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
    • encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
    • encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
    • developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
    • developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module will follow a task based approach involving a process of critically examining an issue, historical or current. Students will be involved in the process of identifying an issue and conduct research into it to gain a critical understanding.

    There is a focus on collaborative group work during which students explore a past and/or potential intervention to the issue.

    Students will critically reflect on the process and their own learning.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • autumn semester

    This module aims to:

    1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.

    2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.

    3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
    - introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
    - encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
    - introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
    - introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
    - introduce and develop digital literacy skills
    - develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Investigate the basic principles of research
    • Critically analyse published research
    • Develop and practise research skills
    • Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This core module aims to enable students to:
    • Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
    • Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest
    • Further develop and practise research skills
    • Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
    • Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies
    • spring semester

    This module aims to:

    - Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
    - Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
    - Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
    - Develop students’ voice in academic writing
    - Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
    - Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
    - Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    Module aims
    1. To provide you with an introduction to selected subject areas and to see the links between various subject disciplines in the School of Social Science.
    2. To help you understand your chosen subject area in a wider context & make informed choices about degree pathways.
    3. Introduce you to specific undergraduate study skills
    Further develop reflective writing skills and reflective practice of a learner

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What our students say

"The teaching is wonderful! I have loved studying at London Met. Lecturers are confident in their job, and with their support I felt more confident with my studies."
National Student Survey

"During my course, my interaction and communication skills have greatly improved. The University changed me as an individual. I now look at life from a different point of view and can better engage and relate to various and diverse cultures."
National Student Survey

After the course

Successful completion of the foundation year will enable you to progress onto the undergraduate course of your choice below.

  • Community Development and Leadership BSc
  • Criminology BSc
  • Criminology and Community Policing BSc
  • Criminology and Law BA
  • Criminology and Psychology BSc
  • Criminology and Sociology BSc
  • Criminology and Youth Studies BSc
  • Digital Media BA
  • Education Studies BA
  • Education Studies and English Literature BA
  • English Literature BA
  • Film and Television Studies BA
  • Health and Social Care BSc
  • Health and Social Policy BSc
  • Media and Communications BSc
  • Sociology BSc
  • Youth Studies BSc

In addition, the following courses may be applied for, but admission will be subject to a test and/or interview:

  • Creative Writing and English Literature BA
  • Early Childhood Studies BA
  • Early Childhood Studies FdA
  • Journalism BA
  • Journalism, Film and Television Studies BA
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practice FdA
  • Social Work BSc
  • Translation BA

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

Clearing 2020: If you’re a UK or EU student applying for a full-time degree starting this autumn, you’ll need to apply through Clearing. If you're an international applicant or wanting to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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