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Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management

Entry 2018: CDD / 80 UCAS points
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: Other
UCAS code: Y006
Placement: Placement year not available
Not suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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The Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management is a pre-degree access programme that will provide you with a solid basis for future study.

The programme will help prepare you to meet the demands of learning before you embark on a degree programme, including a number of degree programmes provided by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Management and Law.

This course is aimed at students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications for registration directly onto a degree course.

Successful completion at the required level enables you to go onto the first year of any of the following BA or BSc courses here at Bradford:

  • BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • BA (Hons) Applied Peace and Conflict Studies 
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management Studies
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies and Law
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Behaviour
  • BSc (Hons) Economics (all BSc courses)
  • BSc (Hons) Financial Planning
  • BA (Hons) Global Politics and Development
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Business and Management
  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • LLB Law
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Politics and Security Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Counselling
  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families

Why Bradford?

The course will form an integral part of certain Honours degree programmes delivered within the University of Bradford, and will mean that the relevant full-time Honours degree course will take one extra year to complete.

It will develop your confidence and competence in acquiring the study skills required to embark upon a social science or management-based
Honours degree, whilst introducing you to a basic bank of knowledge on which you can build, either by the process of self-study or in further programmes of directed study.

The course is aimed at helping you develop an independent style of learning, in order to maximise your potential and achieve your goals.

Being modular in structure, the course comprises a set of core modules and option modules. The core modules are taken by the whole cohort of students, and this fosters camaraderie and peer-to-peer learning.

The option modules are specific to your chosen pathway of study.

For example, those wishing to progress to the Social Sciences degrees can choose subjects like Psychology, Philosophy, Criminology or Sociology, while those progressing to Management degrees can choose subjects such as Understanding Organisations or Marketing.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: CDD / 80 UCAS points

A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

MMP — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Not accepted.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 5.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Non-standard entry requirements for 2018

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students who don’t meet the entry requirements above as we will take into consideration your work and life experience and any professional qualifications you may have. 

Please contact the Admissions Team at or 01274 236088 if you have any queries regarding your application.

You may also be eligible to apply for student finance; further information including a student finance calculator can be found here and further advice for mature applicants can be found at UCAS.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

  • The Effective Learner. 20 credits, core
    Identify and recognise your own learning strengths and needs, reflect on these and engage in action planning to increase learning effectiveness and success.
  • Western Philosophy and the History of Ideas. 20 credits, optional
    Develop an understanding of the core philosophical concepts, methods and the historical contexts in which they developed.
  • Introduction to Psychology. 20 credits, optional
    Discuss a number of key theories which aim to answer the question: 'What makes us the way we are?'
  • Principles of Marketing. 20 credits, optional
    An introduction to the concepts and principles of marketing and their application.
  • Introduction to Understanding Organisations. 20 credits, optional
    An introduction to the concept of a learning organisation, the strategies that can be deployed to help develop learning organisations, and how to build a culture that encourages learning for the benefit of the business.
  • The Sociological Imagination. 20 credits, optional
    Develop an understanding of some of the key themes, concepts and perspectives within Sociology.
  • Introduction to Law. 20 credits, optional
  • Politics and Me. 20 credits, optional
    Develop an understanding of how the governmental framework within which social policy is made and administered.
  • Criminology. 20 credits, optional
    Develop an understanding of criminology and the criminal justice system.
  • Literature and Society. 20 credits, optional
    Explore the interplay between social theory and the more individualistic concerns of literary culture.

Any student who does not possess GCSE Mathematics at grade C or other level 2 numeracy qualification on entry must undertake the following module as an option choice:

  • Numeracy and IT Skills. 20 credits, optional
    Develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to use numbers and information technology for the learning processes associated with study in higher education.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


Depending on degree taken (may include professional placement or study abroad).

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The University has a good record of graduate employment – 87% of our 2014 graduates from the Faculty of Social Sciences and 91% from the Faculty of Management and Law found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Some of the opportunities available to you as a graduate of one of our degree courses following our Social Sciences and Management with Foundation Year programme are given at the end of the entries for each degree course.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 graduates from the Faculty of Social Sciences was £20,315, and from the Faculty of Management and Law it was £19,606.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £11,890

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.