Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences 

Course Overview

This course is intended to cater for those who aspire to enrol on a social science-based Higher National Diploma (HND) or Honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences or the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is designed for those who have not achieved the required number of A-level points (A2 or their equivalent). It is also suitable for those who have studied A-level subjects (or their equivalent) in areas that do not provide the necessary background within the scientific disciplines required for the chosen Honours degree programme.

This course is also intended to widen access and participation for 'return to learning' students who wish to embark upon an Honours degree programme.

Course Content

The course will form an integral part of certain honours degree programmes delivered within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences or Education. Undertaking the foundation year will mean that the relevant full-time honours degree or HND will take one extra year to complete. The foundation year will act as a year 0 and students wishing to undertake the foundation will apply for the relevant degree programme, using the relevant UCAS code for that programme and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

HND/BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work

The foundation programme will develop your confidence and competence in acquiring the study skills required to embark upon a social science-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 modular in structure comprising a set of core modules, combined with a set of further modules specific to your chosen pathway of study.

Core Modules in: 

  • Key Skills in Social Sciences (Numeracy, Research, IT & Study Skills) [40 credits]*


Programme specific modules for Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences, worth 40 credits, covering:

  • Introducing the Social Sciences 1 (Psychology) [10 credits]*
  • Introducing the Social Sciences 2 (Youth & Community Work) [10 credits]*
  • Introducing the Social Sciences 3 (Sociology) [10 credits]
  • Introducing the Social Sciences 4 (Health and Social Care) [10 credits]

Additionally there is a module entitled "Critical Analysis in the Social Sciences" (40 credits) which includes the completion of an independent study in an area related to your chosen progression pathway.

For part timers, all modules marked * are completed in the first year with the remaining modules being completed in the second year; for full timers, all modules are completed within one academic year.

Learning & Teaching

A variety of teaching strategies will be employed to reflect the requirements of the particular topic; variety of student learning styles; existence of professional experience within the group; and the level and type of study required over the programme.

Approaches include lectures, small group work, practical sessions, use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), workshops, tutorials and independent learning.

Students are expected to engage through regular attendance at teaching/learning sessions and completion of assigned tasks.


Each module that you undertake is assessed in order to demonstrate and provide evidence for your academic achievement.   The nature of the assessment varies according to its nature and purpose, but a wide variety of assessment methods are employed such that students experience as many types as possible in preparation for their progression pathways.

Assessments strategies include:

Examinations - These can consist of academic essays, multiple choice questions and short answer questions. 

Coursework - This may include academic essays, research reports, class tests, presentations, posters, case studies, reflective assignments and portfolios.

Specific assessments for each module will be outlined in module handbooks and further supported during teaching/learning sessions.

Employability & Careers

The purpose of completing a Foundation Year is to enable students to progress onto HND/Degree programmes.  This is the first stage of a journey towards employability and, ultimately, a career following third level education.  Personal Development Planning (PDP) is started in the Foundation year as a framework of preparation for this goal. 

Personal Development Planning is a structured process that enables students to reflect on learning, performance and achievement, and to plan for future professional and academic development.  It is primarily supported within the Key Skills module.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including Mathematics, English Language or Welsh First Language plus one of the following:

  • 120 points from at least two A-Level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Level 4, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
  • 120 points from at least two A-Level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Level 4.

Prospective students who do not meet the above criteria will be considered on an individual basis and may be called for interview.

For specific information on entry requirements, please refer to the UCAS website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s):
The foundation operates as a Year 0 to the following programmes listed below. Please refer to the relevant programme for the relevant UCAS code:

HND/BSc (Hons) Health & Social Care
BSc (Hons) Psychology
BA (Hons) Youth & Community Work

The course may also be considered for entry to other courses within the university. This can be agreed in advance with the relevant programme directors of those courses.

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: The foundation year will take one year (full-time) to complete, with an additional three or four (sandwich) years of full-time study required to complete the chosen degree programme.

The programme is also available two years part-time. Part-time applications should be made direct to the university.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
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Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Dr Annette Daly:
Tel: 029 2041 7011

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