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Foundation leading to BA BSc Social Sciences

Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences


Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Codes: 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) Environmental Health
BSc (Hons) Psychology

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: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

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

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 at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is designed for those who have not achieved the required number of A-level points (A2 or their equivalent) or for those who have studied A-level subjects (or their equivalent) in areas that do not provide the necessary background in the disciplines of the intended pathways (HND or degree).

This course is also intended to widen access and participation for 'return to learning' students who wish to enter higher education.

Course information on this page relates to September 2019 entry.

​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) Environmental Health
BSc (Hons) Psychology

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]

  • "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


Programme specific modules for Foundation Certificate in Social Sciences:

  • Introducing Psychology [10 credits]
  • Introducing Youth & Community Work [10 credits]
  • Introducing Sociology [10 credits]
  • Introducing Health and Social Care [10 credits]

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​ & Progression to Further Study

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​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:

  • 48 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.
  • 48 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.

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

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 or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

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

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply: Full-time applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For Admissions enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email​

​For course specific enquiries, relating ot the foundation year only, please contact the programme leader, Sarah Taylor-Jones​: 
Tel: 029 2041 7228

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting