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Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management

Entry 2017: CDD / 80 UCAS points
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: FdA
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 Accounting and Finance
  • BA Applied Criminal Justice Studies
  • BSc Business and Management Studies
  • BA Business Studies and Law
  • BA Development and Peace Studies
  • BSc Economics (all BSc courses)
  • BSc Financial Economics
  • BSc Financial Planning
  • BSc Human Resource Management
  • BSc International Business and Management
  • BA International Relations and Security Studies
  • LLB Law
  • BSc Marketing
  • BA Peace Studies
  • BA Politics
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Counselling
  • BSc Psychology and Crime
  • BA Sociology
  • BA Sociology and Psychology
  • BA 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

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

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.



Module name Type
Year 1
Interpersonal Communicationscore
The Effective Learnercore
Introduction to Project Managementoption
Introduction to Psychologyoption
Introduction to Understanding Organisationsoption
Numeracy and IT Skillsoption
Politics and Meoption
Principles of Marketingoption
The Sociological Imaginationoption
Western Philosophy and the History of Ideasoption

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 2014 graduates from the Faculty of Social Sciences was £17,573, and from the Faculty of Management and Law it was £19,733.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,000 per year (Foundation year: £6,000)

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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.