Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Social Policy with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

The Foundation Year programme will help you develop an understanding of the key subjects in the social sciences so that you can continue to successfully study your degree in Social Policy or a related subject.

The key areas of study are effective communication and study skills, combined with fundamental subjects in the social sciences. 

You will:
  • Be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the disciplines to provide a basic knowledge in all related subject areas
  • Examine key ideas in political and social thought, discussing ideas of citizenship and democracy and learning about the development of policy
Course details

All about the course

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Improve competence in essential areas of social sciences necessary for progression onto social science degrees
  • Develop factual, theoretical knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for progressing in social science subjects
  • Develop analytical, critical and problem-solving skills in social science subjects
  • Develop IT skills
  • Develop communication and study skills
Foundation year

Study Skills

 

This module will encourage you to apply study skills to the subject areas through an integrated practical and theoretical approach. You will be able to grasp the relevancy of study skills through practically applying them in class. You will develop structured and reasoned lines of argument and judgements. Guided independent study is a necessary feature of the module and you will be supported with a range of texts and resources designed to reinforce understanding and the development of key skills. The emphasis on transferable skills throughout the module will enable you to become independent, active and reflective learners.

Social Care Practice

This module aims to introduce you to key ideas about social care practice. Key models of practice and values will be explored in order to equip you with the knowledge to meet the requirements of this level of study. The focus on culturally competent practice and service user led provision will help you to understand the needs for practice that recognises a range of needs and is able to respond to individuals living within the community. The assessment strategy is designed to measure academic knowledge and communication skills with an explicit relationship between the lectures, seminars, learning outcomes and assessments.

Sociology: Theories and Concepts

The module aims to provide you with a firm grounding in sociological substantive and factual knowledge, help build interpretive capacity, and encourage the development of evaluative thought. You will also be encouraged to develop a range of allied transferable skills. Teaching will include formal delivery of material via lectures, supported by online materials, alongside seminars, for which you will be expected to prepare and in which you will be expected to actively participate. Tutorials will give you the opportunity to speak one-to-one to members of the teaching team to discuss any issues, questions or queries they have pertaining to aspects of their learning and development.

Understanding Social Policy

This module aims to introduce you to key ideas in social policy. The focus on the British experience of welfare services is designed to encourage you to examine welfare provision from different perspectives, use theory to explain social change and critically assess existing institutions such as the NHS, benefits and housing systems. Lectures include topics such as; meeting needs and the different welfare providers, introduction to social divisions; researching race/ethnicity in the media, political and ideological influence on policy, the feminist perspective (worker, wife, mother, carer), disability and education, poverty in the UK, tax and benefits, the winners and losers.

Understanding Criminology

The module introduces fundamental questions in criminology: What is crime? What causes crime? How does crime and criminal justice affect us? How should we best respond to criminal behaviour? In addressing these questions, key concepts will be explored. You will have the opportunity to choose a particular type of crime or deviance, then apply the various fundamental questions raised by the module week by week. The case studies will help you to apply concepts to contemporary issues. You will have the opportunity to consider different policy and practice solutions for criminal justice ‘industry’.

Introduction to Counselling Skills and Citizenship

What is counselling? What does it mean to be an effective citizen? Counselling skills of active listening, empathy, respect and genuineness, identifying our values, beliefs and barriers to communication, enhancing personal development. This module introduces you to basic counselling skills and the skills and qualities required to be an effective citizen. The assessment strategy will prepare you for interview for admission to undergraduate Counselling and Psychotherapy programmes. The assignment is a personal learning statement which will require you to make your own learning plan for the future.

Year one

The Policy Making Process

You will explore the history of British social policy and the forces and pressures which have shaped its development.

Policy into Practice

This module builds upon the module 'The Policy Making Process', taking a more contemporary perspective. For example, it looks at the way fatherhood has become an increasingly significant issue in the making of social policy.

Sociology: Theories and Concepts

The module aims to provide you with a firm grounding in sociological substantive and factual knowledge, help build interpretive capacity, and encourage the development of evaluative thought. You will also be encouraged to develop a range of allied transferable skills. Teaching will include formal delivery of material via lectures, supported by online materials, alongside seminars, for which you will be expected to prepare and in which you will be expected to actively participate. Tutorials will give you the opportunity to speak one-to-one to members of the teaching team to discuss any issues, questions or queries they have pertaining to aspects of their learning and development.

Shaping, Making and Doing Social Policy

This module shows how policy is shaped, influenced and translated and enacted in a range of organisations, professions, and contexts, and how this can enhance employability and employment opportunities for graduates of this course.

Studying Social Policy

This module will help you develop and fine tune a range of study skills, including essay writing, time management, presentations, and critical thinking.

Health and Wellbeing

This module will develop your understanding of the integration between health, wellbeing, social care and policy.

Year two

Ideological Approaches to Welfare

This module explores key concepts and ideological and theoretical debates about welfare in Britain.

Social Security and Welfare

You will gain an understanding of the concept of citizenship in relation to the UK, EU, and global welfare institutions. Issues examined include disability and citizenship, poverty and citizenship, immigration and asylum.

Research Methods

An introduction to the basic principles of research, including report writing and data presentation.

Comparative and Global Social Policy

Here you will compare the development of social policy globally, including personal social services, health, and housing

With a wide range of optional modules you will have the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests and career aspirations. You will choose two from the following optional modules. 

Sociology of Health and Illness

Issues explored include race and mental illness, chronic illness, attention deficit disorder, ageism and health care.

Gender Issues

You will be introduced to the growing literature on gender relations and explore key areas of contemporary debate, including the changing position and status of women and masculinity today.

Disability Studies (Critical Perspectives)

This module unpacks the meaning of disability, assessing its impact on the individual and society. Among the themes examined is the rise of the disability rights movement.

Young People and Social Policies

This module examines social policies directed at young people and explores issues such as teenage parents, sexuality, youth crime and the transition to adulthood.

Social Policy and Differentiation

This module explores the development of social policy and the ways in which this development has been influenced by ideas and beliefs about race, gender, disability and sexuality. There is a particular focus on education policy.

Year three

Precarity and Insecure Lives

The term social exclusion is a relatively new arrival in terms of social policy. We explore the origins and value of this concept. The experience of a number of excluded groups will be examined, including sexual minorities, travellers and gypsies and people with mental health problems.

Health and Social Care Policy

This module will examine in depth the changing policies and structures in the delivery of health and community care. It will allow you to analyse and evaluate alternative systems of provision.

Constructions of Childhood and Family

Today the family is very much at the centre of the political and social policy agenda. This module explores the connection between families, politics and social policies. You will look at issues such as poverty, child support, domestic violence and divorce.

Housing Policy and Society

This module explores the ways that housing is organised and delivered in the UK. Assessing housing need, access to housing, homelessness and tenure are focused on and you will be able to integrate theoretical knowledge of housing policy and practice and relate this to changing societal contexts.

In your final year, a distinctive feature of this degree is the option to undertake a traditional undergraduate dissertation or a Community Placement instead.

Dissertation - SP

A supervised research project of 10,000 words.

Community placement - SP

The placement will offer you an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in a social policy related setting, and to develop key work based skills such as team work, time management and communication skills.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

Requirements

What you need to know

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page.

APPLICANT PROFILE

You will have a keen interest in changing society with perhaps some experience of the social sciences from school or college. If you have practical knowledge of the change in the systems that provide welfare services, economic, political and social structures this programme can assist you in the development of your ideas and progression. Career opportunities are widespread across all sectors dependent on the degree path is chosen. 

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Maths at Grade 4/C or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below. 

UCAS tariff points

64 points. 

A Level

64 points from a minimum of two A-Levels

BTEC National Diploma

MPP (BTEC Extended Diploma), MM (BTEC Diploma).

Scottish Highers

64 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60%

Access to HE

64 points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Please view the relevant degree programme information to view the fees for the remaining years of your course.

 

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,250 for Foundation Year and £9,250 for subsequent years.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID L408

Institution S03