BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology with Foundation Year

Psychology and Sociology

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Summary

Study level
Part time
4 years+
Location
Online
Institute of Foundation Studies

Course Overview

Are you fascinated by how the mind works? Do you want to earn a degree, but aren’t sure you’re prepared for university study? Arden University’s psychology and sociology with foundation year degree is the right choice for people like you, and will help you transition seamlessly to undergraduate study. 

At Arden, we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to go to university, regardless of background or qualifications. That’s why we’ve introduced the foundation year to this course, giving you time to master the fundamental study skills needed to achieve a degree.  
 
The modules studied on our psychology and sociology with foundation year degree cover a variety of topics, from human behaviour to broader societal issues like poverty, inequality, and social injustice. And what’s more, you don’t need to have a fixed career path in mind to enrol on this course. All that our psychology and sociology courses require from you is the desire to learn and the motivation to give it your all. 

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Course details and modules

On our psychology and sociology degree with foundation with year, you’ll acquire a range of skillsets designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to achieve your academic goals. Whether your interests lie in cognitive psychology, crime, or law, you’ll graduate as a forward-thinking professional ready to embark upon a successful career in whichever field of psychology or sociology best fits you.

Cath Palmer

As a working mum, I needed a course that would fit my busy life. My degree in Psychology complemented my role as a therapeutic counsellor beautifully and although I’ve just finished, it has already impacted my life greatly!

Cath Palmer
BA (Hons) Psychology

Modules

You’ll have 4-12 years to complete your psychology and sociology undergraduate degree with foundation year, meaning that you can take up to three years to complete each level. However, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years.

  • Numeracy, IT and Data
  • Research Skills and Using Information
  • Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Crime and Law in Context
  • Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Key Studies in Psychology
  • Research and Ethics in Action
  • Personality and Intelligence
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormality and the Deviant Other
  • Cyber Communities and Social Networks
  • Protests, Mass Movements and Rebellion
  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Consumer Society and the Commodification of Beings
  • Insecurity and Precariousness in the Globalised World
  • Research Planning and Project

*The order of modules within each level vary depending on intake and mode of study

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Cynthia Blow

I chose online learning because I do not currently have the capacity to attend classes as my days are full with running my household, my elderly parents’ household and tending to the needs of my 3-year-old. Online studying has been extremely helpful because it provides the flexibility I need in order to study at random times during the day or night.

Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • At least 3 x GCSEs OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here.

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Why you’ve chosen your particular course
  • Any long-term goals or career aspirations

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Gail Steptoe-Warren

Arden’s psychology and social science degrees are designed to explore human behaviours across diverse areas of psychology and social science such as criminology, sociology, and criminal justice. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. Our Psychology online courses are accredited by The British Psychological Society, which means they are internationally recognised. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Gail Steptoe-Warren
Head of School, Psychology and Social Sciences

Career prospects

We understand that you might not already have a career path in mind before enrolling on your course – and that’s okay. It’s natural to feel unsure of what your future holds prior to your first degree course, especially when there are so many exciting sectors to look into. That’s why we focus on preparing you with a range of skills that are highly valued by employers, so you’ll eventually feel confident enough to decide where your interests lie career-wise.

What can a psychology and sociology undergraduate with foundation degree do for me?

By studying two unique disciplines, you’ll learn a variety of practical skills that will prepare you for a career in an industry you love. Studying for a psychology and sociology with foundation year degree gives you the opportunity to develop into a real social scientist, with the skills needed to turn your passion into a lifelong career. These skills include:

  • Developing your knowledge of psychological theory and sociology studies
  • Acquiring a solid grounding in psychological thinking and principles
  • Adopting a critical appreciation of sociology and psychology 
  • Developing critical abilities and analysis skills
  • Becoming an analytical social scientist who can handle both psychological and social issues of the modern world
  • Applying your knowledge and experience to real-life scenarios

What can I do after Arden University?

Our psychology and sociology courses are designed to help launch your future as a smart, forward-thinking professional – so when you graduate, you’ll be spoilt for choice on which career path to go for! Some of your career options could include: 

  • Teaching
  • Counselling
  • International Aid/Development work
  • Research
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Community, Youth or Social work

You can also go on to study at Master’s Level.  Arden University offer a variety of Master’s programmes and we are developing many more.  Keep looking for further developments! 

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Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn. 

Fast-Track Your Career

At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us - with no tuition fees to pay - once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.

We’ll provide you with advice and guidance about which master’s course meets your career needs and provides a meaningful pathway from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

To see the full terms and conditions, please visit https://arden.ac.uk/terms-and-conditions