Psychology and Sociology

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
Undergraduate
Years
4-12 years
BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology with Foundation Year

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? If so, Arden’s psychology and sociology foundation degree is the right choice for you, moving seamlessly onto 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, teaching the fundamental study skills needed to achieve a degree. 

The modules studied on our sociology and psychology foundation 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. Designed to help you form ideas about where you want to go in the future, all our psychology and sociology courses require is the desire to learn and the motivation to give it your all. Ready to get started?

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As part of our psychology and sociology foundation with undergraduate degree, 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 psychological or sociological field that best fits you.

Modules

You’ll have 4-12 years to complete your psychology and sociology undergraduate degree with foundation, 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.

Foundation Year

  • 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

Year 2

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Medicalisation of the Self
  • Key Studies in Psychology

Year 3

  • 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

Year 4

  • Contemporary Developmental Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Consumer Society and the Commodification of Beings
  • Insecurity and Precariousness in the Globalised World
  • Research Planning and Project

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

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

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

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

Find your country

Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before getting started with your sociology and psychology foundation degree, it’s always nice to know the faces of who you’ll be learning from. The School of Psychology is made up of multi-disciplinary lecturers, who bring a wealth of academic experience with them. The use of an evidence-based approach provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to the workplace. Heading up our foundation year programme is Towella Ngambi, who has a wealth of experience in up-skilling individuals to help accelerate their careers and personal growth. 

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

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

By studying two unique fields, you’ll learn a variety of practical skills that will prepare you for a career in an industry you love. Studying for a sociology and psychology foundation 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

Studying with Arden is all about preparing you for the world of employment. Alongside your psychology and sociology course, you’ll also have access to several extra opportunities for professional development. You can then use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are here for you. They’ll help you enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll receive guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 
 

Do you need to fit your studies around other commitments you have? Achieving a sociology and psychology foundation degree has never been easier. Our online learning model fits around your lifestyle, so you can study at a time and pace that works best for you.

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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
Cynthia Blow
BSc (Hons) Psychology

Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.