Social Sciences with Foundation Year
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
The BSc Social Sciences with Foundation Year will introduce you to the main academic ideas, theories and issues within the social sciences and help you understand, analyse and write about contemporary debates. You will receive intensive support to develop the skills and knowledge required to undertake undergraduate studies.
This programme will build your confidence and give you the core knowledge and key skills you need to succeed at university. You will also get a taste of the subject area you are interested in and deepen your understanding of the career potential of your chosen subject.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BSc Social Sciences.
We also offer part-time Foundation Year degrees which allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BSc Social Sciences. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.
Birkbeck has been helping people access higher education for nearly 200 years. If you have the commitment and ability to study, we'll find a way to make it happen for you.
Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are ideal if you returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.
Birkbeck's innovative, creative and interdisciplinary courses will help you become a competent, critical and responsible student of the social world and the psychological and social forces that shape individuals.
Follow your interests and choose to specialise in communication, geography, history, politics, psychosocial studies, social anthropology or social policy.
Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Social Sciences with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Social Sciences with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Tuition Fees Social Sciences with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)
|England UK||£4625||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£4625||year 1|
Additional fee information
Part-time international students, Year 3+: £10920 pa
Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
January 1, 2024
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Possible Entry Points:
Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.
About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Student composition of Birkbeck, University of London
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Applied Social Sciences BA (Hons)||The University of Sheffield||74%||0%||10%||£9250 £9250||£19050 £20000||148||Sheffield||On campus Full-time|
|Sociology with Social Sciences Foundation Year BA (Hons)||Southampton Solent University||71%||5%||5%||£9250||£12000||101||Southampton||On campus Full-time|
|Social Science BSc (Hons)||Royal Holloway, University of London||81%||5%||8%||£9250||£18100||126||Egham||On campus Full-time|
|Social Sciences with Data Science BSc (Hons)||University College London||68%||0%||0%||£9250||£23300||175||London||On campus Full-time|
|Human and Social Sciences BSc (Hons)||Cardiff University||59%||5%||0%||£9000||£18700||145||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|Health and Social Studies BA (Hons)||University of the Highlands and Islands||82%||0%||40%||£6120||£6480||124||Inverness||On campus Full-time|
|Social Science BSc (Hons)||Cardiff University||75%||5%||5%||£9000||£18700||136||Cardiff||On campus Full-time|
|Psychosocial Studies with Foundation Year BA (Hons)||Birkbeck, University of London||64%||15%||20%||£9250||£14560||124||London||On campus Full-time|
|Combined Honours in Social Sciences BA (Hons)||Durham University||86%||5%||1%||£9250||£22500||194||Durham||On campus Full-time|
|Social Sciences BA (Hons)||University of the Highlands and Islands||95%||10%||20%||£9000||£12360||153||Inverness||On campus Full-time|