Programme Specification


Programme Summary Information


Programme Title 

Integrated Foundation Year Social Sciences and Law Pathway


University of Sunderland Course Code



IFY Social Sciences and Law Pathway code:




Please see parent programme specifications for programme codes

Route Codes

1.BSc (Hons) Sociology [L300]

2.BSc (Hons) Criminology [L300]

3.BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care [L510]

4.BA (Hons) Childhood Studies* [L510]

5.BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies* [L540]

6.LLB (Hons) Law* [M200]


Awarding Institution

University of Sunderland


Teaching Institution(s)

(if different from point 3)



Professional Statutory or Regulatory Body (PSRB) (if applicable)

Programmes above marked with * may have PSRB accreditation/recognition.  Please refer to parent programme specification.



Programme Description

This Specification details the Foundation year (Level 3/Stage 0). Please see individual subject specifications for full details of Stages 1-3.




What’s covered in the course?

The aim of the Foundation Year is to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective researchers and students in Social Sciences and Law. The first year of this programme introduces students to the ‘big’ issues in contemporary society and how might law be part of this? This programme explores exciting issues relevant to the study of both law and the social sciences in a thematic manner. Indicative examples of the themes that could be covered, related to law and the social sciences, include; inequalities and human rights; communities, children and young people; crime and punishment and global issues. Underpinning this, students will use a range of theoretical and empirical discussions, concepts and ideas to explain the case studies and themes put forward within the programme. This programme will give you an opportunity to examine how both law and the social sciences impact upon the topics from these themes and you can begin to specialise your subject knowledge in preparation for your chosen discipline.  Modules in academic literacy and practical numeracy skills provide the necessary underpinning knowledge and skills to succeed in degree level studies.  Students will also have the opportunity to study a topic related to their programme of study via a small-scale project and this module will encourage independent working within a supportive environment of regular tutor supported surgeries.



40 credit module  FDN009 – Foundations of Social Sciences and Law

This module incorporates a range of perspectives related to the programme of study.  The module is thematically themed which makes it possible to explore a range of relevant topics in preparation for study at degree level.


20 credit module  FDN011 Global Rights and Wrongs

This module aims to take a multidisciplinary approach to human rights abuses and violations across the globe, how they have developed and how they can be combated and to what extent. Students will discuss the historical and philosophical development of human rights as a concept and how these ideas spread due to global frameworks, networks and international organisations.


20 credit module  FDN012 – Essential Study Skills

This module supports the development skills and attributes needed for degree level study and graduate employment including searching for information, reviewing evidence, presenting information and self-analysis to identify strengths and areas for development.


20 credit module  FDN002 – Foundation Project

This module supports understanding in a topic area related to the programme of study.  It also encourages independent and team working with support available from tutors throughout the lifespan of the project.


20 credit module  FDN003 – Practical Numeracy Skills

This modules includes a range of relevant, real-world concepts and ideas which will help develop confidence and competence in numeracy and encourage a critical approach to numerical facts.  Topics include interest rates and loans, budgeting as well as the use and misuse of statistics and fake news.  


Please note all of the Foundation stage modules are CORE.


Stage 1, 2 and 3 modules can be found in the parent programme specification on as detailed on page 1. 


Generic Skills

Alongside the discipline-specific knowledge and skills that the curriculum covers, we aim to develop generic skills, such as initiative, time-management, group work and critical reflection.  These elements are interwoven throughout the course, during student meetings and peer assessed group work exercises. In addition, the student professional development handbook allows students to monitor and evaluate their own development in these key skills.  The modules draw on an interactive learning approach where students will be asked to engage in aspects of online learning through the University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas as well as to engage in on campus lectures and seminars.  This approach is designed to enable students to develop as independent learners.


Where will I study?

For the Foundation year, study will be at Sunderland (St Peter’s Campus).



Programme Awards


Name of Final Award


Credits Awarded


BSc (Hons) Sociology

BSc (Hons) Criminology

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies

LLB (Hons) Law




Exit Awards and Credit Awarded



Certificate of Higher Education

Diploma of Higher Education

Bachelor of Arts








Programme Specific Regulations





Is this programme delivered at a Transnational (TNE) partner?


Is this programme delivered at UK Further Education Colleges?




Entry Requirements


The admission requirements for this programme (foundation year) as stated on the course page of the University of Sunderland website at, or found by searching for the course entry profile located on the UCAS website are correct.                                            Yes


This programme is suitable for students to enter with advanced standing (eg APL)        No


Where applicable use the space below to detail any specific arrangements – eg APL only permitted to a specific level  Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)



Programme Learning Outcomes


By the end of stage 0 Foundation Year of the programme successful students will be able to do the following:


Employ a range of responses to well defined but often unfamiliar or unpredictable problems


Operate in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts using a range of technical or learning skills


Engage in self-directed activity with guidance/evaluation


Have knowledge in a range of complex activities demonstrating comprehension of relevant theories;


Access and evaluate information independently


Analyse information and make reasoned judgements.


12. Programme Requirements

There are optional modules on this programme No

Level 3/ Foundation 0:


In order to complete this programme a student must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 120 credits):


Module Code

Module Name

Credit Value

PLO(s) assessed


Essential Study Skills




Practical Numeracy Skills




Foundation Project




Foundations in Law and Social Science




Global Rights and Wrongs






13.  Employability

The programme contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes.  Please refer to Integrated Curriculum Design Framework  when completing this section.



Able to display a professional and make a positive contribution

to society through work, research and community engagement.


Adaptable to change in employing research methods to improve practice, using appropriate judgement that requires resilience, problem solving and innovation.





United by a desire to develop and improve practice to enable

best outcomes for children and make a positive contribution to

society, incorporating the development of communities, locally, regionally and globally.


The learning outcomes of the programme address the acquisition of skills and the development of knowledge.  Skills pertain largely to transferable abilities, things students learning in one context that can be applied more widely in a range of other contexts.  Key skills apply at Stage 0 and are developed throughout the four years of each degree programme.  These refer to essential transferable skills in communication, information technology, working with others, improving one’s own learning, and problem solving.  Applicable at all stages of the degree are graduate/employability skills.  These are higher order intellectual skills such as close reading and critical reasoning; retrieving and using information; collecting and synthesising data; applying new methodologies; and analysing and evaluating bodies of evidence.


There are also opportunities for on-campus students outside their programme of study.


For information about other opportunities available to our students who study on campus, click here.


14. Additional Costs: Are there any additional costs on top of the fees?


No, but all students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials

Yes (optional).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some additional costs for optional activities associated with the programme (see above)


Yes (essential).  All students buy some study materials such as books and provide their own basic study materials.  In addition there are some essential additional costs associated with the programme (see above)


15. Version Control

Programme Specifications are checked annually and updated when changes are made to the programme.






Details of change



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PART B   -  Programme  Regulation/s _


Name of programme:


BSc (Hons) Sociology with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies with Foundation Year

LLB (Hons) Law with Foundation Year


Award title

BSc (Hons) Sociology

BSc (Hons) Criminology

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care

BA (Hons) Childhood Studies

BA (Hons) Community and Youth Work Studies

LLB (Hons) Law


Interim awards[1]: Dependent on parent degree programme

Accreditation: Dependent on parent degree programme

University Regulation (please state the relevant University Regulation): 2.3.2


The maximum period of registration on a programme of study is three times the normal full time registration period, i.e.9 years for a three-year degree programme.


For degrees which incorporate an Integrated Foundation Year, the maximum period of registration will be 11 years: 2 years for the Foundation Year and 9 Years for the Degree Programme.


Regulations apply to students commencing their studies from (please state the date / intake that these regulations will apply to students for each Stage):


Regulations apply to students

Date the regulations apply

Intakes affected

Stage 0 Foundation Year (IFY)

September 2018


Stage 1



Stage 2



Stage 3




Progression Regulations

There are no programme-specific progression regulations for the Foundation Year. Standard University procedures apply. Please see parent programmes for programme specific regulations stages 1-3.

[1] Same as main award unless agreed otherwise at validation – eg to meet PSRB requirements