The foundation year will prepare your academic skills and understanding of social sciences allowing you to progress onto one of seven different social science undergraduate degree programmes at UEL. 

This course makes higher education truly accessible for people who do not have traditional qualifications or who did not achieve their potential in their school or college assessments.


Introduction to social sciences

Enjoy a stimulating and engaging introduction to a broad range of multidisciplinary contemporary social science learning and teaching

Skills development

Skills development

Develop the necessary practical, intellectual and communication core skills

Future skill development

Future skill development

Build on confidence and personal attributes necessary for independent learning and study to form the basis of future skill development in level 4

Placements - a unique opportunity

Placements - a unique opportunity

We'll give you the experience of working with children in East London, one of UK's most diverse local authorities in England. It's the perfect place to study Early Childhood education.

Our Foundation Year programmes are perfect if you want to change your direction of study or did not achieve the required grades at school of college for your chosen course or are a mature student returning to education after a break.

Foundation Year programmes

How it works


Choose one of our BA (Hons) degrees that include a foundation year

Complete your foundation year

After you’ve completed your foundation year you can move to any eligible degree

Complete your chosen BA course

Complete your chosen BA (Hons) degree, leading to many employment opportunities. You could even study on one of our postgraduate degrees

BA (Hons) Sociology

Studying our sociology degree will develop your digital sociological imagination and critical and professional skills necessary for your career.

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BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology

Study sociology with criminology and graduate with a degree that has vocational relevance, while putting no limit on your career options.

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BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations

Our innovative Politics and International Relations course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to play an active role in the world of global politics.

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BA (Hons) International Development with NGO Management

Research and analyse complex problems, such as globalisation and climate change, develop your own ideas, find a career in International Development.

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BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice

Investigate the nature of crime and criminality and crime in contemporary societies, studying society's response through the criminal justice system.

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BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice with pathway in Cyber Criminology

The course focuses upon crime and justice with a specialism in cyber crime, considering the impact of this environment from a criminological and socio-legal perspective in a national and international context. The course provides an insight into current cyber debates focusing on emerging research and professional practice.

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BA (Hons) Psychosocial Community Work

This course is about engaging with issues such as mental health, social care, racism, psychotherapies, class, gender, youth, and ageing.

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By the end of the degree you will have gained the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to BA (Hons) courses but you'll take one year longer to complete your studies. 

Past successful students have also moved onto other degree programmes both at UEL and at other universities throughout the UK.

I went from starting in September with a huge bout of imposter syndrome to finishing the year with tremendous confidence that I can actually go on and achieve a degree.

Nicholas Garbett

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