Foundation Degree (FdA) Applied Justice and Social Sciences

The Foundation Degree in Applied Justice and Social Sciences is designed to create forward thinking ‘social scientists’ covering aspects such as law, social science, psychology, leadership and management, criminology and much more. The course combines expert teaching with work experience opportunities and support for higher level learning to help you to reach your career aspirations.

About This Course

Having the skills and capacity to apply theoretical understanding and concepts to the ever-challenging work of the Public Services sector, is the overarching aim of the Foundation Degree in Applied Justice and Social Sciences.

This Programme of study aims to support students to become forward thinking social scientists with a critical understanding of judicial, social and psychological disciplines, with the ability to analyse the ‘status-quo’ in the public services sector and drive forward new and innovative thinking and approaches to change in challenging times.

With the completion of this programme, it is envisaged that students should have the theoretical and employability skills required to forge careers across the multidisciplinary aspects of the public services and support managers, leaders and strategic thinkers in a range of those services. Overall, the programme aims to facilitate the development of the future role of the public services sector as the global, political and economic climate becomes more diverse and far reaching in its consequence.

Course Summary

This course features a range of units including:
Year One:

  • Introduction to psychology
  • Social studies
  • Introduction to law
  • Professional practice and partnership working
  • Criminology
  • Introduction to social policy

Year Two:

  • Leadership and management systems
  • Safeguarding and promoting health and wellbeing
  • Criminal and forensic psychology
  • Business law and practice
  • Youth justice
  • Research methods

Modules may be subject to change

Why Study With Us?

The approaches to teaching and learning methods employed in this programme are designed to build students’ confidence and enable them to become autonomous in their academic development.

Students will be encouraged to take ownership and responsibility for their own learning. Enquiry-based learning will be used to support students to develop their
research skills to support the demonstration of breadth and depth of understanding of the justice system and related applied social sciences.

The embedding of work placements will allow for experiential learning to take place and for students to examine how theory can be applied in employability settings. Students will be required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours’ work placement as part of their programme of study.

Academic tutorials will be integral to allow for students to be supported in making the transition into their higher level studies to then develop them into self-managers and motivators, with individual initiative in their independent approach to their learning.

Entry Requirements

  • 64 UCAS points from a Level 3 qualification in a related subject e.g. BTEC or equivalent
  • GCSE Grade C in both English and Maths or equivalent

This course involves possible contact with children or other potentially vulnerable client groups and, therefore, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course. Students should have completed this or be in the process of completing before embarking upon this course.

How To Apply

For further information call 01709 513355 or email

What You Can Progress To

Progression routes to top-up your Foundation Degree into a full Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Hull are available.

Upon successful completion, the Foundation Degree in Applied Justice and Social Sciences aims to support students to forge careers in a range of public and private sector organisations ranging from Police, Prisons, Probation Services, local government, civil service, all uniformed services, youth and social work.

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