This course starts in 2019

Social Sciences (with a foundation year) BA (Hons)

Social Sciences (with a foundation year) BA (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
BCC-CCC
UCAS code:
Y002
Start date:
September 2019
  • Top-20 university in the UK (The Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2018)

By starting your degree studies at Sussex with our Foundation Year, you develop a wide-ranging understanding of the social sciences, from current issues affecting the globe to the structures that shape our societies.

No matter which social sciences subject you go on to study – from Law to Geography – your Foundation Year will give you the opportunity to explore different subjects and perspectives. This means you’ll be able to continue studying for the degree that’s best for you.

You also develop transferable skills to help you succeed throughout your studies and in your future career.

Foundation Year courses are a brilliant opportunity for students to fulfil their potential while they’re learning the skills required by a top university like Sussex.”Chantal Irtelli
English and A-level Academic Leader

Entry requirements

Is a Foundation Year for you?

We welcome students with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including:

  • those who aren't sure which subject they'd like to specialise in
  • those who don't have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1
  • those who don't meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1
  • those who are returning to education after some time away.

You will need to demonstrate your potential to do well on a demanding degree, including the potential to succeed in your chosen discipline.

The following sets out some of the most common academic qualifications. However, each application is reviewed on its individual strengths and merits.

A-level

Typical offer

BCC-CCC

Subjects

A-levels should normally include a relevant essay-based humanities or social science subject.

GCSEs

You will need to have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C).

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (or grade C).

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

26-28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will need to demonstrate evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects and maths regardless of overall points score.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

Typical offer

MM and grade B at A-level 

Subjects

A-levels should normally include a relevant essay-based humanities or social science subject.

GCSEs

You will need to have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C).

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (or grade C).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

BC at A-level and Merit

Subjects

A-levels should normally include a relevant essay-based humanities or social science subject.

GCSEs

You will need to have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C).

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (or grade C).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DMM

Subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma should be in the subject area of Applied Law, Criminal & Forensic Investigation and Health and Social Care.

GCSEs

You will need to have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics with at least grade 4 (or grade C).

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above (or grade C).

 

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

CCCCC

Subjects

Including essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

GCSEs

Scottish National 5 grade C in Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades - BCC

Subjects

A-levels should normally include a relevant essay-based humanities or social science subject.

GCSEs

You will also need GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C (or grade 4 in the new grading scale).

In addition, you will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

26-28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will need to demonstrate evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects and maths regardless of overall points score.

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

70%

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects and maths.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and at least 75% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 10 .

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.7 or better. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 60% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation BCCCC from 5 grade 12 courses

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 3.4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 15/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result of 4.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of 11/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.5 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of a least 15/20

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 4,4,3 from three subjects including two electives. 

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

  • 65% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)  
  • 70% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 70% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H3 H3 H3 H4 H4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Israel

Typical offer

We assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 71.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  BCC, Matriculation with a least a grade of between 2.5 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (65%).

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO).

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 3.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies. 

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).  You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects. Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of 14/20

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 7.5 to 8.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of  6.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores.

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of 3,3,4 from 3 AP subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science  and a good level of mathematics. 

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Modules

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

How will I study?

This course prepares you for further study in the social sciences. You develop your personal and academic abilities while trying different subjects before choosing your degree. You gain transferable skills by giving presentations, taking part in seminar discussions and writing essays.

Youll usually be awarded a BA when you graduate, but this may change depending on your degree choice (for example, if you choose Law after your Foundation Year, youll be awarded an LLB). 

Core modules introduce you to law, politics, sociology and global studies. You also choose an option from:

  • film, drama and literature
  • psychology, business and economics
  • education and social work
  • history and languages.

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

    Autumn and spring teaching

    Options

      Autumn teaching
      Autumn and spring teaching
      Spring teaching

      Fees

      UK/EU students:
      £9,250 per year
      Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
      £9,250 per year
      International students:
      £16,750 per year

      Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis as the Government reviews the fee levels.

      If you’re an international student, note that fees for the foundation year are at standard lower rate but fees for courses you can choose to continue your studies can be at the lower or higher level. This means your fees could rise from lower to higher level after the foundation year, depending on your choice of course.

      Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

      Find out about our terms and conditions

      Scholarships

      Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

      Please note: Foundation Year courses are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loan funds. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

      Next steps

      Successfully completing your Foundation Year means you’re able to take a range of degrees at Sussex. The current list of courses available is:

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      +44 (0)1273 876787
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