Social Sciences Foundation

Studying Social Sciences at Bellerbys College

Choose to study social sciences and you'll learn how people process and document the human experience. Study philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language. Social Science researchers are increasingly playing a part in developing new technology too. You can study this Foundation at our Brighton campus. Brighton is a forward-thinking, modern city by the sea. It offers students a safe, vibrant and dynamic place to explore their ideas and study.

Students study up to 27 hours per week in class. All students on the Foundation programme study four core modules plus modules tailored for Social Sciences students. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills.

Where will this Foundation take me?

Our Foundation students have gone to university to study subjects including Media Communications, Media and Cultural Studies, Psychology, Psychology in education, History, Politics and International relations.

Destination universities

Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression* to study at the following universities:

  • Applied Global Marketing (London Campus)
  • Business Administration
  • Management and Leadership
  • Financial Economics and Banking (London Campus)
  • Geography
  • Global Business Management (London Campus)
  • International Fashion Business
  • International Fashion Management and Marketing (London Campus)
  • International Hospitality and Tourism Management (London Campus)
  • International Relations
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • Sociology And Criminology
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) Ancient History
  • BA (Hons) Anthropology and Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Anthropology and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) Anthropology
  • BA (Hons) Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations
  • BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) Archaeology
  • BA (Hons) Classics
  • BA (Hons) Criminology
  • BA (Hons) Education Studies - Philosophy / Sociology / Theology and Religion
  • BA (Hons) and MA (Hons) Geography (Human Geography)
  • BSc (Hons) Health and Human Sciences
  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy / and Politics / Psychology / Theology
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
  • BA (Hons) Theology and Religion
  • Business Economics
  • Creative Writing & Film Cultures
  • Criminology
  • Criminology & Forensic Psychology
  • Criminology & International Relations
  • Criminology & Sociology
  • Drama and Creative Writing
  • Drama and English
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Economics
  • English and Creative Writing
  • English Literature
  • Financial Economics
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Human Rights & Criminology
  • Human Rights & Social Justice
  • Human Rights & Sociology
  • Journalism and Media
  • Journalism
  • Media Skills
  • Media & Communication
  • Music Technology
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Psychology with Criminology
  • Psychology with Sociology
  • Publishing with English
  • Sociology & International Relations
  • Sociology
  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy
  • BA (Hons) Politics
  • BA (Hons) Sociology
  • Criminology BSc
  • Education with Psychology BSc
  • International Development with Economics BSc
  • Politics with International Relations BSc
  • Social Policy BSc
  • Social Science BSc
  • Sociology BSc
  • African Studies BA
  • American and Canadian Studies BA
  • Philosophy BA
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics BA
  • Policy, Politics and Economics BA
  • Politics, Religion and Philosophy BA
  • Social Policy BA
  • Sociology BA
  • Sociology and Criminology BA
  • Theology and Religion BA
  • Anthropology BA
  • Archaeology and Anthropology BA
  • Childhood Studies BSc
  • Criminology BSc
  • Education Studies BSc
  • Education Studies with Study Abroad BSc
  • Philosophy and Theology BA
  • Philosophy BA
  • Psychology BSc or MSci
  • Social Policy and Sociology BSc
  • Social Policy BSc
  • Social Policy with Criminology BSc
  • Sociology and Philosophy BSc
  • Sociology BSc
  • Theology and Sociology BA
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology
  • BSc (Hons) Criminology and Sociology
  • BSc (Hons) Economics
  • BSc (Hons) English Literature
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management
  • BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management
  • International Politics
  • BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management
  • BSc (Hons) Law / with Criminology / International Relations
  • BSc (Hons) Media Culture and Society
  • BSc (Hons) Politics / and Economics / Sociology
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology
  • Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Criminology

Foundation key facts

Minimum age: 16.5+
Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
Start dates: September, November or January. See term dates
Entry requirements: Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school education. 4 GCSEs at C or above.
English language requirements: IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for November and January starts)
Location: Brighton
Tuition fees per term: £7,213 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)
Course modules

Cognitive, Social and Media Psychology

Cognitive, Social and Media Psychology

Cognitive, Social and Media Psychology: Cognitive psychology will teach you about the structure of human memory, models of memory and strategies for memory improvement. Social psychology will look at the explanations for aggressive behaviour and aggression in crowds. Study either a) the psychology of addiction, models of addictive behaviour, vulnerability factors in addiction and types of intervention, or b) Media psychology, the role of persuasion and attitude change in decision-making, influence of TV on persuasion and the psychology of celebrity.


Cognitive Psychology

  • The Multi –Store Model of Memory
  • The Working Memory Model
  • Strategies for Memory Improvement

Social Psychology – Psychological Theories of Aggression

  • Group Display of Aggression in Humans

Addiction – Alternate Topic A

  • Models of Addictive Behaviour
  • Explanations for Smoking Addiction
  • Vulnerability to Addiction
  • Types of Intervention

Media Psychology – Alternate Topic B

  • Persuasion and Attitude Change
  • The Influence of Attitudes on Decision Making
  • The Influence of TV on Persuasion
  • The Psychology of Celebrity


Research Methods and Families and Households

Research Methods and Families and Households

This will introduce you to the various research techniques used by sociologists. You'll be able to check and analyse both quantitative and qualitative data. You'll assess their utility for studying a sociological issues and different groups of people. This gives you an in-depth understanding of the role of the family in contemporary society. You'll study the changes to the nature of family life. These include childhood, home roles and the size and structure of families and households. You'll study recent developments in society and the impact on the family.

Research Methods

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Quantitative and Qualitative data
  • Factors Affecting the Researcher’s Choice of Method
  • Evaluating Sociological Methods
  • Social Surveys, Interviews, Participant Observation, Secondary Data

Families and Households

  • The Role of the Family in Society
  • The Family and Social Change
  • Factors Contributing to Family
  • Divorce and Marital Breakdown

Psychological Approaches and Biological Rhythms

Psychological Approaches and Biological Rhythms

Approaches to Psychology, Research Methods and Ethics: Gain an understanding of different approaches to psychology, its research methods and ethics; study theoretical ways of approaching psychology, as well as practical ways of conducting investigations in psychology; learn to plan, produce and evaluate research methods; design your own research study and how to conduct them; learn ways to collect, analyse and present data. Look at the British Code of Ethics in psychology when doing research. Learning includes various ethical considerations in the types of research.

Approaches to Psychology

  • Four Main Approaches to Psychology - Key Features and Assumptions
    • Cognitive
    • Psychodynamic
    • Behavioural
    • Biological

Research Methods

  • How Psychological Research is Conducted
    • Experimental Methods
    • Groups
    • Operationalisation of Variables
    • Hypotheses
    • Designs
    • Non-Experimental Methods
    • Sampling and Sampling Methods
    • Participant and Situational Variables
    • Ethics
    • Validity
    • Descriptive Statistics


  • Ethical Issues
  • Ways of Dealing with Ethical Issues
  • Ethics in Real Life Investigations

Mass Media and Globalisation

 Mass Media and Globalisation

Gain an understanding of both the debate between ownership and control of the media and media effects. Perform an in-depth analysis of the issues around the various competing interest groups who have differing levels of control over the output of the media. This includes the owner, the editors and journalists and the audience. Analyse the power of the content of the media over the behaviour of the audience and the various sociological theories related to this issue. Perform a detailed analysis of the three main processes of globalisation: political, economic and cultural. You'll evaluate the benefits and potentially negative impacts of globalisation in both developing and western societies.

  • Introduction to the Mass Media
  • Ownership and Control of the Media
  • Media Effects
  • Representations of Ethnicity and Gender in the Media
  • Introduction to Globalisation
  • Economic Globalisation
  • Cultural Globalisation and Political Globalisation

Developmental Abnormal Psychology

Developmental Abnormal Psychology

Physiological Psychology: Learn to understand stress and the psychological stress response, stress-related illness and the immune system, factors that mediate stress, ways of coping with the stress response, methods of stress management, and abnormal psychology. Learn about eating disorders and either schizophrenia or depression, their classification and diagnosis as well as explanations for these disorders.

Stress as a bodily response

  • Stress Introduction and the Body’s Response to Stress
  • Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome
  • Stress Related Illness and the Immune System

Stress in everyday life

  • Life Changes and Stress

Mediating and coping with the effects of stress

  • Personality Factors
  • Coping with Stress

Psychological and Physiological methods of stress management

  • Psychological Methods of Stress Management
  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Stress Management
  • Physiological Methods of Stress Management
  • Alternative Methods of Stress Management

Crime and Deviants

Crime and Deviants

Learn about and develop skills to evaluate a range of explanations for criminal and deviant behaviour in society. You'll look at the patterns of criminality in society in relation to gender, class, age and ethnic differences. Consider the usefulness of statistical data when examining these patterns. You'll do a piece of independent coursework, worth 25 per cent of the total mark for this module.

  • Introduction to Crime and Deviance
  • Explanations of Crime and Deviance
  • Sociological Explanations
  • Ways of Measuring Criminal and Deviant Behaviour
  • Explanations for Gender and Ethnic Differences in Crime statistics
Core modules

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills with IELTS

Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:

  • Reading effectively and critically
  • Making notes in lectures and presentations
  • Delivering presentations and participating in academic seminars
  • Researching, planning and writing academic essays
  • Students are also supported in developing the accuracy and range in written and spoken language required to express themselves effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence.

Computer Information Technology

Computer Information Technology

Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.



GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a 2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.


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A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.

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