This course is intended to cater for those who aspire to enrol on a social science-based Higher National Diploma (HND) or Honours degree programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University. It is designed for those who have not achieved the required number of A-level points (A2 or their equivalent) or for those who have studied A-level subjects (or their equivalent) in areas that do not provide the necessary background in the disciplines of the intended pathways (HND or degree).
This course is also intended to widen access and participation for 'return to learning' students who wish to enter higher education.
Learning & Teaching
A variety of teaching strategies will be employed to reflect the requirements of the particular topic; variety of student learning styles; existence of professional experience within the group; and the level and type of study required over the programme.
Approaches include lectures, small group work, practical sessions, use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), workshops, tutorials and independent learning.
Students are expected to engage through regular attendance at teaching/learning sessions and completion of assigned tasks.
Employability & Careers
The purpose of completing a Foundation Year is to enable students to progress onto HND/Degree programmes. This is the first stage of a journey towards employability and, ultimately, a career following third level education. Personal Development Planning (PDP) is started in the Foundation year as a framework of preparation for this goal.
Personal Development Planning is a structured process that enables students to reflect on learning, performance and achievement, and to plan for future professional and academic development. It is primarily supported within the Key Skills module.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) plus one of the following:
- 48 points from at least two A level qualifications or their equivalent at an appropriate standard for entry into Higher Education at Level 4, but in subject areas which fail to meet the entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree programme.
- 48 points from at least two A level qualifications or their equivalent in subject areas relevant for their intended undergraduate degree programme, but at a standard which fails to meet the entry requirements to Higher Education at Level 4.
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.