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Dr Kim Salmons
Dr Kim Salmons

Programme Director - Foundation Year
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Education and Social Science is excellent preparation for careers in teaching, youth work, children's services, the third sector, policy research, and education administration.

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Why study Education and Social Science (with a Foundation Year) ?

This interdisciplinary degree will help you develop a critical understanding of education in both formal and non-formal contexts from an international and UK perspective.

It provides you with the critical tools required to interrogate debates and legislation relating to education and social policy, paying particular attention to the relationship between education and society. 

At its heart, the programme addresses issues of social justice and equality, educational and social disadvantage, and looks at how we can challenge injustice and inequality through our actions and practice.

Why St Mary's?

The degree places significant emphasis on linking theory to practice, providing you with the opportunity to take four work placements throughout the second and third year of the degree.

In your first year you'll be placed in a small study group that you will work with throughout the year in lectures and seminars, helping you settle in to your course.

You will be taught by highly qualified staff who are experts in their field. Their research strongly underpins the curriculum and currently includes: refugee education, gender and international development, girlhood, English education, progressive education, education in Scandinavia, cross-cultural perspectives on SEN and Disability and developmental psychology and primary science education.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Education Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Education and Social Science.

Key facts

  • 94% overall satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS). Education and Social Science also scored 95% for learning opportunities and 91% for academic support in the 2017 NSS.
  • You will have the chance to study abroad for a semester in your second year in either Europe or the USA.
  • Opportunities to take work placements during your degree to enhance employability
  • You will be taught be research-active staff expert in their field
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct transport links into Central London
Please note: Education and Social Science (with a Foundation Year) is subject to revalidation.

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergradaute degree.

Foundation year

  • Functional and Interview Skills 
  • Personal Learning Competencies 
  • Sociology of Education 
  • Taking a Professional Approach 
  • The Individual Project 
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically 

Year one

  • Citizenship and Education 
  • History of Education 
  • Nature and Purposes and Politics of Education 
  • Psychology of Education: Lifespan Development 
  • Skills for Learning 
  • Theories, Teaching and Learning in Primary and Early Years Education 

Year two

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy, Policy and Early Years 
  • Developmental Disorders and Special Educational Needs 
  • Health and Wellbeing in Learning Contexts 
  • Research Methods 
  • Values in Education 
  • Youth: Theory, Policy, Practice 

Year three

  • Assessment and Planning 
  • Education in Popular Culture 
  • Independent Study 
  • International Perspectives in Education 
  • Research Dissertation 
  • SEBD and Behaviour Management 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Career destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Primary Teaching
  • Secondary Teaching (including PE, English, History and Religious Studies)
  • Senior Case Worker with vulnerable youth
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Family Liaison Officer, Richmond Children's Services
  • Senior Early Years Key Worker, Surrey Council
  • Postgraduate study in Social Work
  • Master's level study
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Drugs Advisor for Vulnerable Youth (Charity Sector)

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Education and Social Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.


How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars, group presentations and workshops. The methods are designed to encourage active involvement in your learning, enabling you to gain skills, knowledge and understanding, and to develop your confidence and communication skills.

Assessment methods

We don't assess you via examination. Instead, we use a variety of assessment methods giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your subject knowledge.

These include essays, case studies, portfolios, group and individual presentations, poster presentations, micro-teaching, literature reviews and critical reflective diaries.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750
* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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