At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too. The Social Science Foundation Year provides you with a chance to sample social science subjects at university level before making a final choice of honours courses, to study intensive modules which provide the requisite background for specific honours courses for those without the necessary qualifications, provides access for non-traditionally qualified students to a wide range of social science courses, and provides a broad grounding in academic principles and methods. In this case the Environmental Studies course enables you to explore the crucial relationship between humans and the environment, drawing on the humanities and social sciences. Environmental Studies differs from our Environmental Science programme because it focuses on the socio-political nature of environmental problems and the responses to them from individuals, businesses, institutions and civil organisations. You could consider subjects such as sustainable development, environmental policy making, ethical codes of practice and environmental activism and you might do this from perspectives as varied as history, sociology, economics, ethics, human geography, politics, international relations and philosophy. This course is ideal if you’re interested in the way the environment is debated from a broad spectrum of positions. Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. A growing number of careers are open to people who truly understand the many different perspectives on environmental issues. In fact, 1.3 million people are predicted to be working in ‘green’ jobs in the UK by 2017. This course will develop your ability to think critically, and to speak persuasively and knowledgeably, with people who have diverse viewpoints and agendas. You’ll have been well prepared for a choice of rewarding careers; for example, you might work directly in sustainability or in government, for a policy centre, as a journalist or as a campaign.