Newman University has developed an innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course in Psychology and Counselling Studies. This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree. Working with Children, Young People & Families and Education Studies is a popular course combination leading to a range of career opportunities. Supporting children, young people and vulnerable families is an increasingly high profile area of social policy. This course is one of a small number of honours degree level programmes designed to give you the knowledge and skills to understand the social, economic, educational, political and cultural issues and barriers facing children, young people and families, particularly in socially disadvantaged areas. Education Studies has a broad appeal to a wide range of prospective students whose interests include education, teaching, and training in other employment contexts. In exploring contemporary educational issues, the course offers an excellent basis for postgraduate teacher training. The course is not, however, restricted exclusively to ‘school–based’ issues. Through the taught modular programme students will work across a range of themes such a social justice, globalisation and sustainability, and management of change. These will be of particular interest to those students whose aspirations lie in other educational environments - such as youth, community and charity work, NGOs, and training and development.