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2023/24 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year

Programme code:BA-FD/A&HUCAS code:V901
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Madeleine Newman Contact

Total credits: 120

Entry requirements:

GCSE English grade A*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent
GCSE Maths grade A*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent
Attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A* - C or 9 - 4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE


3 A Levels grade CDD or equivalent


Applicants must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:

• permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education
• attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*/7 - C/4 passes at GCSE
• grew up in public care

We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Lifelong Learning Centre

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Foundation programmes examination board within the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The BA Arts and Humanities is a four year extended degree. It is designed for applicants who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well structured support to enable development of skills and knowledge. The programme is part of the University's commitment to widening participation and priority is given to applicants whose earlier learning has been diminished by adverse circumstances or limited opportunities and support.

The foundation year of the programme is delivered by the University's Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC). Students progress from the foundation year to a range of degree programmes in the arts and humanities. Staff work closely with students during the foundation year to help them to prepare for the degree choices they have identified and to monitor their progress towards achieving their goals.

Students on the foundation year will develop understanding of academic and conceptual approaches used in the arts/humanities through study of topics from a range of different disciplinary perspectives. An introduction to study skills and practise of the forms of assessment used in the arts/humanities is explored within the skills workshop strand of all foundation level modules rather than being handled in a separate skills module. Students will also take 20 credits from the University's range of level 1 Discovery modules. This enables them to focus on a chosen discipline and have direct experience of teaching in a School to which they might progress. The importance of helping students to prepare for employment or career enhancement following graduation is recognised from the very beginning of the programme and staff will help students to make the most of opportunities for professional development during their course.

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year of the programme on helping participants to achieve to their full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that students are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in their learning. Group sizes are small enough for individuals to engage actively and be well supported by their peers. Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that students will find later in their degree in order to ensure that learners are well prepared for their continuing study. The LLC regards assessment as a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and makes sure that feedback from tutors supports this process.

Members of the LLC staff team are dedicated to helping students with all aspects of their progress and there will be regular one-to-one meetings with each individual to help learners to plan for and achieve their goals. For subsequent years of the programme, this individual support is provided by the School in which the student is taking their degree but the LLC continues to be available right up to graduation.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

LLLC0121Image, Music and Text20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LLLC0122Modernity and Post-Modernity20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LLLC0124The Renaissance20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LLLC0143Communications20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LLLC0178Religion, Politics and Society20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to choose 20 credits of Level 1 Discovery modules.

On successful completion of level 0 and any additional requirements relating to their academic school/degree programme, students will progress to level 1 of one of a range of degree programmes across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures. Progression is also possible to the BA Professional Studies offered by the LLC.

Last updated: 20/10/2023 14:23:28


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