Gateway to the Humanities

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As of September 2018 our Gateway to the Humanities programme will be replaced with a foundation certificate. Our foundation certificate will help you develop a range of academic, professional and key skills. If you wish to take your study further, the certificate will also offer you a pathway to our BA programmes.

The Gateway is an inclusive programme designed to open the doors of Higher Education to those who may not have the necessary qualifications to apply to other undergraduate programmes.

If you would like to know more about the Gateway to the Humanities programme, you are very welcome to attend a Gateway to the Humanities Open Day.

You will have the opportunity to talk to the programme director about the course and speak to the student services teams about your options regarding student finance, learning support, and accommodation.


Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year, full time

Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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  • The Gateway experience has been extremely positive for me and has boosted my confidence. It has given me an understanding of what will be required of me while reading for a degree. The campus at Lampeter is a wonderful location for study and the staff have all been friendly and nurturing in their attitude. I can highly recommend it

    Yvonne Herbertnow reading Medieval Studies

This exciting programme is specifically designed for people who:

  • have been out of education for some time
  • may not have any prior qualifications
  • are seeking employment
  • are juggling personal commitments
  • are interested in gaining knowledge
  • want to learn for pleasure
  • want to acquire new skills and a qualification
  • would like to be part of a thriving community

The Gateway enables those without traditional qualifications entrance into study at Higher Education level. If previous life events have stopped you from studying and you want another opportunity, this programme is made for you. The Gateway offers an opportunity to redefine your life - to learn new skills, meet new people and join the academic community.

The Gateway year is split into two sections. The first section of the course begins gently with a light introduction to study to help you get into the swing of things. In this period we cover an overview of writing and computing skills, and offer a selection of weekly taster courses to explore the disciplines of the humanities – including: Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Creative Writing, English, History, Ancient or Medieval History, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

On successful completion of the first part of the course students are enabled to make the transition onto a degree subject of their choice.


The Gateway offers

  • A pathway onto a degree for those without qualifications
  • Small classes with interactive learning methods
  • A gentle, supported route into learning
  • One-to-one attention to ensure success
  • Support with essay writing skills
  • Computing skills to sustain study
  •  An opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in various study methods
  • Opportunities for study visits and field trips.

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different skills designed to prepare the student to join the undergraduate degree of their choice. Weekly tasks need to be completed for each module. Tasks range from forum activity, library and internet research, summarising, group work, presentations and short essay writing.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or feedback advice on a specific assignment.

Our Admissions Team deals with all applications, and will judge applications upon a range of indicators of potential and performance.

In this we are keen to judge each application on its merits, and thus will require a conversation with potential applicants (be that in person at an open or visit day, or through phone, Skype or email) to get to know the person behind the application form.

The Gateway to the Humanities programme is specifically designed to offer students a slow entry into HE level study by providing additional study support and advice. It offers entry into level 5 upon a range of programmes. if the student decides to exit with the Certificate in HE then a range of employment routes lies open to them

Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Museum and archive work
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Local Government
  • Journalism
  • Digital publishing
  • Digital and online writing and publishing
  • Business and finance
  • Heritage sector
  • Computer and IT management
  • Management Consultancy
  • Local government
  • The Third Sector – voluntary and not for profit organisations

On completion of this programme you will obtain a Certificate at Higher Education level.


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