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Liberal Arts with Distance Foundation Year

This programme offers a broad foundation course in the humanities with the flexibility of distance learning study. The foundation programme delivers a mixture of study skills and subject-specific modules, so you can progress with your degree with the skills and confidence required for success.

On completion of the foundation year, you can continue on the broad liberal arts programme or specialise with one of our other humanities degrees, either as a distance-learning or residential student.  

This programme offers the flexibility of being delivered via distance learning. If you would prefer full or part-time study on campus, you may also wish to view our other Humanities Foundation courses.


Liberal Arts (BA) with Foundation Year
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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

5 reasons to study this course

  1. Distance learning offers a flexible approach to studying.
  2. The opportunity to study a broad range of subjects within the humanities.
  3. The opportunity for online seminars.
  4. Support from a personal tutor.
  5. A supportive environment to aid your return to study.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This Foundation Certificate provides an alternative route into higher education if you don’t have the traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree.

It is an excellent way to develop your academic and professional writing skills, as well as to learn about how studying the humanities helps you to understand society.

The programme provides an introduction to studying at university with a focus on developing communication and research skills. In developing these skills, you have an option to study different aspects of how humanities subjects approach the human condition.

Module Topics

Foundation Year – Level 3

  • Academic Survival Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Knowledge and Belief (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Language and Culture (20 credits; compulsory)
  • People Across Time (20 credits; compulsory)
  • The Humanities (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Writing for University (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Cultures and Philosophies of Politics (20 credits; optional)
  • Death, Burial and the Afterlife (20 credits; optional)
  • Exploring the Humanities (20 credits; compulsory)
  • From Egypt to the Near East: Phenomena of the Mediterranean (20 credits; optional)
  • Gender, Sex, & Sexuality: Historical & Critical Perspectives (20 credits; optional)
  • Humans and Other Animals (20 credits; optional)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Morality, Ethics and Reason (20 credits; optional)
  • Myths and Mythology: How Stories Shape the World (20 credits; optional)
  • Power and Inequality (20 credits; optional)
  • The Colonial Project and the Humanities (20 credits; optional)
  • The Nature of Objects: Why Matter Matters (20 credits; optional).

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).
  • Any other 80 credits from the undergraduate portfolio of programmes (80 credits; optional).

Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).
  • Any other 80 credits from the undergraduate portfolio of programmes (80 credits; optional).

Prospective students should be aware of the following:

  • Not all optional modules are offered every year
  • Optional modules are delivered subject to sufficient student numbers
  • Language modules are optional/compulsory/core according to linguistic ability
  • There are many Level 5 and Level 6 versions of the same module. Students can only take this module once; this depends on which year the modules are offered in.

Assessment will primarily be via coursework assignments.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Career Opportunities

You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include museum and archive work, journalism, law, banking, local politics, all types of administrative work, marketing and advertising, and teaching.

Additional Costs

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

  • Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.
  • Students are expected to submit two hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and field trip options available both locally and internationally. Thus students can opt to take either more expensive or less expensive placements. The Faculty subsidises these but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

  • Fieldwork (depending on where student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
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Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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Further Information

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