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Humanities Foundation

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The foundation year offered by the faculty of humanities has been designed to help you develop the skills and subject-specific knowledge needed to undertake a degree course and specialise in a specific area. Foundation courses are available as both residential and distance learning programmes.


UCAS Codes 

BA Ancient Civilisations with Foundation Year
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BA Archaeology with Foundation Year
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BA Bible and Theology with Foundation Year (Distance Learning)
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BA Conflict, War and Society with Foundation Year (Distance Learning)
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BA Creative Writing with Foundation Year
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BA History with Foundation Year
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BA Liberal Arts with Foundation Year
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BA Liberal Arts with Distance Foundation Year (Distance Learning for Foundation Year)
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BA Philosophy with Foundation Year
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BA Philosophy, Religion and Ethics with Foundation Year (Distance Learning)
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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. We offer small class sizes allowing for excellent interaction and discussion, as well as unsurpassed support from the tutors – the kind which simply cannot be achieved in big lecture halls full of students.
  2. Having such a wide range of related subjects under one roof allows us to draw upon the experience of our various lecturers in areas such as Archaeology, Ancient history and mythology, religious and Islamic studies, philosophy and Chinese studies to provide a unique and diverse programme that will provide something of interest to everyone.
  3. We are based on an amazing campus, rich in history and set in a great location with enthusiastic, dedicated lecturers, all of which sets out to make your time at university a unique and special experience and start you out on an exciting career.
  4. A supportive environment to aid your return to study.
  5. Residential and Distance Learning courses available.  

What you will learn

Course Overview

Suitable for those returning to education after some time away or those who aren't sure what area within Humanities they want to explore further. Its range of generic study skills mixed with subject specific modules means that you can progress on to your level 4 learning with confidence as the course will give you a taste for a few different humanities courses we have to offer, making the decision for progression easier.

Module Topics

Foundation Year – Level 3

  • Academic Survival Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Academic Writing (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Being Human (20 credits; optional)
  • Independent Investigation (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to the Humanities (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to University Life (10 credits; compulsory)
  • Talking to the Dead (20 credits; optional)
  • Understanding Democracy (20 credits; optional)
  • Understanding Literature (20 credits; optional).

Methods of assessment are varied, and depend on the module being studied. 

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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 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:
The 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 the student decides to do fieldwork): c. £500 - £1,500
  • Individual trips: c. £5 - £50
Related Courses

Ancient History
UCAS Code: V110

Ancient Civilisations
UCAS Code:V901

UCAS Code: V100 

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.


Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information

Further Information

Our students do not explore all forms of human social and cultural behaviour by simply sitting and listening to how other anthropologists understand the world, they experience what is to live like them themselves.

We focus particularly on applying and engaging with theory to address social issues. We recognise that practical, first-hand engagement with ‘other’ cultures is the best way to understand the anthropological endeavour. If you choose to study with us you will be given plenty of opportunity to be an anthropologist – by applying the knowledge you learn in the classroom in the ‘real’ world.

If you would like to find out more, you can visit us on an Open Day.