Arts and Humanities (with a foundation year) BA

Foundation Years

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
BCC-CCC
UCAS code:
Y001
Start date:
September 2018

Our Arts and Humanities Foundation Year will familiarise you with academic research. You gain essential skills in critical analysis, developing arguments and self-expression.

Explore a range of subjects – such as history, philosophy and literature – and tailor your course to your personal interests.

You can continue your studies following a specialism of your choice, confident that you’re following the right path for you.

Foundation Year courses are a brilliant opportunity for students to fulfil their potential while they’re learning the skills required by a top university like Sussex.”Chantal Irtelli
English and A-level Academic Leader

Is a Foundation Year for you?

We welcome students with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, including:

  • those who aren't sure which subject they'd like to specialise in
  • those who don't have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1
  • those who don't meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1
  • those who are returning to education after some time away.

Entry requirements

You will need to demonstrate your potential to do well on a demanding degree, including the potential to succeed in your chosen discipline.

The following sets out some of the most common academic qualifications. However, each application is reviewed on its individual strengths and merits.

A-level

Typical offer

BCC-CCC

Subjects

You should have at least grade C in a relevant subject. 

GCSEs

You will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above (or grade 4 in the new grading scale), including stronger grades in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Other UK qualifications

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will normally have completed the full IB Diploma with an overall score of at least 28 points. However, we are pleased to consider applicants with 26-27 points overall on a case by case basis. Regardless of overall points score, crucial to any successful application for the foundation year will be evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DMM

GCSEs

You will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above (or grade 4 in the new grading scale), including stronger grades in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

BCCCC

Additional requirements

Including essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade C and CC in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels should normally include a relevant essay-based humanities or social science subject.

GCSEs

You will need evidence of a broad range of GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above (or grade 4 in the new grading scale), including stronger grades in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

28 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will normally have completed the full IB Diploma with an overall score of at least 28 points. However, we are pleased to consider applicants with 26-27 points overall on a case by case basis. Regardless of overall points score, crucial to any successful application for the foundation year will be evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

70%

Additional requirements

Crucial to a successful application for the foundation year will be evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result of 4.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of 11/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.5 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H4 H4 H4 H4 H4.

Additional requirements

Including essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 71.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 3.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 6.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of your academic ability in essay-based humanities and social science subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • If you don't have the qualifications or subject profile to take a degree with us, or if you're not sure which subject to specialise in, the Arts and Humanities Foundation Year is a great way to start.
  • You gain a rich understanding of our range of Arts and Humanities subjects, and develop the academic and transferable skills you need throughout your time studying at university.
  • Successfully completing your Foundation Year means you’ll be able to continue studying for an undergraduate degree in the Arts and Humanities at Sussex, one of the UK's top 20 universities (the Guardian University Guide 2018 and Complete University Guide 2018).

Course information

How will I study?

This course prepares you for undergraduate study in the arts and humanities. It means you can try different subjects at university before choosing to specialise in your degree.

Core modules introduce you to the study of history and exploring literary genres. You choose an option in areas such as:

  • business, management and economics
  • film and drama
  • psychology
  • education and social work
  • law, politics and sociology
  • global studies and languages.

The Foundation Year will help you develop your personal and academic abilities. You gain transferable skills by giving presentations, taking part in seminar discussions and writing essays.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

Fees

UK/EU students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. The University intends to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you’ll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You’ll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
The University aligns fees for Channel Islands and Isle of Man students with fees for UK/EU students. These fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. We intend to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.
International students:
£15,500 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you’re an international student, note that fees for the foundation year are at standard lower rate but fees for courses you can choose to continue your studies can be at the lower or higher level. This means your fees could rise from lower to higher level after the foundation year, depending on your choice of course.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Please note

Foundation Year courses are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loan funds. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Next steps

Successfully completing your Foundation Year means you're able to continue studying for a range of degrees at Sussex: 

Academic Development

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you develop the personal and academic development skills necessary for effective undergraduate study in the Arts and Social Sciences.

The module helps you to develop an active, independent approach to learning and to assess, monitor and evaluate your own development.

Through learning activities in lectures, seminars and workshops, you will be able to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by your chosen degree course.

Topics in this module include:

  • critical thinking
  • critical reading and note-taking
  • the process of academic writing
  • making the most of academic tutorials and understanding feedback
  • effective literature searching
  • presentation, negotiating and debating skills
  • intercultural communication skills.

Making History

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

This module introduces the different ways we can approach and understand the past in order to illuminate and enrich our understanding of the present.

It adopts a thematic approach, drawing together perspectives from historians, philosophers, art historians and American Studies scholars to reflect on the different ways we can engage with similar types of historical subject matter including war, empire, slavery and gender.

You study a wide variety of texts and objects – from photographs to paintings and manuscripts to manifestos. You’ll become familiar with the central issues faced by scholars when they attempt to uncover and interpret the past – particularly the complexity of the historical record and the problematic nature of evidence.

You will also learn how to analyse sources critically and to develop your own critical understanding of the past.

Reading Literature: Shakespeare to the Present

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you explore the three major literary genres:

  • prose fiction
  • poetry
  • drama.

You do this through studying significant texts over five centuries of English and American writing in detail.

You improve and increase your understanding of the transformative nature of language, and how aesthetics operate to persuade us of the power of the imaginative to affect experience.

Based on close reading, you consider how literature portrays both the interior qualities of the human self and the external world – the social, cultural, scientific and historical fabric from which literary texts emerge.

Through exploring different methods about how we can interpret literature, this module helps you develop as a critical thinker and an expressive writer.

You study texts including:

  • plays by William Shakespeare and Harold Pinter
  • lyrics by John Donne, John Keats, Elizabeth Bishop and Seamus Heaney
  • novels by Jane Austen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginia Woolf, Kazuo Ishiguro and Toni Morrison.

Arabic Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This module acts as an introduction to the foreign language for those with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across various topics to practise understanding and communication in the TL using the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through contextualised activities, texts and audio, audio-visual and digital media.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This first-stage module of the 60-credit pathway offers an introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL). We aim to introduce the basic visual/manual form of BSL and to allow you to discover:

  • how to use hands and eyes to form and understand basic signs and sentences, in basic situations
  • what is a sign, and what is not a sign
  • commonly used phrases, questions and imperatives used in conversation, across a range of basic topics (e.g. weather, holidays, shopping)
  • the cultural rules for interaction with Deaf people
  • an introduction to a selection of perspectives on BSL as a language.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities and include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversation etc. They are based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills, to encourage autonomous use of the TL. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, individually and in groups, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at A1-A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. Equivalent Signature Level 101; 102.

Chinese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Italian Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Japanese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Approaching Drama and Film

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you are introduced to two forms of art and culture - drama and film.
You explore how these mediums have played a key role in shaping how we think.

You develop a working knowledge of the expressive processes of the two media, as well as the key representational practices they have in common.
For example, you study:

  • negotiation and construction of gender and sexuality
  • race and ethnicity
  • social class
  • cultural identity.

You investigate various ways of thinking about each medium, as well as possible intersections between them.

In your studies, you encounter diverse forms of dramatic practice and distinct forms of cinema - from, for instance, theatrical realism to contemporary experimental performance, from the Hollywood mainstream to films from around the globe.

In addition, you're also introduced to a range of critical, contextual and theoretical approaches that will help prepare you for degree-level study in the humanities.

In this module, you're taught through:

  • lectures
  • screenings
  • seminars - during which you're expected to actively participate.

In your assessments for this module, you're expected to demonstrate engagement with a range of appropriate critical practices and frameworks, from medium-specific analysis to cultural and/or ideological critique.

Business in Society

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you’re introduced to the role of business in society. You explore the many different ways in which the needs and interests of the broader society intersect with, but also sometimes conflict with, the needs of business to profitably survive.

You are also introduced to the basic ways in which business organisations work, including an overview of some of the basic functions that are performed, such as:

  • accounting and finance
  • operations
  • marketing
  • general management.

Examining cases of different organisations, you will to begin to appreciate the different ways in which organisations operate but also the many different problems that they need to constantly overcome, given the changing societal context in which they operate.

In this module, you’re expected to participate actively during sessions, either during discussions or by making presentations on particular topics, and therefore you develop transferable skills.

Cradle to the Grave. Exploring Issues in Education, Social Work and Wellbeing

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you are introduced to education, social policy and welfare provision in the UK and internationally - with a focus on how politically led objectives and agendas shape the everyday experiences and opportunities of children, young people, adults and families.

Your academic studies in this module are initially brought to life, through making life-history narrative based links between your own lived experiences and the social policies which gave rise to those experiences.

You explore ways in which the development and safety of children, young people, individuals and families is shaped by historical, political, economic, and cultural forces.

Foundations in Psychology: Health and Clinical

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you're introduced to the psychological approach to understanding human behaviour - with a focus on topics within health and clinical psychology.

You evaluate theories and ideas with respect to empirical data, and apply the findings of Psychology to everyday experience.

You use a problem-based approach, and your topics may include, for example:

  • depression
  • personality in health
  • adherence to medications
  • schizophrenia.

Foundations in Psychology: Organisational, Social and Applied

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you are introduced to the psychological approach to understanding human behaviour - with a focus on topics within organisational, social, and applied psychology.

You evaluate theories and ideas with respect to empirical data, and apply the findings of Psychology to everyday experience.

You use a problem-based approach, and your topics may include, for example:

  • prejudice
  • intergroup relations
  • acculturation
  • personnel selection
  • leadership
  • organisational structure
  • culture.

Global Issues, Local Lives: Anthropology, Geography, International Relations and International Development

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

This module introduces you to ways of understanding the changing world around us, drawing on the disciplines of Anthropology, Geography, International Development and International Relations that make up the School of Global Studies. It also enables you to explore the perspectives that arise from bringing these disciplines into dialogue with each other.

You start by exploring how each discipline helps us understand the impact of borders (in the broadest sense) on the world in which we live.

Next you explore how each discipline differs and overlaps in its approach to the study of identity. The module then provides an overview of the different approaches to issues in global politics and society.

You learn about:

  • global flows of people, finance and policies particularly with respect to health and the environment
  • global transformations of citizenship, social movements, global institutions or patterns of identity and culture
  • global inequalities and modes of injustice along colour, race gender and class lines.

The module presents the different ways the four disciplines of the School of Global Studies develop research questions on these three areas and how they generate theoretical and empirical knowledge and understanding. It also serves as an introduction to academic reasoning by introducing you to the construct of academic arguments and by supporting you to develop your own.

You're taught through lectures and seminars, where you participate in various ways. In seminars you contribute to discussions, in group and individual tasks, and through making presentations on particular topics. In lectures, your participation is more often through active listening and engaging with ideas being presented.

The module is assessed in the Autumn Term via a reading diary in which you document and summarise each week’s essential and additional texts (1,000 words), and in-depth essay-based analysis of one text of your choosing (1,000 words).

In the Spring Term you complete a 2000-word essay and deliver a group case study presentation.

Completing these assessments enables you to develop the skills needed to prepare for university-level literature reviews, participate fully in seminars and conduct and present your own research.

Order and Disorder: Understanding Law, Politics and Sociology

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you develop the key personal and academic development skills necessary for effective, active and independent study at undergraduate level in the Social Sciences, in particular for study in law, politics or sociology.

The module gives you a broad introduction to the basic institutional frameworks that govern law, politics and society - and you look at these from both a national and international perspective.

In Law, you are introduced to the main legal methods such as reading cases and statutes. And you're given an overview of the legal system within the United Kingdom.

In Politics, you learn about the political institutions of the United Kingdom. And you're introduced to the basic aspects of the study of politics.

In Sociology, you study the building blocks of society. And you're introduced to the methods of the study of sociology.

Through analysing texts, you enhance your reading skills, extend your vocabulary and language awareness, and develop the critical independence that will help you take personal responsibility for your learning.

Through essay writing and the composition of answers to problem questions, you further your writing skills and learn to reference accurately.

Through perceiving law as a social and political practice, you develop a further understanding of the interdisciplinary links between law, politics and sociology.

Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics (QMBE)

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn & Spring Teaching

In this module, you are introduced to the mathematical methods and techniques commonly used in business, finance, economics and other social sciences.

You learn how to read and use simple mathematical terms, formulae and expressions – developing your confidence in presenting and interpreting data through the use of charts and graphs and simple summary statistics.

There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications to ‘real-world’ issues, for example through looking at economic, business and finance data and applying ideas such as discount rates to investment decisions.

The skills you develop in this module will also be transferable for use in a range of disciplines, as well as in everyday life.

Note: You need a good level of numeracy. You can only take this optional module if you have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics, with at least grade C.

Arabic Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will already have a basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continue to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • present the background culture of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and text, audio and audio-visual materials.

Successful completion of the module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the CEFR for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

This second-stage module of the 60-credit pathway in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture will develop your range and conversational technique in BSL in everyday contexts. It will also expand your knowledge and awareness of Deaf culture. The module aims to enable you to:

  • hold a conversation
  • gain a clear understanding on how to sign grammatically correct sentences
  • create his/her own everyday sentences about everyday topics (e.g. food/cooking, hobbies, travel) in a range of everyday settings
  • study the world of Deaf people in the UK and abroad
  • develop study skills to access academic resources relating to Deaf people and deaf issues
  • begin to explore Deaf culture topics which relate to the your discipline.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities, include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversations etc. They are based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills to encourage autonomous use of the TL.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, individually and in groups, making use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at A2-A2+ on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Chinese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Italian Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Japanese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

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