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Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    If you would like to study arts, humanities, performance, visual arts or communications at university, but don’t currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree is for you.

    The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.

    On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree course. Recent cohorts went on to study for degrees in broadcast journalism, classical civilisation, English, history, cultural and media studies, philosophy and music.

    Lifelong Learning Centre support

    The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. You’ll benefit from our student support service which offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.

    Is this course for me?

    Arts and Humanities with foundation year BA is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical entry requirements 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. The programme is part of the University’s commitment to widening participation and this is reflected in the non-academic entry criteria.

    The foundation year is designed to help develop your understanding of key academic and conceptual approaches used in the arts and humanities. This includes a focus on building your critical thinking skills and an opportunity to experience the different approaches of a range of subject disciplines. Study is interdisciplinary, enquiring and creative. It focuses on engaging with the world around us and investigating our relationship to history, society and culture.

    Once you’ve successfully completed your foundation year and met the progression requirements you’ll progress directly onto your chosen degree programme. The Lifelong Leaning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study.

  • Course content

    Each core module has a topic or theme as the focus for exploration of current academic thinking and the basis for your development of academic skills. You can also focus on a chosen discipline by taking a Discovery module from the subject area to which you wish to progress. On successful completion of the foundation year, and meeting the progression requirements, you will progress to year one of your chosen degree course.

    The foundation year is a carefully structured introduction to current thinking in the arts and humanities, encompassing:
    • An introduction to current thinking and key methodological approaches in the arts and humanities. This includes a focus on building your critical thinking skills and an opportunity to experience the different approaches of a range of subject disciplines.
    • A supportive environment within which to develop skills for success on your future degree programme. A focus on academic development is a core part of each module and is delivered in the form of interactive workshops and seminars.
    • Studying a Leeds Discovery module related to the discipline you hope to progress to, which allows you to experience study in the wider University and to pursue your own subject interests.
    • Modules include a range of opportunities to visit cultural institutions, such as archives, museums and galleries, to reflect on how you can build your skills as a researcher in the arts and humanities, and to meet professionals in the field.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Image, Music and Text 20 credits
    • Modernity and Post-Modernity 20 credits
    • Religion, Politics and Society 20 credits
    • The Renaissance 20 credits
    • Communications 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year on helping you to achieve to your full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in your learning. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.


    Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that you will find later in your degree in order to ensure that you are well prepared for continuing study. Assessment is a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and feedback from tutors supports this process.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: CDD Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

    GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.

    • BTEC

      Merit, Merit, Pass

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      P1, P2, P3

    • International Baccalaureate

      24 overall (12 higher)

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Additional entry criteria

    As well as the academic requirements above, you must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:
    • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
    • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*-C passes at GCSE.
    • You 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.

    Applicants interested in progressing onto Fine Art or Design degrees will need to prepare a portfolio for inspection as part of the progression process, which can be done in your own time alongside your foundation year studies.

    Alternative entry

    If you don’t have the required level 3 qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    Please mention on your personal statement the subject area you want to progress to.

    If your application is shortlisted you’ll be invited to a selection day and/or interview to assess your commitment and potential.

    Admissions policy

    Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK: See fees section below

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

    Additional cost information

    There may be a small cost (eg travel expenses) associated with field trips which are part of module study.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support including a fee discount is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.

  • Career opportunities

    On successful completion of the foundation year you could progress onto a range of degree courses in the arts, humanities, performance, visual arts or communications. Check the entry for the degree course you wish to progress to for more information about specific career opportunities.

    A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates. A degree in an arts, humanities and cultures subject allows you to enhance your critical thinking and develop a global and cultural awareness relevant to a range of careers.

    Careers support

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:

    • explore their career options
    • develop or enhance their employability skills
    • gain work or voluntary experience
    • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
    • find and apply for jobs

    Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.