Lifelong Learning Centre

BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year


If you would like to study Arts or Humanities at university, but do not currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree is for you.

Key Information

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Course duration:
4 years

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Where to apply:
Apply via UCAS

Contact number:
0113 343 3212

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Programme Catalogue:
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BA Arts and Humanities is a four year extended degree. It is designed for applicants who do not currently meet the admissions criteria 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 inclusion and widening participation. This is reflected in the prioritisation of applicants (see entry criteria).

The Arts and Humanities encompass a range of subject areas: from Classics to Cultural Studies; from Music to Modern Languages. Study in this area is interdisciplinary, enquiring and creative. It focuses on engaging with the world around us and investigating our relationship to history, society and culture. A degree in an arts and humanities subject allows you to enhance your critical thinking skills and develop a global and cultural awareness, in preparation for future employment in many different contexts.

As a student at a prestigious research intensive university you will have access to all the facilities and wide-ranging opportunities you would expect from a Russell Group institution. What’s more, the Leeds curriculum means that, whatever your choice of subject, study at Leeds is a well-rounded educational experience and our Leeds for Life initiative encourages you to consider how to make the best use of your time here to progress your personal and professional development.

The Foundation Year is a carefully structured introduction to current thinking in the arts and humanities. The programme consists of five compulsory modules, which address specific disciplines, historical moments and conceptual approaches. The modules are also designed to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary study for learners with an interest in a diverse range of subject areas. In addition, you will also undertake a Leeds Discovery Module. This allows you to pursue your personal interests within the Leeds Discovery Themes and to experience study in the academic school or faculty that you will progress to.

On successful completion of your Foundation Year, at a pass mark required by your future academic school, you will embark on a three year degree programme in your chosen subject specialism.

The key features of the BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year are:

  • 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.
  • The programme will provide you with 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.
  • Students undertake a Leeds Discovery Module related to the discipline that they hope to progress to within the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications. This 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.