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 supportThe 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.
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 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.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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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
GCSE: English and maths grade C/4 or above.
Additional entry criteriaAs 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.
Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.
Merit, Merit, Pass
P1, P2, P3
24 overall (12 higher)
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
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Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
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Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
If you don’t have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, our Alternative Entry Scheme takes account of your work and life experience. It usually involves an interview and one or more pieces of work, set and marked by the relevant admissions tutor. 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.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not applicable
For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250.
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% for 2017/18 was based on the governments forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Additional cost information
There may be a small cost (eg travel expenses) associated with field trips which are part of module study.
Scholarships and 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.
For example, in 2016/17 depending on your circumstances up to £3,000 non-repayable financial support was available for the foundation year from the Leeds Financial Support scheme and up to £2,500 per year thereafter. Read more about financing your study on the LLC website.
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 and humanities subject allows you to enhance your critical thinking and develop a global and cultural awareness relevant to a range of careers.
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