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Lifelong Learning Centre

Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year BA

(Full time) 2020 start

Key facts

UCAS code: V901

Start date:
September 2020

Duration/Mode:
4 years full time

Typical A-Level offer: CDD
Full entry requirements

UK fees: See fees section below
Financial Support Available
Additional Cost Information

Work Placement: No

This course is available to UK residents only

Contact us

LLC Foundation Year Arts Admissions

artsfy@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 3212

Overview

If you would like to study arts, humanities and cultures at university, but don’t currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree is for you (subject to meeting our additional entry criteria).

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.

You'll develop your understanding of key academic and conceptual approaches used in the arts and humanities and focus on building your critical thinking skills. Study is interdisciplinary, enquiring and creative, focusing on engaging with the world around us and investigating our relationship to history, society and culture.

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 students went on to study for degrees in journalism, classical civilisation, English, history, cultural and media studies, philosophy and music.

The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre and caters for a wide range of students whether you’re a school leaver continuing your education or a mature learner returning to study.

Lifelong Learning Centre support

The Lifelong Learning Centre provides a supportive environment to help you make the transition to degree-level study. We’ll work with you during your foundation year to provide guidance and help to identify the degree pathway most appropriate for you.

Accreditation


Course content

The foundation year provides a carefully structured introduction to the arts and humanities, encompassing an introduction to current academic thinking and key methodological approaches. Each core module has a topic or theme as the basis for your development of academic skills. You can also focus on a particular subject by selecting a discovery module from the subject area you wish to progress to.

Modules include opportunities to visit cultural institutions such as archives, museums and galleries, to meet professionals in the field and reflect on how you can build your skills as a researcher in the arts and humanities.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one

Compulsory

Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0121Image, Music and Text20
LLLC0122Modernity and Post-Modernity20
LLLC0123Religion, Politics and Society20
LLLC0124The Renaissance20
LLLC0143Communications20

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year BA in the course catalogue

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from the range of opportunities, expanding your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our 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 enabling you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

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

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

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits overall, with 45 graded credits at Level 3 of which 30 must be at Merit and 15 at Pass.

BTEC

Merit, Merit, Pass

Cambridge Pre-U

P1, P2, P3

International Baccalaureate

24 overall (12 higher)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

Please contact the Lifelong Learning Foundation Year Admissions Team

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Please contact the Lifelong Learning Foundation Year Admissions Team.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Please contact the Lifelong Learning Foundation Year 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 five A*-C / 9-4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE or attainment 8 score at GCSE in a state school. We use the All England State funded attainment 8 score, excluding applicants from selective and/or independent schools.
  • 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.

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

Alternative Entry

Alternative Entry for mature applications

If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and if don't have the required A Levels of GCSE qualifications, you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. As part of this, you may be asked to take tests in English and maths and to write an essay. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

Additional cost information
There may be a small cost for travel expenses associated with field trips which are part of module study.

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.

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team. If your application is shortlisted you’ll be invited to a selection day and/or interview to assess your commitment and potential.

If you’re entering through the Alternative Entry Scheme you’ll be sent details after your interview.

If you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: To be confirmed

Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.

UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry 
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

EU students starting in 2021/22 
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.

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 for 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

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.

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. For more information about specific career opportunities please check the degree course you wish to progress to.

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

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

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. Find out more at the Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions