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Are youinterested in how the modern world works? Do you want to gain an understandingof the past in order to see how the world can be changed in the future? Are youlooking to study for a degree in the humanities but need a helping hand to getthere?

The Humanities Foundation degree is a steppingstone to an undergraduate degree. You will explore a range of topics taken fromacross the humanities subject areas such as history, literature, language andlinguistics, creative writing, and American studies. You will be encouraged toembrace your curiosity and creativity, as well as learning how to study atuniversity level. You will learn how to research, evaluate sources, construct athorough argument, and present your findings.

You will graduate with the analytical,philosophical and practical skills you need to undertake undergraduate studyand with a wider understanding of the role of humanities in the modern world.

On successfulcompletion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the followingdegrees:

 

Are youinterested in how the modern world works? Do you want to gain an understandingof the past in order to see how the world can be changed in the future? Are youlooking to study for a degree in the humanities but need a helping hand to getthere?

The Humanities Foundation degree is a steppingstone to an undergraduate degree. You will explore a range of topics taken fromacross the humanities subject areas such as history, literature, language andlinguistics, creative writing, and American studies. You will be encouraged toembrace your curiosity and creativity, as well as learning how to study atuniversity level. You will learn how to research, evaluate sources, construct athorough argument, and present your findings.

You will graduate with the analytical,philosophical and practical skills you need to undertake undergraduate studyand with a wider understanding of the role of humanities in the modern world.

On successfulcompletion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the followingdegrees:

 

Course Information

UCAS Code
L8L9

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Humanities

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Humanities

Our Department of Humanities includes the subject areas of History, English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing and American Studies.

Humanities Video Gallery

Discover more about what you will learn on the course, more about our academics research interests, and hear from current students by watching our videos.

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Immersed in a stimulating and challenginglearning environment, you will explore a wide range of key areas, including history,literature, film, philosophy, and politics, as well as the digital humanities.

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops andseminars, guided study and self-directed learning. You will learn to shareideas with your peers and work as a productive member of a team. Guest speakersfrom across the humanities will put what you have learnt into context and giveyou a real world perspective.

Assessment will take the form of essays, reviews, creative reflections,presentations, research portfolios and digital projects.

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The Foundation degree is a dynamic, research-richprogramme. You will learn from a team of world-leading scholars from across thehumanities spectrum. Our lecturers are dedicated and passionate about theirsubject areas and you will benefit from their extensive knowledge. Teachingencompasses your lecturer’s own practice as well as current research, whichmeans you will learn from those at the cutting-edge of the subject.

The Humanities team have received international recognition for their qualityof teaching and research. In some areas 100% of students agreed that staff aregood at explaining things and are easy to contact. National Student Survey 2015.

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Your learning environment is both colourful anddynamic. You will be encouraged by lecturers and peers to develop yourintellectual curiosity, to immerse yourself in your studies and to gain theskills needed to take you through to undergraduate study or into employment.

You will learn in adepartment that is both contemporary and innovative. We embrace new technologyand you will be supported in your learning through Technology Enhanced Learning(TEL) activities. This includes use of the electronic learning portal(Blackboard) that provides remote access to course materials, electronicsubmission and feedback on your assessments and online reading lists.

 

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At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

TheHumanities team at Northumbria are all actively engaged in research andresearch-rich learning is embedded into the core of the Foundation programme.Many staff are well-known figures in their own research fields and thedepartment benefits from a significant number of staff at professorial level.

As ahumanities student you will develop your ownknowledge and understanding of core concepts and theories, current practice andprocedures. You will also learn how to conduct your own research, gather reliableand justifiable information, construct rigorous arguments, and present yourfindings. 

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Employability is embedded into the Foundationprogramme. You will develop the wide range of skills desired by employers suchas written, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitativeresearch skills and transferable skills, including communication, independenceand team-working.

You will have the opportunity to engage withpractical real world examples and you will be able to visit third sectororganisations and social enterprise companies as well as more traditionalemployment avenues. You will benefit from talks and advice from the careersservice and alumni who can offer guidance about where a Humanities degree cantake you in terms of employability.

 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

On completion of the Foundation degree you will have developed a widerunderstanding of the humanities and developed the knowledge and skillsnecessary for you to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree, includingHistory, Literature, Language and Linguistics, Creative Writing, Journalism,and American Studies, depending on your interests and desired career path. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Humanities Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

If you want to study a broad range of Humanities disciplines (History, American Studies, English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing), then this course will equip you with the subject knowledge and essential skills required to help you decide which degree option best meets your needs.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Merit Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including Level 3 45 credits at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

The costs of books that you may wish to purchase are not included in the fee.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3007 -

Explorations in War and Conflict 1 (Core, 20 Credits)

This module invites you to explore the themes of War and Conflict across the Humanities. You will explore core historical examples of international War and Conflict, focusing on World War I, World War II, and immediate aftermaths. You will engage with historiographical interpretations of the causes, effects, and justifications for these wars. You will also analyse textual and visual representations of War and Conflict, and analyse pro- and anti-War speeches and propaganda. You will explore philosophical concepts like ‘just war’ theory, pacifism, nationalism, political realism and multilateralism.

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AD3009 -

Exploring Identity (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will explore concepts and theories of identity. You will engage with ideas of class, sexual difference, gender, racial and ethnic identity across the Humanities. You will then apply these theoretical understandings of personal and collective identities, analysing and interpreting identity represented and embodied in textual, linguistic, visual, filmic, and televisual sources. You will explore the ways in which notions of identity have evolved historically, and the ways in which particular identity groups have suffered exclusion and oppression.

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AD3014 -

Humanities Portfolio: Skills for University (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will develop a 1500-word essay and an accompanying 500-word commentary demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Foundation year. These will include demonstrations of cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, independent learning, oral presentation, and team work. You will develop these assignments throughout semester one, drawing on the content of the module’s lectures, workshops and seminars.

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AD3015 -

Exploring the Culture and History of the North East (Core, 40 Credits)

On this module you will explore the history and culture of Newcastle and the North East. As you explore you will learn to find scholarly resources that help you interpret the region’s past and culture. At the same time you will learn how to evaluate primary and secondary sources whether they are buildings, books, or blogs. Finally, you will learn how to create an archive of research so that you can develop your own meaningful accounts of the lives and events that have shaped the region. The module will introduce you to some key people, places and periods in the history and culture of Newcastle and the North East, and you will also have the opportunity to investigate the region guided by your own specific interests.

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AD3022 -

Explorations in War and Conflict II (Core, 20 Credits)

This module invites you to explore the themes of War and Conflict across the Humanities. You will explore core historical examples of international War and Conflict, focusing on World War I, World War II, and immediate aftermaths. You will engage with historiographical interpretations of the causes, effects, and justifications for these wars. You will also analyse textual and visual representations of War and Conflict, and analyse pro- and anti-War speeches and propaganda. You will explore philosophical concepts like ‘just war’ theory, pacifism, nationalism, political realism and multilateralism.

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