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Are you interested in how the modern world works? Do you want to gain an understanding of the past in order to see how the world can be changed in the future? Are you looking to study for a degree in the humanities but need a helping hand to get there?

The Humanities Foundation degree is a stepping stone to an undergraduate degree. You will explore a range of topics taken from across the humanities subject areas such as history, literature, language and linguistics, creative writing, and American studies. You will be encouraged to embrace your curiosity and creativity, as well as learning how to study at university level. You will learn how to research, evaluate sources, construct a thorough argument, and present your findings.

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

Northumbria University is ranked 15th in English & Creative Writing in the UK (Guardian University League Tables 2020).

On successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

 

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
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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.

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

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

 

Book an Open Day / Experience Humanities Foundation Year

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

You will learn in a department that is both contemporary and innovative. We embrace new technology and 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, electronic submission 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.

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

As a humanities student you will develop your own knowledge and understanding of core concepts and theories, current practice and procedures. You will also learn how to conduct your own research, gather reliable and justifiable information, construct rigorous arguments, and present your findings. 

 

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 Foundation programme. You will develop the wide range of skills desired by employers such as written, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills and transferable skills, including communication, independence and team-working.

You will have the opportunity to engage with practical real world examples and you will be able to visit third sector organisations and social enterprise companies as well as more traditional employment avenues. You will benefit from talks and advice from the careers service and alumni who can offer guidance about where a Humanities degree can take 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 wider understanding of the humanities and developed the knowledge and skills necessary for you to progress onto your chosen undergraduate degree, including History, 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.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page 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 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Whilst books are made available via the University Library, some students may wish to purchase key texts. To help you budget accordingly an approximate cost would be £75.

Scholarships and Discounts

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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)

On this module, you will learn about several examples of war and conflict, including the English and Irish Civil Wars, the two world wars and the Shoah. You will explore the multi-faceted way historians, writers, critics and artists have engaged with conflict, and work with a diverse range of sources and media on the subject of war and conflict to hone your analytical skills, historical and cultural understanding of war and conflict. In the process, you will practice team-working and presentation skills, as well as traditional research and essay-writing skills.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

AD3022 -

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

On this module, you will continue to learn more about twentieth-century conflicts, including the Shoah, the Vietnam War and civil conflict in Northern Ireland. You will learn to analyse and discuss a wide range of literary and historical sources in relation to these conflicts, and will learn how to work with such sources in order to design and create a unique digital project on a theme related to war and conflict. As part of this process, you will also engage with critical literature on the use of digital technology in the Humanities.

More information

AD3033 -

The Force of Suspicion: Scandals, Rumours and 'Fake News' in History (Optional,20 Credits)

Political and social life is often shaken by claims about scandalous circumstances and events. In some cases, such revelations are the result of thorough investigations by activists and journalists, who help uncover serious misdeeds. In other instances, however, social media and ‘fake news’ amplify conspiracy theories and lies, casting suspicion on innocent people. The module approaches these different phenomena from a historical perspective.

There are two major strands to this module. First, you will investigate how, at different points in history, particular individuals or groups became the victim of false allegations. Potential examples include the fate of women who faced accusations of witchcraft as well as the stereotypes and myths that were deployed against Jews. In covering such cases, you will gain a better understanding of the perfidious power of rumours and lies. The second strand deals with political scandals and their attempted cover-ups. In some cases, such scandals amounted to significant milestones in political history. For example, the Watergate affair – revolving around major abuses of power by US president Richard Nixon – was uncovered by journalists, leading to Nixon’s resignation and becoming a reference point in American politics. You will also learn about scandals that involved corruption or people’s private lives – and the way in which they were covered in the media.

As a whole, the module advances your understanding of specific places, events and time periods, while tackling issues that are of ongoing significance.

More information

AD3034 -

Trigger-happy: The Language and Literature of Offence and Discrimination (Optional,20 Credits)

This module challenges you to analyse the themes of ‘offence’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘censorship’ across the disciplines of English Language and Linguistics, Literature and Creative Writing. From Shakespearean insults to the language of hip-hop, from banned books to non-standard language, this module explores the question of what is ‘offensive’ language and literature, and asks what responses, if any, offensive language and literature provoke in society?

Using theories drawn from language and linguistic study, and from critical and cultural theory, and through reference to a range of cultural forms – including drama, novels, poetry, pop music and ‘everyday discourse’ – this module interrogates the concept of offence from a variety of perspectives. What is offence? Why are certain terms, aspects of language-in-use, and texts deemed offensive? How do ideas about what is offensive change over time and in different contexts?

In asking these questions, this module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to explore language, and a range of canonical and non-canonical texts, in relation to broader debates about what is deemed acceptable – and unacceptable – in language and literature at particular historical moments.

More information

AD3035 -

Exploring the Culture and History of the North East (Core,20 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.

More information

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)

On this module, you will learn about several examples of war and conflict, including the English and Irish Civil Wars, the two world wars and the Shoah. You will explore the multi-faceted way historians, writers, critics and artists have engaged with conflict, and work with a diverse range of sources and media on the subject of war and conflict to hone your analytical skills, historical and cultural understanding of war and conflict. In the process, you will practice team-working and presentation skills, as well as traditional research and essay-writing skills.

More information

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.

More information

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.

More information

AD3022 -

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

On this module, you will continue to learn more about twentieth-century conflicts, including the Shoah, the Vietnam War and civil conflict in Northern Ireland. You will learn to analyse and discuss a wide range of literary and historical sources in relation to these conflicts, and will learn how to work with such sources in order to design and create a unique digital project on a theme related to war and conflict. As part of this process, you will also engage with critical literature on the use of digital technology in the Humanities.

More information

AD3033 -

The Force of Suspicion: Scandals, Rumours and 'Fake News' in History (Optional,20 Credits)

Political and social life is often shaken by claims about scandalous circumstances and events. In some cases, such revelations are the result of thorough investigations by activists and journalists, who help uncover serious misdeeds. In other instances, however, social media and ‘fake news’ amplify conspiracy theories and lies, casting suspicion on innocent people. The module approaches these different phenomena from a historical perspective.

There are two major strands to this module. First, you will investigate how, at different points in history, particular individuals or groups became the victim of false allegations. Potential examples include the fate of women who faced accusations of witchcraft as well as the stereotypes and myths that were deployed against Jews. In covering such cases, you will gain a better understanding of the perfidious power of rumours and lies. The second strand deals with political scandals and their attempted cover-ups. In some cases, such scandals amounted to significant milestones in political history. For example, the Watergate affair – revolving around major abuses of power by US president Richard Nixon – was uncovered by journalists, leading to Nixon’s resignation and becoming a reference point in American politics. You will also learn about scandals that involved corruption or people’s private lives – and the way in which they were covered in the media.

As a whole, the module advances your understanding of specific places, events and time periods, while tackling issues that are of ongoing significance.

More information

AD3034 -

Trigger-happy: The Language and Literature of Offence and Discrimination (Optional,20 Credits)

This module challenges you to analyse the themes of ‘offence’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘censorship’ across the disciplines of English Language and Linguistics, Literature and Creative Writing. From Shakespearean insults to the language of hip-hop, from banned books to non-standard language, this module explores the question of what is ‘offensive’ language and literature, and asks what responses, if any, offensive language and literature provoke in society?

Using theories drawn from language and linguistic study, and from critical and cultural theory, and through reference to a range of cultural forms – including drama, novels, poetry, pop music and ‘everyday discourse’ – this module interrogates the concept of offence from a variety of perspectives. What is offence? Why are certain terms, aspects of language-in-use, and texts deemed offensive? How do ideas about what is offensive change over time and in different contexts?

In asking these questions, this module will provide you with an exciting opportunity to explore language, and a range of canonical and non-canonical texts, in relation to broader debates about what is deemed acceptable – and unacceptable – in language and literature at particular historical moments.

More information

AD3035 -

Exploring the Culture and History of the North East (Core,20 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.

More information

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