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Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year, BA

University of Leeds, the United Kingdom

University of Leeds

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About Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year, BA - at University of Leeds

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.

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.


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.

  • Course content

    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, and meeting the progression requirements, you will progress to year one of your chosen degree course.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

      A-level: CDD Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.

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

      • 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. 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, 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

        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:

        Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University's Careers website.

  • Entry requirements for this course

    Contact University of Leeds to find course entry requirements.

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