Faculty of Arts

What is the Foundation Year like?

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The Foundation Year ensures you have the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence before you start your chosen degree.

Modules

There are six modules that make up the Foundation Year:

  • Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning
  • Important Thinkers Through History
  • Language and Culture
  • Media, Communication and Society
  • Narrative and Creativity
  • The Project / Language Centre modules

Find out what each module covers

Skills

The programme concentrates on developing skills essential for successful degree-level study. These include:

  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • teamwork
  • digital ability
 

Teaching

  • Small groups allow you space to develop in a supportive environment.
  • Varied teaching sessions from lectures, seminars, interactive multimedia labs to one-to-one module-based tutorials.
  • At least 12 hours of scheduled contact time each week. The Foundation team will always make time to support you outside these contact hours depending on your needs.
  • Award winning team - awarded a Lord Dearing Award 2021 for their "high levels of commitment to teaching and learning".

Support

 

 

You get the opportunity to learn skills which you wouldn't necessarily be taught in a regular undergraduate degree such as how to write an essay, how to write a dissertation and how to be media literate. You also get the time to learn these skills thoroughly without having to rush through them. 

Read Zoe talk about Foundation Arts course content

 
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People always tell you that the transition to uni life is hard and I found that was definitely true for me. I worried about it beforehand as I took a gap year and didn't have amazing A level grades so I was a little out of practice when I started.

Read Calvin talk about his tranisition to university life

 
 

Arts and Humanities Foundation Year

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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