A levels: BCC. Minimum of five GCSEs (combination of B and C grades including C in English language). We do not consider graduate students or International applicants for this programme.
*Some of the BA language programmes may require specific language qualifications. Please contact us for more details.
Arts and humanities foundation students, typically, will fulfil a number of the following criteria:
- Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education;
- Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in the East Midlands;
- Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education;
- Attending a school or college with a low average A level score;
- Living in a deprived home location;
- Being (or having been) a refugee;
- Being (or having been) in local authority care (looked after);
- Other disadvantaging circumstances/extenuating circumstances (reviewed on an individual basis).
Your UCAS personal statement and supporting references should reflect your experiences in relation to the above criteria.
BTEC National Diploma : applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Minimum five GCSEs, combination of grades B and C including B English language.
Scottish Advanced Highers: Minimum of five grade 2s at Standard level including English language. Minimum of five grades BBBCC at Higher level.
We welcome enquiries from mature students who have non-standard qualifications and/or have been away from education for a while. Please contact us directly in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org
English language requirements
Standard English language requirements in Arts are IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element); TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element).
I always had the worry that I might not get the A level results I needed - so this was a great option for me.
Amy Hudson-Brown, Foundation entry 2016/17
Progression to the relevant Qualifying Stage will be guaranteed for those students who meet the following requirements:
- Pass all modules according to the standard University UG Regulations at the first attempt, and
- Obtain a minimum credit-weighted average of 50%
Students who meet the standard University regulations to complete the Foundation Year stage [basically, an average of 40% or more]* but who do not obtain the guaranteed progression criteria outlined above, will be considered as near-miss-candidates by destination course School and Department Admissions Tutors.
The progression status of near-miss-candidates will be determined at the Foundation Programme Progression Board Meeting which takes place no more than 5-days after the Foundation Programme Examination Board Meeting. Near-miss-candidates may be allowed to progress to their nominated destination degree programme or may be offered a place on an alternative programme within the Faculty of Arts.
Near-miss-candidates who are not promoted to progression by destination Admissions Tutors but meet the standard University Pass regulations will be eligible for the award of Foundation Certificate (FCert).
*see the University Regulations for stage completion
Register your interest
Register your interest in a foundation year degree by requesting a prospectus, stating that you are interested in foundation level study and choosing one or two arts and humanities subjects.
Request a prospectus/make an enquiry
Fees and finance
Apply through UCAS
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The following courses are available through UCAS.
Courses and UCAS codes
|| American and Canadian Literature, History and Culture (International Study with Foundation Year)
|| Ancient History (with Foundation Year)
|| Archaeology (with Foundation Year)
|| History of Art (with Foundation Year)
|| Classical Civilisation (with Foundation Year)
|| English Language and Literature (with Foundation Year)
|| Film and Television Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| French Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| German (with Foundation Year)
|| Hispanic Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| History (with Foundation Year)
|| International Media and Communications Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| Modern Languages (with Foundation Year)
|| Modern Language Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| Modern Languages with Translation (with Foundation Year)
|| Philosophy (with Foundation Year)
|| Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (with Foundation)
|| Russian Studies (with Foundation)
|| Theology and Religious Studies (with Foundation Year)
NB. all students participate in the same Foundation Year and upon successful completion will progress to their chosen undergraduate degree or may be permitted to change to a different degree from the above options.
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Recommended pre-course reading
The following books provide a good way in to a range of topics you might cover on our Faculty of Arts Foundation Year.
Bates, Catherine, and Abi Matthewman. Studying Arts and Humanities. Palgrave Study Skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
This is a guide to university life for students intending to study a course in the Arts and Humanities. It includes lots of general information and some specific details about being an Arts and Humanities student.
Cottrell, Stella. The Study Skills Handbook. Palgrave Study Skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
This book covers some important skills that are essential for successful university study.
Nussbaum, Martha Craven. Not for Profit : Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. The Public Square Book Series. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
This is an important book about the Humanities (= Arts and Humanities) that features prominently in our module ‘Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning’.