Nottingham launches a new route into the Arts and Humanities

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The University of Nottingham is launching a new entry route for talented students who wish to take an Honours Degree in an Arts subject.

The Faculty of Arts Foundation Year has been designed for students who do not meet the University’s direct entry criteria due to lack of opportunity or disadvantaged  circumstances. If they successfully complete the Foundation Year, students are guaranteed progression to a range of undergraduate degrees within the Faculty of Arts at the University.

Professor Jeremy Gregory, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts at The University of Nottingham, said: “This foundation year is an exciting opportunity for those exceptional students who may not have quite met our direct entry requirements. It is also an important part of our commitment to Widening Participation: we want to encourage people to ‘study what they love’ and really fulfil their potential.

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“The Foundation Year will give students the opportunity to do this by building on their skills and preparing them for degree level study on one of a diverse range of undergraduate courses taught in the Faculty of Arts.”

Launch event

To mark the launch of the course, there will be an open event on Thursday March 3 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm in the Humanities Building on University Park Campus.

The event is open to the public and will provide further information about the Foundation Year with introductions from Professor Jeremy Gregory and Dr Peter Watts (Director of Foundation Arts). There will be staff and students from our destination departments across the Faculty of Arts as well as representatives from our Digital Humanities Centre and Careers and Employability Service.

Course leader Dr Peter Watts said: “The Arts and Humanities address some of the most profound questions facing people today in a broad range of ways, across a multitude of different academic disciplines. The Foundation Arts and Humanities curriculum is carefully designed to prepare students for undergraduate study at the University through introducing them to the exciting breadth and significance of the Arts and Humanities.

“The Foundation Year will also help students to develop skills such as academic reading and writing, critical thinking, and communication. These skills are not only essential for undergraduate study, but also highly beneficial in the workplace. The dedicated Foundation Year teaching staff are academics based in the Faculty of Arts. This ensures that the Foundation Year is the best possible preparation for studying a range of Arts subjects at The University of Nottingham.”

 Typical modules will include:

  • Important Thinkers through History
  • Critical Thinking and Creative Learning
  • Language and Culture
  • Media and Visual Culture
  • Narrative and Creativity
  • The Project
  • Study in the Language Centre for those going onto modern language degree courses.

This entry route is part of The University’s commitment to widening participation, therefore Arts and Humanities Foundation Year students, typically, will fulfil a number of Widening Participation criteria. For further information, please visit

For further information call 0115 9515643 or email; or register for the event at the website.

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More information is available from Dr Peter Watts, Director of Foundation Arts  at +44 (0)115 951 5643


Charlotte Anscombe – Media Relations Manager (Arts and Social Sciences)

Email:  Phone:+44 (0)115 74 84 417 Location: University Park

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