Canterbury Christ Church University

Medieval and Early Modern Studies with Foundation Year

A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage site and right in the heart of a Medieval cathedral city, is the perfect place to study Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Whilst our approach is global and comparative, we’re fortunate to have many inspiring historical locations nearby. Canterbury Cathedral and Dover Castle are just two local sites of interest that you’ll study.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course

Career Prospects

This course offers a pathway into Medieval Studies at postgraduate level and many universities both in the UK and abroad offer postgraduate taught and research degrees in the Medieval/Early Modern Studies. Employers value the skills that a Medieval/Early Modern Studies graduate brings with them, including the ability to discern the vital from the less important in a mass of data, to analyse and think critically, to problem solve, and to express themselves lucidly and cogently both on paper and orally. Graduates in the Humanities have gone on to work in a wide variety of areas including print and television journalism, business and management, industry, advertising, law, armed forces, local government, archives administration, public administration, finance, education, museums, heritage and leisure.

Course Details

During the foundation year, you'll be introduced to Medieval and Early Modern Studies and you'll develop essential skills to help you as you progress through your degree. 

You'll study in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

Year 1

Approaches to the Medieval and Early Modern Studies 1: Theories and Perspectives
Approaches to the Medieval and Early Modern Studies 2: Medieval and Early Modern Canterbury and its World
Kings, Queens and Conquerors in Medieval Europe
Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution in the Early Modern World
Archaeology of Medieval Britain
Civilisations of the Ancient World

Year 2

Applied Humanities: Employability in Practice
Text and Sources for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Castles in Medieval Society
The Crusades, c.1095- 1229
Anarchy, Law, War and Tyranny: Angevin England, 1128-1216
The Age of the Tudors, 1485-1603
The Military Revolution: War and the Making of the Modern World, c.1500-1800
Women, Power and Patronage in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603
Sex, Deviance and Death in the Sixteenth Century
Life and Death in Medieval Europe
The Once and Future King: Arthurian Literature
Elizabethan Theatre
Jacobean Theatre
Radicalisation and Retreat: Political Landscapes in Early Modern Literature
Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Bunyan to Smollett
Creeds, Councils and Controversies

Year 3

Independent Study
From Norsemen to Normans: Pirates and Princes
King Stephen, Empress Matilda and the Anarchy: The Anglo-Norman Dominions, 1120- 54
Queens, Maidens and Dowagers: Women in Medieval England
From Richard II to The Wars of the Roses: Politics and Society, 1377 -1509
The Crown and the Republic: The British Civil Wars 1625-1660
The Stuart State: Britain, 1603-1714
Poverty, Prostitution, Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-1800
Literature and Politics in Late Medieval England
Topics in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Topics in Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s Background
Classical Christian Mysticism

Life and Study
Understanding Arts and Humanities
Being Human
Experiencing the Humanities
Historical Foundations
Archaeology of the British Isles

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