Northumbria University Newcastle - Humanities Foundation Year

Northumbria University Newcastle

Humanities Foundation Year

The Humanities Foundation degree is a stepping stone to an undergraduate degree. You will explore a range of topics taken from across the humanities subject areas such as history, literature, language and linguistics, creative writing, and American studies. You will be encouraged to embrace your curiosity and creativity, as well as learning how to study at university level. You will learn how to research, evaluate sources, construct a thorough argument, and present your findings. 

You will graduate with the analytical, philosophical and practical skills you need to undertake undergraduate study and with a wider understanding of the role of humanities in the modern world.  

On successful completion of the foundation year you will qualify to join any of the following degrees:

  • BA (Hons) American Studies
  • BA (Hons) English Language Studies
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and History
  • BA (Hons) History
  • BA (Hons) History and Politics
  • BA (Hons) Journalism and English Literature
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and American Studies
  • BA (Hons) History and American Studies 

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Employability is embedded into the Foundation programme. You will develop the wide range of skills desired by employers such as written, analytical and problem-solving skills, quantitative and qualitative research skills and transferable skills, including communication, independence and team-working.

You will have the opportunity to engage with practical real world examples and you will be able to visit third sector organisations and social enterprise companies as well as more traditional employment avenues. You will benefit from talks and advice from the careers service and alumni who can offer guidance about where a Humanities degree can take you in terms of employability.

Course Details

Immersed in a stimulating and challenginglearning environment, you will explore a wide range of key areas, including history,literature, film, philosophy, and politics, as well as the digital humanities.

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops andseminars, guided study and self-directed learning. You will learn to shareideas with your peers and work as a productive member of a team. Guest speakersfrom across the humanities will put what you have learnt into context and giveyou a real world perspective.

foundation Year

Explorations in War and Conflict 1 (Core,20 Credits)
Exploring Identity (Core,20 Credits)
Humanities Portfolio: Skills for University (Core,20 Credits)
Explorations in War and Conflict II (Core,20 Credits)
The Force of Suspicion: Scandals, Rumours and 'Fake News' in History (Optional,20 Credits)
Trigger-happy: The Language and Literature of Offence and Discrimination (Optional,20 Credits)
Exploring the Culture and History of the North East (Core,20 Credits)

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