Liberal Arts with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Human knowledge in the modern world is commonly divided into disciplines such as literature, art, history, politics and the sciences. The BA Liberal Arts embraces the different perspectives of these disciplines to help you gain deeper knowledge about the world and its interconnections. It allows you to design your own truly interdisciplinary programme according to your interests and strengths. From a solid spine of critical skills modules you will branch out into a breadth of different subjects. You can choose from literature, theatre studies and creative writing, film and media, modern languages, art, history, geography, law and criminology, management, philosophy, politics, psychology of education and psychosocial studies, to build a degree which will fulfil your intellectual potential and develop your employability. Employers highly value the core analytical, critical and communication skills a liberal arts degree will give you. It will also prepare you for further study at master's or PhD level. If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. Highlights

  • Birkbeck was ranked 2nd in the UK for its English Language and Literature research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.
  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.
  • During your studies you can apply to take part in a competitive Industry Placement module, which offers you the opportunity to spend a term working in an arts-related organisation or arts-related role.
Careers and employability Graduates can pursue career paths in education, public administration, legal work, business and management, the arts and creative industries, journalism and publishing, the third sector and campaigning. Possible professions include:
  • arts administrator
  • journal/newspaper editor
  • museum/gallery curator
  • higher education lecturer
  • community arts worker.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment method

This programme is assessed using a range of methods, including assessed coursework essays, unseen and predisclosed examinations, practical exercises, demonstration workshops and, in your fourth year, a dissertation.


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.


Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £17620 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Liberal Arts with Foundation Year at Birkbeck, University of London - UCAS