Birkbeck, University of London

Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year Birkbeck, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of London


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The BA Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year is designed to prepare you for undergraduate study in the wide-range of subjects taught in the School of Arts in the Departments of Cultures and Languages, English and Humanities, Film, Media and Cultural Studies and History of Art. You will take two innovative study skills modules and also have the opportunity to take modules introducing you to the many exciting ways in which we study the Arts. It is also possible to take a beginners' or intermediate level language module (French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish) as part of the foundation year.

The programme allows you to build your confidence, gain core knowledge and key skills needed to succeed in undergraduate degrees in the Arts. You will get a taste of the specific subjects you are interested in and an understanding of their career potential.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can choose either to progress on to our three-year, full-time evening study BA Arts and Humanities, or one of the following three-year, full-time evening study undergraduate programmes. You need only complete one application and you enrol onto one programme.

  • BA English

  • BA Film and Media

  • BA French Studies

  • BA German

  • BA History of Art

  • BA History of Art and History

  • BA History of Art with Curating

  • BA History of Art with Film

  • BA Intercultural Communication

  • BA Intercultural Communication and/with Language

  • BA Journalism and Media

  • BA Language and/with English

  • BA Language and/with Film/Media

  • BA Language and/with Global Politics

  • BA Language and/with History

  • BA Language and/with International Law

  • BA Language and/with Journalism

  • BA Language and/with Management

  • BA Language and/with Politics

  • BA Linguistics and Culture

  • BA Linguistics and Language

  • BA Media and Culture

  • BA Modern Languages

  • BA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

  • BA Theatre and Drama Studies

  • BA Theatre Studies and English


  • Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study and are 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.

  • Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.

  • You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading novelists, dramatists and artists.

  • Based at the heart of one of the world's most exciting cities, we combine lectures, seminars and workshops with visits to theatres and other cultural and artistic institutions, and we frequently collaborate with leading arts, cultural, theatre and dance and performing arts organisations, allowing you to ground your studies in real-world practice.

  • The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Course details


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 project.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code QW32
Institution code B24
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

If you are an EU or International student and you are interested in this programme, please contact our International Team for advice and guidance.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,325 Year 1
International £13,675 Year 1
England £6,325 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,325 Year 1
Scotland £6,325 Year 1
Wales £6,325 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full-time home/EU students, Year 1: £6325 pa Full-time international students, Year 1: £13675 pa Full-time home/EU students, Year 2+: £9250 pa Full-time international students, Year 2+: £13675 pa Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Provider information

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Clearing contact details

Admissions Office

020 3907 0700

Course contact details

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Birkbeck Student Advice Service

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