Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE)

Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE) courses for 2021

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The Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE) is a one-year introductory course that is designed to prepare students for an undergraduate degree in either the arts or social sciences. You do not need to have any prior qualifications to apply.

Why study Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE) at Bristol?

Do you want to study for a degree but worry that you don’t have the qualifications needed to apply? Have you had an unconventional path in (and out of) education? Are you interested in the arts and social sciences but unsure of what subject you would like to study?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, this innovative course could be for you. It will help you develop the skills and confidence to progress to an undergraduate degree, with the opportunity to find out more about subjects in the arts and social sciences.

The course is taught by experts from a wide range of subjects including archaeology and anthropology, classics, English, history, history of art, modern languages, philosophy, film and theatre, religion and theology, sociology, politics and international relations, education, law, social policy, childhood studies and criminology.

For more information visit our Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences website.

What kind of student would this course suit?

There is no typical student on the Foundation course; it attracts a diverse range of students from 18 to over 70 and from a variety of educational, ethnic, professional and social backgrounds. This diversity is something we celebrate in itself and makes the course an enjoyable and shared adventure.

The course is organised around the question 'What does it mean to be human?' and the more perspectives we have, the better.

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures by experts in different fields, seminar and tutorial discussion in small groups, and peer-led sessions with current undergraduates. You will also have one-to-one discussions with tutors.

This course will introduce you to the range of assessments involved in undergraduate study, including written assignments, portfolios, presentations and exams. There is lots of support and advice available and you'll work closely with your personal tutor to get the most out of the year and think about what comes next.

What are my career prospects?

On satisfactory completion of the Foundation course you can progress to an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. We cannot guarantee progression to your first choice of degree but, where this is not possible, we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

As part of the course you will receive tailored advice from the University's Careers Service.

The course leads to a Certificate in Higher Education that can also be used to apply for relevant degrees at other institutions or for personal or professional development.


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