Liberal Arts (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Liberal Arts (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    Full-time 4 years, Part-time 5-7 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    LA15; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Liberal Arts is firmly established in the US and an increasingly popular choice at British universities.  Students select from a wide range of Humanities and Social Science options (including literature and cultural studies, history, sociology, film and media studies, linguistics, politics and philosophy) and tailor their studies to their own interests and academic strengths.  The course permits some specialisation (students may concentrate in one subject for up to 50% of their studies), but it does not require specialisation (your studies will be made up from up to six different disciplines). You will have the opportunity to:

- Study a modern European language at all levels
- Add a year abroad, for additional breadth and experience
- Develop professional skills through modules from our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
- Select modules that fit your own interests and play to your academic strengths
- Learn a modern language alongside your other studies
- Gain work experience through modules with a work-placement element 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Foundation Year modules

Students may progress to the BA Liberal Arts from the BA (Hons) Humanities and Social Sciences (Foundation Entry). In that case, progression to Liberal Arts would take place in the same way as with the other Humanities and Social Science subjects connected with that programme. The progression process is detailed in the Foundation Entry course handbook, and further particulars are discussed in detail at the induction events for that programme.

Semester 1

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge

Semester 2

  • Learning by Experience
  • Target Award Extended Study

Subject 1 Either a) Your main subject e.g. (BA (hons) History) or b) one of your joint subjects e.g. (BA (Hons) Education and History)

Foundation Entry students will have at least one of the following modules already assigned to their profile. You may have two already on your programme, in which case your programme is full and you do not need to choose any options. If there is only one module, for example, if you are doing a single honours subject (BA(Hons) History = HYC101 Introduction to History) you will need to select one of the modules below to make up your programme:

Introduction to Education and Deaf Studies

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Film and Media Theory
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology and Contemporary Religion
  • Skills for Language Students
  • Ebc001 foundation in TESOL
  • Fz004 key themes in Archaeology
  • Psc005 introduction to Psychology

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Liberal Arts

A choice of five additional modules from across a range of academic disciplines, that include but are not limited to:

History and politics options such as

  • Power, Politics and the State
  • Global Politics
  • Understanding History
  • Public History

English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing and Film such as

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • History of English Literature
  • Writing Identities
  • The War Against Cliché: Literature, Criticism and Practice
  • Language and Communication
  • Introduction to English Syntax and Phonology
  • American Cinema

Philosophy, Religion and Sociology such as

  • Sociological Ways of Thinking
  • Knowledge and Freedom
  • Critical Approaches to Cinema
  • Understanding Religion & Belief
  • Youth, Identity and Difference
  • Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics
  • Faith, Identity, Culture & Society

Also: Modern Foreign Languages

You can take pathways in French or German and you can also take another language as an elective, from a choice of: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
Options in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (a practical course aimed at developing skills in language education)

Compulsory modules:

  • Liberal Arts Extended Essay

A choice of five additional modules from across a range of academic disciplines, that include but are not limited to:

History and Politics options such as:

  • Twentieth-century Britain
  • Europe in an Age of Atrocity
  • Cold War in Asia
  • History of Political Ideas
  • Progressivism, Progressive Politics and Reform
  • Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches

English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing and Film & Media options such as:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Framing the News
  • History of English
  • Romantics to Decadents: Literary Culture 1789-1900
  • CSI: Literature
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Exploring Genre
  • Writing Adaptations
  • Advertising, Media and Consumer Culture
  • Popular Music and Communications
  • British Cinema

Philosophy, Religion and Sociology options such as:

  • Contemporary Thinkers
  • Sociology of Religion Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Foundations of Ethics Sacredness & Spirituality Fundamentalism & Cultural Heritage
  • Sociology of Social Movements

Also: Modern Foreign Languages

If you have chosen a language pathway you continue with modules in your target language and culture. 
If you have chosen a TESOL route, you continue with options in that area


Compulsory modules:

  • Employability and the Liberal Arts

A choice of five additional modules from across a range of academic disciplines, that include but are not limited to:

History and politics options such as

  • Contemporary Anglo-American Political Philosophy
  • Continuity and Change in British Politics
  • Terrorism and Security
  • Ethics, War and Society
  • The Kennedy Presidency
  • History of Education
  • A Place Apart: The Northern Ireland Troubles

English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing and Film such as

  • Power in Talk
  • Discourse and Argumentation
  • Contrastive Linguistics
  • Black Atlantic Writing
  • Literature and Film
  • Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • Life Writing and Autobiography
  • Media Ethics
  • Popular Music on Screen

Philosophy, Religion and Sociology such as

  • Humanity, Values and the Environment
  • Modern European Thought
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory Perceptions of Morality Religion in a Global Village Religion, Culture and Media
  • Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body
  • Sociology of Disability

Also: Modern Foreign Languages

If you have chosen a language pathway you would continue with modules in your target language and culture. 
If you have chosen a TESOL route, you would continue with options in that area.

Further Information

Academic Expertise

The compulsory modules are delivered by a highly experienced team of research-active academics:

Keith Vernon (Course Leader, and Module Leader CS3000) is Principal Lecturer in History.  He also teaches modules on the history of Britain in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and runs the work placement in History. He researches and publishes on various aspects of the history of higher education in Britain with particular interest in the relationships between universities and their communities. He has involved in a range of community engagement projects in History and convenes the university’s Heritage Network.

Theresa Saxon (Module Leader CS2000) is Academic Development lead in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies.  Theresa’s research interests are in theatre history and literary culture.  She is the author of American Theatre: History, Content, Form (Edinburgh University Press, 2011).

Peter Lucas (Module Leader CS1000) is also UCLan Course Leader in Philosophy.  Peter has over 20 years’ experience of HE teaching and has published in the areas of modern European philosophy, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of education and bioethics.  He is the author of Ethics and Self-Knowledge: Respect for Self-Interpreting Agents (Springer, 2011).

The team of tutors teaching optional has a high proportion of research-active staff, and also includes two National Teaching Fellows (Dr Helen Day, Professor Alan Rice).

The course is based in the UCLan School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, which also hosts the Institute for Black Atlantic Research.

Students taking modules in English Literature benefit from access to the UCLan “Live Literature” room.

Students taking modules in English Language and Linguistics benefit from access to the UCLan Linguistics Lab.

Live Literature Room

Worldwise Learning Centre


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

Elective options available through the UCLan Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership are accredited by the ILM.



You will have the opportunity to study a Modern European language at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels alongside your other subjects.

You will also have the opportunity to gain international experience through a variety of Study Abroad options or (if you have gained sufficient proficiency in a relevant language) the Year Abroad options offered through the UCLan School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies.

The final-year module Personal Development and Employability provides a work placement experience and enables you to reflect strategically on your employability strengths and areas for development.  You can also build work experience into your studies by taking ILM accredited modules via our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership. These modules offer placements with a wide range of community groups and voluntary organisations in areas such as music and the arts, environment and conservation, crime prevention, health and social welfare, sports, youth work, culture and heritage, ICT, PR and fundraising

Graduate careers

The study of Liberal Arts confers a number of employability benefits.  As with many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, the course is not directly vocational.  However, this lack of a specific career focus confers a degree of flexibility that more vocational programmes cannot match.  In a rapidly-changing economic and work environment role-specific education and training rapidly become obsolete.  Learning how to learn, and learning to look beyond the immediate means/ends decision-making that is tied to established operational, technological and managerial contexts, are among the most vital features of degree-level study.  As many employers are increasingly realising, the study of Liberal Arts develops precisely these abilities.