Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts BA (Hons)

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 also have the opportunity to:

  • Study a modern European language at beginner, intermediate and advanced level
  • Add a year abroad, for additional breadth and experience
  • Develop professional skills and work experience through modules from our Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, with accreditation from the ILM
  • Select modules that fit your own interests and play to your academic strengths from a wide range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines
  • Learn a modern language alongside your other studies
  • Gain work experience through modules with a work-placement element

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 and Social Sciences.  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 and Social Sciences, 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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time three years, Part-time four-six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 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, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 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 

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Course Overview

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Liberal Arts

Optional modules:

  • Power, Politics and the State
  • Understanding History
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • History of English Literature
  • Critical Approaches to Cinema
  • Language and Communication
  • Introduction to English Syntax and Phonology
  • Sociological Ways of Thinking
  • Knowledge and Freedom
  • Understanding Religion & Belief
  • Ab Initio French (double module)
  • Introduction to French Studies
  • Ab Initio German (double module)
  • Introduction to German Studies
  • TESOL core 1a G - TESOL
  • TESOL core 1b G TESOL
  • Global Politics
  • Public History
  • Writing Identities
  • The War Against Cliché: Literature, Criticism and Practice
  • American Cinema
  • Youth, Identity and Difference
  • Problems in Contemporary Applied Ethics
  • Faith, Identity, Culture & Society
  • Background to French Studies
  • Background to German Studies

Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules:

  • Extended Essay

Optional modules:

  • History of Political Ideas
  • Progressivism, Progressive Politics and Reform
  • Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches
  • Cold War in Asia
  • Twentieth-century Britain
  • Europe in an Age of Atrocity
  • Creative Writing Workshop: Exploring Genre
  • Writing Adaptations
  • CSI: Literature
  • From Romantics to Decadents: Literary Culture 1789-1900
  • The American Radical
  • Advertising, Media and Consumer Culture
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Framing the News
  • History of English
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Foundations of Ethics
  • Sacredness & Spirituality
  • Fundamentalism & Cultural Heritage
  • Popular Music and Communications
  • British Cinema
  • Sociology of Social Movements
  • Contemporary Thinkers
  • Sociology of Religion
  • French Ab Initio Language and Society 1
  • French Ab Initio Language and Society 2
  • French Language and Society 1
  • French Language and Society 2
  • German Ab Initio Language and Society 1
  • German Ab Initio Language and Society 2
  • German Language and Society 1
  • German Language and Society 2
  • TESOL core 2a
  • TESOL core 2b
  • Project Planning and Research Methods in Language Teaching

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules:

  • Personal Development and employability

Optional modules:

  • 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
  • Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • Life Writing and Autobiography
  • Black Atlantic Writing
  • Literature and Film
  • Media Ethics
  • Popular Music on Screen
  • Power in Talk
  • Discourse and Argumentation
  • Contrastive Linguistics
  • Sexy Bodies: Sexuality and the Body
  • Sociology of Disability
  • Humanity, Values and the Environment
  • Modern European Thought
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Perceptions of Morality
  • Religion in a Global Village
  • Religion, Culture & Media
  • French Language (after period abroad)
  • French Language
  • French Language in Context
  • German Language (after period abroad)
  • German Language
  • Contemporary German Literature and Society

Elective modules: up to two elective modules can be taken in each year

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.


  • Compulsory modules are assessed by coursework (essay and portfolio).
  • Optional modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, presentations, portfolios and exams.

Industry Links with the Liberal Arts

Members of the course team have links with a variety of relevant research-related bodies and institutions, including:


Liberal arts 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.


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 Languages 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

Important Information

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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.