Liberal Arts - BA (Hons)
Liberal Arts gives you the flexibility to study a broad range of subjects that will develop your oral and written communication skills, and your ability to think critically and creatively. You will also address major challenges affecting societies from a range of disciplinary perspectives in order to become a 'global citizen'. You will learn to communicate effectively with your peers and demonstrate your skills through various methods such as discussions and workshops.
Why study Liberal Arts at Keele University?
Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.
This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.
Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.
The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.
Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading and writing skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.
This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme that provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts degree. For example, the University Research Portfolio module will expand your research skills and develop a wider appreciation of your subject area, you will investigate a topic you have learned in more detail. In doing so, you will learn to obtain, critically select and analyse information to demonstrate your understanding. You will also gain valuable experience and techniques to present your evidence, findings and conclusions. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1 you will be ready to excel at your studies.
Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year by visiting the Foundation Year homepage.
The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.
You will be able to build your own module combinations to a total of 60 credits from the following modules:
|FYO-00247||Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing||15 credits|
|FYO-00263||Foundations of Social Sciences - 1||15 credits|
|FYO-00265||Foundations of Social Sciences - 2||15 credits|
|FYO-00257||Foundations of Humanities 1||15 credits|
|FYO-00259||Foundations of Humanities 2||15 credits|
|FYO-00267||Foundations in Social Sciences 3||15 credits
|FYO-00271||University Research Portfolio||30 credits|
|30 credits (each module)|
The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United Kingdom, European Union and International students.
- Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
- Relevant work experience
- GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
- IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)
How to apply
Students will need to apply for BA (Hons) Liberal Arts with Foundation Year (UCAS code Y007) through UCAS at www.ucas.com.
Direct entry students
If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.
We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.
Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.
In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.
Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.
For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.
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