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.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • Y000

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Liberal Arts at Keele University?

Ranked Top 250 in the World for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2021)
Work placement opportunities – a great way to network with professionals and build key transferable skills, ready for employment
Opportunity to take an International Year to experience different cultures and gain study skills that will enhance your prospects after graduation
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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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Foundation year

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.

Course content

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

Course structure

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.

Semester one

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 (Option) 15 credits

Semester two

FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits

FYO-00269

FYO-00261

Advancing Social Sciences OR

Advancing Humanities

30 credits (each module)

 

Entry requirements

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 KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • 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.

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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