Foundation in Arts and Humanities (CertHE)

Foundation in Arts and Humanities (CertHE) courses for 2018

Single Honours

Designed for students without prior qualifications, this course offers an introduction to the arts and humanities.

By building your confidence and strengthening your study skills the course acts as preparation for further study at undergraduate degree level. If you complete the course satisfactorily you can progress to a degree in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol.

Why study Foundation in Arts and Humanities (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 humanities, 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 humanities.

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, and religion and theology. For more information visit

Please note there may be some changes to this programme for 2018 entry; further details will be provided when available.

What kind of student would this course suit?

There is no 'typical' student on the Foundation Year course. It attracts a diverse range of students, from 17 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.

To introduce you to the range of assessments involved in undergraduate study, you will be assessed by written assignments, a portfolio, a presentation and an exam. 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 Year you can progress to an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts. We cannot guarantee progression to your first choice of degree but where this is not possible we will do our best to ensure you are offered a suitable alternative.

The course is a recognised programme of study that can also be used to apply for relevant degrees at other institutions, or for personal or professional development.


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