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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities: Standard pathway

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This certificate of higher education is made up of 120 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit module The arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,AA100,,1, an absorbing and broad-based grounding in the arts and humanities, including:

  • history    
  • philosophy
  • music
  • literature
  • art history
  • classical studies
  • religious studies.

You’ll develop essential study skills while engaging with a wide range of topics, periods and approaches and enhancing your enjoyment and understanding of fascinating and diverse aspects of human culture.

We recommend that you build on this with two 30-credit Level 1 modules designed to hone your critical and analytical skills and prepare you for study at Level 2. In the first, Voices and texts (A150), you’ll explore language, particularly English, in a wide range of contexts and from the perspective of different academic subjects. In the second, Making sense of things: an introduction to material culture (A151)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,A151,,1, you’ll be introduced to the study of objects, in both the past and present. From October 2014, these 30-credit modules are being merged into one 60-credit module Voices, texts and material culture (A105)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,A105,,1.

Alternatively, this certificate gives you the opportunity to learn French, German or Spanish from scratch. You’ll start with one of our beginner’s modules, dealing with user-friendly, bite-sized chunks of language:

  • Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,L192,,1
  • Rundblick: beginners' German (L193)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,L193,,1
  • Portales: beginners' Spanish (L194)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,L194,,1

You’ll then move on to an intermediate module which will develop your proficiency and confidence in understanding, writing, and speaking:

  • Ouverture: intermediate French (L120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,L120,,1
  • Auftakt: intermediate German (L130)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,L130,,1
  • En rumbo: intermediate Spanish (L140)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.T07-1,module,L140,,1.

Or you can complete this certificate with introductory modules in social sciences or design.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes two years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from one to seven years. We recommend spreading your study over two years, giving you time to get used to distance learning as well as a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for future study.

If you are considering taking just one year, the equivalent to full-time study, we strongly recommend that you first speak to an adviser.

If you wish to study language modules, you can take anything from one to seven years if you start with intermediate French, German or Spanish, or two to seven years if you start with beginner’s French, German or Spanish.


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