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.
You’ll begin your studies with the compulsory 60-credit module
The arts past and present (AA100), an absorbing and broad-based grounding in the arts and humanities, including: undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W35-11,module,AA100,,1
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 either:
two 30-credit Level 1 modules in humanities;
Voices and texts (A150) and undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W35-11,module,A150,,1 Making sense of things: an introduction to material culture (A151) (from October 2014, these 30-credit modules are being merged into one 60-credit module Voices, texts and material culture (A105)) undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W35-11,module,A151,,1
Introducing the social sciences (DD101) (60 credits) undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W35-11,module,DD101,,1
Either of these options will be good preparation for Level 2 study in philosophy and will allow you to hone your critical and analytical skills.
Alternatively, you could choose from other options which include languages and design.
At Stage 2, the 60-credit module
Exploring philosophy (A222) introduces you to this subject via six core areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and science; the mind; and political philosophy. Philosophers past and present have made radically diverging claims about these issues. Guided engagement with this philosophical tradition will equip you to tackle the big questions of philosophy for yourself. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W35-11,module,A222,,1
You could decide to complete Stage 2 by continuing your study of interdisciplinary humanities. Alternatively, you can choose from a wide range of modules covering art history, classical studies, classical languages, creative writing, heritage studies, literature, music, English language, religious studies, history, French, German and Spanish.
These modules can be studied in any order and throughout Stage 2, you’ll continue to develop your critical thinking, writing and analysis skills. You’ll also begin to work and think more independently in relation to a range of problems and questions posed by your course of study.
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 four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from two to 12 years.
We recommend spreading Stage 1 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. You could then continue at this pace or speed up to complete in three years.
If you are considering taking just two years, the equivalent to full-time study, we strongly recommend that you first speak to an adviser.
Where will you be resident whilst you study?
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