Humanities and Arts

BA, 3-5 years, part-time

This is for you if... you want to achieve your potential by studying for a degree but are unable to attend University during the day time.

Course Description

The part-time BA (Hons) in Humanities and Arts provides the chance to gain a University of Leicester degree alongside your other life commitments. Its broad range of absorbing topics offers an intellectually stimulating programme of study. The course enhances your personal development, expands your understanding of the culture in which we live, and can also improve your employment prospects.

The central theme of the degree is western culture and society and ‘how it came about’. The course is an interdisciplinary degree offering you the chance to study four subject areas: 

  • Literature
  • History
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • The arts (art history, architecture and popular culture)

In the final year of the degree you can write an extended essay or a longer dissertation.

The course is taught in the evenings (6.30pm-9.30pm including a break) and on the occasional Saturday. We also have an annual residential course in Oxford. We let you know well in advance when the classes will take place so that you can make any arrangements necessary to enable you to attend.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Lifelong Learning
Contact

adminvcll@le.ac.uk
+44 (0)116 252 5962
Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning
128 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7PA

Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning website



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Why Leicester?

The broad choice of modules allows you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest.

Our part-time courses are designed to connect with your ‘full-time life’ to all you to enhance your skills and explore your interests, while fitting flexibly around your existing commitments.

You will benefit from first class teaching, delivered by our dedicated tutors who will be on hand to ensure you are fully supported throughout your studies.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

  • How the West Came About
  • What is Culture?
  • The Urban Experience, c. 1720-1960s
  • European Architecture
  • Exploring Poetry
  • Religion in the Modern World

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Option modules

Level 2 (Years 1-2 of the BA)

Choose two option modules from*:

  • The Making of Modern Europe: Revolutionary Continent, 1780-1918 OR The Bible and Contemporary Culture
  • Shakespeare in History OR Meaning and Mystery: Dutch Painting in the Age of Vermeer

*Each module requires 5 students in order to run.

Level 3 (Years 2-3 of the BA)

You take six option modules during the final 18 months of the programme. You can opt to replace one module with a long essay or two modules with a dissertation. These offer you the opportunity to undertake independent research on an arts and humanities topic devised by you and an allocated supervisor. Module options currently include:*

  • Fans – Canons – Scriptures – Cults
  • Islam in the Modern World
  • Texts in Modern Christian Theology
  • Philosophy via Film
  • Modernity and Modernist Media
  • Chaucer’s England
  • Ancient Greece: Culture and Drama
  • Britain and the Roman Empire: Sources and Contexts
  • Theatre and Drama in Renaissance England
  • The Author in Depth  
  • Mosaics, Manuscripts and Masterpieces: Cultural Interchange in the Art of Ravenna, Lindisfarne and Venice
  • Pre-Raphaelite Art: History and Nature
  • Key Developments in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Art and Architecture
  • The English Country House, c. 1600-2016
  • The Pursuit of Liberty: The Development of European Political Thought
  • Histories of Everyday Things: Material Culture and Historical Research  

*Modules depend on the availability of tutors. Please note that level 3 option modules are offered in eight pairs: you therefore select one module of two on offer. The paired modules may vary from year to year. We aim to offer modules which we feel are most appropriate for each cohort of students. Each module requires 5 students in order to run. 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Fieldwork

One module each year is taught at a residential course in Oxford and is a compulsory element of the course in the first and second years of the degree. The cost of the residential course (full board and travel from the University of Leicester to Oxford) is included in the course fees. 

Several modules have field trips which offer an opportunity to explore a topic from a different perspective or to see art works and historical artefacts ‘in the flesh’. The cost of any travel and entrance fees for fieldwork beyond Leicester, Oadby and Wigston is covered by the University. 

For any optional fieldwork within Leicester, Oadby and Wigston, students are expected to cover their own travel costs. 

Field visits and the residential course are also a great opportunity for you to spend a little more time with other students and tutors on an informal basis, outside the classroom.



Teaching and Assessment

You will attend a three-hour class one evening per week (6.30pm-9.30pm). There are two or three Saturday schools and field trips plus a four-day residential school in Oxford near Easter in each year.

Assessment is mostly via coursework, though there are some short written exams on a small number of the modules. You should aim to spend about 9-12 hours per week on private study. A personal tutor will provide you with both academic and pastoral support throughout your studies

Entry Requirements

You will need to have 120 credits at Higher Education Level 1, or 120 credits in the Framework of Qualifications for Higher Education Level 4. If you have 120 credits at Higher Education Level 1 in another subject area you may be asked to write a short ‘diagnostic’ essay to demonstrate that you have the skills required for Arts and Humanities subjects at Level 2. Accepted Qualifications include:

  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Professional qualification at FHEQ Level 4: 120 credits
  • CATS/Open University credits: 120 credits
  • Part-completed higher education course: 120 credits

Please contact adminvcll@le.ac.uk before applying to check that this is the right course for you.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    • Years 1: TBC

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding

    If you apply for this course you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. 

    Additional costs

    • One module each year is taught at a residential course in Oxford and is a compulsory element of the course in the first and second years of the degree. The cost of the residential course (full board and travel from the University of Leicester to Oxford) is included in the course fees. 
    • Several modules have field trips which offer an opportunity to explore a topic from a different perspective or to see art works and historical artefacts ‘in the flesh’. The cost of any travel and entrance fees for fieldwork beyond Leicester, Oadby and Wigston is covered by the University. 
    • For any optional fieldwork within Leicester, Oadby and Wigston, students are expected to cover their own travel costs.
    • The core modules ‘What is Culture’ and ‘Exploring Poetry’ require you to buy set texts. These texts are Raymond Williams, 'Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society' (Fourth Estate, 2014) and 'The Norton Anthology of Poetry'. Course Readers for other core modules are supplied free of charge. Some option modules may require you to buy set texts. 
  • This course is not available to international (non-EU) students.

Career Opportunities

Because of the degree’s reputation, breadth and quality, graduates are able to progress in their career or to change to a new career. A Humanities and Arts degree can be relevant to a range of career options, for example in arts and business administration, advertising and marketing, local government administration, teaching or the media. A number of students do the course first before opting to train as school teachers. Many students go on to postgraduate study within the University of Leicester or elsewhere.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Humanities and Arts BA 3 years part-time September 2017 Apply Now
Course
Humanities and Arts
Qualification
BA
Duration
3 years part-time
Start Dates
September 2017
Availability

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