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Humanities with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year offers you the opportunity to grow in confidence in academic study through the development of key skills and the exploration of diverse themes and cutting-edge developments in a large array of subject areas in Humanities and other Schools.

York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
4 years full-time, 5 years full-time including a placement year
Start date
September 2019
Humanities, Religion & Philosophy


The BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) programmes with Foundation Year are open to a wide range of students who do not yet have the qualifications to apply for an undergraduate degree programme in Humanities. You may be a mature student who would like to work towards a degree; or you may have recently left further education without the qualifications required to access the degree programme of your choice.

Humanities courses available with Foundation Year:

American Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: T7P4

American Studies and Film Studies with Foundation Year


Creative Writing with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: 3S4S

Creative Writing and English Language with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: WQ84

Creative Writing and English Literature with Foundation Year


Creative Writing and Media with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: WP84

English Literature with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: Q301


English Literature and English Language with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: Q39F

English Literature and Film Studies with Foundation Year



English Literature and History with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: QF31

Environmental Geography with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: FF82

Film Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: P304

Geography with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L700

History with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: V101

History and American Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: VT18

Human Geography with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: 8B13

Politics with Foundation Year 

UCAS Code: L201






Course structure

This route offers you a four year (full-time) degree course, which will include opportunities for you to engage with the subject area of your choice, to select from a range of subjects to broaden your knowledge and understanding, and will provide structured study skills support as you build your confidence to study at degree level. You will be taught alongside other students studying the Foundation Year from Social Sciences, Languages & Linguistics, Education, Religion & Philosophy and Media. 

The Foundation Year is delivered across three 10 week terms. Levels 1-3 are timetabled across the full week and run across two semesters.  

You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of academic disciplines, encountering a wide range of subjects and ideas. You will engage in a range of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, seminars, group work, workshops and online learning.

Passing your first year guarantees progression onto any of our undergraduate degrees offered with an integrated Foundation Year.

Modules include:

  • Eboracum: York, Space and Place
  • Argufying: Rhetoric, Reason and Reflection
  • Being Human 1: Structure, Agency and Identity
  • Being Human 2: Culture, Truth and Myth
  • Freedom and Justice
  • Imagining the Future: Environment, Apocalypse and the Digital Revolution 

All modules are worth 20 credits.



Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

48 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent)

For Environmental Geography with Foundation Year, Geography with Foundation Year and Human Geography with Foundation Year applicants are also required to hold a GCSE in Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent).

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Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

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