Liberal Arts (Including Year Abroad)

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Academic Year of Entry: 2024/25
Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Arts (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Area Studies
BA QV00
13/05/2024

Details

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

  • A-levels: BBB - BBC or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A-levels.
  • BTEC: DDM - DMM or 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of the equivalent of 2 full A-levels. The acceptability of BTECs is dependent on subject studied and optional units taken - email ugquery@essex.ac.uk for advice.
  • Combined qualifications on the UCAS tariff: 120 - 112 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 full A levels or equivalent. Tariff point offers may be made if you are taking a qualification, or mixture of qualifications, from the list on our undergraduate application information page.
  • IB: 30 - 29 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555-554.
  • IB Career-related Programme: We consider combinations of IB Diploma Programme courses with BTECs or other qualifications. Advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • QAA-approved Access to HE Diploma: 6 level 3 credits at Distinction and 39 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided, email Undergraduate Admissions.
  • T-levels: We consider T-levels on a case-by-case basis, depending on subject studied. The offer for most courses is Distinction overall. Depending on the course applied for there may be additional requirements, which may include a specific grade in the Core.

Contextual Offers:

We are committed to ensuring that all students with the merit and potential to benefit from an Essex education are supported to do so. For October 2024 entry, if you are a home fee paying student residing in the UK you may be eligible for a Contextual Offer of up to two A-level grades, or equivalent, below our standard conditional offer.
Factors we consider:

  • Applicants from underrepresented groups
  • Applicants progressing from University of Essex Schools Membership schools/colleges
  • Applicants who attend a compulsory admissions interview
  • Applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day at our Colchester or Southend campus

Our contextual offers policy outlines additional circumstances and eligibility criteria.

For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, email ugquery@essex.ac.uk.

If you haven't got the grades you hoped for, have a non-traditional academic background, are a mature student, or have any questions about eligibility for your course, more information can be found on our undergraduate application information page. or get in touch with our Undergraduate Admissions Team.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, or specified score in another equivalent test that we accept.

Details of English language requirements, including component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

If we accept the English component of an international qualification it will be included in the academic levels listed above for the relevant countries.

English language shelf-life

Most English language qualifications have a validity period of 5 years. The validity period of Pearson Test of English, TOEFL and CBSE or CISCE English is 2 years.

If you require a Student visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Pending English language qualifications

You don’t need to achieve the required level before making your application, but it will be one of the conditions of your offer.

If you cannot find the qualification that you have achieved or are pending, then please email ugquery@essex.ac.uk .

Requirements for second and final year entry

Different requirements apply for second and final year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK. Details of English language requirements, including UK Visas and Immigration minimum component scores, and the tests we accept for applicants who require a Student visa (excluding Nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries) can be found here

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College

Course qualifiers

A course qualifier is a bracketed addition to your course title to denote a specialisation or pathway that you have achieved via the completion of specific modules during your course. The specific module requirements for each qualifier title are noted below. Eligibility for any selected qualifier will be determined by the department and confirmed by the final year Board of Examiners. If the required modules are not successfully completed, your course title will remain as described above without any bracketed addition. Selection of a course qualifier is optional and student can register preferences or opt-out via Online Module Enrolment (eNROL).

  • Media Studies: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • History: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • Literature: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • Art History: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • Philosophy: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • Politics: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • Sociology: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).
  • Psychology: To be eligible for this qualifier, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in the qualifier discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year).

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

Please note that for all Liberal Arts courses, you must choose modules following these guidelines: Year 1: Choose options from at least three different disciplines (90 credits) from the Humanities (prefixes AR, GV, HR, HU, LA, LT, PA, PY, SC, TH) and/or the Social Sciences (prefixes BE, EC, LG, LW, MA, PS). * CS modules do not count as discipline options. Year 2: Carry forward at least TWO of the disciplines studied in the first year into the second year (ideally with at least 30 credits in each discipline). You should bear this in mind when choosing your first year modules and please note: some modules from other disciplines e.g. BE, EC, LW, MA, PS and LW prefixes cannot be taken in the second year because they require Department-specific pre-requisites. For more information you should contact the Course Director or the ISC Administrator. All modules choices in the second year are subject to the Course Director’s approval. No more than 60 credits may be from any one discipline. Majors: We currently offer majors in: Art History, History, Politics, Literature, Media Studies, Sociology, and Philosophy. To be awarded a major in a particular discipline, you need to have studied a total of 120 credits in that discipline across the second and final year in that subject (ideally 60 credits in the second year and 60 credits in the final year). Please ask the Course Director for further advice and information. Dissertation advice: If you are a student entering your second year of study in 2020-21, and are aiming to take CS831-6-FY in your final year, you will be required to take CS241-5-SP this coming year as it is a pre-requisite of CS831-6-FY. Year 3: Carry forward at least TWO of the disciplines studied in your second year to your third year (ideally with at least 30 credits in each discipline). No more than 60 credits may be from any one discipline. If you have any queries about these guidelines, please contact our administration department at istudies@essex.ac.uk. Any variation from this rule requires the Course Director’s approval.

External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2024 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01    CS111-4-AU and CS112-4-SP  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
02    Option(s) from list: Different discipline  Optional  30  30 
03    Option(s) from list: Different discipline  Optional  30  30 
04    Option(s) from list: Different discipline  Optional  30  30 
05  CS107-4-SP-CO  Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2025/26

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  CS201-5-FY-CO  The World in Question: The Social, Cultural, Political & Environmental Legacies of the Enlightenment  Compulsory  30  30 
02    Outside option(s) from list: Choose discipline taken in previous year  Optional  30  30 
03    Outside option(s) from list: Choose discipline taken in previous year  Optional  30  30 
04    CS200-5-AU or (CS207-5-AU and option from list or outside option)  Compulsory with Options  15  15 
05    CS241-5-SP or option from list or outside option  Optional  15  15 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2026/27

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01  AW121-6-FY-CO  Abroad Module 120 Credits  Compulsory  120  120 

Year 3 - 2027/28

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Min Credits Max Credits
01    CS301-6-FY or CS831-6-FY  Compulsory with Options  30  30 
02    Option(s) from list: Choose discipline taken in previous year  Optional  30  30 
03    Option(s) from list: Choose discipline taken in previous year  Optional  30  30 
04    Outside option(s)  Optional  30  30 
05  CS307-6-AU-CO  Beyond the BA: Preparing for Life as a Graduate  Compulsory 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

  • To provide a flexible scheme which will allow students to pursue several disciplines or to explore themes using a range of disciplines.
  • To provide students with opportunities to broaden their cultural horizons by taking up the challenge of studying new disciplines such as Art History, Philosophy, Literature, History, Sociology, Languages, Linguistics, Film Studies.
  • To develop students' powers of self-expression and ability to think and analyse systematically, critically and in a disciplined and informed way.
  • To provide students with the necessary skills to undertake further study and/or pursue vocational training in employment.
  • To provide students with opportunities to experience a different system of HE through a broad range of modules on the Year Abroad.
  • To develop students' intercultural skills necessary for living and working in a different culture..


Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the intellectual and cultural origins and development of contemporary society.

A2: Students will be able to demonstrate through a variety of means, a knowledge and understanding of the different styles of enquiry in a range of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines

A3: Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of selected topics within the Humanities

A4: Students will be able to demonstrate skill in distilling research and using it to formulate sustained written arguments with reference to the history of European intellectual thought and the assumptions upon which this thought is based.

Learning methods

The structure of the degree is based on progression from introductory courses in the first year to more specialised and demanding courses in the second and third year. A1 and A2 are acquired in particular from the first year multi-disciplinary modules and the second year required module CS201.


A1 - A3 are developed in all three years through the disciplinary breadth required by the rules governing module choices and through a course of study followed at a university on the Year Abroad.

Assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding of A1-A3 is continuously assessed through coursework and examination.

Essays are the principal form of assessment, supplemented by a range of other assessments which may include text analyses, reviews and other shorter assignments, journal-keeping, assessed presentations and oral contributions and in-class tests.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Students will be able to think critically and analytically in relation to a number of different disciplines and be able to relate methods and assumptions of disciplines to each other.

B2: Students will be capable of appropriately applying a wide range of relevant primary and secondary sources.

B3: Students will be able to identify, analyse and solve problems, using appropriate techniques of writing, methodologies and theories.

B4: Students will be able to demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought.

B5: Students will be able to do all of the above through a variety of forms of assessment including written coursework, oral presentations, and unseen examinations.

Learning methods

B1-B4 are acquired in classes and seminars, in group discussion and through the submission of coursework in all years.

Students are expected to do independent research to consolidate classwork.

B1 and B3 are also acquired through lectures and feedback on course work.

Students are encouraged to compare the approaches of different disciplines and to think across disciplines.

Assessment methods

All intellectual/cognitive skills are assessed in continuous course work in all years and through end of year examinations.

C: Practical skills

C1: Students will be able to communicate ideas clearly and coherently in a range of disciplines but also be able to challenge those ideas and disciplines.

C2: Students will be able to present written materials using appropriate language and referencing.

C3: Students will be able to work independently, write and think under pressure, meet deadlines, manage their own time and workload and carry out research for coursework.

C4: Students will be able to communicate their knowledge and ideas independently of books, articles, computers and other sources of information, and they will be able to accomplish this within given time constraints (eg they will be able to pass an examination).

C5: Students will be able to apply the necessary organisational and cultural skills for living and working abroad.

Learning methods

All practical skills are acquired through classes, the submission of course work and preparation for examinations in all years of study.
C4 is acquired through the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a period of living and studying abroad.

Assessment methods

Assessment of practical skills is through the submission of essays, term papers and assignments, and written examinations.

D: Key skills

D1: Students will be able to present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and creative manner.

D2: Students will be able to use the relevant information technology to research and present written work.

D4: Students will be able to identify problems and apply relevant research methodologies and techniques of writing to resolve them.

D6: Students will be able to reflect on their own learning, to seek and make use of feedback on their own performance, to recognise when further knowledge is required and to undertake the necessary research.

D7: Students will be able to present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and creative manner, work proficiently and effectively in a range of academic contexts and work independently in a different cultural and learning environment.

Learning methods

Key skills are acquired through participatory classwork in all years of study, through the presentation of continuous coursework and preparation for examinations.

Students are encouraged to engage in discussion, to listen effectively and to participate in group work to the benefit of the group as a whole.

On many courses oral presentation skills are assessed.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through the submission of coursework and through written examinations.
Some courses assess D1 through assessed oral participation or presentations.

Where students opt to take an independent research project, it is assessed by dissertation.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Contact

If you are thinking of studying at Essex and have questions about the course, please contact Undergraduate Admissions by emailing admit@essex.ac.uk, or Postgraduate Admissions by emailing pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

If you're a current student and have questions about your course or specific modules, please contact your department.

If you think there might be an error on this page, please contact the Course Records Team by emailing crt@essex.ac.uk.