Arts and Humanities (BA): 6-year, part-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Six years part-time

Attendance

One to two evenings a week, October to June

Would you like to study literature, art, film and media, theatre studies and cultural studies within a single degree? You can do just that, by designing your own programme of study with expert guidance from our specialists.

With its extensive range of option modules, this course gives you the flexibility to pursue multidisciplinary interests and then specialise in areas that you find interesting. You can pursue your interests across the arts and humanities, choosing to study film and media, English and humanities, history of art, or a language and its associated culture, separately or in interdisciplinary combinations. You will examine culture through literary and philosophical texts, art and cinema, the mass media and digital technologies.

This course is also available for full-time evening study over three years and part-time evening study over four years.

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    Course structure

    In Year 1, you take two Humanities compulsory modules.

    In Year 2, you choose two School of Arts option modules at Level 4.

    In Year 3, you take one Humanities compulsory module and choose one School of Arts option module at Level 5.

    In Year 4, you choose one option module at Level 5 and one option module at Level 6.

    In Year 5, you choose two option modules at Level 6.

    In Year 6, you take one option module at Level 6 and also write your Humanities Final-Year Project, an extended piece of supervised research on a topic of your choice (7000 words).

    Out of the six options completed over Years 3 to 6, students should normally take three Humanities options and three options from across the School of Arts.

    To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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    Compulsory modules

    Humanities options

    Sample of English Literature/Creative Writing options

    Sample of Theatre Studies options

    Sample of Media and Cultural Studies options

    Sample of Languages and Cultures options

    Sample of History of Art options

    • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

      Entry requirements

      We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

      Applicants are selected by application and may also be asked to provide a sample of written work or to attend an interview.

      Alternative entry routes

      Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in social science or humanities units.

      A Certificate of Higher Education in Higher Education Introductory Studies or can lead to exemption from Year 1 if you successfully complete designated modules to an appropriate standard.

      You must successfully complete modules worth at least 90 credits before applying for direct entry into Year 2 of one of the BA degrees. Students interested in progressing to an undergraduate degree are encouraged to discuss their plans with the relevant admissions tutor.

      Successful completion of a Certificate of Higher Education in JournalismFilm and Media StudiesMedia PracticeScreenwriting or History of Art can reduce your part-time BA degree studies at Birkbeck by up to one year.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

      If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

      Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    • Fees We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.

      Fees (2017/8)

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 4625 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 6500 pa
    • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

      Teaching

      At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

      Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

      Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

      In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

      Methods of teaching on this course

      Some modules are lecture-based (or a mixture of lectures and discussion-based workshops); others are primarily seminar-based (lecturer-led discussions with other students). Some modules may involve the screening of films or slide presentations.

      Timetables

      Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

      Indicative class size

      Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

      Academic support

      Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

      • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
      • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
      • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

      Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

      Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

      Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

      Assessment

      Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

      Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

      Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

      Methods of assessment on this course

      A combination of essays, unseen and predisclosed examinations, and practical exercises designed to evaluate the abilities and writing skills required in the 21st-century workplace, and a final-year project of 7000 words.

      Feedback

      As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

      Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

      Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

      Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

    • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in the media, education, journalism and the arts. This degree may also be useful in becoming an arts administrator, journal/newspaper editor, museum/gallery curator, higher education lecturer or community arts worker.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

    • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

      How to apply

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

      Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

      Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

      Application deadlines and interviews

      We suggest you apply as early as possible.

      Interviews February to September.

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