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University Foundation Certificate Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

UCAS code: Varies by pathway

Develop the key transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge to join degrees in the subject areas of business and management, education, English, geography, history, media or sociology at Edge Hill University.


Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Business and ManagementEducation and TeachingEnglishFilm, Media and TelevisionGeography and GeologyHistorySociology and Social Sciences
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Language Centre

The University Foundation Certificate Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides the opportunity to study an integrated 4-year programme. It will enable you to complete a foundation year before progressing onto the first-year of a degree in business and management, education, English, geography, history, media or sociology, subject to passing all assessments. The information below describes the foundation year only. The curriculum for the subsequent three years is outlined in the Progression Routes section at the bottom of this page.

This University Foundation Certificate Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences has been developed for home and international students who want to study for an undergraduate degree but do not currently have the qualifications to do so. You may have just finished, or be about to finish, your studies and be looking for a programme that will provide you with the knowledge, skills, confidence and study skills needed for undergraduate study.

You will be equipped with written and oral communication skills and will be supported in becoming a critical, creative thinker and decision maker.

If you’re an international student, you will also be assisted with the transition into UK Higher Education, ready to make use of the resources and opportunities available at Edge Hill University.

Successful completion of the foundation year at the required pass mark enables progression onto selected degrees at Edge Hill University.


Course features

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

You will study a range of introductory modules that provide a solid base for further study in arts, humanities and social sciences. You will develop the academic and critical thinking skills required for success at this level and will also advance your English language, academic writing and research skills.

Compulsory modules:

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Academic Writing
Critical Analysis and Systematic Thinking for Higher Education
Independent Research Project
Introduction to Arts and Humanities
Introduction to Social Sciences

One of:

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Business Fundamentals
Foundations of Education

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

This programme is delivered through lectures and seminars entailing individual, pair and group work. You will also be required to undertake guided independent learning and attend tutorials.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a range of methods to prepare you for your study beyond this foundation year. This will include written assignments, coursework, presentations and class-tests.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by subject-specialist tutors from a from the Department of History Geography and Social Sciences, the Department of English and Creative Arts, as well as the Business School and the Faculty of Education for electives.

You will also be taught by tutors within the Language Centre and by a team who understand the needs of international students and who are committed to supporting you at all times to make your studies both stimulating and enjoyable.

The Language Centre is accredited with BALEAP, the global forum for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) professionals. It has also been recognised as a centre of excellence by EL Gazette, a key English language teaching industry publication.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer will be 96 UCAS tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required.

If you are an international student, you will need to provide evidence of your academic qualifications. These need to be a minimum equivalence to UK Year 12 in your country of origin, as verified by UK ENIC.

Please note, the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations require you to complete a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) prior to entry.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 5.0, with a score no lower than 4.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Home students require a GCSE in English Language at Grade C or Grade 4.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.


Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Each course has a bespoke UCAS code for its four-year pathway which includes the integrated foundation year. These are:

BSc (Hons) Business & Management with Foundation Year – N219
BA (Hons) Education with Foundation Year – X109
BA (Hons) English with Foundation Year – Q309
BA (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year – L709
BA (Hons) History with Foundation Year – V109
BA (Hons) Media with Foundation Year – P309
BA (Hons) Sociology with Foundation Year – L309

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

Discover our accommodation


The Language Centre is located in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities. Creative Edge

Where you'll study

Creative Edge


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


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The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please see our international student finance pages for financial support information for international students.

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

This Foundation Year will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to progress onto Year 1 of your intended degree in business and management, education, English, geography, history, media or sociology at Edge Hill University.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year will allow you to apply for progression on to the following undergraduate degrees at Edge Hill University:

BSc (Hons) Business & Management
BA (Hons) Education
BA (Hons) English
BA (Hons) Geography
BA (Hons) History
BA (Hons) Media
BA (Hons) Sociology

Undergraduate degrees within the discipline you have selected could also be available to progress onto. Please note that places on specific degrees are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

In the unlikely event that your intended degree is not available upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will be offered the opportunity to progress onto the first year of an alternative degree relevant to your choice of specialism.

You should be aware that the this Foundation Year is designed to enable progression onto relevant degrees at Edge Hill University and may not be accepted by other institutions.

If you successfully complete this Level 3 Foundation Year Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and choose not to progress onto a degree, you will be awarded the University Foundation Certificate Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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