September 2020

Applied Humanities BA (Hons) - Accelerated Degree

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2020

Key Details

  • Y002 Course Code
  • 2 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
Applied Humanities Lecture


The Applied Humanities BA, designed in collaboration with local government, businesses and third-sector organisations, equips students for success in the graduate market. This accelerated degree programme allows students to complete their study over two-years, providing a much-needed flexible option for potential students of all ages and backgrounds. Students will make financial savings on the overall cost of tuition fees and accommodation without compromising on the quality or intensity of a standard undergraduate degree. As the first of its kind in the UK, Applied Humanities makes use of Newman University’s strong position in the region to provide our students with real-life expertise and connections. External organisations will work alongside our academics to make this programme responsive to a rapidly changing world. Partner input into the construction of the degree ensures that students gain the skills and experience that are highly valued by graduate employers and the practical know-how to operate in the fourth industrial revolution.

Students will learn how to transform this data into well-crafted and specific job applications which build on their real-life achievements. The Applied Humanities BA unearths hidden potential and acts as a stepping stone to a self-directed career which can move seamlessly from private-sector business to government and public service.

Why study this course?

  • Follow an accelerated degree programme which will save time and money without compromising on teaching intensity or quality.
  • Build a living CV, demonstrating a range of professional competencies and develop essential digital skills.
  • Follow a fully-integrated programme which builds towards a special project of the student’s choice.
  • Acquire the enviable cultural knowledge of a traditional humanities graduate alongside indispensable practical skills gained through experiential learning.
  • Undertake two bespoke ‘problem-solving’ modules and apply high-level critical and creative thinking to real-life issues.
  • Connect with a network of regional organisations including NGOs, local businesses and media and political organisations.

What does the course cover?

Applied Humanities students will make their voice heard as they progress from theoretical study, to project design and management, to managing a media campaign. The programme has been constructed to augment the cognitive skills that already underpin humanities research: the ability to think independently, critically and creatively. Theoretical engagement with literature, history, philosophy and theology, will be contextualised in a practical setting. Students will discover how to harness their creativity with sophisticated digital proficiency alongside high-level organisational skills. Over the course of their studies, they will create a living CV that demonstrates a range of professional competencies.

What careers could I consider?

Increased automation and digitisation are rapidly changing our world and the workplace. As we enter a fourth industrial revolution, employers are looking for creative people with high-level problem-solving skills and the emotional intelligence to lead others and work in a team. Applied humanities graduates will be able to demonstrate all of these things and to show how they have already worked in their communities and brought about meaningful change. The boundaries between traditional career paths are blurring and our graduates can choose to work in a range of roles in the corporate, government or charitable sector or establishing their own businesses.

Studying and living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Applications are open for September entry

Thinking of starting your studies this September? We are currently accepting new applications. Applications to full-time courses must be made via UCAS, applications to part-time courses are made directly to Newman. For help with the application process please contact our friendly and helpful admission teams via or via 0121 476 1181 ext. 3662.

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Entry Requirements

September 2020 Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language at Grade 4 (or C) or above, are also required.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements outlined above are strongly encouraged to contact the programme leaders via the contact details above. 

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for the full-time route for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK/EU students: £11,100 *

* Fees shown are for 2020/21 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 



In addition to these compulsory modules, students will have the opportunity to undertake at least one optional specialist module from either English Literature, History or Theology and Philosophy.

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students


  1. This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, resilience and self-management skills to make informed choices when preparing for their placement. It will also act as an introduction to the multiple pathways available to graduates as they plan their transition to employment or further training. Students will consider and critique the conceptual division between public, private and third sectors, and spend time researching and reviewing a range of specific examples. They will consider the ways in which these organisations construct their image and consider their origins, stated aims and values. Students will then explore how the study of humanities might alter the stated history, aims and ethical values of specific organisations. They will have the opportunity to share their responses and reflect on the role of consultants more generally. As part of this module, students will be encouraged to archive and collate material in a digital employment portfolio where they can keep a record of any professional contacts and collate relevant ideas and research material. They will reflect on the ways in which the techniques used by organisations could or should apply to their own profiles. Students will also be provided with opportunities and time to identify placement options and to plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.
  2. In this fundamental information literacy module, students will develop the core digital skills that will underpin their work throughout the degree. These include information literacies, including searching, retrieving, critically evaluating information from a range of appropriate sources. It will enable students to challenge and develop a critical approach to searching for and acquiring information. Students will also be supported in the development of digital artefacts, such as podcasts, vodcasts and webpages. As part of this module students will have the opportunity to start a digital employment portfolio which will act as a repository for key contacts, ideas, qualifications, experiences and other crucial information required for a successful job application.
  3. Students will work to acquire key research methodologies and skills that underpin the digital humanities, including developing their collaborative and interdisciplinary skills. Exploring case studies in the development of digital humanities, students will consider the way in which data shapes our real and virtual worlds. They will be encouraged to take a critical view of the digital age with a long-term historical and cultural approach.
  4. This module investigates how the increased preoccupation with our own unique political and cultural identities has promoted the perception that many people who share our world do not share our worldview. Starting with the concept of civic cooperation and participation this module explores how the historical and cultural foundations of the West Midlands identity and how that might intersect with wider global narratives. Using local history and regional literature and dialect, students will be asked to identify and explore the construction of regional identities using both real and fictional personalities. Building on concept of the identity politics, students will use broad ideological and temporal frameworks to tell new narratives about their own identities. This module will serve as a way to empower students to contribute to conversations about the relationship and duties owed by individuals to civic society.
  5. This module will introduce students to the basic concepts, terminology, and politics of exploring identity in cultural texts. Through studying excerpts from popular critical commentaries on theories of gender, sexuality, race, disability, and class, students will develop skills in textual and cultural analysis, establishing an introductory critical vocabulary that will be developed and refined in subsequent levels of the programme
  6. This module will introduce the idea of historiography. Students will explore the ways in which historians have written about the past. It will look at the development of the historical discipline over the course of introductory lectures, which outline some of the major schools of historical thought such as empiricists, structuralists and post-structuralists. Students will be able to select from a choice of topics and work in small groups and identify and engage with the historiography of a specific historical topic (selected from a list of options which may vary from year to year).
  7. This module, which usually lasts two terms, offers students the opportunity to undertake a short placement with an organisation of their choice. Students will complete a minimum of 30 hours in a work setting or remotely with the agreement of organisation. Students will reflect critically on different aspects of their experiences during their placement. This module is an opportunity to gain experience working for an organisation and undertake a creative placement.
  8. Through a combination of workshops and discussions with tutors, students will explore their options for the format, theme, methodology and content of their final project. Students will be encouraged to undertake independent research to identify a viable project that showcases the skills and understanding they are developing.
  9. Students will interrogate and unpack issues, often developed in consultation with external organisations. Students will develop their ability to work in teams and negotiate as they consider the historical, literary and philosophical context of the issue. Drawing on the skills and content of the humanities subjects, students will critically analyse, research, reframe and recommend resolutions to these real-world issues, while developing their digital skills.
  10. This module investigates the increased preoccupation with our own unique political and cultural identities has promoted the perception that many people who share our world do not share our worldview. Building on the concept of civic cooperation and participation this module explores how the historical and cultural foundations of the West Midlands region intersect with wider global narratives. Using local histories and regional literature, students will be asked to critique and reimagine the geographical and physical outline of the local area. Building on concept of the ‘spatial turn’, students will use broad ideological and temporal frameworks to present a new vision of the world. This module will serve as a way to empower students to contribute to conversations about their future place in civic society.
  1. Students will explore the concept of the medical humanities in society and culture. The module provides students with a historical overview of the development of modern medicine, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth century onwards. Students will focus on certain case studies of intersections between medicine and culture: this might include the Victorian freak show; the First World War; shifting attitudes towards abortion in the late twentieth century; the twenty-first century trans identities. These case studies will provide students with the opportunity to investigate how discourses of medicine intersect with issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, alongside disability/illness. Furthermore, students will examine cultural representations (literature, film, television) related to these case studies, to evaluate the ways in which cultural production offers alternative narratives to medical conceptions of the body and identity.
  2. Taking this module will enable you to examine some of the most pressing ethical debates of our age from human cloning and genetic modification to capital punishment and overseas military intervention. You will be encouraged to assess the arguments for and against different ethical positions, while developing an appreciation for the underlying philosophical issues like autonomy and choice, the value of human and non-human life, and the purpose of modern medicine.
  3. This is a 40-credit module completed over both terms. Students will work closely with a supervisor to research, plan and construct a project on a chosen topic or theme.
  4. Students will interrogate and unpack issues, often developed in consultation with external organisations. Students will be encouraged to take the lead in managing the structure of the module and their relationship with level 5 students. They will develop their ability to lead teams and negotiate as they consider the historical, literary and philosophical context of the issues. Drawing on the skills and content of the humanities subjects, students will critically analyse, research, reframe and recommend resolutions to these real-world issues, while developing their digital skills.
  5. Students on this module coordinator the event for their own end-of-programme conference. They will work together to design and organise a showcase event to display and advertise their combined work for the final project. This will be assessed by portfolio with elements of reflection. In particular students will be expected to engage with the academic impact agenda.
  6. Students will study some of the most significant ideas in the history of environment ethics, for example, anthropocentrism, the meaning of nature, rights and sustainability, and apply this research to various pressing environmental ethical issues, such as the genetic modification of crop plants, pollution, extinction, geo-engineering, and climate change. Students will have the opportunity to examine and critique contrasting human attitudes to the non-human world, such as the reductionist scientism of E. O. Wilson and the poetry of Robinson Jeffers. This will enable them to develop and defend their own ethical standpoint, reflect on their personal conceptions of justice and social responsibility, and understanding the complexities of their practical application.

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