September 2021

Applied Humanities BA (Hons) - Accelerated Degree

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2021

Key Details

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


Applied Humanities BA is an accelerated degree programme which offers a flexible, supportive but intensive option of study for students looking to complete an undergraduate degree in just 2 years.

You will study core academic subjects such as history, literature and philosophy, whilst learning to innovate in cutting edge areas of research including the digital, medical and environmental world.

Our programme of study has been developed with regional and national organisations to ensure that you acquire the creative, practical and professional skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

As an Applied Humanities student, you will have the opportunity to establish contacts with a range of external organisations and experts. You will research and respond to real-life issues, learning how to transform your assessments into well-crafted and specific job applications which build on your real-life achievements. This personalised course builds on your potential and acts as a stepping-stone to a self-directed future career.

What does the course cover?

Studying Applied Humanities allows you to make a difference as you progress from theoretical study, to project design and management, to real-life solutions. You will learn to think independently, critically and creatively. You will take a practical and applied approach to traditional academic scholarship ranging from cultural studies, history, heritage, literature and philosophy. From the start of your studies, you will focus on your long-term ambitions and get the chance to explore new ideas and follow your own interests.

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.

Professional routes

Applied Humanities graduates can continue onto a range of professional careers including

  • Civil Service
  • Design and development
  • Law
  • Management
  • Media and journalism
  • Police Service
  • Politics
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

*Some of the above may require additional training although some professions also offer salaried training.

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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Entry Requirements

September 2021 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 2021/22 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 professional training.
  2. In this module, students will develop the core digital skills that will underpin their work throughout the degree. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Students will acquire knowledge of the history of cultural representations of identities and explore the extent to which these discourses are revisited and redressed in contemporary popular texts (which may include fiction, film, television, music video, drama and digital media). ​
  5. This module will explore the ways in which the past has been used as a weapon in a variety of political, social and cultural settings. Topics may vary annually and will be drawn from across the entire span of human history. Students will be encouraged to view history as a contested space.

  6. This module is an opportunity to gain experience working for an organisation and undertake a creative placement.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  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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