September 2022

Applied Humanities BA (Hons) - Accelerated Degree

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2022

Key Details

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

Overview

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.

Hear direct from our students – some of the first cohort of (BA Hons) Applied Humanities have written about their experiences so far. 

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).

Entertainment

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!

Location

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. 

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

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.

September 2022 Direct Application Link 

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

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course. For reference the course fee for September 2021 was £9,250.

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, 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. 

 

Modules

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 about their career. It will also act as an introduction to the multiple pathways available to graduates as they plan their transition to employment or further training. As part of this module, students will be encouraged to archive and collate material in a portfolio, as part of which 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 plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term. Students will also begin developing 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.
  2. Students will work to acquire key research methodologies and skills that underpin the humanities, including developing their collaborative and interdisciplinary skills. 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. Students will also consider 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. 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.
  3. 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 issues at hand. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Students will interrogate and unpack issues, often developed in consultation with external organisations. 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.
  3. Students on this module act as coordinators 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. They will work toward the development of a portfolio, which may include elements of reflection. In particular students will be expected to engage with the academic impact agenda.
  4. 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.
  5. This double module offers you the opportunity to develop an idea for your own enterprise.  This is not necessarily a traditional business, not for profit enterprises, short-term projects, one-off events and campaigns may be some of the alternative enterprises that you consider. You will be guided through the process in two stages. In semester one, you will produce and develop an enterprise idea and in semester two you will take your enterprise idea from your plan to being ready to launch.  As well as working collaboratively with your tutor, you will receive support and guidance from your fellow students in weekly workshops and have the opportunity to utilise support from a range of sources including external mentors and recent graduates to help you critically evaluate and enhance your ideas. You will have the opportunity to develop a compelling plan and be ready to launch a small business or a social enterprise or a significant one-off event. You will examine emerging trends and strategies, analysing the literature and applying a range of theory to your ideas. Throughout the module you will develop skills and receive support that will enhance your employability, develop your entrepreneurial expertise and potentially allow you to graduate as a business owner or freelancer. To support you In the development of your idea, you will be given formative tasks to complete, and you will submit these as appendices with your assignments at the end of each semester.