January 2025

Applied Humanities BA (Hons) - Accelerated Degree (Online)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, January 2025

Key Details

  • Y002 Course Code
  • 2 Years
  • 96* Typical UCAS Tariff

Are you looking for a degree that’s as dynamic and unique as you are?

Applied Humanities isn’t about textbooks or exams. It’s about you.

Life’s demands shouldn’t get in the way of you pursuing your dreams. Applied Humanities online degree offers the flexibility to study as and when suits you, meaning you can achieve your goals without sacrificing what matters most to you.

Unleash your curiosity and explore diverse topics that connect with your interests and aspirations. BA Applied Humanities enables you to craft a personalised learning experience that aligns with your passions and career goals.

We know that you have unique talents and experiences, and our goal is to assist you in unlocking your full potential. We are dedicated to enhancing your skills and guiding you towards personal and professional success. Applied Humanities provides the platform to explore your passions and align them with your long-term aspirations.

By the time you graduate, you won’t just have a degree – you’ll have the resilience to handle setbacks, the initiative to navigate life’s changes, and the confidence to seize new opportunities.

Embrace the flexibility of online learning and embark on a transformative experience with BA Applied Humanities online.

What are you waiting for?

Unlock your potential now and book a free consultation with one of our expert academic life coaches now.

  • Flexible Study: Our fast-track online degree is designed to fit your life, allowing you to balance studies with work and family commitments.
  • Personalised Learning: Design a learning experience tailored to your unique goals and ambitions.
  • Career Enhancement: Build Personal and Professional Development Portfolios, opening doors to exciting employment opportunities.
  • Academic Life Coaching: Benefit from personalised coaching sessions designed to help you identify and achieve your goals.
  • Authentic Assessment: Showcase your strengths with real-world projects tailored to your interests and aspirations.
  • Lifelong and Life wide Learning: Embrace a continual learning approach that recognises achievements in all areas of your life.


Online study offers you the flexibility needed to balance education with your work and family commitments.
You can choose when and where to study, seamlessly integrating learning into your busy schedule.
It empowers you as a career changer to take charge of your learning journey while still working.

Supportive Environment

As a student of BA Applied Humanities, you’ll receive support from your programme, learning development, and student support teams.

You will feel part of the Applied Humanities community through frequent individual and group coaching sessions via Teams and will be able to connect with your peers and tutors using your online learning platform.
You’ll have access to campus facilities and the library as a Birmingham Newman student.

Respected Qualification

According to UCAS, employers regard degrees earned through distance learning in exactly the same way as those obtained through traditional on-campus study.

BA Applied Humanities focuses on authentic assessment and career enhancement through personal and professional development portfolios so you will be able to showcase your qualifications.

As a graduate of Birmingham Newman University, you will have a well-respected degree which will offer a platform for further study, training and career development.

Applied Humanities is built around your interests and goals. We use innovative methods from the humanities combined with academic life coaching. This approach focuses on practical learning, innovation, problem-solving, and preparing you for a dynamic job market.

Applied Humanities is arranged into modules. You’ll study six modules over the course of your degree: three in the first year, and three in the second year. You’ll work on one module at a time, and each module is broken up into units of study.

Each week, you’ll spend around 45-50 hours working on your online degree. You’ll spend time on:

  • directed activities in our online learning platform.
  • directed experiential activities, when you will be learning by doing.
  • scheduled coaching sessions, including individual coaching and group coaching.
  • self-directed activities involving lifelong and life-wide learning.

A typical week in Applied Humanities

You can see a full breakdown of a typical week during the first year of your study:

Online materials (8 hours per week)

Explore online micro-lectures, interactive material and more, as and when suits you.

Directed experiential activities (2 hours per week)

Learn by doing: a directed activity to enable you to connect your study to real world experiences

Individual Coaching (30 minutes per month)

A one-to-one meeting with an academic coach, to tailor your study to your goals and career ambitions. Scheduled one per month, at a time to suit you.

Group Coaching (1 hour per month)

A one-hour session live on Teams, at a pre-scheduled time one a month to enable you to connect with your peers, facilitated by a tutor.

Lifelong learning (10 hours per week) & Life-wide learning (29 hours per week)

Self-directed study, enabling you to draw the informal learning opportunities and life experiences from your daily life and incorporate them into your degree and assessed work.

Your study is connected to your professional goals, and both your degree and your career have to be balanced with your commitments to family, friends and work. Whether you’re advancing in your current career or exploring new opportunities, BA Applied Humanities online degree gives you flexibility to work alongside your degree.

Most weeks, you should spend around 45 to 50 hours working toward your degree. Those hours include self-directed lifelong and life-wide learning. This time will include the time you spend at work, with family and friends or in your other roles and responsibilities.

Whatever your job role, caring responsibilities or other commitments, the Applied Humanities online degree enables you to blend work and study, bringing your life and work experience into your degree.

With our flexible approach to learning, you can achieve your career goals without compromising on what matters most to you.

In Applied Humanities, we offer a customised learning experience. This means that your assessments are negotiated on an individualised basis and centred on your personal development and progression.

Here are some inspiring examples based on the work of our current and former students:

Career Quest

Envision your future through a micro-report exploring various career paths. Uncover the skills, qualifications, and experiences needed for a lifelong learning adventure.

Success Unveiled

Craft a short video sharing your unique vision of success. Showcase how personal experiences play a vital role in lifelong learning.

Our Shared Roots

Embark on a journey through your heritage using interviews and archival images. Present them in a digital timeline, revealing the captivating stories that have shaped your identity.

Digital Fairy Tales

Reimagine classic fairy tales for the digital age. Foster digital literacy for children in an engaging and imaginative way.

Build a Business

Develop a comprehensive business portfolio and plan. Turn your dreams into reality with a grand opening at Birmingham Newman University.

Safeguarding Hub

Construct a digital resource tailored for early career teachers, including a podcast series with infographics. Provide valuable insights into the world of safeguarding.

Magazine Pilot

Write and edit the pilot edition of a digital magazine, focusing on issues that interest you. Past examples include sustainability for the plus-size market and gaming for millennials.

ADHD Explained

Create a podcast series delving into understanding ADHD. Include interviews with professionals and individuals navigating life with a recent diagnosis.

Applied Humanities gives you the flexibility and time to explore a range of future professional careers, graduate jobs, or further postgraduate training.

Applied Humanities career options

  • Charities and NGOs
  • Civil Service
  • Content Creation
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Design and Development
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media and Journalism
  • NHS Leadership
  • Nursing
  • Police Service
  • Policy
  • Politics and Government
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Teaching

You could also use the degree to develop your own entrepreneurial ideas.

*Some of the above may require additional training or qualifications, such English, Maths and/or Science GCSE (level 2) or equivalent. Others require some placement or work experience.

Whatever you need, Applied Humanities can help you get ready and plan for the next stage of your career.

Entry Requirements

We encourage students with any educational background and work experience to enquire and apply, even if they do not meet the stated academic entry requirements.

Typical offers for this programme are based on at least 96 UCAS points.

The University accepts appropriate T Levels as part of its usual entry requirements.

Applying Direct option

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

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

Course Fees

Annual Tuition for 2024-25 is £10,400  

Annual tuition fees are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.


Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered.

  1. In this module, you'll build the foundation for your future growth, both personally and professionally. You'll get chances to check out different careers, set goals, and think about your well-being. While working on your Personal Development Plan (PDP), you'll also develop important digital and information literacy skills.

  2. In this module, you'll be in charge of your learning journey, creating a path that matches your strengths, interests, and goals. You'll develop habits like self-efficacy, collaboration, and networking, laying the foundation for the rest of your degree and lifelong learning.

  3. This module provides opportunities to connect with professionals and peers through workshops with guest speakers from various sectors. Engage in meaningful discussions, get insights into different landscapes, and build your networks for personal and professional development.
  1. During this module, you will craft a powerful Professional Development Plan (PDP) where you can showcase your CVs, personal statements, and goals. This tailored plan will set you up for success when applying for exciting graduate roles or pursuing further studies and training. By the end of the module, you'll not only master the art of job applications but also possess the skills and confidence needed to excel in your future career.

  2. This module lets you explore the principles and practice of interdisciplinary and interprofessional working. Expect student-led group coaching sessions focusing on peer support and assessment development. Embrace active listening, open communication, and a willingness to share responsibility and knowledge.

  3. During this module, you'll design and deliver a project showcasing how you can use humanities-based approaches in real-life situations. You need to look at your project from a human-centred perspective, thinking about the ethical, social, and cultural aspects. In group coaching, you'll track your idea's progress from start to finish, improving skills like design thinking, project management, teamwork, and communication along the way.

Additional Information

Academic Life Coaching

Our coaching model is a game-changer, drawing inspiration from successful practices in the business and sports world. It’s about more than just academic success; it’s a holistic journey that fosters personal and professional growth.

These sessions provide the space for you to explore, grow, and build confidence outside your comfort zone. Academic life coaches will support you on a transformative educational journey, where you take control of your learning.Academic Life Coaching Setting and achieving goals Building resilience and confidence Personal and professional growth Self-discovery and knowledge


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