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Liberal Arts BA (UCAS LA99)

General entry requirements

A levels

AAA.

You will also need grade B or grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE.

We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances at ABB, plus grade B or grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE.


IB

38 to include English and Mathematics

BTEC

We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside one or two A levels.

You will also need grade B or grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE.


International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Course overview

In Liberal Arts at Warwick, we encourage you to think for yourself as you work alongside our expert tutors. You will explore the historical and cultural basis of problems, engage with complex and multi-faceted ideas, and design innovative forward-thinking solutions. With our focus on independent research and transdisciplinary approaches, this course is for the most ambitious, energetic, and self-driven students.

Our degree features core modules built around some of the world’s most challenging scenarios. You will learn how to analyse a range of issues from a variety of perspectives, using different analytical methods to investigate and evaluate evidence and solutions. All our core modules are delivered using our Problem-Based Learning approach.

At the end of your first year you will choose a unique pathway. The flexibility of your pathway empowers you to build a curriculum that is diverse, inclusive and stimulates your research interests. We will work with you to help you make your decision about which pathway to follow.

We also believe that the skills you will acquire are as important as your course content. You will have the opportunity to complete certificates and undertake work placements. These experiences will help you develop and hone relevant professional skills, giving you the edge when it comes to your employability.

If you want to broaden your perspective by studying overseas we can support you to apply for a year's study abroad. You will also have the option to complete a year-long work placement. Students are automatically enrolled on the three-year course, however you have the option to change to a four-year course with an intercalated year in the third year. The intercalated year spent studying abroad or on work placement is subject to you meeting departmental academic requirements.


Study or work abroad

Although it’s not compulsory to study abroad as part of the Liberal Arts degree, we encourage our students to consider this opportunity. Our department has exclusive partnerships with specialist Liberal Arts colleges in Europe and Canada:

  • Amsterdam University College (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Concordia University (Montréal, Canada)
  • Jacobs University (Bremen, Germany)
  • Leiden University College (The Hague, Netherlands)
  • Leuphana University, (Lüneburg, Germany)
  • University College Freiburg (Freiburg, Germany)

You’re able to spend a full year studying at one of these specialist colleges. This year will not contribute towards the overall grade of your degree, however, it will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

In addition to achieving the learning outcomes of the modules which you study whilst abroad, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the social, political, economic and historical environment in another country through your experience of studying abroad. In particular, you will gain an appreciation of the approach taken to Liberal Arts education by another leading institution and the cultural context in which it is delivered and understood. Although English is taught at all our partner institutions, it is anticipated that through living and studying abroad you will acquire some foreign language ability.

You may alternatively opt to study abroad at one of the University of Warwick's partner institutions.

For more information about studying abroad please see our Study Abroad web pages.

Core modules

Year One

You will study three core Liberal Arts modules:

You will also have the opportunity to take the Liberal Arts module Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research. This is a core module for our more technical pathways and will act as a prerequisite for more advanced analytical modules.

Alongside your core modules you will take a non-credit bearing introductory module, Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis.

The rest of your workload will consist of first-year optional modules. These could be from within the Liberal Arts Department or from across the University. Some of the first-year optional modules you will choose from are 'required core optional modules’. These must be passed to proceed on the specified pathway.

At the end of your first year you will declare a Disciplinary Interest or a Specialist Interest pathway. Our Specialist Interest pathways are open to your interpretation. You’re free to pursue your interests, whatever they might be. We will work with you to help you design a Specialist Interest pathway that meets your needs. If your passions lie in a particular subject, you could choose to study a Disciplinary Interest pathway. You will choose your optional modules exclusively from one of our partner departments. Read more about our pathways.

Year Two

You will study two core Liberal Arts modules (constituting half the workload for the year):

The remaining half of your workload is made up of modules from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfil the pathway requirements. Please note that modules are subject to availability and module offerings change year to year.

Final Year

You will study one core Liberal Arts module, a dissertation/practical project.

Your remaining modules will be from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfil the pathway requirements. Please note that modules are subject to availability and module offerings change year to year.


Year One

Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research

This module will introduce you to a range of methodologies used in social, historical, cultural and arts-based research. Qualitative research asks “why” and “how” rather than “how many". You’ll engage with theoretical debates. You'll put what you learn into practice by conducting primary research using archival, text-based and interview methodologies. The hands-on research assignments in this module will link to your other core modules so activities will always be relevant to your studies.

Science, Society and the Media

How is scientific knowledge produced? How is it different from the knowledge generated in the Humanities and Social Sciences? How is it transmitted to the public? To what extent do political, financial, philosophical, and linguistic frameworks transform that knowledge? This module will explore the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge through peer-reviewed articles, public-facing media such as news reporting, science fiction, and popular science writing. It will support you in critically reflecting on received wisdom regarding society’s understanding of science, and how you can proactively and productively intervene in public discourse on scientific topics.

Art and Revolution

This module explores the ways in which art (that is, the things we make) prompts, presages, or responds to revolutionary moments of crisis and change across history. You’ll learn how to apply a range of research skills to generate original approaches to complex historical and contemporary social, political, economic, and religious revolutions and the things we make in relation to those events.

Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research (core for quantitative pathways)

This module will help you to learn how we can use quantitative data to understand the world around us. You'll learn about the foundations of quantitative analysis. We’ll cover the principles of quantitative research, descriptive statistics and data visualisation. You’ll begin to consider how we can use data at our disposal to draw conclusions about the wider world.

This is a core module for our more technical pathways and will act as a prerequisite for more advanced analytical modules

Principles and Praxis

This is your introduction to the history and thinking behind Liberal Arts. It's where you'll begin to think beyond the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. We'll introduce you to the key intellectual debates that guide Liberal Arts thinking. You'll also learn about the theoretical and practical benefits of a Liberal Arts education.

Year Two

Sustainability: Frameworks, challenges and opportunities

By studying sustainability challenges as complex interdisciplinary issues, this module addresses difficult questions around defining and understanding sustainability, opportunities and limitations in individual and collective action, issues in business and globalisation, and the sustainability of population and society. With the freedom to explore these topics from a variety of disciplinary approaches, you’ll develop a detailed evidence-based understanding of current controversies, debates and theories, and the confidence to explore feasible policy approaches in the sustainability sphere.

Consumption

This module uses cultural interventions and sociological and historical frameworks to interrogate the role that consumption plays in contemporary society. Using a multi-disciplinary Problem-Based Learning approach, you’ll explore how consumption operates as an organising or driving social force. Through the analysis of film, literature, music, art, historical texts, social research and critical theory, you’ll consider questions of power, identity, protest, nation-building, citizenship and ideology.

Year Three

Dissertation/Final Project


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

Liberal Arts

Please see here for a full list of Liberal Arts optional modules.

Optional modules from across the University

Assessment

Liberal Arts modules

In Liberal Arts we’ve devised an assessment strategy that allows you to develop your expertise in addressing problems. You will do so by using a variety of perspectives from the arts, sciences, and social sciences.

We will teach you to use a range of research methods. This will equip you with a solid foundation from which you can approach problems critically and creatively. Consequently, the range of assessments on this degree combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios and performance).

Our assessments in Liberal Arts are designed to be authentic learning experiences, not barriers to overcome. Few single assessments are worth more than 50% of a module’s total mark. Assessment types vary to support the development of a range of academic and professional skills.

You can find out about assessment methods for individual Liberal Arts modules on our module web pages.

Modules from across the University

The methods of assessment will vary according to the optional modules that you choose from across the University. For example, if you take modules in Life Sciences as part of your pathway, you may undertake laboratory-based assessments.

Weightings

Each year contributes to the final degree classification.

For the three-year degree, the ratio is typically 10%:40%:50%.

For the four-year intercalated degree, the ratio is typically 10%:40%:0%:50%.

Teaching

In Liberal Arts we use a unique Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach. This is where you understand a topic by examining complex problems from a variety of perspectives. These include the social, political, scientific, historic, artistic and cultural. You will then develop your own distinctive stance on that problem.

All our core Liberal Arts modules are delivered using PBL workshops. The workshops are defined by student-led research-based inquiry. There are no formal lectures, and you will instead spend your time in the classroom debating, framing, and presenting research questions/responses. This is an active learning method that relies on specific student interests. Therefore content (explored through in-depth case studies) changes depending on the student cohort.

Modules from across the University your optional modules from across the University may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratories

You will be taught by teachers from different disciplines. Your role will be to bring together these various approaches in a way that makes sense to you.


Class sizes

Modules in the Liberal Arts Department typically range from 4 to 18 students per class. Most of our core Liberal Arts modules have around 12 to 15 students per class.

Students taking pathway modules in other departments may find themselves in more varied class sizes.


Typical contact hours

Contact time varies depending on your chosen pathway and the modules within your pathway. A Liberal Arts student can typically expect between 8 and 12 contact hours a week including pathway modules.

Please note, you may have more than 12 hours depending on your module choices. Module offerings in other departments may involve more or less formal teaching time per week than Liberal Arts modules.

Core Liberal Arts modules in the first and second year consist of one two hour workshop per week. Much of our teaching takes place over two terms, so most year-long modules have around 44 hours of teaching contact time each.

This is supplemented by regular out-of-classroom activities, including film screenings, skills sessions, discussion groups, reading groups, and field trips. In addition, in the first term of your first year you will attend ten one-hour sessions as part of an introductory module (Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis).

Second year core Liberal Arts modules also have between four and six hours of research support/revision. This is in addition to scheduled teaching sessions.

In the final year, the core Liberal Arts dissertation module involves five hours of lectures and 12 supervision sessions across three terms.

Certificates

These include the following topics and can help you to continue your professional development.

  • Coaching Practice
  • Digital Literacy
  • Professional Communication
  • Sustainability

Explore our range of certificates

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

Check if you're eligible for student finance.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Placements and work experience

We encourage you to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. This will enable you to engage in the world of work and learn about the professional environment.

It’s an opportunity for you to apply theory to practice, develop skills, learn from industry professionals and explore a future career path. As part of your degree you will have the option to take part in short and long work placements.

The two main work placement options are:

1. Intercalated year-long work placement

You will complete a four-year degree and your work placement will take place in your third year. The work placement can take place in the UK or globally and after completion you will return to Warwick for your final year. This work placement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

2.Short work placement

As part of the Certificate of Professional Communication, you will undertake a short four-week work placement during the summer. This work placement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

We really encourage and support our students to engage in as many work experience opportunities as possible. This can be outside of the short work placement attached to the Certificate of Professional Communication and the intercalated year-long work placement.


Your career

Graduate outcomes for Liberal Arts students worldwide show a wide range of trajectories. As a Warwick Liberal Arts student you’ll equally have a range of career opportunities available to you, the variety of which will depend on your chosen pathway.

Liberal Arts graduates tend to gravitate towards research-intensive and/or leadership roles, where they can use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Our graduates have worked in a diverse range of fields and sectors, with recent graduates in the public, private, and third sectors. They have taken positions in:

  • Research institutions
  • Governmental bodies
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • The health sector
  • Fashion
  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Education

Helping you find the right career

We have a dedicated Employability and Placement Manager in our department who’ll provide you with careers guidance. They work in collaboration with employers so you’ll be supported in applying for appropriate work placements. You’ll have access to specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation. You’ll also be provided with on-going support during your placement.

Additionally, you’ll have the support of the careers team within Student Opportunity. They can help you with building confidence and self-awareness; developing the skills graduate recruiters look for; advice and guidance on careers options; and preparing and applying for jobs, further study, and work experience.

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Liberal Arts at Warwick

Ask the questions that matter.

A Liberal Arts education is based on the idea of acquiring knowledge and understanding worthy of a free, active and engaged global citizen. You’ll ask insightful, investigative questions, and you won’t be limited to a single academic discipline.

Your degree in Liberal Arts will demonstrate the ability to inspire others, provide creative leadership, and to untangle the trickiest and most complex problems – all extremely highly-regarded skills that you can apply to any position in industry, creative endeavours, or future study.

Get to know us better by exploring our departmental website

Life at Warwick

Within a close-knit community of staff and students from all over the world, discover a campus alive with possibilities. A place where all the elements of your student experience come together in one place. Our supportive, energising, welcoming space creates the ideal environment for forging new connections, having fun and finding inspiration.

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Find out how to apply to us, ask your questions, and find out more.

Warwick Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is key to helping you settle in quickly.

We have 12 self-catering undergraduate halls of residence on campus.

Our student property management and lettings agency manages more than 8,000 rooms both on and off campus, and provides advice to all full-time undergraduates.

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Our campus

You won't be short of ways to spend your time on campus - whether it's visiting Warwick Arts Centre, using our incredible new sports facilities, socialising in our bars, nightclub and cafés, or enjoying an open-air event. Or if you need some peace and quiet, you can explore lakes, woodland and green spaces just a few minutes’ walk from central campus.

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Food and drink

We have lots of cafés, restaurants and shops on campus. You can enjoy great quality food and drink, with plenty of choice for all tastes and budgets. There is a convenience store on central campus, as well as two supermarkets and a small shopping centre in the nearby Cannon Park Retail Park. Several of them offer delivery services to help you stay stocked up.

And don't miss our regular food market day on the Piazza with tempting, fresh and delicious street food. Soak up the atmosphere and try something new, with mouth-watering food for all tastes.

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Societies

Clubs and societies

We currently have more than 300 student-run societies.

So whether you’re into films, martial arts, astronomy, gaming or musical theatre, you can instantly connect with people with similar interests.

Or you could try something new, or even form your own society.

Explore our societies

Sport

Sports and fitness

Staying active at Warwick is no sweat, thanks to our amazing new Sports and Wellness Hub, indoor and outdoor tennis centre, 60 acres of sports pitches, and more than 60 sports clubs.

Whether you want to compete, relax or just have fun, you can achieve your fitness goals.

Explore sports at Warwick

Studying on campus

Our campus is designed to cater for all of your learning needs.

You will benefit from a variety of flexible, well-equipped study spaces and teaching facilities across the University.

  • The Oculus, our outstanding learning hub, houses state-of-the-art lecture theatres and innovative social learning and network areas.
  • The University Library provides access to over one million printed works and tens of thousands of electronic journals
  • Three Learning Grids offering you flexible individual and group study spaces.

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Local Life

Travel and local area

Our campus is in Coventry, a modern city with high street shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars sitting alongside medieval monuments. The Warwickshire towns of Leamington Spa and Kenilworth are also nearby.

The University is close to major road, rail and air links. London is just an hour by direct train from Coventry, with Birmingham a 20-minute trip. Birmingham International Airport is nearby (a 20-minute drive).

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Support and Wellbeing

Wellbeing support and faith provision

Our continuous support network is here to help you adjust to student life and to ensure you can easily access advice on many different issues. These may include managing your finances and workload, and settling into shared accommodation. We also have specialist disability and mental health support teams.

Our Chaplaincy is home to Chaplains from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths. We provide regular services for all Christian denominations and a Shabbat meal every Friday for our Jewish students. There is also an Islamic prayer hall, halal kitchen and ablution facilities.

Wellbeing and support

Chaplaincy

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