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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 (see below).


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

On this unique degree we will encourage you to think independently as you work with experts from across the University. You will create critical responses to both problems in the contemporary world and problems in different times and places. This course is ideal for students interested in taking charge of their own learning and becoming leaders in and outside of the classroom.

The core modules on this course are led by tutors with a passion for liberal education. Using a Problem-Based Learning approach, these modules focus on investigating issues from different disciplinary perspectives. You will learn how to analyse problems and you will investigate and evaluate evidence and interpretations. We will also encourage you to develop your own responses. The core modules will help you to build a toolkit of primary and secondary research skills. They will also prepare you to engage with confidence in different modules across the University.

At the end of the first year, you will choose a pathway. Your pathway allows you to select modules that give you the knowledge, skills, and expertise to be a leader in your area of interest. We will work with you to guide and support your decision about which pathway to follow. We understand that your interests will develop over time, so there is scope to adapt your pathway.

We believe that the skills you develop during your degree are as important as the course content. You will have the opportunity to complete co-curricular certificates and work placements. These will help you develop your professional skills, giving you the edge when it comes to your employability. You will also have the support of our dedicated Employability and Placement Manager, who will provide one-to-one careers guidance.

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. You will 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 departmental academic requirements.


Study abroad

It is not compulsory to study abroad as part of the Liberal Arts degree. However, we encourage you to consider this opportunity. We have 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)

By studying at one of our partners, you will gain an appreciation of the approach taken to liberal education by another leading institution. You can 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).

During your study abroad experience, you will develop knowledge and understanding of a different culture. Although the teaching is in English at our partner institutions, it is anticipated that 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 pages.

Core modules

In the first year you will study three core modules:

You will also study an introductory module, Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis. You will have the opportunity to take the optional core module, Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research. This module is a requirement for more technical pathways in Year Two, such as Economics. It will act as a prerequisite for advanced analytical modules.

The rest of the first year will consist of optional modules. These modules 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 modules must be passed to proceed on your specified pathway in Year Two.

At the end of the first year you will choose a pathway. There are two pathway options: Specialist Interest or Disciplinary Interest. Our Specialist Interest pathways are open to your interpretation. You are free to pursue your interests, whatever they might be. We will work closely with you to help you design a pathway that meets your needs. Examples of Specialist Interest pathways designed by our students include: Apocalyptic Studies, Business Ethics, Communications, Critical Sports Studies, Culture and Identity, Health and Human Society, Social Justice, Sustainability, and Visual Cultures.

Alternatively, if your passions lie in a particular subject, you may choose a Disciplinary Interest pathway. You will select your optional modules exclusively from one of our partner departments. Our partner departments include Classics and Ancient History, Economics, Education, English, Film and Television Studies, History, Languages, Life Sciences, Philosophy, and Theatre and Performance Studies. Read more about our pathways.

In the second year you will study two core modules (comprising half of your workload):

The remaining modules in the second year will be from your chosen pathway. Depending on your pathway, you may need to study certain modules to fulfil the pathway requirements.

In the final year you will complete the core 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.


Year One

Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research

From LGBTQ+ oral histories to ethnographies of car subcultures, from 19th century diaries to 1980s zines, from Shakespeare to Childish Gambino. Researchers in the arts, humanities and social sciences engage with a wide range of sources.

This module introduces you to methodologies used in social, historical, and cultural research. Qualitative research asks “why” and “how”, rather than “how many". You will critically engage with theoretical debates, putting your learning into practice by conducting primary research. You will use historical archives, interviews, and creative works. The hands-on research assignments in this module link to other core modules, so activities will always be relevant to your studies.

Science, Society and the Media

How is scientific knowledge generated? 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 production and dissemination of scientific knowledge. You will look at a range of materials including science fiction and news reports. The module will support you in reflecting on received wisdom regarding society’s understanding of science. You will consider how you can productively intervene in public discourse on scientific topics. No scientific academic background is required!

Art and Revolution

On this module you will explore the ways in which art (the things we make) prompts, predicts, or responds to revolutions across history. You will learn how to apply a range of research skills to generate original approaches to complex revolutions. You will also delve into the things we make in relation to moments of crisis and change.

Quantitative Methods for Undergraduate Research (core for quantitative pathways)
(Optional core module)

How can we use quantitative data to understand the world around us? This module will introduce you to the foundations of quantitative analysis and the principles of quantitative research, descriptive statistics and data visualisation. You will begin to consider how we can use data at our disposal to draw conclusions about the wider world.

This is an introductory module - you do not need to have studied Maths at A level (or equivalent). This module is a requirement for more technical pathways in Year Two, such as Economics. It will act as a prerequisite for more advanced analytical modules.

Principles and Praxis

This is your introduction to the history, thinking, and values behind liberal education (principles) and what we do in the classroom (praxis). You will begin to think beyond the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. We will question the purpose and outcomes of learning itself. You will consider how education can be a key step towards achieving freedom (broadly defined).

Year Two

Sustainability

How do we define and understand sustainability? What are the opportunities and limitations in individual and collective action? What part do businesses and globalisation play in sustainability? How can we ensure the sustainability of the population and society?

On this module you will study sustainability challenges as complex interdisciplinary issues. You will have the freedom to explore different topics from a variety of disciplinary approaches. We will help you develop a detailed evidence-based understanding of current controversies, debates and theories. You will build the confidence to explore feasible policy approaches in the sustainability sphere.

Consumption

Consumption connects the local and the global. It is at the core of our lives: from our food to our clothes, to our cultural and leisure activities, to the services we use. On this module you will examine the role consumption plays in contemporary and historical societies. You will explore how consumption operates as an organising social force through the analysis of film, literature, music, advertisements, branding, case studies, social research and critical theory.

Year Three

Dissertation/Final Project

The dissertation is a year-long project marking the culmination of your degree. You will design and carry out a significant piece of original research. This is the ideal opportunity for you to showcase what you have learned and what you can do next. You will make a real contribution to an area of academic study, a policy debate, or a community issue of importance to you. You will draw on experts from across the University and you will work with a dedicated advisor who can help you achieve your project goals.


Optional modules

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

Liberal Arts

Optional modules vary from year to year. The optional modules you select will be dependent on the pathway you choose. Example optional modules for current students include:

Assessment

Liberal Arts modules

Assessments in the Liberal Arts Department will enable you to develop your expertise in addressing different kinds of problems. You will do so by using a variety of perspectives from the arts, sciences, and social sciences. You will learn how to use a range of research methods. This will equip you with a foundation from which you can approach problems critically and creatively. Consequently, the range of assessments combines the traditional (essays and written examinations) with the innovative (creative projects, portfolios, and performance).

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

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

Assessments in each year of the degree contribute to the degree classification. For the three-year degree, the marks for each year are used to determine the degree classification. A 10%:40%:50% weighting is typically applied for Year One, Year Two, and Year Three. For the four-year degree (with a year abroad or on work placement), a 10%:40%:0%:50% weighting is typically applied for Year One, Year Two, Year Three, and Year Four.

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. You will then develop your own distinctive stance on that problem. Students are co-creators of knowledge in the classroom.

All of the core modules are delivered using PBL workshops, which are defined by the independent research conducted by students. There are no formal lectures. Instead, you will spend your time in the classroom debating, framing, and presenting research questions/responses. This is an active learning method that relies on your specific interests. Therefore, the content we teach (explored through in-depth case studies) changes depending on the student cohort.

Optional modules from across the University may involve lectures, seminars, tutorials, and/or laboratories. You will be taught by tutors from different disciplines. We will support you 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 the core modules have around 8 to 18 students per class.

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


Typical contact hours

Contact hours vary depending on your pathway modules. A Liberal Arts student can typically expect between 8 and 12 contact hours a week, including pathway modules. You may have more than 12 hours, depending on your module choices. Module offerings in other departments may involve different contact hours per week.

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. Most year-long modules each have around 44 hours of teaching time. We also offer regular out-of-classroom activities, including film screenings, skills sessions, discussion groups, reading groups, and field trips (COVID-19 allowing).

In addition, across terms 1 and 2 of the first year you will attend ten one-hour sessions as part of an introductory module (Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis).

The final-year core dissertation module usually involves five hours of lectures and 12 supervision sessions across three terms.

Certificates

We offer a range of unique certificates outside of the curriculum as a way of continuing your professional development. In the first year, you can complete certificates in Digital Literacy, Sustainability, and Professional Communication.

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.

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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 develop your skills in a professional environment. It is an opportunity to apply theory to practice and learn from industry professionals. The two work placement options are:

1. 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 inside or outside the UK and will be formally recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report.

2. Short work placement

We also support students to undertake shorter work placements throughout the year.

Our students have been successful in securing work placements with employers from the private, public, and third sectors. These employers include research institutions, governmental bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), media organisations, fashion companies, environmental consultancies, financial consultancies, and many others. They have undertaken diverse roles such as Marketing Assistant, Researcher, Project Officer, and Editor.


Your career

Graduate outcomes for Liberal Arts students worldwide show a wide range of trajectories. As a Warwick Liberal Arts student, you will equally have a range of career opportunities available to you. The variety of opportunities 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.


Helping you find the right career

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

The University's central careers team is also available to support you with planning your future.

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Liberal Arts at Warwick

Ask the questions that matter.

A liberal education is based on the idea of acquiring knowledge and understanding worthy of a free, active and engaged global citizen. You will ask insightful, investigative questions, and you will not 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. These are 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.

Speak to our Liberal Arts student blogger Olamide.


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