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Liberal Arts

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative courses, please visit the BA (Hons) English Literature or BA (Hons) History course pages.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Sarah Robertson
Key fact:
Explore global and regional issues faced by contemporary society through the lenses offered by the liberal arts. Develop a broad-based knowledge of the factors affecting these, and the methodologies employed to inform debates and decisions. Consider solutions for current and future challenges.

Page last updated 5 January 2018


Why study the liberal arts?

The challenges facing society are complex, requiring intelligent, thoughtful and creative responses.

Studying the liberal arts, from literature and film to history, informs our perspective and offers a way to evaluate the world confidently and understand the issues affecting how societies develop.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Liberal Arts is ideal for those who want to create positive change.

You'll learn to develop and harness your opinions through language and media, exploring critical issues around consumption and sustainability and growing your professional connections and networks.

Take the opportunity to explore how you can shape our social, cultural, economic and political futures.

Create your own pathway of study focusing on themes and subjects you choose, including film, history, literature, linguistics, media, and writing.

Where can it take me?

The flexibility of this course means that you'll forge your career path as you learn and identify where and how you would like to effect change in the world.

Tailor your course to develop the skills and experiences you need to secure work across a variety of sectors. 

You'll prepare for a future in developing policy for NGOs, charities, political think tanks or government. Or choose a rewarding career in industries such as public health, education or the media.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Liberal Arts in Society: Past, Present and Future
  • Being Human
  • Constructing a Human[ity] in Language and Creative Writing
  • Science Fiction and the Self.

Year two

You will study:

  • Practice and Activism
  • Making the case: construction, persuasion and impact
  • Culture, Sustainability and Consumption.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Hollywood and World Cinema
  • Mediated History
  • War and Memory: Public History and Politics in Europe since 1945
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970
  • Victorian Frictions
  • Occasions for Writing
  • Analysing Culture: Language and the Visual
  • Co Creativity, Audience and Participation
  • Media Culture 1: Researching Media Cultures.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Horizon Scanning
  • Connecting and Networking in a Global Society
  • Capstone Research Project.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Contemporary Cinema
  • Future Cities
  • Creative Campaigns
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Creative Writing and the Self
  • Writing in Practice
  • History in the Public Space.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn from and be assessed by leading academics and industry professionals through a combination of practical workshops, discussion-based seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials.

Independent study is a key part of the course. You'll complete weekly exercises and research outside of class. An Academic Personal Tutor (APT) will give you individual advice and support throughout.

Explore the key ideas and approaches of liberal arts. Develop critical and creative skills and a grounding in the methodologies of literature, film, history, linguistics and creative writing.

Discover a variety of texts, films, and historical contexts and undertake live projects to apply your learning in practice.

You'll work on a major project in your final year an opportunity to focus on the areas which interest you most.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Network and learn

Share ideas and network with students from different disciplines and backgrounds at our thriving student societies, which span the arts, philosophy, charitable causes, politics and campaigning.

Hear what our students think about their time at UWE Bristol.

Study time

You'll have 72 hours of taught contact time, spread over four modules each year


You'll be assessed in a number of ways developing a range of critical, creative and practical skills. This may include portfolio research and development, group and individual project work, responding to live briefs, creative and professional writing, essays, case studies, examinations, oral presentations and self-evaluations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement.


We have strong links with local arts and cultural organisations, grassroots activists and organisations including the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

You'll have the opportunity to get involved with leading cultural organisations such as the Festival of Ideas, Bristol Radical Film Festival, and The Poetry Can.

Study facilities

Study at Frenchay Campusand be inspired by films, books, plays and texts in quiet study areas, group spaces or viewing rooms in the Bolland Library.

Access lecture slides, core readings and assignment guidance on UWE Bristol's Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

You'll use Adobe InDesign software and online platforms, which will give you career-based skills for publishing, marketing, advertising and the media.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

This course is flexible, so you can forge your career path as you learn.

Through understanding the challenges we see today, you'll identify where and how you would like to effect change. You can tailor your course and find relevant work across a variety of sectors. 

You could choose a future developing policy for NGOs, charities, political think tanks, or government. Or you could have a rewarding career in industries such as health, education or media, creative writing or filmmaking.

You could also choose to go on to postgraduate research. 

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full Time Course with Placement

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year100

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: Liberal Arts, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Philosophy
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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