After the course

What happens after the course is finished?

If you complete the course satisfactorily you will be guaranteed a place on an undergraduate degree within the University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

We cannot guarantee you will be able to progress to your first choice of degree, as this may depend on spaces available and your attainment on relevant assignments during the course. However, if your first choice is not available, we will do our best to ensure you are offered a satisfactory alternative.

What do you mean by 'satisfactory completion' of the course?

The aim of the course is to enable you to progress to an undergraduate degree and so to complete the course satisfactorily you will need to demonstrate a capacity to succeed at undergraduate level.

For this purpose you will need to achieve one of the following:

  • An overall average of 60% or above;
  • An overall average of 50% or above and at least one unit mark of 60% or above;
  • An overall average of 40% or above, subject to a progression review meeting with relevant academic staff.

If you don't meet the above criteria but achieve an overall result of at least 40% you will receive a Certificate in Arts and Humanities.

What can I study afterwards?

You'll find a list of the main subject areas covered on the Faculty's undergraduate courses page. You may be able to combine two or more subjects – for example Drama and English, Philosophy and Theology, or Czech and French – and details are available on the individual subject pages.

In order to progress to most language courses, including Classics, some proficiency in languages is required and you may need to take the language options within the programme before progressing to a degree. It is not possible to progress to a Music degree unless you already have Grade 8 Music Theory or Grade A in A-Level Music, or are able to complete one of these in parallel with the Foundation in Arts and Humanities.

While on the Foundation in Arts and Humanities, you can also apply via UCAS to other universities and to degree programmes in other Faculties at Bristol. A number of students completing the Foundation have been accepted onto degrees in other subjects and at a range of other institutions.

Can I study for a degree part-time?

Yes, you should be able to study most of the degree courses offered in the Faculty of Arts part time, but check the individual degrees.

What if I decide not to continue on to a degree afterwards?

The course is a recognised programme of study that can also be used to apply for relevant degrees at other institutions or for personal or professional development. You will be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education, which is a nationally recognised award, on completion of the Foundation in Arts and Humanities.

What are my career options after a degree?

Choosing to study an arts or humanities course will give you the opportunity to acquire the transferable skills that employers value. You can enter a diverse range of occupations, which may or may not be specifically linked to the subject you choose to study for your degree.

Recent Bristol graduates in the arts and humanities have found work in the media, library work, journalism, publishing, the theatre, arts administration, and various kinds of teaching, and also in industry, commerce, social work, computing, accountancy, HR and law.

Some have also written successful novels, plays and poems, or gone on to successful performance careers or to work in the theatre, music, television or other creative industries.

Skills you will acquire throughout your arts and humanities courses will vary according to subject, but the key skills which are common to these subject areas are:

  • Communication skills, verbal and written
  • Time management, organising your workload, working to deadlines
  • Reading, interpreting, assessing and evaluating sources
  • Participating in discussions
  • Working independently
  • Finding out and articulating your own opinions
  • Thinking and acting creatively
  • Presenting ideas and information
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