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 or Faculty of Social Sciences and Law.

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 Social Sciences.

What can I study afterwards?

You can progress from the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences to a degree in the Faculty of Arts or in the Faculty of Social Sciences (except those in the School of Economics, Finance and Management).  You'll find a list of the main subject areas covered on the undergraduate pages of these departments.  They can be found here: Arts, Humanities, Modern Languages, Education, Policy Studies, Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Law School.  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 usually possible to progress to a Music degree unless you already have a Grade 8 Theory or Practical Award from ABRSM or Trinity, or an A-Level in Music, or are able to complete one of these in parallel with the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences. In order to progress to a Law degree, students will also need to pass the LNAT exam to a satisfactory level: the exam needs to be taken by the middle of January before the law degree commences. If you are interested in progressing to a degree in Modern Languages, Classics, Music or Law and have any questions about these additional requirements, please contact us.

While on the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences, 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 and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law part time, but check the individual degrees at the links above.

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 Social Sciences.

What are my career options after a degree?

Choosing to study an arts, humanities or social sciences 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, humanities and social sciences have found work in the media, library work, journalism, publishing, politics, the theatre, arts administration, and various kinds of teaching, and also in industry, commerce, social work, computing, accountancy, HR, the charity sector, 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, humanities and social sciences 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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