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Cert Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences

Course overview

Cert Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences ()

Course duration

1 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: Apply direct to the University


£6,100 per year, home students

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.


Clifton campus

The Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE) is a one-year introductory course that is designed to prepare you for an undergraduate degree in either the arts or social sciences. You do not need to have any prior qualifications to apply, and you will be introduced to a range of study skills that are essential for studying these subjects at undergraduate level.

This course is only open to UK students. If you are an international student, see our International Foundation Programme.

On successful completion of the course, you can progress to a degree in an arts or social sciences subject at Bristol, providing you meet any additional course-specific entry requirements.

The foundation year has two ‘pathways’, which each lead to a different group of degree programmes:

  • Arts and Humanities pathway;
  • Social Sciences pathway;

On the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences pathways, by examining specifically what it means to be human, now and in the past, you will explore how the society we inhabit and the culture we share have been shaped by ideas, historical events, political and social movements, and works of art.

Students on all pathways complete an Individual Project – a piece of research on any subject, often related to the degree subject you would like to study. Students on the Social Sciences pathway also work together on a collaborative research project for the unit Global Bristol.

You do not have to commit to a pathway when you fill out the application form, but during the application process, you will be asked to indicate which pathway you prefer. You can include more than one pathway in your application if you are undecided. All the pathways share some units in common.

Applications are made directly to the University. You can find information about making an application on our how to apply page and advice about fees and funding from our Student Funding Office. If you have questions about the foundation year or the application process, please contact choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk.

To meet the course team and connect with the University community, join us at a drop-in evening on Monday 26 February or Monday 11 March, 6:30 pm - 8 pm*, University of Bristol Arts Complex, BS8 1UJ. No booking needed. *Previously advertised to start at 6 pm.

Course structure

Arts and Humanities pathway

You will take four or five compulsory units and choose one optional unit. From this pathway, you can progress to an Arts, Humanities or Modern Languages degree in the Faculty of Arts.

Social Sciences pathway

You will take four or five compulsory units and choose one optional unit. From this pathway, you can progress to a degree in: Education, Policy Studies,Sociology, Politics and International Studies, Law, or Management.

Please visit the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences webpages for further information about each pathway.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

Go to programme catalogue

Entry requirements

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Selection process

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