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Arts and humanities foundation year pathway

This pathway is for for students wishing to study any of the following undergraduate programmes:

The Foundation Year at St Mary’s has been the most supportive and encouraging year I have ever had in education. The transition from A Levels has been smooth and the lecturers have been really encouraging and caring.

Francesca (History with Foundation Year)


Along with the three core modules, the arts, communications, humanities and social sciences pathway also includes the following modules:

London Stories

This module is for students interested in the Arts and Humanities who want to engage in exploring how London has been portrayed over the ages through various means: literary and non-literary texts, historical events and films.

The module introduces students to interpretation of sources, and focuses on the development of academic skills of writing, argumentation, structuring and referencing.

Performing Identities

This module will introduce students to the concept of identity. Identity will be examined in relation to psychological theories, but also social elements like class, gender, race and nation.

Discussions will occur on identity formation and the impact of prejudice, otherness and of pluralities of identities. Students will also develop the skills to present a short video on a topic of their choice related to the notion of identity.

Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

* this programme is currently subject to validation.