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Cert Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE)

Course overview

Cert Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE) ()

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

Contact fass-info@bristol.ac.uk for more information and to apply.


£5,670 per year, home students

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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, social sciences and economics and finance. You will be introduced to a range of study skills that are essential for studying these subjects at undergraduate level.

You will receive a broad introduction to each of the subjects covered and how these have developed over time. By examining what it means to be human, now and in the past, you will explore how the society we inhabit and the culture we share has been shaped by ideas, political movements, historical events, everyday life and works of art.

The economics and finance pathway will introduce you to the analytical and quantitative tools economists use to study some of the biggest problems faced by society today, including inequality, poverty, healthcare and climate change. By learning how to analyse the choices made by individuals, policies made by governments and strategies implemented by businesses, you can begin to better understand how to change the world we live in.

You do not need to have any prior qualifications to apply. If you complete the course satisfactorily you can progress to a degree in an arts, social sciences or economics and finance subject at Bristol (although we cannot guarantee your first choice of degree).

For more information about the course, including information about how to apply, visit the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences (CertHE) website.

Course structure

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

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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

  • We select successful candidates based on the application form, their written work and an interview.
  • Regulations and codes of conduct we abide by to create a positive environment for learning and achievement:

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