Philosophy BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)




Take on the big questions that have mystified humanity since the dawn of consciousness and discover how the greatest minds have tried to answer them on our full-time Philosophy degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for a semester. Learn to use philosophical methods in your everyday life, and develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking for your future career.

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We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need: they help us review what we teach and how we teach it.

The problem-solving, critical and creative skills you’ll develop on this course will be particularly useful for a range of careers in areas such as teaching, local government, charity administration and management and digital and media roles, but are also transferable to others, including arts-based areas such as heritage and arts administration, project management and PR, and business, including start-ups and online companies.

When you graduate, you might also decide to move onto our PhD / MPhil Philosophy research degree.

Modules & assessment

Level 3 (foundation year)

  • Foundation in Humanities, English, Media, Social Sciences and Education
    This module will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in courses related to the humanities, social sciences, English, media and education. Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including thinking critically, researching, and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate numeracy and ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing. In addition to these fundamental study skills, Students will be given an introduction to a broad range of disciplines whose skills and theories are widely applicable. Students will study a variety of writing styles in order to recognise, deconstruct and replicate various forms of persuasive, analytical, and informative writing. Students will learn the basics of intercultural studies and how these theories can be applied to real-world problems. Students will consider social perceptions held across western cultures, and the difference between social and self-perception, participating in structured discussion and argument. Students will be introduced to the core principles of psychology and will explore various current applications of psychological theory. Students will also be introduced to ethics and will learn about some of the key theories and thinkers in the development of current ethical considerations in a range of scenarios. This module is made up of the following eight constituent elements: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC); Information Communication Technology (ICT); Critical Thinking; Intercultural Studies; Psychology; Composition and Style; Ethics; Social Perceptions.

Year one, core modules

  • Ancient Philosophy
    How did the early Western philosophers begin to think about what makes a person a philosopher, as opposed to a priest or a poet? What does it mean to begin to engage in philosophy, as a distinctive discipline? This module introduces the ideas of a series of major thinkers from the ancient world, from Socrates, through Plato and Aristotle, to the Stoics and other Hellenistic thinkers. Our focus will allow us to think about ethical issues that are as relevant today as they were in ancient Greece and Rome. How should we live? How should we relate to others? Should we focus on developing certain kinds of skill or knowledge, or aim to become a ‘whole person’? The module will also introduce you to the wider historical and cultural context in which such debates developed, allowing you to link them to other key ideas, such as the nature of reality, the philosophy of the emotions, and theories about politics and society as well as the nature of the individual. Through studying this module, you will develop the ability to learn independently and also work as a team. You will have the opportunity to develop verbal communicative skills in creating presentations and the use of group homework questions and class debates will enhance your capacity to build rapport and work collaboratively. You will be encouraged to apply topics from ancient philosophy to issues in contemporary culture, to build your awareness of resources for social and emotional resilience.
  • Reason and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophy
    This module will introduce you to the study of Philosophy at degree level, and encourage you to explore some of the ‘big’ questions: the existence of God; the nature of Knowledge; the nature of Time; the nature of the Self; Free Will; the Mind, and the nature of ethical deliberation. You be actively involved in discussing and debating some of the key arguments about these questions through the study of contemporary philosophical work in this area. You will also develop some key degree-level skills. These skills include: a) Learning about the structure and ‘logic’ of argumentation (Critical Thinking); b) Learning about how to engage in independent and reliable research (Working in the Knowledge Economy) and c) Learning how to structure and prepare essays and assignments (Content Curation). You will attend corresponding interactive workshops to help structure and develop your skills in these areas. You will get the opportunity to develop your writing and presentational skills, as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of the foundational issues in contemporary philosophy. This module will help you to become adaptable, flexible and analytical in your thinking, and to strengthen skills in developing creative approaches to problems.
  • Rights and Responsibilities
    What would an ideal society look like? Do we need a notion of a state at all? In studying this module, we will be examining foundational issues of contemporary political discourse and key debates of relevance today, and you will be encouraged to build up your own idea of what an ideal society would be like. Questions discussed on the module include: the idea of a state; the nature and legitimacy of democracy; the scope and limits of liberty; the nature of rights; the morality of the free market and capitalism; structures of power and oppression, and, finally, questions regarding our duties to people in other countries, and also to the environment as a whole. This module will equip you with an understanding of contemporary debates within political theory, encouraging you to see the global relevance and future implications of the issues being discussed. You will also develop your skills in critical analysis, the ability to select and compare sources of information, and you will work as a team to create reports and presentations. We will also support you to become confident in presenting your ideas in a professional way. As well as weekly active learning sessions, your learning is scaffolded by a set of structured tasks, readings, and podcasts available via Canvas.
  • World Philosophies
    This module takes a global and world-historical view of belief systems and values, in order to illuminate our own contemporary ideas about life and death, justice, and morality, in new ways. We begin with philosophy in Ancient China, before turning to Indian philosophy, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. Next we examine Judaism, before examining Christianity and Islam, the other two monotheistic world religions. Throughout we will be comparing and contrasting the moral and metaphysical systems in East and West and, along the way, reflecting on the importance, value and nature of comparative philosophy within an interconnected world. You will develop a sound understanding of the development of religion and philosophy in the Far East, as well of the essential features of Judaic, Christian and Islamic medieval philosophy. Linked workshops will allow for further exploration of ideas and questions concerning the meanings of life, inspired by the main module themes, and will also form the basis for a practical project management assessment which will take place at Level 5. The workshops will also allow us to examine the history of these key ideas through material objects. We will visit local museums to enhance our understanding of the link between beliefs and values and practical everyday life concerns (field trip free of charge). This module emphasizes the development of cultural and intercultural awareness, together with strong communication and presentation skills. Group homework questions and class debates will enhance your capacity for teamwork. The comparative approach will build your capacity to be open, empathic, global citizens and the knowledge base of world philosophies is an advantage for possible future careers in teaching, for example.

Year two, core modules

  • Ethics in Theory and Practice
    This module offers complementary approaches to the topic of ethics, one theoretical and one practical. In the theoretical part, we will explore normative and metaethics, including Kant's ethics and utilitarianism. Questions raised will be about the role of the emotions within moral decision-making, and particularly the importance of empathy and compassion for moral awareness. We will also be reflecting on the relationship between religion and morality and whether animals can be said to have moral value or, indeed, be themselves capable of moral behaviour. In the practical part, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the way such theoretical discussions can have real-world application. Topics covered may include animal rights, environmental ethics, or the ethics of body and identity (including topics such as the beginning and end of life, reproductive technologies, or sexualities). There will be an opportunity to develop skills in project management, to plan and run an interactive workshop with an invited speaker, to focus on one of the practical topics discussed, linking the module to real-world problems and solutions. Group-work and class debates will also enhance teamworking skills. Presentations will help you development your communication skills, and a peer-led question and answer session after each presentation will help to develop your ability to seek and act on constructive criticism by incorporating the feedback into your written report. The module as a whole will help your development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Descartes and the Rationalists
    This module introduces you to the philosophies of the three major figures of the Rationalist movement: Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz, as well as looking at how those ideas interacted with the less well-known work of women philosophers in the 17th Century (Margaret Cavendish, Elisabeth of Bohemia, and Anne Conway). The module will look at some of the fundamental philosophical questions that arise in the early modern era, and continue to be of relevance today: the nature and scope of human knowledge; the relation between matter and mind; the nature of God; and the possibility of freedom of the will and ethical responsibility in the face of an apparently mechanistic universe. Together with the companion module Kant and The Empiricists, this module will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the key figures and ideas in Early Modern Philosophy, one of the most vibrant and important periods in the history of philosophy, which lays the groundwork for much of the science, philosophy and intellectual thought of today. This module has been designed to further support you in developing skills in understanding and critically analysing complex ideas, clearly presenting those ideas and analyses in both oral discussion and writing, and providing creative solutions to complex problems. The module will allow you to further develop skills of scholarly research and working to a deadline. Introducing the work of women philosophers who are less well-known in traditional philosophical circles will also develop your historical and cultural awareness and broaden the context of debates of this period.
  • Kant and the Empiricists
    Complementing 'Descartes and the Rationalists', this module continues the history of philosophy strand in the curriculum. The module begins with the philosophy of Locke, continues through Berkeley and Hume, and ends with an evaluation of Kant’s ground-breaking “transcendental idealism”, which marks the beginning of the modern period in philosophy. The focus of the module is epistemology. We will examine important questions about the extent of human knowledge, and whether we can truly understand what reality is like. Along the way, we will address issues in moral philosophy and the philosophy of religion that arise from our epistemological reflections. Questions addressed include: How does religion arise? Does God exist? What is the foundation of morality? What motivates us to act morally? Sessions will be adapted to suit the topics, including lecture/seminar split format, interactive, text-based workshop or student-led presentations. Some sessions will be structured around more general questions, designed to invite your own reflections on lines of inquiry. On some occasions, we will have class debates in which you will be divided into two opposing groups, and you may be asked to defend position you do not necessarily agree with. As well as providing you with a firm knowledge base of the post-rationalist phase of the early modern period in philosophy, you will be encouraged to develop flexible and adaptable approaches to problem solving and debate, critical thinking and scholarly research skills.
  • Mind and Cognition
    This module is an introduction to foundational issue in the Philosophy of Mind. We will discuss three key features of the mind – consciousness, rationality and intentionality – and we will try to understand how and whether these features can have a place in the natural world. Is the mind just the final barrier to a scientific understanding of the world, or is it something that will forever remain outside such an understanding? The module has three parts: In the first part you will look at the major contemporary theories about the nature of the mind, including Dualism, Behaviourism, Functionalism, Eliminative Materialism and the Extended Mind Thesis. In the second part you will look specifically at the problem of consciousness – discussing puzzles such as Mary's Room and Philosophical Zombies. In the final part of the course we will look at specific areas of contemporary interest including Perception, Social Cognition, and Animal Cognition. The module is highly interactive, encouraging you to develop a self-generated understanding of the philosophical issues that surround the relation between the mind and the brain. Working together in teams you will a) co-create your own imaginative and creative ‘thought-experiments’ to illustrate key philosophical issues and problems; b) be supported to develop self-managed research, looking at how the philosophical issues relate to empirical and practical evidence within Cognitive Science, Psychology or Medicine; c) explore how the topics discussed might have practical relevance to issues of mental health and mental illnesses.

Year two, optional modules

  • AI and Philosophies of the Future
    Machine technology has fundamentally changed our lives over recent decades. There is no reason to think that this rate of change will slow down, and every reason to think it will continue, perhaps at an exponential rate. We are reaching a point where machine intelligence is becoming a part of our everyday lives, from search engines to personal assistants (like Alexa); from driverless cars to health care. How will these developments impact upon our lives in the short, medium and long term? Will AI become autonomous, or even ‘intelligent’? What sorts of ethical principles could or should guide development, and should AI have ethical rights? How will AI affect the future of law, social relations, work, the economy, education, health-care, sex, war and our understanding of ourselves? We will explore these questions in relation to the latest thinking about technology and projected future scenarios. In taking this module, you will strengthen your skills of critical thinking, careful analysis, creative problem solving and real-world scenarios. You will look at the ways in which theoretical ideas can be applied to practical areas of our lives, and consider a range of outcomes, which will help you to become flexible and adaptable in your approach. You will also further develop your team-working and professional presentation skills.
  • Philosophy of Art and Image
    We are surrounded by complex imagery all the time, but many people feel confused by contemporary art and what it is ‘supposed to be about’. In this module we’ll address some key themes and questions that arise in the modern art scene, but that have their roots in philosophical problems of aesthetics. We will begin by co-curating our own on-line art gallery and observing the key features of a range of works of art. As part of the module we will also visit a local art gallery (free of charge). The key themes that we will study include questions about the social usefulness or relevance of art; what (if anything) separates public artworks and graffiti; how the mass reproduction of imagery might change the way we think of the ‘value’ of a work of art, how the idea of the portrait and the self-portrait has changed historically; issues concerning the judgement of beauty and the question of objectivity in art, and the politics of the art gallery and the choices that curators make. We will also look at the case of music as an art form ‘without’ imagery. The module is designed to be highly interactive, encourages creative and imaginative responses to art works, supports independent thinking, and develops cultural and intercultural awareness. In studying this module, you will be encouraged to co-create content, undertake projects that put you in the position of real-life curators, and think about issues of identity, from the history of portraits to the modern ‘selfie’.
  • Working with Philosophy
    This module will encourage you to develop awareness of your own strengths and skills, apply theoretical knowledge and insights gained through your studies on your degree, and investigate possible careers for which a degree in Philosophy would be relevant. Philosophy already fosters many skills and aptitudes that have relevance to the world of work, and studying Philosophy also encourages a reflective approach to many aspects of human organisation and practice, including those of the workplace. The module may help you to obtain credit for work that you already do, or help you to think about the work you might do after graduation, or to offer reflections on theoretical issues in practice or the relationship between theory and practice itself. The module requires that you undertake 35 hours of work in any field, full or part-time, paid or unpaid. You will arrange this work yourself, with help and support from the Employability Service and/or the SU Volunteering programme. ARU is one of the biggest employers in the region, so the work may also consist of employment within ARU. Alternatively you may choose to undertake a research project about philosophy in practice, exploring the practical features or implications of philosophy in an area of work or policy in the real world. In this case the 35 hours would be embedded in a research project relevant to the objectives of this module. Examples of workplaces might include charities, eg Mind, Headway, Age Concern, Citizen’s Advice Bureau etc, a school, a small business, an art gallery or museum, a local government organisation or political group, or a university (such as ARU). You might reflect on the sorts of activities that are typical of such organisations or types of work, and how your skills are relevant to work in such organisations. If you choose to undertake a research project, this might consist of, for example: an analysis of certain features of Philosophy degrees in the UK, an analysis of an aspect of philosophy in the media, a report on specific areas of policy and practice in HE, or a review of policy relevant to philosophy in areas such as medical ethics or political decision-making.
  • Making A Difference
    Making a difference in the world begins with the belief that you can do something that doesn’t just benefit yourself. The easiest way to think about making a difference in the world is to inspire one person first. It’s a simple, measurable and an achievable goal that will show you what’s possible. However, in order to make a difference in the world, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the credentials to defend your ideas and your goals. In ‘Making a Difference’ you will learn about how to combine key aspects of entrepreneurialism with research methods in order to present an airtight and thoroughly evaluated plan or pitch through which you will be able to demonstrate how you can make a difference in the world. You will study four short stand-alone options within one module, through which you will become equipped to consider, research, pitch and evaluate an idea that could potentially make a positive contribution to society. The module will be taught in four-week blocks, comprising a blend of class-based and online delivery. Each option will be assessed separately at the end of each four-week block. Researching Social Sciences (Trimester 1, 2nd block) and Project Prep (Trimester 2, 1st block) are compulsory elements. In addition, you will choose one other option to study each trimester through which you will apply your research methods in preparation for your major project.

Year three, core modules

  • Knowledge, Truth and Doubt
    This module will help you understand and compare different philosophical approaches to the problem of knowledge (how can we be sure that we know anything) by looking at how they deal with the foundational philosophical topic of Scepticism. You will see how Scepticism arises throughout the history of thought, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day, and how it shapes whole philosophical systems and world-views, often taking hold at times of great philosophical and political change. Beginning with scepticism in ancient philosophy, and then in its rediscovery in the 16th/17th Centuries we look at how different philosophical schools of thought attempted to answer the problem of scepticism. We will discuss scepticism in relation to empiricism; common sense; scientific naturalism; Wittgenstein’s therapeutic method of philosophy; the philosophy of mind; and the philosophy of language. We will also consider the re-emergence of the challenge of scepticism in relation to contemporary media, ‘fake’ news’ and conspiracy theories. This module is part of a core strand of the Philosophy curriculum at Anglia Ruskin, which looks at issues of relevance to contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy. It will build on topics discussed in Mind and World and Introduction to Philosophy, as well as allowing you to understand how the philosophers and ideas discussed in Ancient Philosophy, The Rationalists and Kant and the Empiricists relate to contemporary research in this area. This module will support you in further developing key transferable skills of critical analysis and complex problem solving as well as the high-level ability to undertake scholarly research and complete a project to a deadline. The presentation will enable you to further develop skills of public speaking, creating professional public presentations, and teamwork.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The individual final Major Project module allows you to engage in a substantial piece of individual research, focused on a topic relevant to your specific discipline. Normally the topic will be agreed in consultation with academic staff and an appropriate supervisor will be appointed to supervise you in your chosen topic. The topic may also be drawn from a variety of sources including: Anglia Ruskin research groups, previous or current work experience, the company in which you are currently employed, or a professional subject of specific interest (if suitable supervision is available). The project topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff. The chosen topic will require you to identify and formulate problems and issues, conduct literature reviews, evaluate information, investigate and adopt suitable development methodologies, determine solutions, develop software and/or media artefacts as appropriate, process data, critically appraise and present your findings. Regular meetings with the project supervisor and or/group workshops should take place, so that the project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction. The assessment will normally include a substantial written report, including a bibliography.

Year three, optional modules

  • Experiencing God
    Building on the module 'Kant and the Empiricists', 'Experiencing God' will introduce you to key thinkers in nineteenth century European philosophy, as well as to contemporary issues within the philosophy of religion. The module begins with Hegel, the philosopher who is credited with demonstrating the importance of world history to a truly philosophical understanding of human consciousness. After Hegel, you will examine a number of key European philosophers, including Marx, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Where relevant the module will connect topics on the module to themes in contemporary philosophy of religion, especially issues concerning the relationship between science, atheism and religion. You will be taught in a variety of ways depending on the topic, either in a traditional lecture/seminar split format, as an interactive, text-based workshop or via student-led presentations. Seminars will be structured, when applicable, around more general questions, allowing you to reflect on lines of inquiry not fully addressed in class. Finally, on some occasions, we will have class debates in which the module leader will divide students into two opposing groups, and you will need to defend a position you do not necessarily agree with. This module will provide you with a firm knowledge base of modern European philosophy. The extended research element of will give you with an opportunity to demonstrate skills in written communication as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Philosophies of Language and the Body
    In this module you will focus on language as a symbolic system and practice where meaning is produced and reproduced under specific cultural conditions and is characterised by fragmentation and conflict as much as by cohesion and consensus. You will relate the study of language to issues concerning, for example, identity, cultural power and domination, representation, and real life. You will explore post-structuralist critiques of linguistics, which may include theories of language as a means by which identity is produced through the interconnectedness of language and ideology. In addition, you will encounter the physical body not as ‘natural’ but as a linguistic phenomenon: where the body is a text to be read. Challenging binaries such as mind/body and biological/textual, you will query the role of language in creating bodies and the ways in which the flesh has been historically created through discourse. You will also look at the ways the body has transgressed these discourses. In examining the relationships between language, power and bodies, you will explore the links between language, power, knowledge, ‘truth’ and identity, and extend these links to ecological concerns and the connectedness of the human to the nonhuman and nature. You will learn to question how truth and knowledge are challenged in post-structuralist/ deconstructionist projects, and how this challenge can lead to what is known as posthuman ethics and the ecological revolution: currently known in linguistic philosophy as ‘ecosophy’. You will be expected to give short presentations in class, based on your preparatory reading. Your assessment will consist of a 2500 word essay, requiring you to make connections between different ideas explored in the module, and a supporting task.
  • Concepts of Good and Evil
    What role, if any, does the concept of evil play in our moral vocabulary? Is it a narrowly theological notion or does it usefully describe certain kinds of act and/or character? On this module, you'll examine contemporary accounts of evil, as well as looking at the concept of evil in the history of philosophy from Leibniz to the present. In addition to considering theoretical discussions of evil, you'll also consider phenomena such as war and terrorism and ask whether the concept of evil helps us to understand them.
  • Heidegger and Phenomenology
    This module will introduce you to phenomenology, the careful study of different types of experience. What does it mean to perceive the world? How is perceiving different from imagining? How is our private experience of time different from the way time is conceived in scientific theories? How is my experience of my body different from my experience of the bodies of other people? What does it mean to say that experience is embodied? Throughout the module, we will address fundamental issues in the philosophy of mind, emotion and ethics. Phenomenology will provide you with a key to unlocking many puzzling aspects of the world and our place in it. The module will provide you with a firm knowledge base in Heidegger’s philosophy, including phenomenology. It is designed to be research-led, offering you the opportunity to learn concurrently about current research by drawing on the research specialism of the module leader. The module is also research-orientated in that you will be introduced, via a workshop, to inquiry-related techniques and resources to develop your information literacy and prepare you for possible postgraduate study after graduation. By providing formative feedback throughout the trimester, the module will provide frequent opportunities for you to check and confirm your progress, encouraging skills of self-reflection and personal planning. You will be encouraged to actively pursue your own independent and autonomous lines of research when preparing assignments, with the opportunity to negotiate assignment titles, but you will also be supported with bespoke research tutoring advice.

Optional modules available in years two and three

  • Anglia Language Programme
    The Anglia Language Programme module will allow you to study a foreign language as part of your course. You may choose to take two language modules in place of options on your course from the second semester of your first year, or in the second or third year. You can choose from the following: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish. In order to experience the learning of a new language, you must select one that you have not learned before.


Modules are subject to change and availability.

You’ll show your progress on the course through a variety of methods likely to be used in the workplace, including presentations, research projects, reviews, reports and portfolios, as well as more traditional essays and your final major project.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, we believe in thinking critically about the past, present and future to challenge perceptions and better understand communities and people.

With expertise from gender issues to literary analysis to exploring how the past has shaped our modern world, all our staff members are active researchers. This is reflected in our teaching, allowing us to support our students with the latest theories and practices, as well as essential employability advice.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Study abroad opportunities

You can study abroad for one semester, and apply for funding to help cover the cost

Specialist facilities

All your classes will take place in our modern and well-equipped classrooms. You’ll also have full access to our well-stocked campus library, with computer rooms and quiet zones, as well as many online resources.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)


International students starting 2021/22 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

International students

You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, for entry to an undergraduate degree course you’ll usually require:

  • IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with all 4 elements (listening, speaking, reading and writing) above 5.5
Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

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