Coming to university as a mature student was the beginning of a new chapter in my life and presented a new challenge; having completed a foundation year I was prepared for first year and beyond.

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    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    Our Canterbury Campus, located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and right in the heart of a famous medieval cathedral city, is the perfect place to study Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

    The course gives you the chance to study world history and culture from the end of the Roman Empire to the French Revolution. Whilst our approach is global and comparative, we are fortunate to have many inspiring historical locations nearby. Canterbury Cathedral. St. Augustine’s Abbey and Dover Castle are just some of the local sites of interest.

    Why Study Medieval and Early Modern Studies with Foundation Year?

    Surrounded by the ancient sites of Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey, you'll be able to fully immerse yourself in this fascinating inter-disciplinary field of study in a friendly and supportive campus.

    You'll be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers including some who have undertaken internationally recognised research. They'll share their enthusiasm with you and teach you all about the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Age of Enlightenment.

    To complement your studies and broaden your knowledge, you'll be able to take modules in a range of humanities subjects, from archaeology and English literature to history to theology. As you progress through your degree, you'll blend core modules with a choice of optional modules that will allow you to explore in depth a range of medieval or early modern issues.

    For over 1400 years, since St. Augustine established his abbey in Canterbury, the city has been home to historians, theologians and scholars of great texts, making it an inspiring and captivating place to study for your degree.

    The Guardian University League Tables 2021

    Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of teaching on the course in the subject area of History.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll be introduced to Medieval and Early Modern Studies and you'll develop essential skills to help you as you progress through your degree.

      You'll study in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

      Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and (where relevant to your module) field trips. You’ll typically have around 9 contact hours per week although your contact hours in Years 2 and 3 will depend on the optional modules you select.

      Seminars in smaller groups enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

      You will also be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors who have office hours devoted to students each week, and through one-to-one tutorials during a designated tutorial week in each semester. In addition, you will meet periodically with your personal academic tutor. All modules are supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE), providing information about modules and a variety of learning and support materials. You'll also have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.

      In Year 2, you'll have an opportunity to take an employability module to help develop specific graduate skills.

      For some modules you'll have access to PebblePad, a reflective online space where you can construct a portfolio of evidence of your activities that can be exported after graduation. This provides you with a ready-made demonstration of your own development and skills.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars. Your module tutors will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before classes.

      For the dissertation in Year 3, you’ll undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the academic team with whom you will meet regularly.

      Your overall workload will typically consist of 9 contact hours, 3 hours of directed study and 18 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week.

      You’ll be taught by staff who are highly qualified professionals, experts in their fields, and published researchers repute in regular demand as expert advisors on television, the radio and other media.

      All our team members hold doctoral qualifications and have extensive experience in delivering research-informed teaching.

      Postgraduate students occasionally assist in teaching and assessing some modules, working alongside experienced members of staff. The permanent course team teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars across all three years of the degree.

      The Medieval and Early Modern Studies course at Canterbury Christ Church University offers students a supportive learning environment and a varied choice of modules across the disciplines of Archaeology, English Literature, History and Theology, all within the historic setting of Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      Dr Astrid StilmaProgramme Lead, BA Medieval and Early Modern Studies

      How you’ll be assessed

      Our modules are assessed by a variety of methods, with coursework being by far the most common. The coursework component typically involves essays, document analyses, presentations, portfolio assignments, VLE based projects, and class-based multiple choice tests. Few if any modules have a formal, written examination component. Usually, each module has two pieces of assessment of different kinds, though some modules have just one assessment, and a few may have three.

      You must achieve a pass mark of 40 or above in Year 1 modules order to progress to Year 2.

      Your future career

      Employers value the skills that a Medieval and Early Modern Studies graduate brings with them, including the ability to discern the vital from the less important in a mass of data, to analyse and think critically, to problem solve, and to express themselves lucidly and cogently both on paper and orally. Graduates in the Humanities have gone on to work in a wide variety of areas including print and television journalism, business and management, industry, advertising, law, armed forces, local government, archives administration, public administration, finance, education, museums, heritage and leisure.

      This course also offers a pathway into Medieval Studies at postgraduate level and many universities both in the UK and abroad offer postgraduate taught and research degrees in the Medieval/Early Modern Studies.

      Work experience and placement opportunities are available to all students through the Applied Humanities Employability module in the second year.

      Dr Astrid StilmaProgramme Lead, BA Medieval and Early Modern Studies


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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