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Humanities Education Development Unit (HUM EDU)

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We are a central unit based in the Humanities Faculty, and we run the 4-year degree programme in the Humanities, the Plus Tuts, the Introductory Course project and various other initiatives to support student success in the faculty. On this website you will find information about all our interventions and projects, along with information about our staff, unit research, and the Extended Degree Student Council (EDSC)

The Humanities 4-year degree – also sometimes called the 'extended degree' results in exactly the same qualifications as a 3-year Humanities degree –a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Social Science (BSoc Sci) – but the minimum time to finish your degree is 4 years. This takes the pressure off, allows you to take fewer courses in any one semester, time to develop yourself, discover what you really want to do and also take 3 majors if you are doing well. Doing a 4-year degree gives you more time to complete the qualification, and also provides more teaching support throughout that qualification than occurs on the 3-year degree. This is to ensure that you have a rich undergraduate experience and get the best results you can. 

It is worth knowing that a high percentage of students who choose to do their degree in three years actually take four or more years to complete the degree anyway - due to failing some courses. The Humanities Faculty has specially designed the shape and pace of the four year degree so that you have enough time and support, meaning that failing is less likely and you finish with a stronger transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) than such a student who attempted to complete their degree in 3 years but in fact needed more time.

The Humanities 4 year degree is a placement programme, meaning that you will apply to the university for a general Humanities degree, and if you are eligible for admittance to the 4 year programme, you will be offered a place on it. However, if you’re accepted onto the 3-year Humanities degree and you’d like to move into the 4-year programme, this is possible - you can apply to the Director of the HUM EDU to be moved onto the 4-year programme.


Advantages of the 4-year programme:

  • You take 3 courses per semester, which means you have more time to focus on each course and to complete assignments and get good marks
  • You take 2 or 3 Introductory courses in  your first year, which give you writing, numeracy and disciplinary specific support to make the transition between high school and university as smooth as possible. There are a number of courses you can choose from, tailored to the majors you are taking for your degree. Some of these courses also allow you to submit work in the language of your choice.
  • You have extra tutorials (Plus Tuts) available in Humanities first and second year courses, which are specially designed by well-trained Teaching Assistants to give you cutting edge pedagogical support in your courses.
  • There is more potential to take a triple major as you have more time
  • You have access to curriculum advice, mentoring & counselling support year round should you need it.
  • In the 4-year degree you have your own representative body – the EDSC.

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