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Humanities and education

Key information

Undergraduate course


  • Foundation (4 Years)
  • First Year (3 Years)


  • January
  • September


  • Cambridge

Humanities and education overview

Our education courses take a progressive approach and will teach you transferable skills, relevant across early years, primary teaching and beyond. We’ll help you see the potential in others. Education goes beyond the classroom, and you’ll discover the social issues that impact on children’s and young people’s learning.

Choose a humanities course to learn more about how history has shaped modern times; explore politics, social issues and public services; or tackle the philosophical questions that have captivated humanity for millenia.

At ARU College and ARU, you’ll develop your thinking, while gaining real-life experience through work placements.

Pathway progression

Please see our International and UK course matrix for entry point, intake and study location information.

Course structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

This Element has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy, and
research and communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening will be covered. ILSC also helps students understand the institutional culture, practices, norms and expectations of the UK higher education.

A subsidiary aim of this Element is to ensure that students develop transferable skills of
effective and professional communication to support ongoing study, as well as providing a
basis to foster career and life-building skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

No previous technical experience is required for this Element, which provides students with
an introduction to practical ICT skills. This foundation will be needed for academic success
across many areas of higher education. The students will use industry standard office
productivity software and techniques to produce presentations, written assignments, and charts and tables in spreadsheets.

Alongside practical skills, fundamental topics surrounding technology use will be discussed,
together with societal and ethical perspectives. The Element will enable students to discuss
the main challenges facing society and consider the implications of their technology use.

By the end of the Element, students should have sufficient mastery of the Microsoft Office
productivity suite to allow them to plan and produce presentations, use functions and write
formula to display, format and analyse quantitative data and produce written assignments to a standard appropriate to higher education.

Critical Thinking

This Element aims to enable candidates to participate in and practice independent learning
tasks for deeper thought and investigation as needed for Higher Academic pursuits. This
Element is designed to teach, reinforce, and practice independent learning and critical
thinking, as opposed to rote memorisation for success in University and professional life. An
open-class forum of discussion is used to encourage critical thinking skills within academic and professional-facing contexts.

This Element enables candidates to invest in strategies that will deepen understanding and
interpretation of processes, motives, argument, rationale, credibility, and possibilities which
will then be applicable to a range of studies. Students will undertake research, based on an
issue related to their degree programme, to review the main points of examining an
argument in depth. They will learn to create a personal response that analyses the content
of the issue under study.

Intercultural Studies

This Element explores significant moments of difference between cultures and subcultures
around the world. Students draw from their own cultural experiences as well as learning from others and lecturer-lead case studies, gaining the skills required to explore and articulate similarities and differences between different cultural practices, institutions and beliefs.

This Element will provide a platform for students to explore intercultural issues in
contemporary global society, describing the key concepts and components of culture.
Students will compare and contrast different cultures’ analytical frameworks. This Element
will introduce key concepts and explores various perspectives in intercultural studies,
covering different expressions globally and historically of power. It aims to make students
aware of and develop empathetic understanding toward other cultures and value systems.
The inter-disciplinary nature and critical thinking approach of the program empowers
students for a meaningful encounter and cooperative action with other cultures and systems.


This Element seeks to consider and critique different principles and theories about ethics. This course will investigate the status of several major ethical theories and claims and consider some practical ethical issues (such as global poverty and animal welfare) which are impacted by these theories. Students should critically think about potential ethical dilemmas and engage with difference value systems.

Ethics asks questions about claims in order to better grasp the nature of acceptable principles in behaviour and treatment. These ideas cover areas in reference to psychology, technology,
education, business, and the medical and legal fields. With respect to ethical questions, this element will investigate competing answers to an idea and critically engage with them to examine their strengths and weaknesses. Students should gain a broad understanding of how ethics can be applied to a variety of subject areas and what questions should be asked to evaluate validity.


This Element aims to introduce students, from a broad range of degree programmes, to psychology.
The main psychological approaches (cognitive and behavioural; psychodynamic; developmental, social and biological) will be discussed in relation to current psychological theory. Current and realworld applications of these approaches will also be discussed. Student will be given an introduction to psychopathology through the discussion of mental health disorders. In addition to these approaches, discussion of the mind/brain separation will also be introduced via the psychological topics to provide students with knowledge of psychology as a humanities subject. Research methods and psychology as a social science will also be covered to provide students with an understanding of scientific research.

Composition and Style

Composition and Style aims to provide students with a structured introduction to all aspects and stages of the academic writing process and various forms of writing to be undertaken.

It is designed to allow students the knowledge required for the preparation and completion of
written assignments within University and to University standards. This includes skills which apply to many writing disciplines including research and note-taking; structuring work; drafting and redrafting; editing and proof-reading; achieving an effective academic style; referencing; writing effectively under differing conditions; using feedback on your written work and grammar and punctuation. A focus around the writing process will be of emphasis with application to different kinds of written products. For the writer, these processes would correspond to the different creative stages of writing.

Social Perceptions

Social Perceptions

This Element addresses social perceptions and commonly held beliefs or ideas held across Western cultures as it responds to a series of topics. Understanding of these areas, along with the ability to discuss these areas at a level appropriate will be transferrable for many further areas at University. Goals address the ability of students to grasp a variety of typical responses and critically think, respond, and debate about contradictory approaches to an idea.

This Element will integrate different thinkers (historical and current), media and communications influences, and perspectives on the topic for a given week.

Related links

For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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