Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

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What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage, and related joint honours degrees, will appeal to anyone who has a broad interest in Scotland, and in the Highlands and Islands region in particular. The degree explores key cultural, literary, language, historical, musical and philosophical issues at a national and regional level.

The programme is aimed at students from a wide range of academic disciplines, who wish to study in this rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field. You can choose your own topics to research for your third year interdisciplinary project and fourth year dissertation, bringing together the multi-disciplinary teaching and learning you will experience throughout your studies.

You can choose this single honours programme or one of the related joint degrees with: Scottish History, Archaeology or Gaelic Studies.

Take this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the wealth of varied, fascinating, culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and gain an understanding of its place in a global context.

Special features

  • Gain a unique understanding of Scotland and the communities of the Highlands and Islands – the customs, traditions and values
  • Choose from a range of interdisciplinary subjects to suit your own interests and career path
  • Study full-time or part-time to suit your personal circumstances
  • Individual modules can be studied for personal and professional development
     

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to year one:

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects.
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two:

  • HNC Social  Science (12 SCQF credits) with 3 additional SCQF credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two

Access routes

Relevant Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP):

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Scotland: the brand
  • Languages in the highlands and islands
  • What is culture?
  • Scotland's music

You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Golden mead and burning hearts
  • Tradition, custom and belief
  • Languages on the edge
  • Images of Scotland: constructing heritage through photographs

You will also choose two option modules from across the university's humanities portfolio

Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Interdisciplinary project
  • Perceptions of heritage
  • Visions of the past
  • Scotland in film
  • The Scottish Enlightenment and Highland society*
  • People and the natural environment*

* modules run on alternate years

You will also choose one option module from across the university's humanities portfolio

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will study the four core modules below; or alternatively, you may choose three from the list and another one module from across the university's humanities portfolio:

  • Scottish tradition in philosophy
  • Visual research methods
  • Faeries and fables: the story of Gaelic literature
  • Highland journeys

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2017-182018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2017-182018-19
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18 2018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500 £11,100
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,250 £5,550
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,750 £1,850

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Primary and secondary teaching in english, history and modern studies
  • Interpretation with a range of wildlife or heritage groups including Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission
  • Journalism and the media
  • Heritage and tourism sectors
  • Museums, archies and libraries sector
  • Government agencies and local authorities
  • Community development
  • Policy development
  • Marketing and PR
  • Research and academia

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage to the following postgraduate courses:

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I love Shetland and couldn’t really imagine living in a city. This course allows me to study while continuing to work and live in the same place. Through my work I have a passion for Shetland and the History of the Highlands and Islands, so this course seemed to be the perfect progression in my education.


Ailish Parham, BA (Hons) Culture and Heritage student.

 

Apply for Culture and Heritage BA (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2019 or Aug/Sep 2019 or Jan/Feb 2020

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