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Certificate in Humanities

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Following the recently announced changes to Newbold’s course offerings and organisational structure, this course is no longer accepting new students.

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About the Certificate

The Certificate in Humanities provides a broad introduction to a range of disciplines such as ancient languages, English literature, history, performing arts and religion. This course serves as an excellent preparation for further study and provides you with key skills to help boost your career prospects.


Why enrol in the Certificate in Humanities with us?

  • You will develop the ability to think innovatively, critically, imaginatively and analytically and to converse in an articulate manner
  • You will gain broader understanding of the world by grasping the underlying principles and issues that are behind the challenges facing society
  • You can develop research, creativity and applied skills, which will provide preparation for a wide range of careers in an ever more globalised job market
  • You will visit relevant literary, historical and musical venues in England as you blend theoretical andpractical learning

Your future matters.

Completing the Certificate is a great opportunity to whet your appetite in further Humanities studies as you will receive credits that can be transferred to several of Newbold’s undergraduate courses, or to other undergraduate studies in the UK, US and other countries.

Studies in the humanities discipline will prepare you for a wide range of careers and future study options in areas such as arts management, archival and museum settings, education, media, public relations, advertising, the not-for-profit sector, and administration.

The course breakdown

Certificate in Humanities

Your academic year

You will be able to select 30 credits that will broaden your knowledge in subjects such as British history, English literature, performing arts, religious studies and ancient languages.


  • British History

    Explore a range of historical periods through this selection of modules. Study the Tudor and Stuart period, tracing the English Reformation from Henry VIII through to the English Civil War and the 1688 Restoration. Look, too, at historical events from Imperial Britain and King George I through to Elizabeth II. You can study topics such as the Industrial Revolution, social reforms, the ‘crisis of faith’, and World Wars I and II.

    • 3: Reformation to Revolution (HIST437F)
    • 3: Empire to Entropy (HIST437G)
    • 3: British History in Context I (HIST378A)
    • 3: British History in Context II (HIST378B)
    • 3: Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345)
    • 3: Adventist Heritage (HIST404)
  • Ancient Languages

    Learn to read the Bible in the original languages through this selection of modules: Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament.

    • 3: Greek I (BIBL211)
    • 3: Greek (BIBL212)
    • 3: Greek III (BIBL313)
    • 3: Hebrew I (BIBL341)
    • 3: Hebrew II (BIBL342)
  • English Literature

    Through this selection of modules you can develop an understanding of English authors – from the works of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens through to T.S. Eliot, J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Visit the reconstructed Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of Jane Austen in Chawton, of Virginia Woolf in Sussex, and the famous eating houses and homes of Tolkien and Lewis in Oxford.

    • 3: Text on Film and Location I (ENG225A)
    • 3: Text on Film and Location II (ENGL225B)
    • 3: English Literature in Context I (ENGL478A)
    • 3: English Literature in Context II (ENGL478B)
    • 3: CS Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL425H)
    • 3: Shakespeare Drama Workshop (ENGL4251)
  • Performing Arts

    Study musical and dramatic performance and experience concerts and performances in London’s world-famous musical and theatrical venues. Improve your music and drama skills and enhance your ability to deliver musical and dramatic performances through this selection of modules.

    • 3: Music Theory I: Intro to Harmony (MUCT141)
    • 1: Ear Training Lab (MUCT151)
    • 2:


      Applied Music (MUPF364)
    • 2: Applied Music (MUPF464)
    • 1: Junior Recital (MUPF397)
    • 2: Senior Recital (MUPF497)
    • 3: Introduction to Fine Arts I (IDSC206)
    • 3: Introduction to Fine Arts II (IDSC206)
    • 1: College Choir (MUPF135)
    • 3: Shakespeare Drama Workshop (ENGL4251)
  • Religious Studies

    Through this selection of modules you can explore the contextualisation of biblical documents and their interpretation. You can also examine the major developments in western philosophy, and consider how the Judeo-Christian tradition confronts the moral complexities of a highly technical society. Further, you will gain insights into the interpretation of prophecy, apocalyptic imagery and symbols, and study the Pentateuch and the books of the writing prophets.

    • 3: Foundations in Biblical Studies (RELG360C)
    • 3: History of Western Thought (RELG360H)
    • 3: Religion and Ethics in Modern Society (RELT340)
    • 3: Studies in Daniel and Revelation (RELB406)
    • 3: Law and Writings (RELB216)
    • 3: Prophet Writings of the Old Testament (RELB274)

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.