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Discover Arts and Humanities

Arts and Humanities cover a wide range of inspirational subjects which can help us make sense of our past and shed light on the present and future. Arts and Humanities students investigate different histories, cultures far and near and explore ways of thinking to get a handle on how our world joins up.

All Discover Arts and Humanities students will get a feel for what studying these subjects at university is really like over two years, as well as an insight into career options. You will learn about what university is like from our current undergraduates.

This pathway is for students who meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region. See 'How to apply' section below for more information.

If you’re a creative thinker and interested in what makes us all tick, then Discover Arts and Humanities is definitely for you!

Adjusted offer

Students who successfully complete the pathway will be eligible for a conditional adjusted offer for degrees at the University of Sheffield, with the exception of degrees in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

Subjects and departments included in Arts and Humanities:

What's involved?
Year 12 Year 13
  • Join us for a welcome event where we’ll tell you all about the pathway
  • Explore all Arts & Humanities subjects and the problems and issues they study through two workshop events.
  • Get information on all the degree courses on offer to see which suits you best
  • Experience a three day residential summer school giving you a taste of life as an Arts & Humanities Student.
  • Participate in revision and academic study skills workshops to help with the transition to university
  • Meet your dedicated student e-mentor who will support you with key decisions you'll be making.
  • Visit major cultural destinations with us such as museums, art galleries and theatres

  • Get expert guidance on applying to university and student finance at our UCAS workshop
  • Enjoy your final workshop event and make a decision on which subject to study at university
  • Continue developing revision and academic study skills and accessing dedicated student e-mentor support.
  • Visit major cultural destinations with us such as museums, art galleries and theatres
  • Join us for a Celebration event to recognise your success

Who can participate?

This pathway is for students who meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region.

Academic criteria WP Criteria (meet both) WP Criteria (additional - between one and all of the following)

A Level (or equivalent) requirements:

  • No specific subject requirements but should be studying at least 3 A Levels or relevant equivalent and at least 2 should be on the University’s acceptable subject list.

Acceptable subjects information

  • Attend a State School
  • Are in the first generation of their family to enter HE (other than siblings, or parents who attended HE as a mature student)
  • Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
  • Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
  • Are a student with a declared disability

GCSE requirements:

  • Min. 5 A*-B (or 9-6), plus a minimum of C (4) in English if not already included.

Pupils who meet the academic criteria and one or more of the following criteria will be prioritised for participation on this pathway:

  • Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
  • Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
  • Are a student with a declared disability
  • Have individual circumstances that mean they will need to overcome other barriers to learning/progression. (We will assess this element on an individual basis, based on the information provided by the school)
How to apply

If you have the potential to achieve good grades at A Level or equivalent and would either be in the first generation of your family to go into Higher Education, or you are a Looked after Child, look after someone in your family or have a declared disability, you may qualify to apply for the pathway.

Talk to the head of your sixth form or your course leader to find out. They will tell you if you are eligible based upon the criteria and information we have provided for them.

You and your parents or carers will then need to complete the online application form, via your registered school/college coordinator.

Note: Taking part in Discover Arts and Humanities shows commitment and could enhance your university application. However, it does not guarantee you a place at university. Places are subject to availability and you can only be registered on one sustained Outreach programme at the University of Sheffield at any one time.