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Arts (Single Module)

Arts (Single Module) is a course run by Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin. For more information about Arts (Single Module) at Dublin City University (DCU), please review the details below.

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Are you interested in upskilling? Are you a post-primary teacher who wishes to obtain Teaching Council registration for History, English or CSPE? Are you seeking to study for personal enjoyment? Then the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) programme is for you.

The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option offers you the attractive opportunity to study, at an Honours degree level, an array of interesting Humanities subjects, through online distance learning, without having to commit to a full-time, or part-time, campus-based programme.

Sarah completed her degree in Humanities while working full time and living in Balbriggan.

The DCU Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows students to undertake study at (level 8) degree level for personal enjoyment or professional development without having to commit to study towards an exit award.

Of specific interest to many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students is that the History, Literature and Sociology modules are recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland for general registration in relation to the (post-primary level) teaching of History, English and CSPE respectively. Post-primary level teachers who wish to up-skill and become registered in one of these subject areas may use the BASM programme in order to accomplish this goal.

This programme offers students great flexibility in that they can vary the number of modules they register for in a given year to match the other responsibilities in their life. Given that registering for a module means committing to the workload associated with that module this flexibility allows a student to only take on the work they can accommodate in a given year. When deciding how much work to take on students should consider the time needed to: study learning materials; actively participate in tutorials; and the time they need to set aside to interact with tutors and other students in the online discussion forums. Students on this programme also have a good degree of flexibility in terms of time, place and pace of studying as they do not have to attend campus-based classes on a regular basis.


At the beginning of the academic year, you can choose from a suite of modules in English, History, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology. As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you will have access to an array of self-study learning materials and resources, along with reading lists for required textbooks. Studying Humanities and Social Science subjects necessarily involves spending a lot of time reading academic material.

Course Structure:

As a Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) student you may choose to study from a range of modules in the following five Humanities subject areas:


Each of these subject areas is presented as a suite of six modules, which cover different aspects of that subject.


The Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option allows students to undertake study of these modules for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without aiming to exit with an award.

Please note that the programme is under constant review and there may be changes to the structure, content and presentation of the programme in future years.

Each module is awarded 15 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credit points.

Module Selection:

The modular structure of the Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study option gives students choice and flexibility in choosing which module(s) to undertake. Module choice may be subject to individual module regulations. The number of modules you undertake each year will depend on your individual circumstances. If you wish to undertake more than one module, please see the registration rules in relation to module selection. If you are returning to study after a long absence, and/or you are in full-time employment it is recommended that you should not take more than two modules in your first year. Please contact the Programme team to discuss your module selection options:

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Training ProviderDublin City University (DCU)
Course LocationGlasnevin, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 9
Awarding BodyDublin City University
Awarding Body DetailsArts (Single Module)
Entry RequirementsGeneral Entry Requirements Applicants aged over 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry are eligible for admission to the programme and are automatically granted a place subject to submission of an application form and deposit. Applicants under 23 years on January 1st in the year of entry must satisfy the normal minimum degree entry requirements of Dublin City University which are detailed here In addition, applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must satisfy the university requirements for competency in the English language. Fees Full time EU Status Fee €900 per mod Non EU Fee €1,288 per mod
Carear PathThe Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) study allows student to undertake study at university degree level for personal enjoyment or continual professional development (CPD) purposes without having to commit to study towards an exit award. The studying of Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) modules will develop skills such as critical thinking, high quality written expression, and transferable skills such as organisation and time-management. The knowledge, abilities and skills you will develop are highly valued by employers and will also be useful and valuable to you should you undertake any further study. Many Bachelor of Arts Single Module (BASM) students have gone on to successfully enter the teaching profession (post-primary level) and existing post-primary level teaching staff have enhanced their teaching prospects by adding another subject to their teaching repertoire.
Phone+353 (0) 1 7005481
Course CodeDC342
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