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English with Foundation Year (Integrated Degree)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

English studies

This is a four-year degree at Goldsmiths. If you successfully achieve the progression requirements of the foundation year, you can continue with the full-time three-year BA (Hons) English degree. Our English degree gives you the opportunity to develop the critical and verbal skills needed for confident, effective reading of literary texts and criticism.

It develops your core skills in analytical and imaginative reading and writing and places a strong emphasis on social and cultural diversity. The flexible programme allows you to choose topics related to American literature and culture, comparisons of literature across different cultures and art forms (also known as Comparative Literature), and study all aspects of language use in linguistics modules. Throughout, your literary studies will be complemented by a series of lectures and activity-based seminars which will help you develop and consolidate your practical academic skills and research techniques.

**Why study the Integrated Degree in English at Goldsmiths?**
- The programme is suited to both mature students looking to return to education, and to those who have left or completed formal exam courses more recently.
- You'll attend a study skills module as part of the programme, to develop your academic writing and research skills
- You'll develop an understanding of literary history and criticism, and the confidence and skills necessary to progress to the degree
- You'll have the opportunity to progress to our BA English degree
- Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds and, with their diverse research specialities, they’ll be able to help you develop your own interests
- The Department is large enough to provide a wide range of modules but small enough to let you get to know other students and staff

Modules

Year 0 - the foundation year takes an overview approach to literary history, and includes components in:
Renaissance studies
18th-century literature
Victorian literature
Modernism and 20th-century literature

Novels, plays and poetry will be studied, and a variety of approaches to literary criticism are discussed and critically assessed. You also learn study skills, and critically evaluate your own work in individual tutorials.

Year 1 - you will take the following compulsory modules:
Explorations in Literature
Approaches to Text
Introduction to Poetry
The Short Story

You will also choose two of the following option modules:
Introduction to US Literature and Culture
Introduction to Comparative Literature
Understanding Language in Use

Year 2 - you will study the following compulsory module
Literature and Power in the Victorian Period

You will also choose three modules (totalling 90 credits) from a range characterised by wide literary, historical, and contextual scope, of which at least one must encompass pre-1800 literature.

Modules may vary from year to year, but recent modules have included:
Drama and Transgression: From Prometheus to Faust
Inventing the Nation: American Literature in the mid-19th Century
Literary London 1800 to 1900
Literature of the Later Middle Ages: Society and the Individual
Moderns
Old English
Post-Victorian English Literature
18th-Century Literature
Sensibility and Romanticism: Revolutions in Writing and Society
Shakespeare
Sociolinguistics: Language-use, Variation, and Identity
Contemporary Arab Migrant Writing
Aspects of the Novel
Work Placement (English)
Discourse and Society
(Re)writing America: from the nineteenth century to the present day
Language Learning
Language Teaching

Year 3 - You choose modules to the value of 90 credits.

Modules may vary from year to year, but recent examples have included:
Caribbean Women Writers
Creating the Text
Decadence
The Emergence of Modern America: American Literature 1890–1940
Approaches to Language and the Media
Modern American Fiction
Modern Poetry
Modernism & Drama (1880-1930)
The Art of the Novel
Oedipus: Myths, Tragedies and Theories
Postcolonial Literatures in English
Studies in Literature and Film
Renaissance Worlds
Narratives of the Great War (1923-1933)
Work Placement (English)
Professional Communication
Word Power: How words are born, live, and die
Language and Gender

You also complete a 6,000-8,000-word Dissertation (30 credits) on a topic of your choice. A pass in this module is compulsory for the award of the degree.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

English and Creative Writing

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

57%
low
English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
58%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
55%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
23%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
45%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Childcare and related personal services

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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