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University of Plymouth

English with Foundation

UCAS Code: Q302

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


32-48 points, minimum of 2 A Levels excluding General Studies

Accepted

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), (including GCSE English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

24 points overall

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

PPP

UCAS Tariff

32-48

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Subject

English studies

The BA English with Foundation is a four year programme of study that includes a foundation year which offers access to Humanities education to students regionally and nationally who do not have the standard entry profile for Year 1 BA study. Equally, the programme is designed for those returning to study who have relevant work/professional experience but not the required academic profile for Level 4 entry. It is also suitable for Level 3 learners whose subject choice does not include the necessary background, but who are otherwise academically strong.

The quality of our teaching, as demonstrated in NSS results, and a real understanding of the skills needed for University education, enable us to prepare students for the rigours of a four year degree in highly effective and stimulating ways.

**Key Features**

This four-year programme is designed to give you the grounding necessary to progress through your undergraduate studies in English, and through the many opportunities we give you,

Find the best possible direction to grow your love of learning.

Your first year will:

- Welcome you to an exciting and eclectic curriculum which will develop your knowledge of the disciplines of English literature, creative writing and history while also engaging with lively interdisciplinary enquiry across a wide range of historical periods and literary forms.

- Provide training in all the skills required for a successful passage through your undergraduate study: research, use of digital resources, essay-writing, academic argument, presentations, independent study.

- Iintroduce you to supportive and accessible academic staff in a welcoming community.

- Immerse you in an academic environment offering a wide range of field trips, access to free cultural events through Peninsula Arts, student-led magazines, internships and extra-curricular work experiences.

- Give you access to state-of-the-art facilities, library and learning resources on our city-centre campus.

- Enable you to find a route for you, whether you are returning to education after a break or if you come with qualifications other than A levels.

When you join the BA (Hons) English with Foundation, you’ll also:

- Choose from a wide variety of specialist modules, including period and cultural studies and creative writing in your 2nd, 3rd, and final years.

- Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout your four years.

- Benefit from assessment through coursework, with no written exams.

- Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships.

- Make use of our open-door policy and talk to your lecturers in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

- Learn from internationally recognised research-active staff, including published creative writers.

- Experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

- Write and be published as part of INK, the BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing student-run magazine.

- Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hours 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection.

- Make the most of a rich cultural life with Plymouth University’s Peninsula Arts programme and the University’s links with local arts organisations, like the Theatre Royal.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

TEF rating:
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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.

83%
med
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

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

94%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
37%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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

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