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English with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

P:45

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C / 4 or above

UCAS Tariff

48

Including 24 points from one A Level, BTEC or equivalent; prior learning options available for students that have been out of education for a number of years, but can show some commitment to the subject (e.g. evidence of some creative writing when applying to Creative Writing course).

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

English language

**Course summary**
- Explore all aspects of English, with modules in literature, language and creative writing

- Determine your direction of study and discover the areas that most fire your interest

- Get a head start in the writing and publishing industries by teaming up with industry partners on live briefs and accredited work placements.

- Give yourself the best chance to succeed and thrive, by developing your personal skills, awareness of resources and commitment to the subject

If you’re passionate about all areas of English, then this course is for you. You will analyse an exciting variety of literary texts, discover the relationship between language and the world around you, and develop your creative voice in a range of genres and forms.

**How you learn**
On this course, you will be encouraged to think critically. You’ll respond to existing debates, develop a distinctive and confident writing voice and engage with the world through English language and literature. You'll be joining a welcoming academic and creative community that values your experience, perspective and contribution.

During the foundation year, you will develop a good foundation of knowledge, to help you thrive in your University studies, but also the personal skills and awareness of resources that will help you manage your studies effectively and be self-motivated

You learn through

- specialist lectures, seminars, live brief projects and tutorials

- an innovative range of assessments

- small and large group sessions

- creative problem solving

- critical reflection

- generating and pitching ideas

- workshopping your writing

- working with different audiences

- live readings and performances

- writing and sharing your work online and offline

- field trips and writing retreats

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
In your second year, of the full degree, you’ll raise your professional profile through a placement module. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise.

Previous students have worked with local schools and local children’s charities to develop materials and resources. Many have also gained experience in industries like publishing, event design and public relations, and some have even started their own businesses.

**Live projects**
You’ll get regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills to our industry and community partners. You’ll work independently and in teams throughout your studies, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs.

In the foundation year, you will undertake a series of projects that respond to real world debates.

**Field trips**
We run regular local, regional and international field trips at no additional cost such as writing retreats, festivals and theatre visits. These start right from the beginning of the foundation year and continue throughout your studies. Students in previous years have visited London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. They also took part in the Festival of Debate, Doc/Fest film festival and Off the Shelf literature festival, and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.

**Networking opportunities**
We work with renowned festivals such as Off the Shelf and Doc/Fest and bring literary agents, publishers and high profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students. You can take part in networking events and masterclasses, giving you a head start into the writing and publishing industries.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with leading researchers. We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with partners outside of the University to give you the best career opportunities possible.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Talent Accelerator 120 Coursework

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Craft And Form 40 Coursework
Describing Language 20 Coursework
Linguistic Creativity 20 Coursework
Local To Global: Literary Explorations 40 Coursework

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Ideas Into Action 40
Imagined Futures: Literature, Time And Hope 20
What's The Story? Long And Short Fiction 20

Elective modules
A Fine Line: Poetry And Poetics 20
Exploring Second Language Learning 20
Foreign Language 20
Foundation Studies In Tesol 20
Language And Style 20
Talk And Interaction 20
The Literature Of Things 20

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year -

Final year
Elective modules
Changing Lives: Literature And Social Movements 20
Counter-Culture And Creativity 20
Creative Writing Major Project 40
Exploring English Education 20
Foreign Language 20
Language Dissertation 40
Language, Learning And Wellbeing 20
Life On Earth: Writing And Environment 20
Literature Research Project 40
Make It New: Experimental Writing 20
Reading And The Mind 20
Revealing Gender 20
Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection 20
The Ends Of The Earth: Literature And The Anthropocene 20
The Spectacular City: Exploring Urban Spaces 20
Writing For Change: Writing And Advocacy 20
Writing For Young People 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

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
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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.

88%
med
English language

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 language

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

75%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
24%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Customer service occupations

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.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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