BA (Hons) English degrees with a Foundation Year (Stream B Combined Honours Politics or Philosophy)

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Overview

If you have the potential to study at degree level, but you don’t meet the entry requirements, a foundation year can bridge the gap – laying the groundwork for entry into Year 1.

The units you’ll study are designed to build your confidence and bring you up to speed for the rest of your chosen degree. So, as well as the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which helps develop your study skills for learning at the degree-level, you’ll also do three humanities units.

Once you have successfully passed your Foundation Year you will progress directly into Year 1 of your linked honours degree.

This course is specifically for the following two courses:

For more information about each linked degree please visit the Department of English website and choose a course from the 'Combined Honours Courses' list.

For information on other English courses with a Foundation Year, please see:

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression into Year 1 of your chosen linked degree.

Depending on the linked degree chosen there will be different potential career opportunities following graduation, these are outlined in more detail on individual course entries.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72 - 80

72 - 80 UCAS Tariff points from A Level or equivalent

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

All Humanities Foundation Year students study the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. Combined and Joint Honours English/ Politics and English/ Philosophy students will also study Approaches to English, Modern Britain since 1945, and Understanding the Contemporary World.

You can take a 15 credit language unit as part of the Modern Britain since 1945 unit.  

International students are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Study unit. This unit will replace Modern Britain since 1945. 

Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and, where appropriate, practical workshops, PC lab sessions, and online learning. Teaching methods depend on your chosen linked honours degree and you should expect to spend some time each week in independent study.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

English for Academic Study (for International Students only)

The course develops language skills in academic English, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in written assessment and oral presentation. A further focus is listening and note-taking, for ease in following lectures. The development of reading, to aid analysis and interpretation of course material will also feature, and the unit will additionally develop study skills, to assist you in the transition to Higher Education study.

Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This unit aims to help students make a successful transition to higher education study, developing the skills required for the study of humanities and social science disciplines. These include independent learning, time management, note-taking, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques, oral presentations, research skills, information literacy, digital literacy/ICT - word-processing, spread-sheets and databases.

Understanding the Contemporary World

This unit introduces students to the importance of politics and philosophy for studying the contemporary world, focusing on British politics, economy and policy, and the welfare state.

Approaches to English

Using a variety of genres and literary forms, including that of creative writing, this unit introduces students to the foundations of the study of English. The unit will engage specifically with what genre means as well as with the issues entailed in finding a dividing line between creative and critical practice. Students will explore the novel, poetry and plays in the English and American traditions, as well as film and visual culture and the practice of creative writing.

Modern Britain since 1945

This unit covers key themes that have shaped British culture, society and politics since the end of World War Two.

Option Units

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment

Department of English

Our Department of English is a large, vibrant community of around fifty internationally renowned writers and critics, and is home to the Manchester Writing School and Centre for Gothic Studies.

As well as a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, the department offers a modern and innovative approach to the study of English, with all strands of its degree programmes offering the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course for 2020 entry once applications open in UCAS.

Visit UCAS for further details, including deadlines.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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