BA (Honours) English with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

English with Foundation Year

Full-time English

Take this exciting opportunity to shape your own path through the study of English language, literature and creative writing, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What are the entry requirements?

    48 UCAS points

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    What is the UCAS code?

    C009

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


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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

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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

Course leaders and tutors

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Fraser Stevens
Lecturer in Performance, Course Leader for the Foundation Year in Humanities

Fraser is artist/scholar and lecturer in Acting and Performance.

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.


Future careers

Our students have gone on to careers in

  • the creative industries
  • marketing, communications, media
  • local and regional government
  • the charity sector
  • education
  • social work

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll have access to

  • co-working spaces with flexible desks, large screens, a laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen
  • a wide range of learning resources, including access to an extensive collection of specialist books, databases and journals

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 48

This must include at least 24 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications excluding general studies. For example:

  • DD at A Level
  • PPP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • Pass from a T level qualification with D or E from core
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4 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).

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Talent Accelerator
Credits 120
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Craft And Form
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Describing Language
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Linguistic Creativity
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Local To Global: Literary Explorations
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Ideas Into Action
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Imagined Futures: Literature, Time And Hope
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
What's The Story? Long And Short Fiction
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
A Fine Line: Poetry And Poetics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Exploring Second Language Learning
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Foundation Studies In Tesol
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Style And Interpretation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Talk And Interaction
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Literature Of Things
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Changing Lives: Literature And Social Movements
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Counter-Culture And Creativity
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Creative Writing Major Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Exploring English Education
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Italian)
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Language, Learning And Wellbeing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Language Research Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Life On Earth: Writing And Environment
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Literature Research Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Make It New: Experimental Writing
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Reading And The Mind
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Revealing Gender
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Ends Of The Earth: Literature And The Anthropocene
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
The Spectacular City: Exploring Urban Spaces
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Writing For Change: Writing And Advocacy
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Writing For Young People
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for English courses (PDF, 333KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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