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English with Integrated Foundation Year

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English with Integrated Foundation Year

  • UCAS code Q30F
  • Option 4 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

Our Integrated Foundation Year for Arts and Humanities will take you through a carefully-designed course to help you to progress confidently onto your undergraduate degree.

Arts and Humanities subjects, like English, provide key ways of understanding our complex world, its histories, and current debates facing contemporary society. Identity, political and social conflict, our interaction with new digital and genetic technologies, our stewardship of the environment are all issues where the voice of creative and critical thinking are key. Literary texts, films, plays and digital games offer important ways in which societies have debated - and continue to represent - their values and their futures.

The Foundation Year provides progressive structures in which you are able to gain knowledge and understanding of approaches to humanities study and your chosen degree subject.  All Foundation Year students take ‘Global Perspectives’, then four subject-based courses provide approaches to the study of arts and humanities subjects, giving you critical skills to explore a range of literary, visual, and cultural forms, including plays, films, and digital media. 

Once you have completed your Foundation year, you will normally progress onto the full degree course, BA English. There may also be flexibility to move onto a degree in another department (see end of section, below).

BA English allows you to choose from a diverse and extensive range of modules, covering works across time, cultures, genres and geographies. Offering more than 40 modules from across a thousand years of English, American and global literature, English at Royal Holloway is a particularly wide-ranging subject which allows you to develop your passions, debate cutting-edge ideas, and to pursue, if you wish, your own creative writing.

The flexibility of this course encourages discovery. We have expertise in all the major literary periods and you will encounter many new literary worlds and new ways of understanding familiar ones, from the Knights of the Round Table to contemporary literature on global questions like migration or the environment. Most importantly, you will discover your own voice as a writer in an environment which places particular value on independence of mind and intellectual creativity. We are also proud of our educational expertise, offering small group teaching, a special programme of study that introduces you to university level study when you join us, and individual attention at all stages of your degree. We want to ensure that you are confident, happy and academically successful.

Studying at one of the UK's most dynamic English departments allows you to develop a strong understanding of key periods, genres, authors, and critical concepts. After a first year which gives you firm foundations, you can choose from a huge range of options both innovative and traditional: for example, Drama and Witchcraft, Sensation Fiction, World War I Poetry, Science Fiction, Children's Literature, African-American Literature, the Girl in the Book, Queer History as well as courses on the Medieval period, Shakespeare and the Renaissance, Eighteenth-century and Victorian literatures, Modernism and Postmodernism. In your third year, you can write a dissertation on a specialist subject of your own choice.

You will be taught by nationally and internationally known scholars who write prize-winning books, talk or write in the national media, or advise cultural bodies like Liberty or the Charles Dickens Museum. Outside the vibrant community of the English department, you can take courses in other departments, and even opt to study abroad for a year.

On successful completion of your Foundation Year, you may be able to choose an alternative pathway which could include Single Honours English, joint or minor degree with English (except pathways with Creative Writing), or degrees within the Humanities (History, Drama, Media Arts, Classics, Philosophy, Comparative Literature and Culture, Liberal Arts).  If you'd like to do this, you may take your Foundation Year Department Based Project in one of the other departments in Humanities.

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