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University of Plymouth

English with Publishing

UCAS Code: Q3P4

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

Entry requirements


104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-28

Including Higher Level English or a related subject (e.g. Creative Writing, History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) at Grade 5. Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


Including H3 or above in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology). Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

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

D*D-D*D*

Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.

Considered in combination

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

DMM

Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.

Considered in combination

104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers, including Grade B in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-112

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

English studies

Publishing

Combine your love of English literature with hands-on experience of the publishing industry. Explore six centuries of literature, from Shakespearean drama to the graphic novel, and choose from a variety of specialist options. Apply this knowledge to your publishing studies, where you will undertake work experience and train in design, editing, and marketing skills for print and digital publications, taking your own publishing project from the initial concept to the final product.

You will get access to some of the best letterpress facilities and workshops in the UK, and enrich your studies with field trips. You will the opportunity to choose a sandwich degree with a placement year in the publishing industry, and boost your career prospects by working with Plymouth University Press and the Plymouth International Book Festival, gaining valuable experience in publishing, arts management, marketing and the book trade.

* We have excellent survey results – in 2016, 96 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things; 91 per cent agreed staff made the subject interesting; 86 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support and 91 per cent were satisfied overall. 85 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing the course (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

* Choose from a wide variety of specialist modules, including period and cultural studies and creative writing.

* Get access to some of the best letterpress facilities and workshops in the UK.

* Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout the three years.

* Enrich your studies with field trips including trips to Plymouth Theatre Royal, Paris (Modernism module), Saltram House (18th century module), the Jane Austen Centre, Bath (Austen module), the Imperial War Museum (War Writing), RSC at Stratford (Shakespeare module); a visit to the London Book Fair, the key annual event for publishers.

* Boost your career prospects by working with Plymouth University Press and the Plymouth International Book Festival, gaining valuable experience in publishing, arts management, marketing and the book trade.

* Choose a sandwich degree with a placement year in the publishing industry.

* 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.

Modules

In your first year, you'll be introduced to all aspects of publishing and the publishing industry, and we'll help you explore careers in the industry, including editing, design and marketing within an international environment. You’ll consider the use of typeface and image, and explore principles such as structure, layout, hierarchy, pace and typographic detailing required to achieve a coherent and readable publication. You’ll also start using image and page formatting software.

In your second year, we’ll introduce you to key concepts in publishing history. You’ll examine the ways that knowledge has been captured, stored, retrieved, disseminated, policed and suppressed, and consider how the development of different writing and printing technologies have changed the understanding of the self in relation to the world. You’ll discuss the creation, production, publication, distribution and reception of texts in their cultural, economic and technological contexts. You'll also apply your literary and creative skills in a 'work-facing' environment. Gain work experience in the publishing industry or devise a publishing project of your choice.

In your final year, you’ll devise or commission a publishing proposal and carry it through to publication, identifying all stages of a small-scale project across a variety of analogue and digital publishing platforms. You’ll study publishing as a business operating in an international marketplace and learn to engage effectively with the different stages of the publishing process. In partnership with the in-house University Press, you’ll study modes of production and distribution according to the end consumer by deploying appropriate digital and analogue skills.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

100% of assessment is by 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
£9,250
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.

85%
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 (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Publishing

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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 (non-specific)

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
95%
high
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
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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

Communications and media

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.

36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

More common at Masters level than as a first degree, not a lot of undergraduates take this subject. Sought-after editorial roles in the publishing industry are far more likely to go to Masters graduates - first degree graduates are more likely to start their careers in marketing - so if that’s what you want to do, then consider postgraduate study carefully. It's a good idea to chat to tutors on open days to find out what previous graduates have gone on to do.

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.

£21k

£21k

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.

Publishing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£10k

£10k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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