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Solent University (Southampton)

English and Public Relations with Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation (Sandwich)

UCAS Code: Q32P

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

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

From two completed A Levels. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)

D

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

AQA Level 3 Technical (720 glh)

MP

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)

PPP

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)

MM

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

In combination with other qualifications. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

In combination with other qualifications. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

In combination with other qualifications. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MP

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

MM

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

MM

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

In combination with other qualifications. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MP

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

PPP

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

M

GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above.

UCAS Tariff

48

A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent. GCSE English at grade C / grade 4 or above. We will consider mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level, or equivalent, but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, that's indicative of their ability to complete the course successfully. We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above, and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5, or equivalent. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

English studies

Hoping to pursue a degree in advertising, journalism, marketing or PR? Do you not yet have the necessary qualifications to study at degree level? This innovative foundation year will support you to learn new skills, gain academic confidence and develop your creativity in advance of a full honours degree at Southampton Solent University. During the foundation programme, students are encouraged to explore a range of different creative disciplines before specialising in one specific area.This practical programme begins with the opportunity to work on a media-based project as part of a small team. This project helps students to see how different content elements come together to make a final outcome. By working in teams, students also develop interpersonal and project management skills. The course is delivered in a supportive environment, learning a range of academic and study management skills. These skills include independent learning, time management, academic research and critical thinking. Students are also introduced to the business of the creative industries and get a taste of the employment opportunities that are available. Learning is hands-on with an emphasis on employability skills and real situations that students might experience in the workplace. Students will also develop new practical skills to support their chosen degree. These skills include photography, film, editing, audio production, website development, digital design, media and broadcasting. Study skills seminars and tutorials teach students advanced research techniques, how to write creative and compelling text, and how to think critically. Workshops introduce students to media production, photography, script writing, communications, IT skills, investigative journalism and creative writing. During the last part of the year students will work on a final project which is directly related to the honours degree they have chosen.Successful completion of the Journalism, Advertising and Marketing foundation year will provide a pathway to the English and Public Relations (Sandwich) degree.Southampton Solents unique English and public relations programme will help you to improve your public relations, reputation management and communications skills while undertaking degree level study of English literature.Southampton Solent Universitys English and public relations degree offers students a comprehensive study of modern public relations while encouraging them to think in new and imaginative ways about fiction, drama, poetry and language.Taught by knowledgeable researchers and industry professionals, students examine western and non-western cultural contexts and the significance of literature in shaping identity, ideology, representations and politics. Language and critical analysis skills gained during literature modules serve students well throughout their study of public relations.The course team place a great emphasis on student employability, providing students with skills and experiences that are relevant to the needs of industry employers. One of the ways students can boost their employability is by pitching for work with the Universitys in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives. Students are also supported by the course team as they look for other work experience opportunities. Think a career in PR, communications and reputation management might be for you? With an experienced teaching team, strong links with industry and a unique emphasis on student employability, Southampton Solent Universitys English and public relations programme will help to equip you with the skills required for a range of graduate roles.

Modules

Foundation Year: Core units*Group Communications Project*The Skills You Need*Working in the Creative Industries*Practical Creative Skills*Futurology*Pathway Project

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
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Business, Law and Communications School

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%
high
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

73%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

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.

£16,618
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Teaching and educational 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

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