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Foundation Degree English and History

Foundation Degree English and History


What you'll study

This course provides a unique combination of classroom-based study and flexible, work-based learning. You will benefit from small classes, tailored supervision and the opportunity to complete an honours degree in English and/or History from the University of South Wales. You will be encouraged to put your new skills into practice through relevant work placements, with your qualification potentially leading to a number of career opportunities, including those in teaching, law and social work. This course is the only Foundation Degree in English and History in Wales.

You will have a thorough introduction to Creative Writing, English and History, and will study English Literature as well as practical modules in Creative Writing and Professional Writing, plus Non-fiction. You will conduct a research project in local history as well as examining key topics in world history, for example the growth of nation states, the Russian revolution, and the problems of poverty after industrialisation.

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Modules will include:

  • English and Creative Writing modules (year one): Thinking with Texts; Intertexts; Writing Media
  • English and Creative Writing modules (year two): Nineteenth Century Literature; Writing Non-Fiction
  • History modules (year one): Introduction to History; Nations and Empires; Local History: a Digital Approach
  • History modules (year two): Russian Revolution; Approaches to History

Although you will be studying for the whole of the first year at Coleg Gwent's Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone Campus (BGLZ) you will be enrolled as a student of the University of South Wales. This means that you will have access to the facilities that this university has to offer either online or directly at one of their four campuses across South Wales. You will also have the facilities of Coleg Gwent, and, at the BGLZ you will have the use of a dedicated study and rest area specifically reserved for higher education students. In year two, some of your modules will be taught at the University of South Wales.

What's expected of you

Full commitment to attendance is required. Respect for others, professionalism, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation are the essential qualities we expect to see in all our learners. You will be continually assessed and there is an expectation that you will continue your studies and coursework during your own time.

What qualifications you'll achieve

Upon passing this two year course you will receive a Foundation Degree in English and History. This can then be used to gain access to the final (top up) year in which you can receive a BA (Hons) degree in either English and History, or in another pathway (English, History or Creative Writing).

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of portfolios, essays, creative writing assignments, presentations, online assessment and archive research.

What you can do next

This qualification gives you transferable skills that will relate to all sorts of professions (from teaching to social work to journalism). Jobs directly related to your degree include: Editorial Assistant, Writer, Academic Librarian, Heritage Manager, Information Officer, Politician's Assistant or Records Manager.

You could alternatively study the final year of BA (Hons) English, BA (Hons) History or BA (Hons) English and History.

Entry requirements

You would usually need at least one of the following:

  • A relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Merit
  • DD at A Level
  • DE grades at A Level plus C in Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE where you have achieved a Pass Diploma with 45 Passes

Plus: GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Maths and English Language (or equivalent).

Additional information

The foundation degree is divided between both English and History equally in the first year. As you progress through the course you may also be able to specialise further on either one of these two major routes. You will undertake 120 credits worth of study each academic year that you study the programme. Your weekly teaching period is normally held within two full teaching days. You will also, however, have to set aside additional time for reading, analysis and assessment work in order to pass the course.

On this foundation degree programme you will be taught by staff with extensive subject knowledge in Creative Writing, English and History. Some of the staff, such as your first year personal tutor Professor Russell Deacon, FHEA, FRHistS, also have many years experience of teaching and assessing on degree programmes. As you progress through the foundation degree you will also be taught in the second year by academic staff at the University of South Wales on their Treforest Campus.

The BGLZ provides you with library study learning facilities, with a substantial stock of relevant texts for your studies. We are also located near the Gwent Archives which enables those students studying history to have access to important sources and support for their own primary study of various aspects of modern history. For extra curricula activities, students are able to interact with those events and activities provided by the University of South Wales. They can also join in and take part with Coleg Gwent's own trips and student societies.

This course is validated by the University of South Wales.

The UCAS code is: QVH1

Where can I study Foundation Degree English and History?


Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Full Time)

Call 01495 333 777 to apply today

All courses may be subject to change. Coleg Gwent reserves the right to withdraw courses should they no longer be deemed viable to run.

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