“What I enjoyed most about the BA English course was probably the diversity of the content we studied as well as the freedom to explore a wide variety of texts. Things always felt fresh every semester as we were tackling completely different subjects that covered a significant proportion of both English literature and language.
“In addition, the option to select your own units every so often made sure the course was tailored to your own interests and whatever your career goals are. Whether it be writing an essay, creating a presentation, writing a short story or news article, editing a video or interactive narrative and everything in-between, I came out of the course with a really wide portfolio of unique work and experiences in several areas.
“When taking on an essay we often had the ability to answer it with any kind of text, be it a book, film, TV show, game, music, or anything really. It kept things fresh and ensured that whatever assignment I had going was relevant to me personally at the time. Of course, all the lecturers were really supportive throughout the course and ensured the content we were studying remained as engaging as it was educational.
“Another really important aspect of my degree was the compulsory work placement which at the time the BU English course was the only one I knew of that ensured you would achieve some work experience while you were there, whether it be a short month or an entire year. I was lucky enough to opt for the latter and it was genuinely life-changing. I managed to make the most out of that experience and it has been a significant boost in my career as I managed to find a job right after graduating. So if I hadn’t taken this course, I wouldn’t have gained that really crucial industry experience, so I would have missed out on a vital opportunity to increase my employability which really does make a difference these days.
“Overall I really appreciated that the BA English course allowed me to tailor my experience to my interests and provided me with a wide variety of subjects that kept me interested, engaged and feeling like I really tackled a satisfying programme. So for any future students interested in an English degree, I would definitely recommend the course at BU if you’d like to take on something that is both challenging and enjoyable. If you have a passion for English and want to meet some amazing lecturers, value having choice and variety, want a degree that encourages your employability and overall just ensuring you have a great time whilst doing so, I’d say this is definitely the one for you.”