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University : University of Cumbria
Course title : English Literature
Year of graduation : 2018

10 out of 10
Overall opinion

I love it. Advice would be in the form of take a year or two out from studying after A-Levels and work. I needed this as motivation to fuel the next three years. In addition to this, you may have a more fully formed idea of what you actually hope to do with your life, meaning that you won't make my mistake and be an extra £9000 in debt, after a year of pissing about and hating my life. On that note - bombard the course tutors with questions; you are paying their wages, remember, and on my course in particular, they genuinely wanted us to perform at our best. It has been brilliant.

10 out of 10
Quality of course and lecturers

Second university course I have started and I have almost finished it now. Far and away one of the greatest challenges of my life, but also one of the best experiences. Course is superb: excellent on-hand support readily available, with plenty of opportunities for personal tutorials. The best bits about my course are the assignments, as they are varied in requirements; I have had to record a radio presentation, designing a website, write reports, conduct studies, prepare presentations, and the obvious, essays. There is only ONE exam currently on the curriculum, and the variety has kept me engaged, reduced my stress (as some are believe it or not, 'fun') and eased me up to third year without any doubt in my ability. I have been able to go for interviews this year and tell potential employers what skills I have gained from this course (presentation, written, empathy, computer) and it has helped me gain a position in a notoriously difficult national company. Lecturers are brilliant; down to earth, knowledgeable, approachable and funny. Most importantly, they are S U P P O R T I V E, and they genuinely want you to do well. Academic advice is to get your reading done ahead of time. I am truly despairing that I shall be leaving soon, and I am wishing that I have been able to engage in the materials provided as much as I have this year across all of the course. Cannot recommend enough � returning to uni was best thing I�ve ever done.

8 out of 10
University facilities

Have almost lived in the library these past two years and the facilities are excellent. Laptops available to hire, a wealth of material to read. No official bar on campus at Lancaster (there is a Cafe which sells the odd Corona) so that would have been nice but there are plenty of pubs in the local area, considering the site is a 15 minute walk from the city centre. Full, state of the arts sports facilities plus more with the partnership with local gymnasium and swimming pool Salt Ayre.

1 out of 10
Student union

Unfortunately, not. Only heard of the students union in year 3 due to the fact my friend became involved in it. I really wish they had, being a local, I have found it difficult meeting new people on different courses.

10 out of 10
University societies and clubs

Loads and loads of societies and clubs. From sports to arts to gaming societies, there is a wealth to choose from.

10 out of 10
University life

Lancaster is a brilliant night out. Cheap at the local student club, with regular live music from some big(ish) names (think Rudimental, Big Shaq etc). Town is super safe, good for shopping, and there are two universities, so you are not short of a finding other students in the wealth of clubs. Tons to do if you don't drink - great places to eat, lots of local clubs and activities, from singing to roller discos to a multitude of pub quizzes. Also, they have festivals throughout the year, which are amazing!

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10 out of 10
Job prospects and careers service

I want to get into the Digital Marketing sector. My course leaders have actively helped me with this, by scheduling career studies on the module as a requirement to finish the course. No MA courses available here, but they offer support in applications to alternative universities, and have a pretty impressive list of contacts, too. The percentage of those going straight into work is 98% and above I believe (give or take a few percent). Studying has encouraged and driven my passion for my course, instilled confidence in my ability, and opened up a world in which I had only previously dreamed about whilst sat at my basic pay, hum-drum, 9-5, grey, boring and miserable, office desk. It has changed the course of my life and I will be forever grateful.

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