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About the course

Got a passion for literature and language? Want to help businesses improve their public reputation? Solent’s 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.

In the 2017 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey the English studies subject area, which includes BA (Hons) English and Public Relations, ranked 13th out of 92 universities for overall satisfaction.

Solent University’s 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 University’s 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, Solent University’s English and Public Relations programme will help to equip you with the skills required for a range of graduate roles.

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The course is delivered by a team with extensive industry experience. Their industry links have given past students access to live briefs, industry assessment and work experience opportunities.

What does this course lead to?

An ability to communicate clearly and concisely is more important than ever in the rapidly changing world of digital communications and social media. English graduates have a reputation for being some of the best at crafting concise, powerful messages and therefore often end up working in areas that rely on effective communication such as public relations, marketing or advocacy.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s English and Public Relations programme is ideal for students who want to improve their communications skills and build a portfolio of published work ahead of pursuing a career in PR, advertising, journalism, marketing or teaching.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q3P2
  • 3 Years Standard Entry QP32


  • 5 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q32P
  • 4 Years Standard Entry QP3F
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,700

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.

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.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BA (Hons) English and Public Relations

BA (Hons) English and Public Relations with a placement year

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year routes:

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year with a placement year

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Cultural Fragments: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • PR in the Community

Year two

Core units
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Early Moderns
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • Academic Marketing Research
  • Digital PR: The Internet and Social Media
  • Corporate Communications

Year three

Core units
  • Shock Value: Modernism to Post-Modernism
  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • PR Strategy and Campaign Planning


  • Work Experience: English
  • Freelancing with Solent Creatives
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Criminal Texts
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Representing Gender and Sexuality in Media
  • Languages
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Course Leader View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Sally Holland academic profile Sally Holland Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile
Rob Dalton academic profile Rob Dalton Associate Lecturer View profile
Lynsey Watt academic profile Lynsey Watt Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent. From campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points as well as modern IT suites for writing, design and communication, including Adobe Creative software and social media publishing platforms, as well as media analysis software.

A regularly revised curriculum ensures that students are up-to-date with the latest developments in digital PR and social media.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Management and administration
  • Legal
  • Teaching and postgraduate study. 


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  • English and public relations is a fantastic joint honours degree, as the two subjects complement each other so well. Key writing skills are transferable across the subjects, giving an exciting variation of subject matter.

    Nicky Winn, Student

Industry links

You will be taught by experts who have extensive industry experience and relationships with many agencies including Five-by-Five, Lee Peck Group, Remarkable, Revolver and Ogilvy PR, as well as Old Mutual Wealth, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Institute of Internal Communications (IOIC). These strong professional ties provide plenty of opportunities for work experience placements and guest lectures.

Solent Creatives and Solent Press, our in-house creative agency and publishing house, provide opportunities to develop professional links of your own with employers, and to enhance your employability with experience of working on live creative briefs.


Work experience is a key part of study at Solent. You’ll be encouraged and supported in finding placement opportunities. Past placements have included the BBC, the COI, Ketchum Pleon, Nelsons, Remarkable Group, Revolver Entertainment, Lee Peck Group and local government.

You’ll also have the option of undertaking a freelancing unit in the third year, working through our Solent Creatives agency to a wide range of briefs from real-world clients.

Further study

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