Each Foundation Year is an integral part of a specific degree course; the content is tailored to prepare you for your chosen degree so that you start Year 1 of your linked honours degree with confidence. English is a well-established humanities discipline that explores the role of writing in defining and transforming human experience. At the Manchester campus, the English department has access to a community of internationally renowned writers and critics through the Manchester Writing School, one of the most successful of its kind in the UK. Its Creative Director is the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy DBE. This course takes a comparative and contemporary approach to the study of literature and focuses on the major genres of drama, prose, fiction and poetry. In historical terms our curriculum covers the seventeenth century to the present, with strong emphasis on the literature of the last two centuries. You will learn strategies for reading and interpreting, not only books, but other forms of text and the world around you. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching, highly positive student feedback and strong research culture. Please see the link provided to the course details page for more information.