School of English

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ
How do I apply?

You can apply online via the  Applications Portal.

Online applications allow you to upload supporting documents, these are for decision-making purposes only. If you are made an offer the Admissions Department will require to see certified copies.

 
What are the entry requirements? 
Our basic requirement is a good Undergraduate Honours degree (upper second class) or equivalent. Further requirements for specific courses can be found on the Our Courses page.
 
When can I begin studying?
There are two intakes per year, September and February. Applications should be made as early as possible as places are limited.
 
Can I study the programme full-time?

No, the programme is only available part-time.


Students should check the eligibility requirements with their funding body before enrolling on a part-time course.

 
How are fees paid?

Fees are paid module by module, so the cost is spread throughout the entire period of study. Fees can be paid online via the  Student Services website.


Students should check the eligibility requirements with their funding body before enrolling on a part-time course.

 
Are there any further costs?
We endeavour to ensure that the majority of your module reading list is available online through the library, which you can access with your university account. However, you may need to purchase some books for your studies depending on the module you are studying and your research interests.
 
Do I need internet access and e-mail?

Yes, the course materials are web-based, delivered via our Virtual Learning Environment platform and tutorial contact is by e-mail or video conferencing tools such as Skype.

 
How much time will I need to spend on study?

This is quite a difficult question in respect of our programme because we do not stipulate a time per week/month that should be spent studying, as we recognise that the majority of our students are in full-time work and have workloads that fluctuate throughout the year. A single credit is intended to represent a notional 10 hours of student input. Thus a 20 credit module represents 200 hours of student input.

Students who require extra time to complete an assignment are able to request an extention through our Extenuating Circumstances policy.

 

 
Are there any examinations within the distance learning courses?
There are no examinations, either written or oral, within the distance learning courses. All of our modules are assessed by coursework.
 
How do the module options vary between the different distance learning courses? 
There are some overlaps between the options available between the different distance learning courses. This is illustrated on the individual course pages on the Our Courses page.
 
How do you promote a sense of an online community?

We have a discussion forum on Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. We also use Microsoft Teams to create a student community outside of Moodle. Currently, we are investigating ways of further promoting student interactivity.

We also hold an annual, voluntary, free Summer School which we have found greatly supports a sense of community among distance learners.

 
What happens if I have domestic or work problems and I am unable to cope with the study and the coursework?

As our programme is flexible, short periods of being unable to study because of work or domestic problems can be easily accommodated. We recommend keeping in touch with your at all times so they can offer you advice.

 

Students who require extra time to complete an assignment are able to request an extention through our Extenuating Circumstances policy.

If the problems are longer term (more than a month), students are advised to voluntarily interrupt their studies for a while.

 
 

School of English

Trent Building
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5900
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 5924
email: english-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk