Undergradute student studying in the George Green library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

Russian Studies with Foundation Year BA

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

As the UK enters into new economic and political negotiations with the world, the demand for speakers of the Russian language is as strong as ever.

This course is designed for talented UK students with a passion for Russian language and culture but whose personal circumstances make achieving our usual entry requirements difficult. 

Through a range of engaging modules spanning the arts and humanities, the foundation year gives you an opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and digital capability. Your foundation year tutors will support you in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for undergraduate study.

 

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Important Thinkers Through History

Mandatory

Year 1

Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning

Mandatory

Year 1

Language and Culture

Mandatory

Year 1

Media, Communication and Society

Mandatory

Year 1

Narrative and Creativity

Mandatory

Year 1

The Project / Language Centre modules

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Wednesday 8 May 2024.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Your six foundation year modules are assessed using a wide variety of methods.

Each module has two assessment points. For example, our Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning module is assessed by an essay (50% of the module mark) and a reflective learning portfolio (50% of the module mark). These modules will prepare you for undergraduate assessment and allow you to develop a broad range of skills.

Assessment methods

  • Essay
  • Poster
  • Presentation
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Creative piece
  • Workbook

Teaching

During your foundation year you’ll have at least 12 hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and workshops. Your tutors will also be available outside these times to discuss issues and develop your understanding.

One-to-one tutorials

You will have four general progress tutorials as well as individual module-focused tutorials during your foundation year.

For learning, assessment, contact and study information after your foundation year see Russian Studies BA.

Evidence shows that students commencing their university study at foundation level achieve the same levels of undergraduate degree as their fellow direct-route students, which in turn leads to the same wide range of career options.

In addition to your study we recommend that you participate in at least some of our CV-enhancing programmes which include:

You will also be able to take advantage of the wide range of services offered by our dedicated Faculty of Arts careers team within the Careers and Employability Service.

More information about subject-related careers opportunities from our Careers and Employability Service.

Average starting salary and career progression

78.8% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Arts secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £23,974.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017 to 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

University undergraduate student Cole Pearce studying in Nightingale Hall accommodation's library, University Park. November 5th 2021.

The Foundation Year improved my essay-writing skills immensely. On arrival to university, having to write essays seemed quite daunting but the Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning module was key for my development.

Franklyn Ogosi

BA Theology and Religious Studies (with Foundation Year) Graduate

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Open Day June 2022