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Work related learning

Our English programme is designed to train you in the skills valued by a wide range of employers. We do this as part of your study of the subject, rather than separately from it. From Year 1 you will be encouraged to think about your future career options.

A group of english students on a trip to Manchester crown court

Our modules will support your career development, giving you creative experience of:

  • presenting material for publication
  • producing lesson plans and reflecting on your practical work
  • planning and hosting events.

You will be given the chance to undertake work-related learning including the possibility of a work placement or external project. This will give you valuable experience in a work setting, as well as evidence to support your career plans.

You will get to meet with our recent graduates and discuss your career options with them at our annual Careers Afternoon. You will also be given the opportunity to volunteer for regional heritage organisations through our English Volunteering Fair.

We have a departmental work-related learning officer, Emma Liu, who is available to meet with you on a one-to-one basis. Emma will ensure that you have the opportunity to work with external organisations. She also contributes to sessions on modules so that you know what’s going on.

Emma Liu Work-Related Learning Officer

“I aim to work closely with leading industry organisations and businesses to cultivate partnerships and enrichment opportunities such as placements, industry talks and other relevant activities. This will help you to further develop real world experiences to meet the ever-changing needs of industry graduate level positions and employers.”

Work-Related Learning Officer Emma Liu

Lisa’s experience

Your transition into the job market will also be supported by our Careers Team. You will even get the chance to apply for a £2,000 award to support a career-enhancing project through the University’s Student Opportunity Fund.

Lisa Geary, a 2nd Year English Language student, has undertaken a summer work placement at LILA* Language School, which offers a wide range of English courses suited to different student levels, ages, and needs. The placement was organised by Emma Liu, the work-related learning coordinator for the department of English, History and Creative Writing.

English student on her summer work placement

Working at LILA* over the summer has given me the chance to gain experience working in a busy educational environment, learn new skills, and prepare me for work when I finish university next year. At LILA* I have also been given the opportunity to observe some lessons to prepare me for a career in TEFL. The environment is fast paced and fun. The staff are very friendly and always happy to help me with tasks when I ask.

Lisa Geary about her summer placement

Leanne Linacre, Director of LILA* Liverpool commended Lisa’s contribution:

This is the first time we’ve had an intern from Edge Hill but we’re hoping it won’t be the last.  Lisa has been a real asset to the team this summer and made a vital difference to the success of the department at our busiest time of year.  Sometimes an intern can be more of a burden than a help but this most definitely hasn’t been our experience with Lisa and Edge Hill.  It’s been an absolute pleasure.

Leanne Linacre, Director of LILA*

We seek to provide opportunities for all our students to get work-related experience. This will enable you to develop a career in a fulfilling field that will change your life as well as the lives of others.