Work-Related Learning

Most of our students come to university to study English because of their passion for the subject. Our English programme is designed to help you achieve your potential by training 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.

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law and Policing
  • The Civil Service and Government
  • Business
  • Library and Archive Work
  • Publishing

You can read about the careers of some of our recent graduates here.

An archivist at The Wordsworth Trust introduces second year students to the museum’s holdings, discussing her career path into archival work with them.

An archivist at The Wordsworth Trust introduces second year students to the museum’s holdings, discussing her career path into archival work with them.

From your first year of studying English at Edge Hill you will be encouraged to think about your future career options. Our modules will support your career development in terms of developing a CV, giving you creative experience of presenting material for publication, producing lesson plans and reflecting on your practical work, and in 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, giving you valuable experience in a work setting, as well as lots of evidence to support your career plans.

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

A recent field trip to Manchester Crown Court

A recent field trip to Manchester Crown Court

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

“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.”

Your transition into the job market will be further supported by our Careers Team and 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.

A group of students outside York Minster.

A recent trip to the Jorvik Centre and Minster in York.

Lisa Geary, a second 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

Lisa says:

Lisa Geary undertaking 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.’

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.

We seek to provide opportunities for all our students to get work-related experience while they study the subjects they love – enabling them to develop careers in fulfilling fields that allow them to change their own lives as well as those of others.


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