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The University of Southampton 4.1 / 1259 reviews
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The course is extremely varied so far, and allows vast improvement in confidence and fluency within the two languages. The content modules are very interesting and informative, and the assignments are challenging but not in anyway too difficult. I am looking forward to starting linguistics modules next semester.

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I am a second year mechanical engineer student. I find my course quite hard, but on the other hand I enjoy it a lot so it's worth it. The degree is well structured and they have really tried to combine the knowelede you get from the different modules, so you can smoothly adjust to the needs of the course. Our teachers are exceptional with few exceptions, which is mainly due to their lack of the english language. In general though, they are very helpful and would be glad to meet them at their office anytime during the day to explain stuff. Lastly, the way we get assessed is a bit of a mix up between courseworks and exams, but with greater weight on the exams. I believe however they have some space for improvement, mainly choosing better deadlines for the different modules since many times two or three courseworks coincide on the same week.

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Personally, I love my course. It covers a wide range of material from Homer to Virginia Woolf in the first year and the second and third years allow you to specialise more and more in what you like whether that's elizabethan, 19th century or more modern stuff or anything in between. The course covers Literature, Prose, Poetry and Film and you have to option to take all of these further. The assignments are well thought out and clear and achievable. What is difficult is the time management so if you're not one for organising your own study this might not be the course for you as there are usually less than 10 contact hours a week. However, staff are always friendly and more than willing to help and the uni had a great support system.

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Course Content-The content is enjoyable. There's plenty of variety within the modules however it is also difficult to get a place on some of the popular modules. With the amount we spend on going to university it seems to me we should at least have a high chance of being able to study what we want to. For English the ballot system of choosing modules was completely un organised and ended with many students feeling very distressed by their options and the whole experience of completing the ballot.

Teaching Quality-The teaching is generally of a high quality, especially in the Spanish part of my degree where the staff seem to really care about your progress. In English the staff are very knowledgeable and teach well, but are less personable and less concerned with your individual progress. The different lecturers styles vary from more traditional (a PowerPoint and them lecturing you) to smaller lectures which have more of a seminar feel. Attendance to seminars negatively affects the quality of the seminar. When no one turns up it is difficult to have the discussion needed in the seminar. I would prefer if there was a mark for attendance.

Learning Resources-I prefer using the resources on Avenue Campus as it is less crowded. The Hartley Library would be very useful if it wasn't so overcrowded (especially around deadlines and exam periods) I think they need to expand the amount of study space available, especially since being allowed to let in a higher volume of students. The technology around campus is up to date which I appreciate. However for both my subjects I am expected to print a lot of material, which in turn costs me a lot of money. With the amount I already pay I shouldn't be expected to spend so much on printing and on textbooks which cost up to £50 each.

Assessments and Feedback-I think it would be better if all modules assessments didn't happen at the same time, if they coordinated it would make my life a lot easier. In terms of feedback, our feedback is often later than the 4 week policy my department has which can be frustrated. In the past I have been preparing for the next essay without any feedback from my previous work.

Academic Support-Their is plenty of support available, for example all students are allocated a PAT (personal academic tutor) however the way in which they allocate PATS has led me to have a Chinese tutor as my tutor, who openly admitted he wouldn't be able to help me with Spanish or English. He would only be able to help with more general queries. We have extra support available in the form of the royal Literary Fund Fellows which are available to help with essay writing in general which I used throughout second year.

Enjoyment Factor-Overall I have fully enjoyed my university experience so far. However there are a few issues such as the Students Union spending a fortune on rebranding, which was voted against. I hate to see our money going to waste.

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The university lectures are passionate about what they teach, each lecture you feel like you have gained something from attending the lectures. Wish there were a few more contact hours to full consolidated what is being learnt however the topics that we study are interesting, relevant and topical in the world at the moment. I have been able to pick up another language from scratch, which has been really useful. There is a lot of flexibility and a wide range of modules to choose from- something for everyone.

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I found the first two years of my degree relaively unexciting as most of the work was theoretical and I didn't really understand the point of my modules. However I was very interested in the practical and lab work as well as the theory of what I was learning, always aiming to get an in depth knowledge of what I was learning. Now beinh in third year I can see the first two years are a necessary preparation for an engineering degree. I am now working on my IP and can see how the theoretical models that i learned can be put into practise and am really enjoying my work (even though sometimes it's a bit much). Tutors are generally helpful with some exceptions but I have had a very good student experience in Southamptom.

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Civil Engineering at University of Southampton is a very complex and fascinating subject. The resources and technology are world-leading, the teaching is very good and the facilities are of high standards.Feedback is always complete and provides enough information for students to be able to complete the assignments with a high standard.Overall al, a very good choice, one of the best in terms of teaching and quality.

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The degree is adequately challenging especially as I have never done the subject before. The information is new and all interesting, it is refreshing to be able to do something that I haven't previously done. As well as this the lecturers are brilliant with engaging tones and approachable personalities meaning you don't feel intimidated within the new environment.

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In terms of the degree program the first heat modules are a split of human (BA) and physical (BSc) modules so you can choose which you prefer. Although the degree program becomes more specionalised on the physical or human degree moving into 2nd/3rd there is still the choice to mix up and keep a choice. You have to ask for things, don't expect to just be given them..if you want to change modules or want something remarked don't expect the lectures to do it without you pushing for it

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The Staff at the University of Southampton are really passionate about their individual subject areas and that is why the teaching is so great. There is something to interest everyone. The downside to studying English at Southampton is the cost, especially for those of us who have a small student loan. The books that you 'need' to read are nearly always the most expensive editions and there is no help in paying for the cost of books that can be, in my experience, up to £150/module. For me, the only way that the course could be improved would be if the University could provide some core texts like they do for most other subjects. In the grand scheme of things though, I enjoy studying English at the University of Southampton.

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