(Here’s a ‘spotlight’ section on the Foundation Degree Course that I’m part of, originally published in the Higher Eduction newsletter by Weston College. I’m incredibly grateful to Julian, Marc, Claire, Cathy and Peter; the excellent people who have worked so hard on the course.)
Professional Writing is a new, two- year course, offering students the chance to create a range of texts, produced to industry standards, with the possibility to progress onto a third, top- up year at Bath Spa University.
“Bath Spa approached us with the idea, and we were keen to offer more progression routes for sixth form students studying English, Communication Studies and the Access courses,” Julian Kendell, course co-ordinator and tutor, says. “We recognised that there was no other course like it in this region, teaching writing in a business context.”
The course is taught by Julian Kendell, Claire Huxham, and freelance writer, Marc Leverton, as well as Peter Browse for part of the two years. “I was approached by Julian because I have worked as a freelance writer and know how tough it is,” Marc says. “I also tutor students at the College’s partner university, Bath Spa. Over the first year, we look at loads of different writing styles, including opinion pieces, news, travel and music writing and reviews, so I can share my experiences with my students.”
The Foundation Degree gives students the chance to ‘workshop’ their work, gaining and offering advice on how to improve, but also saying what works well within a piece. “In class, we do lots of practical exercises to help develop students’ confidence,” Marc explains. “This ‘workshopping’ process really helps to develop their writing abilities.”
“The course links with the BAHons in Creative Media Practise at our partner university, but any other institution can be applied for,” Julian says. Students can also enter employment as a feature or copy writer, or in a freelance capacity.