Course studied: BA (Hons) French and Communication & Society
We now offer: BA (Hons) Communications and Linguistics
My course is really engaging and both my subjects tie in well together... I find there’s also a good balance between practical and theoretical learning.
More about Michèle
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“My course is really engaging and both my subjects tie in well together. Clifton Campus has a nice atmosphere and I get along well with the staff and my peers. I find there’s also a good balance between practical and theoretical learning. Even as a mature student, I’ve not felt out of place. NTU has been very welcoming and the support I’ve received has been top notch.”
What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?
“I have found the lecturers to be really passionate about their work. They are friendly and approachable. Honestly the support has been amazing, I’m very thankful.”
Has the course included any trips or guest speakers – if so can you talk about ones you found the most useful?
“We have had plenty of guest speakers ranging from potential employers to activists. Lecturers teaching on my course also often share teaching responsibilities – although they don’t technically count as guest speakers, it’s refreshing to have a mix of staff sharing their expertise based on the weeks lecture content. It keeps things dynamic and interesting.”
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering applying for your course?
“Do it! Going back to university is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The French department is excellent – as a French Canadian, I was already fluent (albeit a bit rusty!) but my oral and written French skills have increased considerably since I began my studies.”
“Communication & Society is also very interesting as a subject. I would highly recommend it if you have an interest in sociology, politics, philosophy, psychology and media studies. It’s a great choice if you want to explore more than one academic interest.”
Could you please explain more about your recent placement, and what you did during this time?
“In my second year, I completed a module called Humanities at Work, which provided me with an opportunity to gain experience in a field related to my studies. My placement was at the National Justice Museum, where I helped plan and deliver family learning workshops. I interacted with schoolchildren and families and worked on my own activity development project. It was interesting to see how a museum is ran and organised. I also learned a lot about Nottingham’s history which was pretty neat.”
Did NTU help you to attain your placements? If so, how?
“The employability team did help me find my placement. After we had a chat about my goals and my interests, they suggested a bunch of possible placement matches for me. They also helped buff up and review my CV.”
What was the most interesting / enjoyable aspect of this placement and why?
“Working with the museum staff and just being able to experience what it was like to work in a professional environment was so helpful. It really boosted my confidence and I have a much better idea what to expect when the time comes for me to go job hunting once I graduate. The museum and caves tour was also pretty awesome.”
What skills have you gained by completing this placement?
“I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my existing abilities and I am much more comfortable in working with others.”
How will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?
“I think that just knowing what to expect when I go to apply for a graduate job will make a big difference. My placement has shown me that I am capable of working at a high level and given me confidence, which will help boost my employability. I don’t quite have a career path figure out yet – I’m planning on staying at NTU to do my masters so we’ll see!”
Choosing just one subject to study at university can be a challenge! If you’re stuck weighing up different subjects, a joint honours course could be the ideal solution!