Each year you will take two course units in each subject.
The course has a modular structure, whereby students take 14 course units at the rate of four per year in years 1, 2 and 4; two in drama and two in Italian, and two units during the year abroad. Some course units are compulsory, while others are elective, thereby offering flexibility and some choice.
Teaching will combine seminars/workshops, presentations and small group work as well as role play and conversational activities, with some lectures. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources such as Powerpoint slideshows, copies of selected primary and secondary texts, audiovisual materials, class and seminar preparation aids, links to relevant external sites, quizzes and grammar and essay writing guidance, and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. IT applications are used to explore many aspects of the subject, and we support your capability in this area through an Information Technology Skills course. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Tutor to support you academically and personally and who holds regular surgery hours at least twice weekly.
You will also take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This course does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.
Assessment methods are designed to match the course content. For Drama this will include examinations, essays, seminar presentations and practical assignments. You are often assessed as part of a group. In Italian you will take examinations and produce coursework such as essays, language exercises, translations, or reports at regular intervals and the marks you receive for these pieces of work count towards your final mark. We also use oral presentations and computer-based tests to assess grammar and comprehension skills in some course units.