English students at RHUL take a total of four full units a year. The first year is introductory in nature, consists of compulsory courses, and is taught by weekly lectures and seminars, with seminar sizes of around 16. The average contact time in the first year is 8 hours a week. The first year courses are assessed, and have to be passed for progression, but do not contribute towards your final degree result. In addition, throughout your first year you will meet with your personal adviser (a member of the academic staff) in small groups of around 4 or 5 every fortnight. These Foundation Tutorials focus on key skills such as close reading, structuring an argument, or formatting references correctly, and are designed to help you make the transition from college level to university level work.
More information on the content of the first year, and on second and third year courses, is available here: