A brand new range of courses at Liverpool Hope University could set you up for a dream career in TV, sport, theatre or science.
With Coronavirus social distancing plans firmly in place, Hope says it’s looking forward to welcoming students back to campus this month for the start of the 2020 academic year.
And as Hope continues to look forward to the future with renewed enthusiasm, the University has revealed details of innovative new degree programmes that will launch in 2021 - giving applicants plenty of time to get excited about joining.
The degrees cover a range of topics, from audience-pleasing performing arts to cutting-edge biomedical science.
Meanwhile the emphasis of the courses remains clear - to prepare students for a career in industry and to make them employable to the fullest extent possible.
Catherine Harvey, Director of Student Enrolment at Hope, says: “As a University, we’re proud of our rich heritage and place a real emphasis on research excellence and top-quality teaching.
“And our new range of degrees beginning next year reflect that ethos.
“We’re extremely excited to be able to welcome both staff and students back to campus in the coming weeks, as we embrace both new arrivals as well as those returning to their studies.
“And now is also the time to start looking to the future as we emerge from this period of great uncertainty with fresh vigour, and as we continue to expand on our range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.”
Here we take a look at what’s new to Hope’s course roster:
Film, TV, Radio and Media Production (BA Hons)
If you’ve got an idea for a film, TV series or radio drama that you’ve never quite seen to fruition, this exciting new degree could be the course for you.
It encompasses lots of different elements of creative media production.
And during your studies you’ll be required to devise an original script - whether it’s for the cinema screen, small screen or the airwaves - before delivering a pilot or taster episode.
And the practical work doesn’t end there.
You’ll also learn about pitching to industry, as well as juggling budgets, before you plug your work through promotional blogs and podcasts.
And underpinning these creative elements is the theory - as you’ll discover an innovative approach to analysis while also becoming comfortable with various techniques for digital creative software programming and coding.
Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health (BSc Hons)
The world is facing a mounting obesity epidemic. And with this degree, you could find yourself at the cutting edge of efforts to help improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. Based within the School of Health Sciences, you’ll learn, among other things, about human anatomy and physiology, nutritional biochemistry and the epidemiology of disease. You’ll also probe the psychology of exercise and health, as well as ideas about how to promote good health to the public.
And it’s anticipated graduates will go on to enjoy careers in community development, nutrition and healthy eating promotion, as well as in exercise referral and lifestyle management.
Professor Omid Khaiyat, Head of School, says: “Graduates could secure employment with a wide range of organisations, including the NHS, private healthcare, local councils, charities and public health agencies, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities in health and fitness promotion.”
Interactive & Immersive Performance (BA Hons)
If you’re a video game fanatic, this unique new degree should appeal. And it’s a course where ‘career prospects are diverse and significant’.
You’ll be learning all about the ‘Digital Creative’ sphere, from games, augmented or virtual reality, to installations and performance events. You might also want to combine the degree with Music, Drama or Computer Science for a ‘truly innovative study experience’.
You’ll also get hands-on experience, too. In the second year of study, students will enjoy a placement with an arts organisation, providing ‘professional skills to inform your final year of study’.
And it should hold you in good stead for a career that encompasses music concerts, theatre and dance productions, as well as more experimental music and performance art.
Applied Biomedical Health (BSc Hons)
This innovative new degree course covers aspects of disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment, as well as human anatomy, public health, clinical nutrition and epidemiology.
That means you’ll analyse everything from physical activity, to how sleep might fundamentally impact on your health.
And the aim is to equip you with the ‘laboratory, specialist practical and transferable skills which will prepare you for future employment’, whether that’s working for the NHS, in clinical trial research units or in specialist areas of health and wellbeing.
As the University points out: “Undertaking this degree at Liverpool Hope will enable you to develop a range of applied laboratory, specialist practical and transferable skills that will prepare you for future employment, postgraduate research and lifelong learning in the sciences.”
Musical Theatre (BA)
Hope’s Musical Theatre degree forms part of the University’s Combined Honours programme. That means you can’t study it in isolation, but you can combine it with a wide range of other courses, including Business Management, Criminology, Geography, Human Biology and Psychology - to name but a few.
Musical theatre itself has long been a major contributor to the economies of most major cities - and it’ll continue to be crucial when audiences take their seats as Coronavirus lockdown eases.
And Undergraduates on this course will tackle Musical Theatre from lots of different angles - whether it’s performing, composing, directing or producing. And you’ll explore the relationships between music, dance and acting - as well as how words, music and movement can keep audiences enthralled.
Students will enjoy acting and dance seminars alongside one-to-one singing lessons. Crucially, the course also includes elements of business management, marketing and administration, setting you up for a career in this vibrant industry.
Students can also lean on Hope’s industry contacts to gain real life practical skills, and ‘will be strongly encouraged to engage with the advancement of your knowledge of the business behind Musical Theatre production through potential professional placements.’