English Language and Literary Studies BA (Hons) - Subject to Validation

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Award: BA (Hons) in English Language & Literary Studies (FT)
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: Q300
Code: IA3000A12
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 3 academic years
Part time: 6 academic years
Term Dates: View term dates

This is an exciting and innovative English Language and Literary Studies BA (Hons) course which covers a wide range of contemporary issues in language and literature. The major historical periods are represented, as are influential, exciting and thought-provoking texts from all the major literary genres. However, this degree is not just about Shakespeare's poetry and the rise of the novel, though these are covered in detail. You will also explore the history and diversity of the English Language, examine the impact of new media, such as the Internet, email and text messaging on English around the globe, explore Children's literature and young adult fiction and reflect on your own language use.

All of our English programmes offer student-friendly timetables, and full and part-time study options. Our staff are supportive, highly qualified and experienced, and study is enhanced by guest speakers, international trips, and visits within the UK to lectures, conferences, theatre productions and exhibitions.

What will I study?

In the first year you will take a range of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with approaches to the study of English from both a language and a literature perspective and to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas. At second and third year levels, you can choose from a range of English language and literature modules depending on individual preference. All students undertake modules on research methods and there is a related IT provision which equips you with key transferable skills. Assignments are challenging and are designed to develop a range of key critical and analytical skills, as well as subject knowledge. Our graduates are knowledgeable, confident, socially aware, imaginative and enthusiastic individuals who work well under pressure and they are actively sought after in a wide number of occupations and professions.

Modules include:

  • English Language and Literature: History, Diversity and Change
  • Language and Style
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Studying English
  • Contextual Studies
  • Issues in Stylistics
  • Learning English: Language Development
  • Communication Studies
  • Language, Identity and Representation
  • Language and Power
  • Critical Perspectives on English in Education
  • Shakespeare
  • Sex, Society and Poetry
  • Romantic Writings
  • Children's Literature
  • Post 1945 British Literature
  • The Victorian Novel
  • The Short Story: Sex Symbolism and the Supernatural
  • Final Honours Dissertation
  • Critical approaches to Textual Analysis
  • Contemporary Issues in Young Adult Literature
  • Critical Approaches to Poetry

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) English Language & Literary Studies. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.



Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 200 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6.0. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.

In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a grade C at A level, or equivalent, in both English Language and English Literature or the combined A level in English Language and Literature. Should you only have (or be predicted to gain) one English A level at grade C from the above, you should still apply. However, applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria will be invited to interview with a member of the English team to discuss their options. Remember you may also be eligible to join English Language and Literary Studies with Foundation Entry  BA (Hons). 



How will I be assessed?

During the course you’ll be assessed by a variety of methods. These include coursework and examination to ensure a thorough understanding of the subject. In year one you will be helped to produce presentations and reflective essays in order to develop your skills for year two. In your final year you will produce a 9,000 word honours dissertation during which you will be supported by a supervisor. Most modules are equally weighted between coursework and examinations, although some are 100% coursework.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Graduates from the course have gone on to work in adult education, teaching, journalism, local government, publishing, community organisations, social services, the Police Service and criminal justice organisations as well as business and management roles: including marketing, copywriting and writing for new digital media. Some students go on to study at postgraduate level.



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"The assessment feedback given to students is an example of very good practice. Feedback throughout the scripts is balanced, detailed, personalised, clear and supportive.  I particularly appreciate the fact that lecturers know whose work they are marking and are able to show their familiarity with the student and their previous work. The lecturers use this to great effect in their feedback."

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