English Language and Literary Studies with Foundation Entry 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: FQ30
Code: IA3000A12Z
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 4 academic years
Part time: N academic years
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Our BA (Hons) English Language & Literary Studies with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study both English language and literature, but don’t have the necessary level 3 qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

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, 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 social media, email and text messaging use of English around the globe, explore Children's literature and young adult fiction, learn about children’s and animal communication and have the opportunity to develop your ability to teach the subject.

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 of this programme you will study 3 modules in total. These have all been designed to help you develop the skills you’ll need for higher level study of English Language & Literary Studies. You will also develop an understanding of the requirements of degree level study and it will give you an opportunity to practice studying and taking part in University level assessments. In short, you will gain a  firm grounding for the subject you want to study at degree level before starting your Honours degree.

In the second year you will then 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:

In the first year you will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Preparing for Higher Education
  • Foundation in English Language and Literary Studies

You will also be able to study one module from a choice of the following:

  • World in Crisis? A Foundation in Social Science
  • Popular Culture and Leisure in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

You will then move on to study a range from following modules in the second, third and fourth year of the programme, should you study full-time.

  • 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

Applicants to the foundation year with A-level (or other level 3 qualifications) gained within 5 years of entry will required to have either a minimum 32 UCAS points from subjects related to their intended target award or a minimum of 48 UCAS points overall. Students meeting this criterion may be admitted without interview.

We welcome applications from mature students without level 3 qualifications for these courses or from mature students whose Level 3 qualifications were gained more than 5 years ago. If this applies to you will be interviewed before your course and offered a place on the basis of your previously gained skills and experience.

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 GCSE English Language grade C or higher, a qualification directly equivalent to GCSE English Language grade C in terms of level and scope, or to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skill in an assessment undertaken as part of the application process. qualification) at grade C or above in Maths and English. In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above.


How will I be assessed?

In your first year your assessment is designed to give you a flavour of how you will be assessed in the later stages of the programme. 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 two you will be helped to produce presentations and reflective essays in order to develop your skills for year three. 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?

English graduates have excellent communication skills which make them highly desirable to employers.

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 of the careers that graduates of the programme have moved onto include: Journalists, a former student is currently working as a Headteacher, a Public Relations Officer for Oxford University Press, Proof readers and copywriters, a data analyst, a Director of Higher Education in a Further Education College. A number of 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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