English Language and Politics BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: Q320
Code: IA3100C19
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
Start Dates: september 2019
Term Dates: View term dates
Overview

This English Language and Politics BA (Hons) course enables you to study both English Language and Politics equally at the same level. Don't worry, studying joint honours doesn't mean more work. You'll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.

On this exciting and innovative Joint Honours programme you will also cover a broad range of contemporary issues in language. The course will introduce you to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language, aspects of linguistic structure and language variation in English. The introductory modules look at issues such as how our language changes according to the context in which it is being used, how men's and women's language use differs, how we acquire language and how and why it breaks down. 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, develop your own web design skills and reflect on your own language use. You will gain the critical understanding, cultural awareness and analytical skills to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of sectors.

The Politics programme is stimulating, interesting and contemporary, and quickly develops students' own powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. It is designed to help you to form a deeper understanding of the Politics of Britain and the wider world, whilst exploring the world of the political, within the complex power relationships of contemporary society. In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of Politics, to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas and to understand some of the key debates and issues in the world around us. At second and third level students can choose from a range of modules to reflect developing interests and potential career choices.

What will I study?

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Introduction to English Language
  • Language and Society
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Introduction to British Government & Politics
  • Comparative Politics

Level 5 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules out of a choice of 6 as indicated by *) include:

  • Language Style and Communication
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Social Science Research Methods with SPSS
  • New Politics in Britain

Choose 1 English Language module from the optional modules below:

  • Discourse Studies
  • Cognitive Linguistics

and choose 2 Politics modules from the optional modules below

  • Local and Regional Government
  • Political Ideas and the Making of the Modern World: the Western Perspective
  • Government and Politics of the USA

Level 6 Modules (there is 1 mandatory module and 4 optional modules out of a choice of 9 as indicated by *) include:

  • Dissertation

Choose 2 English Language modules from the optional modules below

  • Language, Identity and Communication
  • Critical Approaches to text analysis
  • Language and Power
  • Discourse and Cognition

and choose 2 Politics modules from the optional modules below:

  • Saving the World?: Green Politics, Green Society
  • International Relations and Globalisation
  • United States Foreign Policy and the making of a New Global Order
  • Riots, Public Disorders and responses of the State

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme. 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. 

How will I be assessed?

Modules in at Level 4 study are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Level 5 and 6 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations. You can also expect to take part in seminar presentations which will form part of the assessment for Level 5 and 6 modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).

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.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could 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.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

Employers like the Joint Honours degrees – for the reason that graduates come out with a range of skills from the different subjects they have studied. The degree will help you develop ‘soft’ transferrable skills such as presentation skills, synthesizing and analytical skills – and the ability to develop arguments for example. These are all skills that employers look for in graduates. The breadth of careers that you could move into is immense – this could include for example work in local government, civil service, work within the leisure industry, Politics, teaching via a PGCE, marketing, junior management roles and more. Postgraduate study will also be encouraged and students have progressed onto a variety of Masters programmes.

Career Options

Member Of Parliament (MP)

  • £
    67,060
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Members of parliament (MPs) represent the people of their local constituency in the House of Commons. If you have strong political beliefs and you would like to represent a local community, this job may offer the opportunities you’re looking for.

You’ll need to be motivated, determined and committed and have the confidence to speak in public. You would also need to be persuasive, enthusiastic and have a good understanding of local and national issues.

To be able to stand as an MP, you must be at least 18, and be a citizen of Britain, a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland.

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Local Government Officer

  • £
    16,000
    + starting salary
  • 35-37 hours per week

As a local government officer, you would be responsible for putting council policies into practice. You would also make sure that local services are delivered well. If you are keen to be involved in your local area and want to work in an office, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a local government officer, you will need to be able to deal with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. You will also need good negotiating and organisational skills.

The skills and experience that are needed will vary depending on the duties and level of responsibility. Experience of working in a customer service environment and IT skills are highly valued by employers and may help to improve your chances of finding work.

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Newspaper Journalist

  • £
    15,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers. If you're interested in current affairs and you'd like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy.

You’ll need to have an enquiring mind and enjoy researching and investigating your story. You’ll also need to be determined and persistent, to make sure you get all the facts and to see your story published on time.

You can get into newspaper journalism by training at college or university, or by joining a local or regional newspaper and training on the job.

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Advertising Copywriter

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

Copywriters or 'creatives', produce the written words or ‘copy’ for advertisements. This could be anything from slogans and text for printed ads and leaflets, to radio jingles and scripts for TV commercials. If you are creative, imaginative and have excellent writing skills, this job could be perfect for you.

You’ll be using your written communication skills to get your message across and catch people’s attention. A good business sense and a good understanding of the advertising industry will help you write successful advertising campaigns.

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Copy Editor

  • £
    16,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Copy editors check written text before it's published in books, journals and websites. If you’ve got a good standard of English and can work to tight deadlines, then this could be a career that you would enjoy.

You’ll be paying close attention to detail in this job so you would need to able to concentrate for long periods. You would also need to have good written and spoken communication skills for giving constructive feedback to authors and writers.

Most new copy editors have a degree and experience of working in the publishing industry.

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Diplomatic Service Officer

  • £
    19,437
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

As an officer in the diplomatic service, you would work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) either in the UK or abroad. You would promote and protect British interests and citizens overseas, and provide advice and support to ministers developing UK foreign policy. If you are interested in international affairs and you are a quick thinking problem solver, this job could suit you well.

To be good at this job you will need to communicate well, and get on with people from all societies and cultures. You will need to be willing to work anywhere in the world.

Entry requirements vary depending on the grade of job you're applying for. To join the FCO at any grade, you must meet the nationality and residency requirements, and pass a strict security vetting process.

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Public Relations Officer

  • £
    18,000
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

As a public relations officer, you would be responsible for managing an organisation’s image and reputation. If you like variety and challenge this job could be perfect for you.

You will need to have excellent communication skills. You’ll also need to be good at managing your time and working with many different kinds of people.

There are no set qualifications for this job, although many public relations officers will have a degree qualification.

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Secondary School Teacher

  • £
    22,244
    + starting salary
  • 39+ hours per week

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Proofreader

  • £
    Variable
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Proofreaders check written text after it has been edited and before it is printed or published. They also provide a final quality check to make sure that nothing has been missed. If you are good at spelling and grammar, and can concentrate for long periods, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you will need to be accurate and pay close attention to detail. You will need good IT skills and be able to motivate yourself to meet deadlines.

There are no set entry requirements for becoming a proofreader. It may be useful to have a degree in a subject like English. Relevant experience is also highly valued.?

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