English: Language, Literature and Writing - BA Hons (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: BA (Hons) in English Language, Literature and Writing
The extraordinary success of this innovative three-year programme derives from our cross-discipline approach to the study of English. In this, you are introduced to the analysis of language and literature and encouraged to consider the surrounding issues that distinguish an average text from an outstanding one. Consequently, you are then able to apply these learning points to your own writing. The topics broached on the course promote an understanding of wider social and cultural contexts and deliver a knowledge base broad enough for graduates to be regarded as English specialists.
We provide you with a stimulating, challenging and creative environment in which to explore English in a wide variety of theoretical and practical formats. The programme offers an excellent opportunity to develop skills essential for a range of interesting and rewarding careers including: education, journalism, marketing and public relations, publishing and writing.
Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of 200 UCAS points from A Levels or an appropriate equivalent qualification with a minimum of C from A Level English Language or Literature. Functional Skills will be taken into consideration.
We also welcome applications from those with relevant work experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 80 (previously 200) UCAS points excluding functional skills from A-levels including A Level English Language or Literature at grade C or above, Access to HE Humanities pathway (to include English) or an appropriate equivalent qualification. You will also require GCSE English Language at grade C or above. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Career Options and Progression
The multi-disciplinary nature of the English degree means graduating students have the skills and acumen to work in a number of different industry environments and respond to a range of varying market demands. There is a choice of opportunities available to graduates including:
- Advertising and Branding
- Freelance writers
- Human Resource Management
- Public Relations
- Communications Director
- Speech Therapy
- Post graduate study within Language, Literature or Writing
- Progression to a Master’s degree.Progression to a PhD
Modules and Assessment
Year 1 (Level 4): is an introduction to all three layers of study, we examine a fascinating range of literature, we also develop analysis skills with which to explore texts linguistically. You are then encouraged to apply these newly acquired insights to develop and enhance your creative writing skills. Modules include: BL101 Introduction to Literature Part A, BL 102 Introduction to Literature Part B, BL103 Introduction to Language Part A, BL104 Introduction to Language Part B, BL 105 Introduction to Writing Part A, BL106 Introduction to Writing Part B, HE Tutorial.
Year 2 (Level 5) begins to make more direct links between the disciplines and this is where the programme is truly unique, offering a range of exciting and absorbing crossover options, investigating the links across the disciplines. We also begin to examine the career potential of an English degree with students being actively encouraged to create and submit copy for publishing to a wide range of potential outlets. Modules include: BL 201 Literature, Theory and Criticism, BL 202 Language and Discourse, BL203 Writing: Genre, Text and Style, BL 204 Linking Language, Literature, Writing: Theory, BL205 Linking Language, Literature, Writing: Practice, BL206 Excellence and Employability in English.
Year 3 (Level 6): During the final year of study, the focus is very much on individual interest and preparing you to take your specialisms forward into a wide and exciting marketplace. Module include: BL 301 Literature, Society and Culture I, BL302 Literature, Society and Culture II, BL 303 Acquisition of Language and Literacy, BL 304 Applied Writing Studies, BL305 Dissertation/Writing Portfolio.
Each individual module has a detailed assessment strategy that reflects that module’s aims and objectives. These strategies include essays, presentations, unseen written examinations, seen written examinations, open book examinations, portfolios of writing and research dissertations.
Breakdown of methods of assessment:
Year 1 (Level 4)
- Introduction to Literature Part A; 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Introduction to Language Part A; 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Introduction to Writing Part A: 100% coursework
- Introduction to Literature Part B: 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Introduction to Language Part B: 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Introduction to Writing Part B: 100% coursework
- HE Tutorial: 100% practical
Year 2 (Level 5)
- Literature, Theory and Criticism; 50% coursework
- Language and Discourse; 75% coursework, 25% practical
- Writing: Genre, Text and Style; 100% coursework
- Linking Language, Literature, Writing: Theory; 60% coursework, 40% exam
- Linking Language, Literature, Writing; Practice; 80% coursework, 20% practical
- Excellence and Employability in English; 75% coursework, 25% practical
Year 3 (Level 6)
- Literature, Society and Culture I; 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Literature, Society and Culture II; 50% coursework, 50% exam
- Acquisition of Language and Literacy; 60% coursework, 40% exam
- Applied Writing Studies; 100% coursework
- Dissertation/Writing Portfolio; 100% coursework
Teaching and Learning Methods
Learning and teaching strategies are designed to be informal and are based on interactive lectures, seminar sessions, and individual and group workshops. We also include the use of Moodle (VLE) as appropriate, to provide lecture notes, and supplementary video, audio, and textual materials. Both formative and summative assessments require students to demonstrate study skills and to use them in the analysis of information from a variety of sources. Various modes of assessment are used in different modules to ensure all aspects of learning are assessed and that students are engaged in different forms of assessment, covering their diversity of learning styles.
Year 1: Each first year module requires 152 independent learning hours plus 48 learning hours at college facilitated in a combination of some or all of the following: lectures, seminars, group tutorials and workshops. This is with the exception of HE tutorial which requires 16 independent study hours, 16 hours of online scheduled classes plus 32 learning hours at college in the form of group tutorials and workshops.
Year 2: Each second year module requires 152 independent learning hours plus 48 learning hours at college facilitated in a combination of some or all of the following: lectures, seminars, group tutorials, workshops and dissertation supervision.
Year 3: Each third year module requires 152 independent study hours plus 48 learning hours at college facilitated in a combination of some or all of the following: lectures, seminars, group tutorials, workshops and dissertation/writing portfolio supervision. This is with the exception of BL305 Dissertation/Writing Portfolio which requires 304 independent learning hours plus 96 learning hours in college.
Percentage of time in different learning activities, by year for this course:
Year 1: 24% time in lectures and seminars, 76% time in independent study Year 2: 24% time in lectures and seminars, 76% time in independent study Year 3: 24% time in lectures and seminars, 76% time in independent study
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement required as part of the course.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You should be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing.
Resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
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