English: Language, Literature and Writing - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VM1HE04
UCAS Code: QQ13

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Start DateLocationDuration
09/09/2019University Centre3 YearsApply

Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

A variety of learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars and workshops, which facilitate a lively, stimulating and challenging learning experience.

We will encourage you to adopt a hands-on approach to your learning, constantly reflecting on your progress and setting personal targets to support your development.

A strong focus on collaborative and group work will also help you to develop valuable interpersonal skills such as team working, negotiation and communication.

Timetabled sessions account for 24% of the course, with the remaining 76% assigned to independent study.

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) English Language, Literature and Writing

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Introduction to Writing Part aVM4MD01720Mandatory
Introduction to Literature Part BVM4MD01420Mandatory
Introduction to Writing Part BVM4MD01820Mandatory
Introduction to Language Part BVM4MD01620Mandatory
Introduction to Language Part aVM4MD01520Mandatory
Introduction to Literature Part aVM4MD01320Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Language and DiscourseVM5MD01920Mandatory
Linking Lang Lit Writing TheoryVM5MD02120Mandatory
Writing Genre Text and StyleVM5MD02020Mandatory
Literature Theory and CriticismVM5MD01820Mandatory
Excellence and Employability in EnglishVM5MD02320Mandatory
Linking Lang Lit Writing PracticeVM5MD02220Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Applied Writing StudiesVM6MD03120Mandatory
Acquisition of Language and LiteracyVM6MD03020Mandatory
Dissertation Writing PortfolioVM6MD3240Mandatory
Literature Society and Culture aVM6MD02820Mandatory
Literature Society and Culture BVM6MD02920Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Expert Tutors

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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

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