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BA(Hons)

English Language and Literature

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
Q390
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time, sandwich, part-time
Programme leader:
Dr James Murphy and Dr Anna Piasecki
Key fact:
Explore how speech and language theory can be applied in the real world and hone analytical skills that will make you highly employable.

Page last updated 7 November 2017

Introduction

Why study English language and literature?

Studying these two subjects will provide you with a clear understanding of how English is structured, has evolved and is still evolving.

You'll explore how authors use language creatively and learn how to apply literary criticism to a variety of texts. 

Knowledge of English language and literature has direct, practical application in a wide range of careers.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English Language and Literature combines an excellent learning environment with outstanding teaching and research.

You'll be taught by leading academics and published researchers at Frenchay Campus, with plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Bristol's vibrant culture.

Explore the core areas of language and literature and develop specialist knowledge in areas such as discourse analysis, onomastics, rhetoric, creative writing, literary theory and critical theory.

Work with academic staff on projects involving local communities, including Sounds Bristolian and Place Names research.

Apply your knowledge practically in a wide range of fields, including in analysing spoken discourse, in specialist genres and in writing creatively. The course also offers the opportunity to gain a certificate in leadership and management accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Where can it take me?

Your specialist skills will be in great demand. This degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in industries such as publishing, the media, human resources or even teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Creativity, Critique and Literature
  • Literature and Ideas
  • English: Past, Present and Future
  • Meaning: Style and Discourse.

Year two

You will study:

  • Language, Research and the Workplace
  • Analysing Culture: Language and the Visual
  • Forms of Reading/Reading Forms.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Shakespeare's World of Words
  • Romanticism Unbound
  • Exploring the Eighteenth Century
  • British Writing 1900-1950
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970
  • Victorian Frictions.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from University on a work placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You'll study two literature modules from:

  • English Independent Project*
  • Children's Fiction Since 1900
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970
  • Literature and Culture in Britain 1885-1930
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Gothic Literature
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity.

Plus two language modules from:

  • Language Project*
  • The Sociolinguistics of Language Contact
  • The Cultural History of the English Language
  • Gender (Im)politeness and Power in Language
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Creative Writing and the Self
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Investigating Language with Corpora
  • Psycholinguistics.

*You can only choose one project module.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through one-to-one tutorials and smaller discussion-based seminar groups. You'll be supported through your course with essay feedback tutorials, study skills support and writing workshops, as well as peer-assisted learning (PAL) sessions.

Modules in English language will help you to build a foundation of skills in examining and analysing texts. Discover how meaning is made in spoken and written texts and explore how English has developed into the global language it is today.

Modules in literature allow you to hone your written and presentation skills as you research and develop informed opinions on literature. You'll be challenged by the latest methods of critical analysis and encouraged to develop an independent approach.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
124%76%0%100%
222%78%0%100%
319%81%0%100%

Events and societies

Sharpen your skills by writing for UWE Bristol student media. Publications include the Western Eye and Westworld, blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo, and the English Society's Cellar Door magazine.

Both our English literature and  language staff regularly organise events highlighting the region's dialects, languages, literary history and culture.

Study time

You'll have 12 hours of contact time over 24 weeks, with an additional hour for peer-assisted learning (PAL) sessions each week.

Outside of class, you'll undertake course reading, seminar exercises, preparation and writing of assignments, as well as organising group presentations (both oral and poster). We expect you to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through exams, essays and portfolios. You'll graduate with a body of work that demonstrates your skills to employers.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
127%60%13%100%
228%64%8%100%
332%68%0%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Work experience also allows you to hone your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from University on a work placement after Year two.

Students have secured work as teaching assistants overseas and in marketing departments, applying their knowledge in the real world.

Some students have been involved with Professor Richard Coates' fascinating FaNUK project, creating the largest ever database of UK family surnames. 

We also offer a number of summer internships with the Bristol Centre for Linguistics, where you will have the opportunity to get directly involved in the latest research and activities of our academic staff.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement.

Study facilities

You will study at Frenchay Campus,with access to excellent study facilities, such as computer labs equipped with specialist software for recording and transcription.

You'll be supported throughout your degree by your personal tutor and students at higher levels through our PAL (peer-assisted learning) programme. You could even become a PAL leader yourself.

Stay in close contact with our staff through our excellent student representative and staff forum.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

An English language and literature degree is highly regarded by employers and our graduates are in great demand.

You could go on to advise on and write government papers, company reports or doctors' communications with patients. Other careers are available in the media, publishing, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), public relations, communications, human resources, education and journalism.

Or you could go on to postgraduate study in areas including teacher training, marketing or the law.

Read about the careers and work placements of UWE Bristol students at The Linguistic Experience Project.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English Language, English Literature, Modern Language/s, Psychology, Sociology
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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