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BA(Hons)

English Language and Literature

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2020/21
Course code:
Q390
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
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
Study abroad:
Yes
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 29 October 2019

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.

Conduct research, go on field trips and work on live briefs to put your learning into practice. 

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.

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you'll graduate with the skills and confidence to pursue diverse careers.

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).

You could also go into areas such as marketing, HR, policy development or the intelligence services.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

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:

  • Literature and the Marketplace
  • Literature and Ideas
  • English: Past, Present and Future
  • Making Meaning.

Year two

You will study:

  • Literature in the World
  • Shakespeare's Heroes and Villains
  • The Black Atlantic: from the Middle Passage to Hip Hop.

Plus, four optional modules from:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language at Work
  • Investigating Language as Social Impact
  • The Language of Life
  • Nonverbal Communication.

Placement year (if applicable)

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

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study two optional English modules from:

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

Plus, two optional English language modules:

  • Language Project*
  • 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
  • Language and Cognition
  • Languages in the Mind.

*You may only chose one project module in Year three.

You will take one less English or English language module if you have completed a placement year.

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.

Build a compelling set of professional skills, with access to leading facilities and opportunities to work with experienced professionals.

Modules in English language will help you 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. Explore how communication happens in different settings and cultures, and look at topics such as non-verbal communication and communication and identity.

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.

Work with new technology such as our Eye Tracker system, take part in dialect studies on Twitter, and work on live briefs with our external partners.

Research is built into all the modules on the course. You'll build your own research skills, and work with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field.

You'll also learn to become 'enterprising' in your approach, building your confidence to take your skills into different careers. 

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

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

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Events and societies

Sharpen your skills by writing for UWE Bristol student media. Publications include the Hub Voice, 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.

Take part in research projects through the Bristol Centre for Linguistics, such as Sounds Bristolian, which celebrates the kaleidoscope of languages, language varieties, styles and identities that make the city of Bristol distinctive. 

Develop as an 'engaged citizen', getting involved in projects such as teaching English to women at Bristol's Somali Centre, or working with primary schools to develop more inclusive language policies.

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

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

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

On completion of the Language, Research and the Workplace module, you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.

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 study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the 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) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688

Part Time Course

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

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) Fee13500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1688
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11812

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: 112
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: no specific subjects required.
  • All applicants will also require:

  • GCSE subjects: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Entry requirements

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BA(Hons) English Language and Literature (with Foundation Year).

International applicants

For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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