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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English (f/t) (2015 entry)

Academic Year: 2015/16

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of English and Drama - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons)/BA (Hons) + DIntS + DPS
Programme title Single Honours English
Programme code EAUB01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend either: an approved placement in professional industry leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) or: an approved study at a University abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DPS). The sandwich year (part I) must be taken after satisfactory completion of Part B and before the commencement of Part C.
UCAS code Q300
Admissions criteria



Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:41:29 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The programme seeks to:

  • encourage in students a sense of enthusiasm for the study of English and foster engagement with reading, writing and visual sources, through a broad and diverse curriculum;
  • encourage students to reflect critically upon acts of writing and reading in English, and on the history of textual production and reception;
  • promote understanding of verbal creativity and appreciation of the aesthetic features of literary and non-literary texts;
  • enable students to think independently, reason critically, analyse different forms of discourse, and weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives;
  • instil in students advanced competence in oral and written communication;
  • develop a range of subject specific and generic skills of value in graduate employment, including highly developed critical, analytical and research skills.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The English Benchmark Statement

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

  • SEEC Level Descriptors

  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding


On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction,poetry,drama and otherkinds of writing and communication;

 a range of authorsand texts from different periods of history,including those before 1800;

 the relationship between literature and other forms of cultural production;

 the role of critical traditions in shaping literary history,and the importance of the linguistic,literary,cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read;

 the appropriate and precise use ofcritical,linguistic and stylistic terminology;

the range and variety of contemporary approaches to literary study which may include creative practice and its theorization;

how literature and language produce and reflect cultural change;

the structure and functions of the English language and of its regional and global varieties;

 the discipline’s relationship to other disciplines and forms of knowledge.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:


On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

 use critical skills in the close reading and analysis oftexts;

  show sensitivity to generic conventions and to the shaping effectson communication of circumstances,authorship,textualproduction and intended audience;

 demonstrate awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect judgments about the nature of language and literature;

 show understanding of the critical and theoretical models that apply to their studies;

  appreciate of the central role of language in the creation of meaning;

  rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument;

   where appropriate, demonstrate the use of theories and techniques of writing in their own creative work.



b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

 present cogent and persuasive arguments bot hin written and oral form and be able to respond to a range of texts through creative or analytical writing;

 critically evaluate the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral and written communication.

 demonstrate advanced and effective research skills,including the ability to access,work with and evaluate digital sources;

demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and judgment through critical or creative practice;

 deploy a broad range of critical vocabulary and appropriate theoretical terminology;

 demonstrate bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline,and expertise in accurately citing sources and using scholarly conventions in the presentation of work.



c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to    

demonstrate advanced literacyand communicationskills;

 demonstrate advanced analyticalskills and be able to handle complex informationin a structured and systematic way;

 understand and be able to interrogate and apply a varietyof theoretical and interpretive positions and be able to weigh the importance of alternative perspectives;

 show thecapacity to adapt and transfer the critical methods of the discipline to a variety of working environments;

 show their ability to initiate and take responsibility for their own work;

 work with others through the presentation of ideas and the collective negotiation of solutions;

 demonstrate high-level ITskills and the abilityt oa ccess,work with and evaluate electronic resources;

 demonstrate effective organisational and time-management skills.



4. Programme structure


  • All module are 20 credits except for the Part C Dissertation module which is a 40 credit weighting.
  • Module availability is subject to timetabling constraints. 
  • Students may, by following appropriate academic advice, pursue specialist areas of interest through their degree programme.
  • Students may select modules (with a total weighting of 20 credits) from those listed in the School Catalogue or the University’s Module Catalogue subject to approval by the School.


Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100)


Semester One (60 Credits)

Semester Two (40 Credits)

EAA700 (20)

Narrative Forms and Fiction

EAA011 (20)

Writing in History

EAA102 (20)

Introduction to Language

EAA701 (20)

Literary and Critical Theories

EAA104 (20)

Introduction to Poetry



Optional Modules (In semester two, in addition to the above compulsory modules, the student must choose a 20 credit optional module.  The following are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme)



Semester Two (20 Credits)

EAA006 (20)

Introduction to American Literature

EAA001 (20)

Introduction to Film Studies

EAA004 (20)

Language in Context






Part B


Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 40)


For each semester, students must choose at least one module from the four modules listed below.  One of these must be a pre-1800 module and one must be a post-1800 module. Students may, if they wish, choose all four modules.


Semester One (Min. 20 Credits)

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)

EAB710 (20)

Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)

EAB711 (20)

Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)

EAB008 (20)                  

Victorian Literature (post-1800)

EAB712 (20)

Modernisms   (post-1800)


Optional Modules (Total module weight 80)


The following are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme (of which no more than 8 will be offered in each semester).


Semester One

Semester Two

EAB113 (20)

Introduction to Linguistics

EAB110    (20)

Introduction to Multimodality

EAB713 (20)

A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now

EAB714    (20)

One True Sentence: Writing Fiction

EAB039 (20)

Nineteenth-Century American Writing  

EAB012 (20)

African American Culture

EAB154 (20)                                        

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare  

EAB050 (20)

Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts

EAB102 (20)      

American Adaptations   

EAB060 (20)

American Nightmare

EAB040 (20)

New Woman Writing of the Fin de Siecle

EAB035 (20)

The Weird Tale

EAB715 (20)

Modern Irish Literature

EAB016 (20)

Language in Society *Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Linguistics

EAB020 (20)

Diverse Voices

EAB018 (20)

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century


School-Wide Module Options


Semester One

Semester Two

 EAB918 (20) Revolt Against Fate

SAB933 (20)

Textile Futures 


SAB934 (20) Fashion Theory
SAB935 (20) Art, Activism and Society
SAB936 (20) Urban Visual Culture
SAB937 (20) Wearable words, artefacts and new technologies
SAB938 (20) Arts Management 
EAB033 Puppetry
EAB904 Playwriting and Dramaturgy

Part I 

DPS Route

Candidates will undertake an approved placement leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies. 

Semesters 1 and 2

(total modular weight 120)


Industrial Training Placement (DPS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits


DIntS Route

Semesters 1 and 2

(total modular weight 120)


Work Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits

Students choosing to undertake the study abroad or exchange options in Part B will only be allowed to additionally participate in an assistantship or placement in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Department. 

Participation in placement is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.  Registration on the module EU1002 will be at the discretion of the Department of Politics, International Relations and European Studies. 

Part C


NB Students are advised through academic guidance to select a Dissertation topic that reflects their specialist interests.


Compulsory Modules


Semester One

Semester Two


Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)


 Optional Modules (total modular weight 80 credits)


Students must choose 40 credits in semester one and 40 credits in semester two.  The following are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme, of which no more than 8 will be offered in each semester. (This will include ‘Analysing Work Experience’, which is limited to work placements and recruits approx. 6 students per semester).


Semester One

Semester Two

EAC900 (20)

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

EAC900 (20)

Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries

EAC042 (20)

Dimensions of Texts: Intro to Systemic Functional Linguistics

EAC024 (20)

Writings of Intimacy

EAC214 (20)

Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio * Pre-Requisite: Writing Poetry and/or Writing Fiction

EAC300 (20)

Rare Shakespeare

EAC229 (20)


EAC104 (20)

Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries

EAC034 (20)

Narratives of American Sport

EAC016 (20)

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

EAC227 (20)

Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost

EAC109 (20)

Romantic Writings 1815-1832

EAC012 (20)

America at War

EAC701 (20)

Global America

EAC022 (20)


EAC301 (20)

T.S. Eliot


School-Wide Module Options

Semester One

Semester Two

EAC912 (20) Costume Design EAC008 (20) Putting Women Centre Stage
    EAC806(20) The Child and the Book



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX but also: 

.1   In order to progress from Part A to Part B, obtain at least 40% in all compulsory modules and successfully complete and pass the 10% assessment component in Academic Guidance and Professional Development in the modules EAA700 and EAA701.

.2   In order to progress from Part B to Part C, obtain at least 40% in all compulsory modules.

.3   To be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, obtain at least 40% in all compulsory modules.

Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any part of the Programme to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX.  The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 40%, Part C: 60% to determine the final percentage mark.

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