Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

English

Department of English and Drama

Year of entry: 2017

The course offers great flexibility through its mixture of compulsory and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BA (Hons)

English

Department of English and Drama

Year of entry: 2017

The course offers great flexibility through its mixture of compulsory and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • 93% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)
  • Top 15 in the UK for English (The Times Good University Guide 2016)

Our academic staff are recognised for their expertise in areas such as contemporary texts and theory, culture and communication, creative writing, and literature from the 16th century to the present day. Their knowledge of subject areas and enthusiasm for their research and teaching makes this a vibrant and supportive place for you to study in, and to learn transferrable skills for your future employment.

The BA Single Honours English curriculum offers you the freedom to construct a course covering literature and language within a broad range of fields and approaches, so providing a stimulating environment for your degree work. The modules we offer grow out of the current research interests and publications of our academic staff, making it possible for you to study the latest thinking in areas as diverse as the staging of Shakespeare, Film Studies, the Analysis of Poetry, Writings of Intimacy, and Language in Society.

There are also modules in Creative Writing, with tuition across the discipline, enhanced by teaching from visiting professional authors; and Publishing, which provides a specialized, skills-aware education in this subject area.

Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small-group teaching and all of our modules offer this component. Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with Personal Tutees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (with additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other dedicated research and study environments. 

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich Q301
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time Q300
Assessment

The course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods to encourage students to develop a broad set of skills and competencies. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work and peer assessments and dissertation. Exposure to a range of written and oral methods of communication builds effective and professional skill-sets for maximum employability. 

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates have entered careers in arts administration, accountancy, advertising, archiving, the civil service, creative arts, journalism, human resources, marketing, product development, management, the media (both TV and radio), public relations, publishing, research, teaching, law and web editing.

Course structure

Year 1

Our combination of compulsory and optional modules will introduce you to all aspects of the subject and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree studies. You will take courses exploring a range of literary genres, language studies, literary theory and criticism.

The texts you will study are from the Renaissance period to the twenty-first century, and you will read many different forms of literature, learn key theoretical approaches to the material, and develop your skills in close reading, oral communication and essay-writing.

Compulsory modules:

  • Narrative Forms and Fiction
  • Introduction to Language
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Writing in History
  • Literary and Critical Theories

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to American Literature
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Discourse Analysis
Year 2

Our compulsory modules allow you to develop your understanding of the literature of different historical periods and to study a range of well-known and less familiar writings that will extend your knowledge and confidence in the subject.

A choice of stimulating optional modules allows you to pursue areas of particular interest, and to deepen your understanding of the various social, cultural and political contexts of the texts you are studying.

Compulsory modules (choose at least 2):

  • Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)
  • Victorian Literature (post-1800)
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre-1800)
  • Modernisms (post-1800)

 Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Nineteenth-Century American Writing  
  • Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare  
  • American Adaptations   
  • New Woman Writing
  • African American Culture
  • Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts
  • American Nightmare
  • The Weird Tale
  • Diverse Voices
  • Language in Society
  • Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century
  • Textile Futures
  • Fashion Theory
  • Art, Activism and Society
  • Urban Visual Culture
  • Wearable Words
Optional placement year

Optional professional placement.

Final year

Our modules give you the freedom to specialise even further in your own areas of interest. The wide range of course choices are taught from our tutors’ research specialisms and present you with the most current knowledge and theories. This is an exciting opportunity to study the literary texts, themes and contexts that you are passionate about. You will also be able to identify, research, and write on a dissertation subject of your choice.

Compulsory modules:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries
  • Dimensions of Texts: Intro to Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Writings of Intimacy
  • Rare Shakespeare
  • Aphra Behn and Her Contemporaries
  • Neo-Victorianism
  • Narratives of American Sport
  • Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture
  • Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • America at War
  • Ulysses
  • A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry now
  • The Modern Poet
  • Global America
  • One True Sentence: Writing Fiction

 You may choose to take a small number of modules from other disciplines as part of your degree in each year of your studies. Popular choices include:

  • Drama
  • Publishing and Marketing
  • Politics
  • Languages (Chinese, French, German, Spanish)

There are also international exchange courses for study abroad.

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: Q301 BA (Hons) DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB including English, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level English
Additional

UCAS code: Q300 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB including English, plus Highers at majority B grades
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A level English
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Placements

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with year-long paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study. Students gain enormously from the experience, and after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment.

Studying abroad

Our courses enable you to study for a selected period of time in international destinations such as the United States, Canada, Singapore and continental Europe. Successful completion of a year abroad leads to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS) with the results from a semester abroad (3-4 months) counting towards your final degree.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: Q301

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: Q300

Our students

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“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

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Fiona M

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

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“Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that.”

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Christopher L

“You make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn about places you’ve never even heard of.”

Emma G

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Hannah K

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Helen W

“Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.”

Kelly L

“You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.”

Laura H

“I have been inspired by the successes of past students and will be extremely proud to say I have studied at Loughborough University.”

Lily S

“Over the past two years I have established myself as a skilled individual, both technically and personally. Loughborough respects students for who they are and what they want to achieve.”

Rachel H

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be at any other university – not even if you paid for my tuition!”

Sarah J

“You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.”

Kabwe K

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi I

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece P

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina T

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron P

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona M

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

Beatriz S

“Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that.”

Catherine M

“What set Loughborough apart from other universities I visited was the clear sense of ‘hall spirit’ and the close yet expansive bonds people seemed to have with each other.”

Charlotte M

“The thrill of having H&M come into the University to review, critique and select possible internship candidates was exciting…”

Christopher L

“You make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn about places you’ve never even heard of.”

Emma G

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Hannah K

“Studying at Loughborough has given me the opportunity to meet a variety of diverse, interesting people.”

Helen W

“Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.”

Kelly L

“You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.”

Laura H

“I have been inspired by the successes of past students and will be extremely proud to say I have studied at Loughborough University.”

Lily S

“Over the past two years I have established myself as a skilled individual, both technically and personally. Loughborough respects students for who they are and what they want to achieve.”

Rachel H

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be at any other university – not even if you paid for my tuition!”

Sarah J

“You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.”