Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English (f/t) (2015 entry and 2016 entry)

Academic Year: 2016/17

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 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:07:40 BST

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 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 modules are 20 credits except for the Part C Dissertation module which is a 40 credit weighting.

  • Optional module titles are indicative of the options typically offered on the programmes, subject to availability and timetable permitting.

  • 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)


Narrative Forms and Fiction


Writing in History


Introduction to Language


Literary and Critical Theories


Introduction to Poetry


Optional Modules In semester two, in addition to the above compulsory modules, the student must choose a 20 credit optional module. 


Semester Two (20 Credits)


Introduction to American Literature


Introduction to Film Studies


Discourse Analysis

Part B

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 40 – 20 credits per semester)

For each semester, students must choose at least one module from the modules listed below.  One of these must be a pre-1800 module and one must be a post-1800 module.

 Semester One (Min. 20 Credits)

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)


Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)


Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)


Victorian Literature (post-1800)


Modernisms   (post-1800)


Optional Modules

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:
  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language and Linguistics

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature and Film

In the 2016-2017 academic year the available modules will be:


Semester One

Semester Two


Diverse Voices


Elephants and Engines (SW)


Nineteenth Century American Writing


African American Culture


Introduction to Linguistics


Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts


New Woman Writing


Introduction to Multimodality


Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare


Language in Society


American Adaptations


Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century


Weird Tale


American Nightmare


Renaissance Writings (if not taken as a compulsory)


Eighteenth-Century Literature  (if not taken as a compulsory)


Victorian Literature  (if not taken as a compulsory)


Modernisms   (if not taken as a compulsory)

  School-Wide Module Options




Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:


  • History of Art, Architecture and Design

  • Visual Culture

  • Arts Management


In the 2016-2017 academic year the available modules will be:



Semester Two





Textile Futures


Art, Activism and Society


Urban Visual Culture


Wearable Words, Artefacts and New Technologies


Arts Management










Modern and Contemporary British Theatre


Costume Design


From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions

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)

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:
  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language and Linguistics

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature and Film

In the 2016-2017 academic year the available modules will be:


Semester One

Semester Two


Narratives of American Sport




Myth and History: Milton’s Paradise Lost




America at War


Rare Shakespeare


Cruel and Unusual





A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now


Global America (PJ)



The Modern Poet



One True Sentence: Writing Fiction


Dimensions of Texts


Aphra Behn and her Contemporaries


Writings of Intimacy


Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries


Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries




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.

Prospective students

Information on studying at Loughborough University, including course information, facilities, and student experience.

Find out more »