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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English with a Minor in Business Studies (2015 entry)

Academic Year: 2018/19

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 School of the Arts, English and Drama
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons) / BA (Hons) + DPS + DINTS
Programme title English with a Minor in Business Studies
Programme code EAUB12
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend an approved placement in professional industry leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS). The sandwich year (Part I) must be taken after satisfactory completion of Part B and before commencement of Part C.
UCAS code Q3N1
Admissions criteria

BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q3n1

BA (Hons) + DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/qn31

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:53:34 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;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment prospects by developing a range of transferable skills embedded in the programme;
  • to ensure that graduates are trained to think independently, to reason critically, to weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives, and to analyse critically different forms of discourse.

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


  • The English Benchmark Statement

  • The Benchmark Statement for General Business and Management

  • 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 other kinds of writing and communication;

a range of authors and 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 of critical,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 toother disciplines and forms of knowledge.



an understanding of theories, principles and practice, developed from study of core management areas of human resources, finance, marketing and organisational behaviour;

knowledge of the importance of policy, planning and management in business;

the behaviour, management and development of people within organisations.


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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


use criticalskills in theclose reading and analysis oftexts;

show sensitivity to generic conventions and to thes haping effects on communication of circumstances,authorship,textual production 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.



Use critical thinking, analysis and syntheses to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios

Relate theory to practice.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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



present cogent and persuasive arguments both in 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 oforal 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 ofcriticalvocabulary and appropriatetheoreticalterminology;

demonstrate bibliographic skills appropriate to thed iscipline,and expertise in accurately citing sources and using scholarly conventionsin thepresentationof work.



Create, evaluate and/or assess a range of options in a business situation, applying ideas and knowledge from a variety of sources.

c. Key transferable skills:

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


demonstrate advanced literacy, numeracy and communication skills;

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

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

show the capacity 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 ability to access,work with and evaluate electronic resources;

demonstrate effective organisational and time-management skills.

4. Programme structure

Part A

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Semester One (40 Credits)


Semester Two (60 Credits)


Narrative Forms and Fiction

EAA011 (20)

Writing in History

BSA505 (10)

Organisational Behaviour

EAA701 (20)

Literary and Critical Theories

BSA050 (10)

Introduction to Management

BSA506 (10)

Management of Human Resources


BSA026 (10)

Principles of Law


Optional Modules In addition, students must choose 20 optional credits in semester one. 

Semester One (20 credits)


EAA104 (20)

Introduction to Poetry

EAA102 (20)

Introduction to Language


Part B

It is advisable that, where possible, students choose not more than 60 credits per semester.

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 50 credits)

In addition to the three compulsory Business modules below, students must choose at least one of the four English modules listed below.

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)   

BSB530 (10)

Accounting for Business

BSB562 (10)

The Marketing Mix

BSB560 (10)

Principles of Marketing



Optional English Modules (total modular weight 60 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

EAB710 (20)

Renaissance Writings (pre-1800) *if not chosen a compulsory

EAB711 (20)

Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800) *if not chosen a compulsory

EAB008 (20)

Victorian Literature      (post-1800) *if not chosen a compulsory                      

EAB712 (20)

Modernisms                          (post-1800) *if not chosen a compulsory

EAB113 (20)

Introduction to Linguistics

EAB110 (20)

Introduction to Multimodality

EAB035 (20)

The Weird Tale

EAB114 (20)

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

EAB039 (20)

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 

 EAB012 (20)

African American Culture

EAB154 (20)                                        

Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare  

 EAB050 (20)

Philosophy, Literature and the Arts

EAB102 (20)      

American Adaptations   

EAB060 (20)

American Nightmare

EAB040 (20)

New Woman Writing of the Fin de Siecle

EAB016 (20)

Language in Society *Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Linguistics

EAB020 (20)

Diverse Voices

EAB018 (20)

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century


Optional Business Modules (total modular weight 10 credits)

Students must choose an additional 10 optional credits in semester two from the Business list. The following modules are indicative of the kinds of modules that will typically be offered on the programme.


Semester Two

BSB532 (10)

Accounting for Managers

BSB550 (10)

Company Finance


School-Wide Module Options

Students may choose to take one School-Wide module (20 credits) in place of an optional English module in semester 2.

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 School-wide modules will be:

Semester Two

SAB933 (20)

Textile Futures 

SAB935 (20)

Art, Activism and Society

SAB936 (20)

Urban Visual Culture

SAB937 (20)

Wearable words, artefacts and new technologies

SAB938 (20)

Arts Management 


Costume Design


Modern and Contemporary British Theatre

EAB808 (20)

From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions


Part I

Four year Sandwich Programme (DPS) route

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

Semesters 1 and 2


Industrial Training Placement

120 credits


Part C

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 40 credits)

Semester One (20 credits)


Semester Two (20 credits)

BSC522 (10)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

BSC524 (10)

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Planning

BSC565 (10)

Fundamentals of Strategic Management

BSC575 (10)

Leadership and Interpersonal Skills


Optional Modules

Students must choose an additional 80 credits of English modules with 40 credits in semester one and 40 credits in semester two.

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 2018-2019 academic year the available modules will be:


Semester One (40 credits)

Semester Two (40 credits)

EAC009 (40)

Dissertation (year-long module)

EAC002 (20)

The Return od the King, Literature 1660 - 1714

EAC300 (20)

Adapting Shakespeare

EAC314 (20)

Maps and Motors

EAC701 (20)

Global America

EAC016 (20)

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

EAC024 (20)

Twenty-First Century Literature

EAC440 (20)

The Modern Poet

 EAC001 (20) Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s



EAC109 (20)

Romantic Writings 1815 - 1832

EAC900 (20)

Analysing Work Experience

EAC900_2 (20)  Analysing Work Experience



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 English modules.

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

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