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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English and Sports Science (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
Programme title English and Sports Science
Programme code EAUB09
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 QC36
Admissions criteria

BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/qc36

BA (Hons) + DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q3c6

Date at which the programme specification was published Wed, 22 Aug 2018 15:53:17 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • 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;
  • develop students’ understanding of the human responses and adaptations to sport and exercise;
  • provide an understanding of  the historical, social, political , economic and cultural diffusion, distribution and impact of sport in a multi-disciplinary way;
  • encourage students in the pursuit of sport and exercise and its enhancement, monitoring and analysis.

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

  • The English Benchmark Statement

  • Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism 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 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 to other disciplines and forms of knowledge.


Sport Science

the effects of sport and exercise intervention, and being able to appraise and evaluate these effects on the individual;

the disciplines underpinning human structure and form;

the skills required to monitor, analyse, diagnose and prescribe action to enhance the learning and performance of sport in both laboratory and field settings;

the variables involved in the delivery (teaching, instructing, coaching) of enhanced sport performance;

the social, economic and political theory to explain the development and differentiation of sport in society.

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 of texts;

show sensitivity to generic conventions and to the shaping 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.


Sport Science

the ability to identify and analyse a broad range of human and situational variables operating in sport;

the ability to consider the many factors which may have facilitative or debilitative effects upon sport performance.

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 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.


Sport Science

monitor and evaluate sports performance in laboratories and field settings;

undertake laboratory fieldwork efficiently and with due regard to safety and risk assessment;

plan and execute appropriate techniques and skills in the practice of sport activities.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

demonstrate advanced literacy and communication skills;

demonstrate advanced analytical skills and be able to handle complex information in 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

  • The following module titles are indicative of the options typically offered on the programme subject to availability and timetable permitting 
  • Students must choose 120 credits across the year, with 60 credits in each of the joint disciplines.
  • 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.

 Part A

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Semester One (50 Credits)


Semester Two (50 Credits)

PSA001  Teaching and Coaching 1 (year-long 20 credit module)

PSA011 (10)

Introduction to Pedagogy

PSA030 (10)

Introduction to Physical Activity and Health

PSA024 (10)

Introduction to Sociology of Sport

PSA026 (10)

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

EAA700 (20)

Narrative Forms and Fiction

EAA701 (20)

Literary and Critical Theories



Optional Modules In addition, students must choose 20 optional credits from the following in EITHER semester 1 OR semester 2. The following are indicative of the optional modules typically offered on the programme.

Semester One


Semester Two

EAA102 (20)

Introduction to Language

EAA011 (20)

Writing in History

EAA104 (20)

Introduction to Poetry



Part B  

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

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 20 credits)

Students must choose at least one module from the four modules listed below. 

Semester One (20 Credits)

Semester Two (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)


English Optional Modules (total modular weight 40 credits)

Students may choose an additional 40 optional credits. The remaining 60 optional credits must be chosen from the Sport Science list.

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 (if not a chosen compulsory)

EAB711 (20)

Eighteenth-Century Literature (if not a chosen compulsory)

EAB008 (20)

Victorian Literature (if not a chosen compulsory)    

EAB712 (20)

Modernisms (if not a chosen 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


Sport Science Optional Modules (total modular weight 60 credits)

Students must choose 60 credits optional credits. Students are advised, where possible, to choose a total (including their English modules) of not more than 60 credits per semester.

Semester One

Semester Two

PSB001 (20)

Teaching and Coaching 2 (year-long, 20 credit module)

PSB010 (20)

Sport and Exercise Pedagogy (year-long, 20 credit module)

PSB024 (10)

Making sense of Modern Sport

PSB002 (10)

Structural Kinesiology

PSB031 (10)

Psychological Issues and Strategies in Sport

PSB015 (10)

Sport, Ideologies and Values


PSB026 (10)

Group and Interpersonal Process in Competitive Sport



PSB033 (10)

Principles of Exercise Psychology

PSB032 (10)  Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health      


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 2

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

There are no compulsory modules in Part C for English and Sport Science Students

Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each subject area in part C.

Students can choose a minimum of 50 and a maximum of 70 credits each semester provided that 120 credits are accumulated overall.

Optional Modules (total modular weight 120 credits)


English 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 2018-2019 academic year the available modules will be:


Semester One

Semester Two

EAC009 (40)

Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)





EAC314 (20)

Maps and Motors

EAC300 (20)

Adapting Shakespeare

EAC002 (20)

The Return of the King, Literature 1660 - 1714

EAC103 (20)


EAC440 (20)

The Modern Poet

EAC701 (20)

Global America

EAC016 (20)

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

EAC024 (20)

Twenty-First Century Literature

EAC900 (20)

Analysing Work Experience

EAC900_2 (20)

Analysing Work Experience


Sport Science Optional Credits

Semester One

Semester Two

PSC017 (20)

Sport Pedagogy 3

PSC032 (20)

Physical Activity and Health of Children

PSC024 (10)

Sport, the Body and Deviance

PSC018 (20)

Teaching and Coaching 3

PSC033 (10)

Psychology in Physical Education and Youth Sport

PSC023 (10)

Sport, Celebrity and Place

PSC035 (10)

Performance Psychology for Sporting Excellence

PSC034 (10)

Sport Psychology in Action


PSC036 (10)

Applied Exercise Psychology

PSC044 (10)

Global Issues in Sport



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: 

.2   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.

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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