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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English and Sport Science (2016 to 2018 entry)

Academic Year: 2020/21

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 Social Sciences and Humanities
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons). BA (Hons) + DPS + DIntS
Programme title English and Sports Science
Programme code HTUB06
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)or: an approved study at a University abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). The sandwich year (Part I) must be taken after satisfactory completion of Part B and before commencement of Part C.
UCAS code QC36, Q3C6
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 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:27:59 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



 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 Sport 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.

Semester One


Semester Two

EAA102 (20)

Exploring Language and Literature (Introduction to Language)

EAA001 (20)

Introduction to Film

EAA104 (20)

Analysing Poetry: Metre, Form and Meaning (Introduction to Poetry)

EAA200 (20)

How to Do Things with Digital Texts


EAA003 (20)

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

    EAA011 (20) Writing in History


Part B  

Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each subject area across Part B.


Students must choose at least one module from group 1 below. The remaining credits may be chosen from modules in Groups 1, 2 and 3 over semesters 1 and 2 of which a maximum of 20 can be from Group 3.


Group 1


Semester one

Semester two

HTB710 (20)

Love and Life in Stuart-Era Literature 1603 – 1714 (Renaissance Writing) (pre 1800)

HTB711 (20)

Eighteenth Century Literature (pre 1800)

HTB008 (20)

Victorian Literature (post 1800)

HTB712 (20)

Modernisms (post 1800)



Group 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

HTB017 (20)

America at War

HTB018 (20)

Women's Writing in the Seventeenth Century

HTB035 (20)

The Weird Tale

HTB402 (20)

Maps and Motors Pre Requisite EAA003



HTB001 (20)

From Fan Fiction to YouTube: Navigating the Digital Sphere



Group 3




Semester 2




Psychiatric Stories: Madness in Literature and Culture




From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions




Material Culture




Creative Dissent, Protest, Activism and Art




Experiential Design: Body Adornments and the New Technologies




Arts Management




Fashion Theory




Sport Science

Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each subject area across Part B.





Semester taught



The Reflective Practitioner in Physical Education






Sport, Diversity and Social Justice





Conceptualising Sport





Physical Activity and Health





Acquiring Movement Skills





Fitness Training and Analysis





Two 10-Credit modules, one from each semester, from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2




Part I

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



Industrial Training Placement (DPS)


Full year


International University Placement (DIntS)


Full year




Part C

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

Optional Modules (total modular weight 120 credits)

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

English Optional Modules


Students may also choose to do a Dissertation in English, concentrating on any topic in English, or some aspect of the connection between English and Sport Science (eg. the literature/language/cultural representation of sport).


Semester One

Semester Two

HTC009 (40)

Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)



HTC016 (20)


 Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on trial in American Culture HTC806 (20) The Child and the Book (Publishing)

HTC229 (20)

Neo Victorianism

HTC210 (20)

Better Worlds? Utopian and Dystopian Texts and Contexts

HTC440 (20)

The Modern Poet

HTC300 (20)

Adapting Shakespeare

HTC024 (20)

Twenty-First Century Literature

HTC001 (20)

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

HTC027 (20)

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

HTC701 (20)

Global America

HTC801 (20)

Marketing and the Magazine Business




Two 10-Credit modules, one from each semester, from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.

1 & 2




Sport Science Optional Credits  

Students are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in each subject area, across Part C


Semester One

Semester Two

PSC017 (20)

Sport Pedagogy 3 Pre Req PSB010 or PSB001

PSC032 (20)

Physical Activity and Health of Children

PSC024 (10)

Sport, the Body and Deviance

PSC018 (20)

Teaching and Coaching 3 Pre Req PSA001, PSB001

PSC301 (10)

Psychology of Coaching and Physical Education

PSC023 (10)

Sport, Celebrity and Place

PSC035 (10)

Performance Psychology for Sporting Excellence

PSC034 (10)

Sport Psychology in Action


PSC302 (10)

Applied Exercise Psychology

PSC044 (10)

Global Issues in Sport



5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of reassessment 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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