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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Publishing and English (2017 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 Publishing and English
Programme code HTUB07
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 the commencement of Part C.
UCAS code P4Q3 (3-year); P4QH (4-year)
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:28:12 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme seeks to:

  • advance students’ understanding of the professional, managerial and technical dimensions of work in the publishing industry;

  • equip students with a sufficiently advanced command of the English language to enable them to undertake editorial work professionally in any English-speaking country;

  • provide the core skills needed to obtain an entry-level professional position in the publishing industry;

  • equip students with an awareness of legal, ethical and professional issues as they relate to the publishing industry;

  • foster the ability to conduct independent research using appropriate methodologies and to present the results appropriately;

  • provide an intellectually stimulating experience of learning and studying;

  • encourage in its students a strong sense of enthusiasm for the subject and a full understanding of its social and cultural significance;

  • foster engagement with a wide and varied spectrum of reading, writing and visual sources, through a broad and diverse curriculum;

  • encourage students to reflect critically upon the acts of reading and writing and on the history of textual production and reception;

  • educate its students to think independently, reason critically, analyse different forms of discourse, and to weigh the importance of alternative arguments and perspectives;

  • promote the understanding of verbal creativity and aesthetic features in literary and non-literary texts;

  • instil in its 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:

  • QAA Subject Statement for Communication, media, film and cultural studies


  • QAA Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

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…

design principles and production technologies as applied to printed and electronic publications;

editorial and marketing roles as applicable to various categories of books and periodical publications;

financial, human resources and general management principles and methods as applied in the publishing industry;

the position of the publishing industry within the overall structure of the media industries world-wide;

the roles of information, information technology and information products in the 21st century.

the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres offiction, 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 thei mportance 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 theorisation;

how literature and language produce and reflect cultural change;

the structure and functions of the English language and of its regional and global varieties.


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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


critically analyse developments in the publishing industry;

evaluate different information technology applications and their use;

discuss the principles of management as applied to publishing in a variety of environments and institutional contexts;

analyse data and synthesise information into value-added formats;

evaluate publishers’ customers’ needs in a variety of contexts and in relation to a range of printed and electronic information products;

demonstrate an awareness of legal, ethical and professional issues as they relate to the publishing industry;

use critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts;

show sensitivity to generic conventions and the shaping effects on communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience;

understand how different social and cultural contexts affect judgments about the nature of language and literature;

understand the critical and theoretical models that apply to their studies;

appreciate the central role of language in the creation of meaning;

use rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

demonstrate IT competence with a range of computer applications;

use desktop publishing and computer graphics software;

design publications (print and electronic) that will be marketable;

undertake copy-editing tasks confidently and with accuracy;

apply legal and ethical procedures within the publishing industry;

use financial and other management techniques appropriate to the publishing industry;

present cogent and persuasive arguments both in written and oral form;

critically evaluate the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral and written communications;

demonstrate advanced and effective research skills, including the ability to access, work with and evaluate digital sources;

demonstrate the capacity for independent thought and judgement 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.

plan and undertake independent research for a project in a defined project area;

manage a range of information and data and present them effectively in a suitable format;

communicate effectively the results of their studies and research in writing (reports and essays) and by means of oral presentation;

work effectively in teams;

utilise time management skills in planning work;

use the English language both orally and in writing to present a persuasive argument;

understand and apply a variety of theoretical and interpretive positions;

use a variety of IT packages and applications confidently;

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;

adapt and transfer the critical methods of their studies to a variety of working environments.

4. Programme structure

Part A

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Semester One (40 Credits)


Credit Weight

Semester Two (60 Credits)

Credit Weight


Narrative Forms and Fiction

20 credits


Literary and Critical Theories

20 credits


Web Design, Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

20 credits


Introduction to Publishing and Bookselling

20 credits




Communications Law and Ethics

20 credits

 Optional Modules (In addition, students must choose a 20 credit optional module in semester one.)

Semester One

Credit Weight



Introduction to Poetry

20 credits


Introduction to Language

20 credits

Part B

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100 credits)

Students must choose at least one module from each semester from the four 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)

Credit weight

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)


Credit Weight


Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)

20 credits


Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)

20 credits


Victorian Literature (post 1800)                       

20 credits


Modernisms  (post-1800)     

20 credits

 Compulsory Publishing Modules (Students will also be registered for the compulsory modules below)

Semester One

Credit Weight

Semester Two

Credit Weight


Text, Editing and Design

20 credits


Children and Young Adults' Reading

20 credits




Communicating Knowledge

20 credits


Optional Modules (In addition, students must choose an additional 20 credit optional module in semester one.

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:
  • Publishing Histories

  • Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

  • Publishing Industries

  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language, Linguistics and Creative Writing

  • American Literature

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

Semester One


Credit Weight



Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture

20 credits


Introduction to Linguistics

20 credits


Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare

20 credits


Weird Tale

20 credits


From Fan Fiction to YouTube, Navigating the Digital Sphere

20 credits







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




DIntS Route


Candidates will undertake an approved study placement at a partner institution outside the United Kingdom leading to the Diploma in International Studies.


Semesters 1 and 2



International University Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits


Work Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits


Participation in either a work or study placement is subject to School approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.


Part C

Compulsory Modules (Students must choose EITHER Dissertation OR Publishing Research Project. Total modular weight 60 credits)

Semester One 

Credit Weight

Semester Two

Credit Weight



(year-long, 40 credit module)


Publishing Research Project

(year-long, 40 credit module)


Marketing and the Magazine Business

20 credits



Optional Modules

If students choose HTC009 then they must choose a minimum of 20 credits with the prefix module code HTC8.

Optional Modules

Semester One

Credit Weight

Semester Two


Credit Weight




Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture


20 Credits




The Child and the Book (Publishing)


20 Credits


An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

20 Credits


Better Worlds? Utopian & Dystopian Texts and Contexts


20 Credits


The Modern Poet


20 credits


Adapting Shakespeare

20 Credits



Twenty-First Century Literature

20 Credits


Global America

20 credits



Neo Victorianism

20 Credits



Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

20 credits

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

5.2Provision 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 average mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 40%, Part C: 60% to determine the Programme Mark. 

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