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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English with Business Studies (2017 to 2020 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 with Business Studies
Programme code HTUB05
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 Q3N1, QN31
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 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:28:32 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 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.



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 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.



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 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 IT skills 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)

HTA700 (20)

Narrative Forms

HTA011 (20)

Writing in History



HTA701 (20)

Theory Matters: Critiquing Inequalities:

BSA025 (10)

Introduction to Law

BSA506 (10)

Management of Human Resources

BSA051 (20)


Management Perspectives and Organisational Behaviour (Year Long 20 Credits)


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


Semester One (20 credits)


HTA104 (20)

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

HTA102 (20)

Exploring Language and Linguistics (Introduction to Language)

HTA200 (20)

How to do Things with Digital Texts


Part B

Business Compulsory Modules

(total modular weight 30 credits)

Semester One

Semester Two

BSB530 (10)

Accounting for Business

BSB562 (10)

The Marketing Mix






Principles of Marketing




Optional Business Modules (total modular weight 10 credits)


Students must choose an additional 10 optional credits in semester two from below



Semester Two

BSB532 (10)

Accounting for Managers

BSB550 (10)

Company Finance



English Modules

Students must choose 20-credits from the list of Group 1 modules. The remaining 60 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 (Min. 20 Credits)

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)

HTB710 (20)

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

HTB711 (20)

Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre-1800)

HTB008 (20)


Victorian Literature                                 (post- 1800)

HTB712 (20)




 Group 2


Semester One


Semester 2


The Weird Tale



Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century



America at War



From Fan Fiction to YouTube: Navigating the Digital Literary Sphere






Maps and Motors Pre Req HTA003


Group 3


Semester 2


Psychiatric Stories: Madness in Literature and Culture


From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions


Material Culture


Fashion Theory


Creative Dissent, Protest, Activism and Art


Experiential Design: Body Adornments and New Technologies


Arts Management


Two x 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

Four year programme – students registered on the four-year programme will undertake one of the following approved study and/or work placements leading to the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI.





Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)


Diploma in International Studies (study abroad)



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.


Semester One

Semester Two

HTC009 (40)

Dissertation (Year Long 40 Credits)

 HTC016 (20)

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

HTC300 (20)

Adapting Shakespeare

HTC027 (20)

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

HTC210 (20)

Better Worlds? Utopian and Dystopian Texts and Contexts

HTC024 (20)

Twenty-First Century Literature

HTC320 (20)

Driving On: Writing Towards Publication Pre Req HTB402 or EAB

HTC229 (20)

Neo Victorianism

HTC701 (20)

Global America

HTC440 (20)

The Modern Poet

HTC001 (20)

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

HTC801 (20)

Marketing and the Magazine Business

HTC806 (20)

The Child and the Book.


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

1 & 2





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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