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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English (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) + DIntS/+ DPS
Programme title English
Programme code HTUB01
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend either: 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 Q300, Q301
Admissions criteria

English BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q300

English BA (Hons) + DIntS/DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/q301

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:22:05 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;
  • instill 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.

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

  • The English 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;

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.
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.
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 IT skills and the ability to access work with and evaluate electronic resources;
  • demonstrate effective organisational and time-management skills.

4. Programme structure

All modules are weighted at 20 credits except for the Part C Dissertation module which is a 40 credit weighting. Optional module titles are indicative of the options typically offered on the programmes, subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Part B and C 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.


4.1 Part A

Part A Compulsory Modules (100 credits)

Semester one (60 credits)

Semester two (40 credits)

HTA102 (20)

Exploring Language and Linguistics (Introduction to Language)

HTA011 (20)

Writing in History

HTA104 (20)

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

HTA701 (20)

Theory Matters: Critiquing Inequalities

HTA700 (20)

Narrative Forms




Optional Modules In semester two, in addition to the above compulsory modules, the student must choose a 20 credit optional module. 


Semester one

Semester two (20 credits)



HTA001 (20)

Introduction to Film Studies


HTA003 (20)

Elephants and Engines: Introduction to Creative Writing


4.2 Part B

Compulsory Modules (Total modular weight 40 credits).

Students must choose 40-credits from the list of Group 1 modules, at least one module in each semester, one of which must be a pre-1800 module (HTB710 or HTB711) and one of which must be a post-1800 module (HTB008 or HTB712).  The remaining 80 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 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 You Tube: Navigating the Digital

Literary Sphere




Group 3 



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




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




4.3 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)


  •  4.4 Part C 

    Compulsory Modules: 

Semester one and two




Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)  



Optional Modules (Total modular weight 80 credits.

Semester One

Semester Two

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

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

5.2 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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