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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) English (f/t) (2015 to 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) + DIntS + DPS
Programme title Single Honours 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

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

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

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:34:06 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.

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;

the discipline’s relationship to other disciplines and forms of knowledge.

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 oftexts;

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 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.

  • Students may, by following appropriate academic advice, pursue specialist areas of interest through their degree programme.

  • 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.

     Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 100)

 Semester One (60 Credits)

Semester Two (40 Credits)


Narrative Forms and Fiction


Writing in History


Exploring Language and Linguistics. (Introduction to Language)


Literary and Critical Theories


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


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


Semester Two (20 Credits)


How to Do Things With Digital Texts


Introduction to Film Studies


Elephants and Engines. (An Introduction to Creative Writing)

Part B

Compulsory Modules (total modular weight 40 – 20 credits per semester)

For each semester, students must choose at least one module from the 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)

Semester Two (Min. 20 Credits)


Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)


Eighteenth-Century Literature  (pre-1800)


Victorian Literature (post-1800)


Modernisms   (post-1800)


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 2019-2020 academic year the available modules will be:


Semester One

Semester Two




Modern Irish Literature


Nineteenth Century American Literature and Culture


Women's Writing in the Seventeenth Century


Introduction to Linguistics


Reading Animals


Weird Tale


Maps and Motors


Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare




 From Fan Fiction to YouTube, Navigating the Digital Sphere.


Writing for Stage and Screen






Renaissance Writings (if not taken as a compulsory)


Eighteenth-Century Literature  (if not taken as a compulsory)


Victorian Literature  (if not taken as a compulsory)


Modernisms   (if not taken as a compulsory)

  Interdisciplinary Module Options


Students may choose to take one module from the following list in place of an English optional module. 

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:


  • History of Art, Architecture and Design

  • Visual Culture

  • Arts Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Language, Litereature and Culture
  • Publishing


In the 2019-2020 academic year the available modules will be:



Semester Two



Module code

Module title



African American Culture



America at War




Psychiatric Stories: Madness in Literature and Culture



Culture, Society and Technology



Making it New: Modernist Avant Garde Literature, and Culture



From Print to Digital



Material Culture



Fashion Theory



Creative Dissent, Protest, Activism and Art



Experiential Design: Body Adornments and New Technologies



Arts Management

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

 Semester One

Semester Two


Dissertation (year-long, 40 credit module)




 Optional Modules (total modular weight 80 credits) 

Semester 1

Semester 2



HTC016 (20)


Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture





 The Child and The Book



HTC024 (20)

Twenty-First Century Literature

HTC300 (20)

Adapting Shakespeare

HTC027 (20)

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

HTC001 (20)

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in 1890s

HTC229 (20)


HTC210 (20)

Better Worlds? Utopian & Dystopian Texts and Contexts

HTC440 (20)

The Modern Poet



Driving On: Towards Publication.

Pre req EAB314

HTC801 (20)

Marketing and The Magazine Business (Publishing)

HTC701 (20)

Global America


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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