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English

BA (Hons)

100% employability

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Focus on your area of interest

Choose to study the modules which appeal to you most

Workplace option

You can complete a placement on our English in the Workplace module

UCAS code:
Q300
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
9 September 2019
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English and Creative Writing at Staffordshire University is a small, friendly department in which all staff and students are on first name terms.

Our degree will give you the chance to combine the analytical precision of English with your own flair and passion for creating literature. Ezra Pound famously said that ‘literature is news that stays news’. He also implored his fellow poets to ‘make it new’. The English and Creative Writing degrees at Staffordshire University embrace both of these positions.

On our English BA (Hons), you’ll pay close attention to the developments in literature, from the Early Modern 16thCentury (Shakespeare and his contemporaries) to the experimental and innovative 20th and 21st centuries. 

During your course, you’ll explore how writers have transformed the portrayal of the world, constantly remaking how we think about literature and even what literature is. You'll contextualise great works through critical and theoretical interpretations, and discover your own approaches to writing by engaging with the finest and most relevant prose, poetry, drama, and screenwriting. 

Across all of our English courses, you’ll be welcomed by a friendly team of experts comprising of publishing critics and authors. Our dedicated team are here to look after your future, consistently achieving 90% and above for Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey and 100% for teaching and feedback.

Get into work quicker – our 2 year accelerated degree allows you to get into the job market ahead of your peers, or start your new career with the shortest possible interruption to your earning. For example, if you want to become a teacher, you can do your degree and PGCE in just 3 years.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) English

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) English

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) English

Work placements

Our English in the Workplace modules allows you to put your skills and learning in to practice in a professional setting, beginning the work of building a CV, a portfolio, and a professional network for your career ahead.

Work placements

Our English in the Workplace modules allows you to put your skills and learning in to practice in a professional setting, beginning the work of building a CV, a portfolio, and a professional network for your career ahead.

Course content

In Year 1, you will develop your writing, analysis and communication skills by covering major periods, genres and debates.

In the Year 2 core module, you’ll explore literature in its cultural, historical and social contexts by covering a range of authors from Dickens to Virginia Woolf. Our wide range of optional modules such as Children’s Writing, American literature, Gothic, Magical Realism and Shakespeare will give you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest. You’ll have the chance to expand your vocational skills if you choose our English in the Workplace module, where you’ll work on a project in a workplace of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts.

In Year 3, alongside your option modules, you can complete an extended piece of supervised research. Throughout your lectures, seminars and workshops, we will work with you to build your writing portfolio.

In Year 1, you will develop your writing, analysis and communication skills by covering major periods, genres and debates.

In the Year 2 core module, you’ll explore literature in its cultural, historical and social contexts by covering a range of authors from Dickens to Virginia Woolf. Our wide range of optional modules such as Children’s Writing, American literature, Gothic, Magical Realism and Shakespeare will give you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest. You’ll have the chance to expand your vocational skills if you choose our English in the Workplace module, where you’ll work on a project in a workplace of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts.

In Year 3, alongside your option modules, you can complete an extended piece of supervised research. Throughout your lectures, seminars and workshops, we will work with you to build your writing portfolio.

In Year 1, you will develop your writing, analysis and communication skills by covering major periods, genres and debates.

In Year 2, you’ll explore literature in its cultural, historical and social contexts. You’ll study 19th and 20th Century writing by covering a range of authors – from Dickens to Virginia Woolf. Our wide range of optional modules such as Children’s Writing, American literature, Gothic, Magical Realism and Shakespeare will give you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest.

In your final summer term, you will expand your vocational skills on our English in the Workplace module (on a placement of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts) and undertake an independent research dissertation.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Introduction to English Studies
British Literature 1945 - Present
Early Modern Writing
Poetry of Early Romanticism
Writing for Success
Imagining America: An Introduction to American Literature
Year 2 compulsory modules
Victorian Modernity

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

A levels: BBC

BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

A levels: BBC

BTEC: DMM

Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points

A levels: BBC

BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

On our degrees, you will develop high-level critical and creative intelligence that will give you access to a wide range of professions, such as journalism, teaching, personnel management, social work or the media.

If you are thinking of becoming a primary or English teacher, the Education department can support your application, whether you are applying to Staffordshire or elsewhere for your teacher training. Application, interview and presentation days will help you to prepare for the selection process.

Teaching

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching on your course, including lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. We use a 3-hour workshop format which includes short lectures, individual and group tasks and then immediate feedback about what has taken place. You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and the guided development of presentations to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, we focus on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge and analytical, critical and communicative skills. In our thematic and skills-based modules you will learn to reflect upon the literature and culture of English; our placement modules help you to understand how your subject knowledge and skills can be used in a range of different workplace settings.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and help you to achieve your aims.

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching on your course, including lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. We use a 3-hour workshop format which includes short lectures, individual and group tasks and then immediate feedback about what has taken place. You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and the guided development of presentations to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, we focus on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge and analytical, critical and communicative skills. In our thematic and skills-based modules you will learn to reflect upon the literature and culture of English; our placement modules help you to understand how your subject knowledge and skills can be used in a range of different workplace settings.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and help you to achieve your aims.

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching on your course, including lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. We use a 3-hour workshop format which includes short lectures, individual and group tasks and then immediate feedback about what has taken place. You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and the guided development of presentations to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, we focus on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge and analytical, critical and communicative skills. In our thematic and skills-based modules you will learn to reflect upon the literature and culture of English; our placement modules help you to understand how your subject knowledge and skills can be used in a range of different workplace settings.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and help you to achieve your aims.

Assessment

English employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, elearning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, and oral presentations.

English employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, elearning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, and oral presentations.

English employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, elearning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, and oral presentations.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 

"Staff always make time for me and help me out if I do not quite understand something or are having any problems. The texts we study are varied and enjoyable. Option modules are brilliant. Love Staffs!"

Feedback from National Student Survey 2015

Dr Mark Brown
Dr Mark BrownSenior Lecturer in English

I am the course leader for MA Modern and Contemporary Writing. I lead the Creativity and Crisis in American Literature module and I am a specialist in contemporary American literature.

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For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

For the course starting on 9 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
9 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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