BA English and Heritage Studies


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English and Heritage studies is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of English, whether that be the medieval comic sagas of Chaucer or the dystopian visions of the future of Orwell, with various aspects of the Heritage sector, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management or tourism.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 9C3W
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full time

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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The programme English and Heritage Studies, will offer students the opportunity to study a dynamic and diverse subject. Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers; from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This degree combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English studies (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory. The programme is designed to offer a challenging and enjoyable intellectual experience.

Alongside this students will study a range of modules that will explore different aspects of Heritage and Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects. It will do this in an innovative way that will combine study of general and broadly-based Heritage issues with more specialist or particular aspects. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a compulsory work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries.

There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.

Typical modules include:

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Museums, Heritage and Representation
  • The Renaissance
  • Contemporary Writing
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Historicising Texts
  • Archiving
  • Conference Participation
  • Welsh Writing in English
  • Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
  • Building & Architectural History
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Heritage Data Management
  • Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
  • Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable Development
  • Conservation of buildings

Reasons to choose this course include:

  • Small classes with interactive learning
  • Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme 
  • Training in historical research methods
  • Close relationships with experts in the sector
  • Use of local record office and museum resources
  • Various opportunities for field trips
  • Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals.

Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, to oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.

Learning and Teaching methods

Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work, such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting feedback advice on a specific assignment.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.

More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

Visiting the University

For any students considering studying BA English and Heritage Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.