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English (BA) – Joint Honours only

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The English Joint Honours BA programme offers you the opportunity to explore several periods and genres in English literature and includes the practice of creative writing. This programme is designed to provide a balance between different approaches and concerns within the discipline of English and its relationship with other disciplines. 


Creative Writing and English (BA) – Joint Honours
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History and English (BA) – Joint Honours
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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

While studying the BA English Joint Honours, you will acquire valuable intellectual, discursive, practical and transferable skills through deep and prolonged immersion in, and engagement with, the practices, methods, and material of the subject itself.  

You will be encouraged to inquire open-mindedly about the generation of concepts and values within the discipline of English. 

What you will learn

Course Overview

Students following a Joint Honours programme of which English is part, will enjoy a broad and varied curriculum and the opportunity to study canonical writers, established texts and recognised literary periods as well as literatures, texts, and writers who may be less familiar to them prior to their university studies. English studied as any component of a degree programme will be concerned to develop coherent and more accurate understanding of literature and its various contexts and relationships, and to encourage students to use language and literature to reflect critically and imaginatively on their own learning and thinking across disciplines.

At all levels, Joint Honours English students will be required to take at least 60 credits worth of modules that deal directly with either English or Creative Writing (or this amount spread over two years if doing the course part time). The other 60 credits will be derived from the related discipline allowing for further breadth of experience for students and many opportunities to create intellectually coherent combinations of modules.

Module Topics

Level 3 – CertHE, DipHE, BA

  • Historicising Texts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Interpreting Texts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language: Theory and Method (20 credits; optional)
  • The Language(s) of Persuasion (20 credits; optional).

Level 5 and 6 – DipHE, BA

  • Business of Writing (20 credits; optional)
  • Celtic Sanctity and Spirituality; Hagiography and Saints’ Cults (20 credits; optional)
  • Debating Medieval Identity: The Thrown Voices of The Canterbury Tales (20 credits; optional)
  • English Dissertation (40 credits; optional)
  • English Independent Project (20 credits; optional)
  • Error and Sweet Violence: Shakespeare and Renaissance Comedy and Tragedy (20 credits; optional)
  • International Independent Study Module (40 credits; optional)
  • International Independent Study Module (60 credits; optional)
  • Research and Writing (20 credits; optional)
  • Special Collections Research: The Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (20 credits; optional)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language: Grammar and Assessment (20 credits; optional)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language: the EFL class (20 credits; optional)
  • The Book, the Body and the World: Renaissance Humanism, Medicine, and Exploration (20 credits; optional)
  • Urban Sounds and Visions: Cultural Histories of the Modern City (20 credits; optional).

The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following types of assessment: essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length, document analyses, book reviews, short reports and reflective journals, timed tests, take-home exams, field journals, posters, group and individual presentations, dissertations of 10,000 words, wikis, commentaries and film evaluations.

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Entry Criteria
  • 96–112 UCAS Tariff Points
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