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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2023
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:XQ33

About the course

This course is a great choice if you are thinking of going on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) after your degree but don’t yet want to commit to primary- or secondary-level teaching.

You get an excellent grounding in the key National Curriculum subject of English Literature as well as gaining a firm knowledge of key educational ideas and theories; major literary periods and genres; and the use of language. You also have the opportunity to explore the role of language in society; contemporary and historical ideas of childhood and children; the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries; and the philosophy of education.

In addition, from your second year, you can choose from a range of optional units, tailoring your choices to your own interests and future career. Optional units may include creative writing; developing teaching practice; a full range of literary periods and genres, from Renaissance to modern; children, young people and the media; pedagogy and behaviour; and representations of disability. You explore political issues, history, culture, and our relationships in society; learn how to analyse texts; and understand notions of bias, truth and impact, while developing excellent written and oral communication skills.

Why choose this course?

  • Our Education courses have a high student satisfaction rating for our teaching (91%) and academic support (90%) (NSS 2022)
  • Learn from a teaching team of Education Studies tutors with extensive school teaching experience and English tutors with strong research and publishing profiles
  • Study key educational ideas and theories as well as core areas in the history and theory of literature
  • Develop communication and analytical skills as well as invaluable school experience, building a portfolio of skills which will help lead to a graduate career
  • The course is situated at our Bedford campus, a small, thriving academic community where staff get to know you well and provide individual academic support
  • Benefit from a degree providing an excellent progression route to a PGCE, without the need to commit to either primary- or secondary-level teaching
  • Take the degree over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below), gaining experience and making contacts
  • If you need an entry route into degree-level study, start with a Foundation Year (see below), completion of which guarantees you entry to this degree course

Course Leader - Dr Nicola Darwood

I studied for my BA in English and Cultural Studies at De Montfort University and then continued at the university to study for a PhD in English Literature, focusing on the fiction of Elizabeth Bowen.

I have been teaching at the University of Bedfordshire since 2009; I teach across all years of undergraduate and postgraduate study and supervise research degrees.

 
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Approaching Literature (ENG006-1) Compulsory
  • Early Child Psychology (EDC054-1) Compulsory
  • Language, Identity And Society (ENG001-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • The Inclusive Society (EDC053-1) Compulsory
  • Comparative Education (EDC043-2) Compulsory
  • Shakespeare And His Contemporaries (ENG007-2) Compulsory
  • Creative Writing (ENG006-2) Optional
  • Deschooling (EDC061-2) Optional
  • Developing Teaching Practice (EDC063-2) Optional
  • Discourse And Ideology (ENG008-2) Optional
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (ENG016-2) Optional
  • Families And Communities (EDC066-2) Optional
  • Introduction To Educational Philosophy (EDC086-2) Optional
  • Restoration Literature (ENG015-2) Optional
  • Romantic Literature (ENG017-2) Optional
  • Telling Tales: Early Modern Literature (ENG013-2) Optional
  • The Lifelong Curriculum (EDC067-2) Optional
  • The Professional Workplace (EDC064-2) Optional
  • Victorian Literature (ENG018-2) Optional
  • Children'S And Young Adult Fiction (ENG007-3) Compulsory
  • Reading Philosophy And Education (EDC242-3) Compulsory
  • Children And Young PeopleS Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Contemporary Debates In Education, Childhood And Youth (EDC206-3) Optional
  • Gothic Literature (ENG013-3) Optional
  • Modern Irish Literature (ENG021-3) Optional
  • Modernist Literary Practices (ENG018-3) Optional
  • Perspectives On Pedagogy And Behaviour (EDC210-3) Optional
  • Postmodern British And American Literature (ENG019-3) Optional
  • Representations Of Disability (EDC209-3) Optional
  • Research In Action (ENG023-3) Optional
  • World Literature: Crossing Borders (ENG022-3) Optional

The course has a progressive learning and assessment strategy that moves students from diagnostic and formative assessment at Level 4 to summative assessments at Levels 5 and 6, encouraging the development of independent learning skills. The main form of assessment is the essay. The length of the essay increases each year (from 1,500 words at Level 4, to 3,000 words at Level 6) as do the expectations of the tutors in terms of writing, argument and presentation, leading to the 9,000-word dissertation in the final year. Almost all units require some other form of assessment which include reviews, individual and group projects, oral presentations, portfolios, phase tests, and seen and unseen exams of varying lengths and difficulties. These assessments all assess different aspects of the course and develop subject specific skills, such as the ability to use appropriate critical terminology and to apply various theoretical approaches. The assessment strategy also develop more generic, transferable skills such as the ability to gather, sift and organise material independently, to access electronic data and to produce work in a professional manner.

Why study in the School of Education and English?

  • Broad spectrum of opportunities to study language and linguistics
  • 92% satisfaction with English Language and TEFL, NSS 2020

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course improve my career prospects?

The course prepares you for a number of professions including teaching (following further study) in primary, secondary, early years, special needs and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL); copywriting, editing and publishing; journalism; PR, marketing and advertising; speech and language therapy; librarian; youth work; welfare and health services; and personnel management.

You can also progress to postgraduate study. The following are on offer at the University of Bedfordshire and other institutions:

  • PGCE Secondary English
  • PGCE Primary Education
  • PGCE Early Years
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • MA Education
  • MA English Literature
  • MPhil or PhD in either English or Education Studies

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2023/24 is £14,900 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23 is £13,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2023/24 is £14,900 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student