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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:XQ33
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

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

You’ll get a very good grounding in the key National Curriculum subject of English Literature and learn about key educational ideas and theories, gaining a wide knowledge of key educational ideas and theories, major literary periods and genres, and the use of language.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to choose units which are of particular interest to you and which will have relevance for your future career.

During your degree you will have the opportunity to explore the role of language in society, contemporary and historical notions of childhood and children, study the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the philosophy of education and choose from a range of English and Education Studies options and a dissertation based on your interests and your future career plans.

 


  • 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 and core areas in the history and theory of literature
  • Develop your understanding of theories of education and literature the role of language in society, and the sociology of childhood and education
  • Gain school experience, either within the course itself or through the community volunteer programme
  • Explore creative writing, language and linguistics, 19th century and 20th century literature, gender and culture, Gothic literature and American, Irish and world literatures
  • Benefit from a degree providing an excellent progression route to a PGCE, without the need to commit to either primary or secondary level teaching

 


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

  • 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
  • Ways Of Reading (ENG006-1) 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
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (ENG016-2) Optional
  • Families And Communities (EDC066-2) Optional
  • Language, Ideology And Power (ENG008-2) Optional
  • Medieval Literature (ENG013-2) Optional
  • Poetry And Poetics (ENG010-2) Optional
  • Renaissance Literature (ENG014-2) Optional
  • Restoration Literature (ENG015-2) Optional
  • Romantic Literature (ENG017-2) Optional
  • The Lifelong Curriculum (EDC067-2) Optional
  • The Professional Workplace (EDC064-2) Optional
  • Victorian Literature (ENG018-2) Optional
  • Children'S Fiction (ENG007-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation (EDC207-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation (English Literature) (ENG014-3) Compulsory
  • Philosophy Of Education (EDC163-3) Compulsory
  • Children And Young PeopleS Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Children, Young People And The Media (EDC212-3) Optional
  • Gender And Culture (ENG010-3) Optional
  • Gothic Literature (ENG013-3) Optional
  • Modern British And American Literature (ENG018-3) Optional
  • Modern Irish Literature (ENG021-3) 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 (ENG022-3) Optional

There is a range of assessments used on the course which has a progressive learning and assessment strategy that moves students from diagnostic and formative assessment in the first year (Level 4) to summative assessment in the second and third years (Levels 5 and 6), this approach encourages the development of independent learning skills. Written assessments include essays (the main form of written assessment), reviews and portfolios. Essays at Level 4 are short and focused (usually 1,500 words) but at Levels 5 and 6 the length increases and at Level 6 essays are typically 3,000 words long. Essays and portfolios not only develop subject specific skills, such as the ability to use appropriate critical terminology and to apply various theoretical approaches, but more generic skills such as the ability to gather, sift and organise material independently, to access electronic data and to word process the work. The length of essay required each year increases, as do the expectations of the tutors in terms of writing, presentation and argument. The final written assessment is the 9,000-word dissertation; you will devise your own research question and will be fully supported by a dissertation tutor throughout the process. Presentation assessments including oral presentations and poster presentations (working individually or with a group) assess your verbal communication and your ability to structure and disseminate your work in a live context. Examinations can either take place in class (a phase test which focuses on a single text or question) or at the end of the academic year when students may sit seen and unseen exams of various lengths and difficulties which increase each year. Exams identify your level of attainment and ability to answer a question under exam conditions, drawing on the theories and texts that you have encountered during the unit. Tutorials are offered before each assessment is due and you will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment form for each assessment, identifying your own strengths and weaknesses. Tutors provide detailed feedback for all assessments and this, together with your own self-assessment, forms the basis for future work.

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 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma 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

Clicking this card will take you to https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

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 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma 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 Education Studies and English course prepares you for a number of professions including work in the following fields:

Teaching (following further study) in the following sectors:

  • Primary and Secondary
  • Early years
  • Special Needs
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Publishing
  • Libraries
  • Youth work
  • Personnel management
  • Welfare and health services

Further study: The following are on offer at Bedford campus and at other institutions:

  • PGCE Secondary Education English
  • PGCE Primary Education
  • PGCE Key Stage 2/3 Middle 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 2020/21 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

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

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

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 is £12,350 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

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 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

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

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

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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 2020/21 is £12,350 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

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

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

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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