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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Bedford Campus
Attendance: Full-time
UCAS Code:Q311

About the course

If your love of the English language is matched only by your fascination for the exciting breadth of its literature, this distinctive degree is an ideal choice as it develops a sophisticated understanding of both and prepares you for a wide range of careers.

On this course, you explore a range of key texts in literary and linguistic history, giving you expert insight into the complexity and scope of language and literature in different cultural, professional and historical contexts.

In literature, you study texts from core periods of literary history, from medieval to modern day, with a unit focused on world literature. Your English language studies introduce you to the nuts and bolts of language via sounds, words and grammar as well as exploring psycholinguistics, and the role of language in ideology and power.

Why choose this course

  • In your second and third years, you can follow your interests with units offering specialisms in literature or language, which may include creative writing, children’s fiction, forensic linguistics, or postmodern British and American literature
  • Gain from studying with academics who produce world-leading, internationally recognised research
  • Explore the Hockcliffe Collection, one of the most important collections of children’s books in the country
  • Benefit from a course that prepares you for a range of careers including editing; publishing; journalism; business; and travel and tourism. You can also take your research on to further postgraduate study
  • Your second- and third-year units give you the practical skills and theory you need to move on to training to become an English teacher
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year in industry (see below), gaining valuable work experience and making contacts for the future

Course Leader - Dr Gareth Farmer

My research focuses on modern and contemporary poetry, poetics and experimental literature from across the world and is informed by literary and critical theory, stylistics and philosophy.

Drawing on the pioneering work of Raymond Williams, I am particularly interested in researching and writing about the intellectual, cultural and material development of literary forms and styles as well as the legacies of modernist aesthetic practices in contemporary writing.

 
Find out more about Dr Gareth Farmer
The campus where this course is taught

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.


Units

  • An Introduction To Linguistics And Phonetics (LNG029-1) Compulsory
  • Literature In History (ENG003-1) Compulsory
  • Sounds, Words And Grammar (LNG026-1) Compulsory
  • Ways Of Reading (ENG006-1) Compulsory
  • Applying Linguistics (LNG023-2) Compulsory
  • Discourse And Ideology (ENG008-2) Compulsory
  • Exploring Grammar (LNG025-2) Compulsory
  • Renaissance Literature (ENG014-2) Compulsory
  • Telling Tales: Early Modern Literature (ENG013-2) Compulsory
  • The Sounds Of English (LNG024-2) Compulsory
  • Creative Writing (ENG006-2) Optional
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (ENG016-2) Optional
  • Restoration Literature (ENG015-2) Optional
  • Romantic Literature (ENG017-2) Optional
  • The Meaning Of Meaning (LNG019-2) Optional
  • Victorian Literature (ENG018-2) Optional
  • Dissertation (English Literature) (ENG014-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In English Language And Linguistics (LNG017-3) Compulsory
  • Psycholinguistics (LNG020-3) Compulsory
  • World Literature: Crossing Borders (ENG022-3) Compulsory
  • Children'S And Young Adult Fiction (ENG007-3) Optional
  • English Syntax (LNG022-3) Optional
  • Forensic Linguistics (LNG024-3) Optional
  • Gothic Literature (ENG013-3) Optional
  • Language, Literacy & Cognition (LNG019-3) Optional
  • Modern Irish Literature (ENG021-3) Optional
  • Modernist Literary Practices (ENG018-3) Optional
  • Postmodern British And American Literature (ENG019-3) Optional
  • Research In Action (ENG023-3) Optional

The course takes an incremental and varied approach to the assessment of the course content, culminating in the Dissertation, either in English Language and Linguistics (a substantial piece of original research on an aspect of testing, but whose precise focus is determined by each student, according to their anticipated career plans), or in English Literature (a substantial piece of research on a literary topic or an original creative writing project). Here, the ability to plan, execute and evaluate linguistic data and primary and secondary sources, respectively, is assessed and represents the apex of a student's undergraduate studies. Other assignments include essays, oral presentations, close readings, reviews, research proposals, a range of phase tests and seen and unseen exams, as well as the Dissertation. As you progress from Level 4 to Level 5 to Level 6, it is expected your response to assessment tasks will become more sophisticated as your skills and subject knowledge develop. The level of study is reflected in the level of response required by assessment criteria

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 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

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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 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


This course will prepare you for a range of careers including: teaching; editing; publishing; journalism; business; travel and tourism; or any field in which detailed, critical knowledge of language and literature are prerequisites. For those interested in teaching English language, your second and third year units will give you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required in the classroom, while deepening your knowledge and understanding of literature.

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

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 2022/23 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 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

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

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

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 2022/23 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 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

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

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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