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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:Q320

About the course

English Literature at the University of Bedfordshire gives you the opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of poetry, prose and plays, from Chaucer to the 21st century. The course introduces you to less well-known literary periods and critical approaches while offering deeper exploration of favourites such as the Romantics and Victorian literature.

In your first year, you develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of plays, poetry and prose as well as theory and language. In your second and third years, you are able to choose from optional units such as creative writing; ideology and power; Shakespeare; gothic fiction; Irish literature; children’s and young adult fiction; and world literature.

Studying literature, though, is more than just the words on the page so you also explore political issues, history, culture, and our relationships in society. You learn how to analyse texts, developing a critical voice and enabling you to understand bias, truth and impact while developing excellent written and oral communication skills.

Why choose this course?

  • You work in small groups, guided by expert lecturers and supportive, enthusiastic tutors with strong research backgrounds in their specialist subjects
  • Study all the major periods of English literature, including the Middle Ages; Renaissance; Restoration; Victorian; the Romantics; and the modern age
  • Explore the exciting Hockliffe and Cinderella Collections, two of the most important archives of children’s literature in the UK, held at the University of Bedfordshire
  • Develop valuable transferable skills including communication and debating
  • Take the course over four years and include a fee-free year’s placement in industry (see below), gaining practical experience while building your CV and your contacts for the future
  • If you need to get up to speed with education at a higher level, take our Foundation Year option (see below) which guarantees entry to the undergraduate degree

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
  • Language, Identity And Society (ENG001-1) Compulsory
  • Literature In History (ENG003-1) Compulsory
  • Studying Modern Literature (ENG005-1) Compulsory
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (ENG016-2) Compulsory
  • Renaissance Literature (ENG014-2) Compulsory
  • Restoration Literature (ENG015-2) Compulsory
  • Romantic Literature (ENG017-2) Compulsory
  • Telling Tales: Early Modern Literature (ENG013-2) Compulsory
  • Victorian Literature (ENG018-2) Compulsory
  • Creative Writing (ENG006-2) Optional
  • Discourse And Ideology (ENG008-2) Optional
  • Introduction To Educational Philosophy (EDC086-2) Optional
  • Shakespeare And His Contemporaries (ENG007-2) Optional
  • Dissertation (English Literature) (ENG014-3) Compulsory
  • Modernist Literary Practices (ENG018-3) Compulsory
  • Postmodern British And American Literature (ENG019-3) Compulsory
  • Gothic Literature (ENG013-3) Optional
  • World Literature: Crossing Borders (ENG022-3) Optional

The English Literature course uses a wide variety of assessment. Although most units use the essay as one of the ways in which Learning Outcomes are assessed, all units employ other means of assessment, including oral presentations, close readings, reviews, research proposals, a range of phase tests and seen and unseen exams, as well as the Dissertation, which can be either a research dissertation or a creative writing portfolio with commentary. The creative and practical writing units are also assessed by portfolios, which include substantial self-assessment in the critical commentaries you write on all the other writing you have done for that unit. 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 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?

On completing this course, you might consider progressing into one of the following professions: librarian; copywriter; arts administrator; editorial assistant; journalist; public relations officer; and teaching (following further study at postgraduate level). A significant number of our students have trained as primary or secondary English teachers; others have worked in the charity sector, in arts administration, as copywriters and in public relations.

You also have a number of options if you wish to continue your studies at postgraduate level. As well as our teacher-training courses leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), we also offer an MA in English Literature and Master's by Research in English.

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