English Studies BA (Hons)





About the course

Your love of the English language and its literature extends to your own creative writing and you want a degree that will allow you to follow all three elements. This distinctive course does just that, supporting your development in creativity and imagination, articulacy and cultural scale of reference.

A foundation in the main literary genres and periods, language, identity and society; and different kinds of writing is followed by study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and the chance to choose from creative writing, language, film studies, canonical English literature or American literature.

The final year brings your literature studies up to the present day, and you choose either a dissertation or a portfolio of creative writing.



English Studies - BA (Hons) - Bedford Campus

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - Q310
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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English Studies with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • 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.

English Studies with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about English Studies with foundation year





Why choose this course?

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  • Learn from supportive and enthusiastic tutors with strong research records in their specialist subjects
  • Study all the major periods of English Literature, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, the Romantics and the Victorians, to the Modern Age; with options in poetry and poetics, creative writing, gothic literature, gender and culture, children’s fiction and American, Irish and world literatures
  • Develop your own interests by choosing a dissertation topic or creative writing portfolio in your final year
  • Explore your own interests with a degree that allows you to choose subjects that best suit your strengths, personal learning styles and goals
  • Benefit from a degree which develops employability skills which could lead you to careers in media, publishing, marketing, public relations and arts administration or to teaching via a PGCE in either Primary or Secondary Education



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Practising Ideas: Approaches to Theory
  • Language, Identity and Society
  • Literature in History
  • Studying Modern Literature
Year 2
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Language, Ideology and Power
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Writings
  • American Journeys
  • Poetry and Poetics
  • Creative Writing
Year 3
  • Dissertation (English Studies)
  • Gender and Culture
  • The Modern Age
  • Modern Irish Literature
  • World Literature
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Gothic Literature



Discover the School of Culture and Communications

We run a range of courses where you can develop your talents as a professional writer and communicator.

We offer specialisms in sport journalism, public relations, creative writing, radio and English literature.

Our courses are designed to bring out your full creative potential and provide a dynamic environment in which tomorrow's presenters, filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, journalists, authors and scriptwriters work alongside each other.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

The English Studies course uses a wide variety of assessments. Although on most units the essay is one of the ways in which learning outcomes are assessed, all units employ other means of assessment, including oral presentations, transcriptions, close readings, reviews, group reports, research proposals, portfolios, a range of phase tests and seen and unseen exams, as well as the dissertation, which can be either a research dissertation on a language or literature topic, or a creative writing dissertation with commentary.

Each piece of work is graded individually whether done collaboratively or otherwise. Feedback plays an important role in the course and you will be expected to engage in self-reflection and peer-feedback, especially in formative assessments and those based on presentations.

There is also a variety of individual assessments designed to develop independent, critical thinking and which serve to reinforce our research culture.

Year 1
  • Written exams = 16%
  • Coursework: 70%
  • Practical exams = 14%
Year 2
  • Written exams = 25%
  • Coursework: 75%
  • Practical exams = 5%
Year 3
  • Written exams = 10%
  • Coursework: 90%
  • Practical exams = 0%

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 has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • 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.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see 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 enhance my career prospects?

During the Introductory Programme at the start of the first year of your studies, you will meet staff from the Careers Service who will talk to you about how best to prepare for your chosen career and the services they have to offer to help you with that preparation over the next three years. Towards the end of Year One, a session will be organised to discuss the choice of units for Years Two and Three, taking your occupational goals very much into consideration. For those students intending to teach, a tutor from the PGCE course will attend this session to offer specific advice on how best to prepare for a PGCE. In Year Three, your Personal Academic Tutor will act as a source of information on life after university and will write references for you for job applications. You will be shown how to write a CV, how to impress at an interview and how to find graduate jobs in a difficult and highly competitive job market.


Volunteering


The opportunity to explore some of the practical applications for your intellectual, analytical and communication skills is encouraged through the university volunteering scheme. Popular settings include local schools, colleges, hospitals, head-injury centres and charitable organisations.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. 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.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    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.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 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.

Facilities

Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern muscle cell and molecular biology laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the genetics of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

Benefit from excellent on-campus facilities including a professionally-equipped 280-seat theatre and a theatre studio.

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

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