English BA

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Why study English at Shrewsbury?

The English programme at University Centre Shrewsbury has been carefully designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of literature, with options to study creative writing and film. You will have opportunities to enrich your knowledge and gain key skills through studying a diverse range of texts.

 

Features:

The programme enables you to combine the study of literary texts, with film and/or creative writing. Specialist optional modules reflect the latest developments in the discipline, from focused modules on children’s literature to approaching literature and film via gender theory. The programme team will support you in your development as an analytical thinker; introducing you to key critical approaches and helping you to develop good communication skills to prepare you for your chosen career.

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules include:

  • An Introduction to English Literature  
  • Ways of Reading   
  • Understanding Creative Writing   
  • Studying Literature and Film

Year 2 (Level 5)

Core modules:

  • Literature from the Renaissance to the French Revolution
  • Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning

Optional modules include:

  • Literature and Place (Optional)
  • Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing (Optional)
  • Children’s Literature 1 (Optional)

Year 3 (Level 6)

Core module:

  • Literature From the Age of Revolution to the Postmodern 

Optional modules include:

  • Dissertation (Optional)
  • The Writing Project (Optional)
  • Specific Author(s) (Optional)
  • Women’s Writing in the Long Twentieth Century (Optional)
  • Contemporary Stage and Screen (Optional)
  • Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction (Optional)
  • Children’s Literature 2 (Optional)
  • Writing and Publishing Novels (Optional)
  • Popular Fictions: Literature and Film (Optional)

How will I be taught?

Most teaching is delivered in the classroom. You will learn from lectures and take part in group seminar discussions led by your tutors. There will also be on-line discussions, tutor-directed research activities, and opportunities for independent research. You will also have one-to-one tutorials with your lecturers.  

You can expect to be in lectures, seminars and tutorials for approximately 8-12 hours per week. The rest of your time will be devoted to reading the required texts, preparing for seminar discussions, working on your assessment tasks, and independent study. Your tutors will be available to offer extra help should you need it.

 

Assessment

Teaching methods involve lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials, workshops, and online activities. Students will also benefit from talks by visiting experts and writers, as well as visits to the theatre, literary festivals and other relevant events. Assessment methods include: written coursework (essays, reviews, projects, research diaries), examinations, and oral presentations (both individual and group work). Each assessment relates to the learning outcomes of the programme, ensuring you gain the required skills at each level of study.

Careers

One aspect of studying English at University Centre Shrewsbury is the variety of career paths open to Single Honours students. We ensure that you receive rigorous intellectual training which will equip you with a broad range of skills. Employers value the skills associated with studying English, such as good communication skills and independent thinking. English graduates typically find careers in the publishing, media and the arts, teaching, librarianship, the heritage sector, management, administration, the civil service, law, and business.

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent including one of the following subjects GCE A Level English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma

Irish/Scottish

BBBB including English

International Baccalaureate

28 points, including 5 in HL English

QAA

Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 must be at Merit or above (15 of which must be in English)

OCR

OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above

Extra Information

Applicants must have one of the following subjects: GCE A Level English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature or equivalent. A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

Course content enquiries

Professor Deborah Wynne

Professor of English

  • Email: d.wynne@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 01244 513157