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English BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    Q300

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    5 years part time
    4 years with Integrated Foundation Year

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

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Overview


This dynamic and diverse course provides a thorough exploration of English Literature, where you can plot your own pathways through a range of themed strands and in-depth module topics, all regularly taught by dedicated, enthusiastic and research-active tutors. We offer a supportive learning environment where you can feel safe and empowered to explore new ideas, develop your love of literature and learn vital life skills for your future career.

At the centre of our newly updated programme is diversity and relevance.  This means we study texts representing a range of voices and identities, embracing the latest cultural debates and searching out literary expressions from revolutionaries or the marginalised, but also looking deeply into the rich heritage and history of the literary arts across the ages and through the full range of literary genre.  We care deeply about what literature can show us of the world in all its complexity, and the programme taps into this passion for hearing all voices and witnessing the history and breadth of literary expression.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Updated 08/06/2021

Highlights


    • Degree covers the most relevant and exciting module topics, led by research active tutors
    • Optional modules in each year, arranged across a unique menu of themed pathways
    • Teaching takes place in small seminar groups (usually 15-25).
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
    • HP laptop and software included with this course for eligible students* (*see Eligibility criteria and Terms and Conditions)

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Course Content


  • The modules on this course are organised into distinctive strands that allow students the chance to develop their knowledge from year to year and apply skills they’ve learned across different stages. For example, in a strand called ‘Rethinking Identities’, we raise the question of which authors are taught right from the start in a module called ‘Decolonising the Bookshelf’, with a particular focus on race and ethnicity.  But these same ideas return in the second year with ‘Representing Class: Stories and Conflict’ and in the third year with ‘Bodies and Performances:  Sex and Gender’, and in this way students are able, if they choose, to fully develop their understanding of literary expression, representation and recognition across a broad range of literary texts.

    While one strand focuses on literary periods, perspectives and historical contexts, another focuses on types of writing and other media in the digital age, or how society both shapes and is shaped by literature. Yet none of the strands exist in isolation, with meaningful connections between modules in each level.  While one strand is focused on skills and applications – with explicit focus on how to develop your abilities on the programme and for the workplace beyond – these skills are used and developed in every module, and every strand offers opportunity to demonstrate your employability.

    What’s more, all our modules are rooted in staff expertise and a shared passion for literature.  In offering modules focusing on ecology and the environment, children’s and young-adult writing, contemporary revisioning of the works of Shakespeare, American literature and culture, gothic worlds, and digital culture, the course offers every student a breadth of topics that will stimulate your imagination and hone your critical thinking. By your final year, you get to follow your own passions and expertise, by selecting a dissertation on a literary topic of your choice and really showing what you can accomplish.

    The team of lecturers is big enough to offer a variety of modules, but small enough to provide you with a close-knit learning environment. You will know your tutors personally and see them regularly and you will regularly find someone to help you with your academic study, and to provide pastoral support hand-in-hand with Northampton’s excellent student support services.

    Modules

    Year 1

    Students must take the compulsory module plus 5 designated modules:

    • LIT1049 – Reading and Writing our World – 20 credits – Compulsory
    • LIT1037 – Identity Under Construction – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT1038 – Contemporary Shakespeare – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT1045 – Digital Culture and Print Media – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT1046 – Decolonising the Bookshelf – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT1047 – Writing the Wild – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT1048 – American Dreams, American Nightmares: Race, Class and Gender – 20 credits – Designated

    Year 2

    Students must take the compulsory module plus 5 designated modules:

    • LIT2065 – Literature and the Real World: Critical Concepts – 20 credits – Compulsory
    • LIT2056 – Victorian Visions – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT2066 – Literary Extremes and The American Mainstream – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT2067 – From Fairy Tale to Fantasy: Children’s and Young Adult Literature – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT2068 – Centre & Margins: Postmodernity & After – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT2069 – Writing in the World – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT2070 – Representing Class: Stories and Conflicts – 20 credits – Designated

    Year 3

    Students must take the compulsory module plus four designated modules:

    • LIT4016 – English Dissertation – 40 credits – Compulsory
    • LIT3075 – Good Society and Bad Society: Shakespeare to Behn – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT3076 – Literature and Revolution – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT3077 – Bodies and Performances: Thinking Sex and Gender – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT3078 – Publicity & Privacy: American Authors and Celebrity – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT3079 – Texts in Transition: Adaptation – 20 credits – Designated
    • LIT3068 – Gothic Worlds – 20 credits – Designated
  • General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants would normally be expected to hold an A-Level in English at grade C or above. Applicants who do not achieve grade C or above will be asked to complete a written application task. Other subjects will be considered but need to cover the same analytical or linguistic skills.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
    • UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    Additional Costs

    We do ask that you buy the prescribed primary texts for each module. We carefully review the costs of every module each year, so that they do not exceed £100 per module. In practice, by using libraries, freely available online resources and second-hand copies of books, costs are often less than half of this total figure.

    You will have the chance to attend a range of research seminars, conferences, field trips and other activities beyond the curriculum for free or at minimal cost.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
    • UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    • UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    • International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)
    Additional Costs

    We do ask that you buy the prescribed primary texts for each module. We carefully review the costs of every module each year, so that they do not exceed £100 per module. In practice, by using libraries, freely available online resources and second-hand copies of books, costs are often less than half of this total figure.

    You will have the chance to attend a range of research seminars, conferences, field trips and other activities beyond the curriculum for free or at minimal cost.

     

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

  • At the University of Northampton, everything we do, from funded trips to paid internships, is to give you everything you need to make a difference when you leave.

    If you join this full time degree at Northampton you will receive a laptop when your course begins. The laptops are built to a bespoke custom specification ideal for use in the seminar room, collaborative group work or studying at home.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    To check out the full list of perks visit our Student Perks page.

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

  • Graduates in English from the University of Northampton go on to work in a variety of careers including teaching, publishing, marketing, librarianship, business, journalism and media, management and local government. In addition, many go on to postgraduate study including the University of Northampton MA in Contemporary Literature.

  • How will I be taught on English BA (Hons)?

    English modules are assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, individual and group presentations, blogs, participation in online discussion groups, creative writing, podcasts and formal examinations. From the outset we teach you the skills you will need through your degree and transferable skills that will be vital to your career.

    You will engage with texts through extensive reading and consolidate your own responses by studying intellectual, theoretical and historical contexts. You will be taught through seminars and group discussions which will critically inform your ideas and allow you to share and discuss them with your fellow students.

    We also provide the chance to develop your writing and apply your understanding of the world to employment-related tasks, with opportunities for working toward live-client briefs (where your success is measured against what real-world employers are looking for, rather than sticking only to tutor-led assessment briefs), to get a direct taste of work-based learning and real employment environments.

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

    You will benefit from:

    • a range of optional modules for flexible learning
    • thematic strands developing ideas from the first year to the last
    • a broad range of modules focused on relevance and diversity
    • opportunities to study American literature
    • work-based learning and employability skills
    • a diverse range of assessment methods

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Careers and Employability


Students who have studied with us have gone on to a variety of careers, including: teaching, adult education, journalism, theatre management, marketing, editorial work with major publishers, librarianship, arts administration, museum and curatorial work, librarianship, bookselling, social work training, management trainee schemes with large companies, local government.