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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: £1,450 per 20 credit module Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900

  • 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 from the Early Middle Ages to the present day, all taught by globally-recognised, research-active tutors. It also allows you to pursue your own interests through a range of diverse core and option modules. We offer a supportive environment for learning where you can develop your love of literature and learn vital life skills for your future career.

From Beowulf to the comedies and tragedies of Shakespeare, the satire of the eighteenth century, chilling Gothic literature and contemporary women’s writing, the English degree at the University of Northampton will introduce you to detailed study of the core themes and topics of these periods and genres.

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 15/10/2020

Highlights


  • Degree covers all major literary periods from Early English to present day, led by research active tutors.
  • Wide range of optional modules available in the second and third years, working alongside specialist tutors
  • 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. Terms and Conditions apply

Course Content


  • This course offers innovative, research-driven topics of English literature. In the first year you will study a range of modules which will analyse different genres of writing, how Shakespeare is represented in 21st Century texts and films, the use of literary and creative language, Contemporary British Literature and American literature, whilst also giving you the opportunity to undertake some creative writing of your own. Throughout your study you will work with academics who regularly publish as experts in their fields.

    In the second and third years, you will be able to choose from a range of option modules which include Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature, Children’s and YA literature, American Literature, Gothic writing, Urban Literature, Creative Writing and the adaptation of literary texts for film and television. You will also undertake an extended study of literature in your third-year dissertation which will enable you to explore in depth a topic, genre or author of your own choice.

    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 there will always be someone to help you with your academic study, and to provide pastoral support hand-in-hand with Northampton’s excellent student support services.

     

      • Module code: LIT1001
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of English Literature as part of the wider holistic series of modules at level 4. This module provides a broad introduction to undergraduate literary study by analysing and considering how texts are classified as genres. Students will explore how genres are used by readers writers and critics to produce literary meaning and interrogate texts for issues of narrative chronology dialogue and structure. It involves study of a number of texts genres and periods and introduces analytical and theoretical models. Students engage with texts in a variety of genres (including poetry drama prose and film texts) through extensive reading of primary and secondary sources to situate their responses to the theories regarding the classifications of texts.The assessment tasks have been constructed in consultation with other Level 4 Module leaders.
      • Module code: LIT1021
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the dual roles involved in the construction of meaning in literature: the writing and the reading of text. Through careful critical reading and writing of a range of genres students will engage in sharing work and critical debate through seminar and workshop participation ultimately presenting a revised and polished portfolio of creative and critical writing.
      • Module code: LIT1033
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is? to provide students with a survey of key American texts and writers from the Colonial period to the present day ? to explore how literature offers perspectives on the key thematic and formal concerns of US fiction
      • Module code: LIT1035
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of variation in language across different social and professional contexts including our own language uses. The module uses extensive reading of texts arising from different social and professional situations and develops linguistic accuracy and appropriacy relevant to a range of careers and professions.
      • Module code: LIT1037
        Status: Compulsory
        This module offers an introduction to British Literature post-1945 to the present day. It considers key developments in poetry drama and the novel in the context of literary movements and social change.It examines a range of writers portraying the mainstream and margins of British culture. It is designed to develop students' skills in reading a variety of contemporary genres and to encourage them to begin to apply theoretical and critical considerations to liteature.
      • Module code: LIT1038
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of Shakespeare?s plays at University level (along with essential historical backgrounds and scholarly methodolgies) and to explore the range of meanings illuminated in the plays by contemporary cultural concerns recent critical perspectives and forms of adaptation into other artforms and media including film and stage performance. Students will be encouraged to play an active role in debating these meanings and advancing persuasive arguments in defence of their own interpretations thus enhancing key analytical and evaluative skills for degree-level study of English.Note: For the Essay with Annotated Bibliography assignment students will be expected to write about themes and interpretations of the plays using a range of contemporary perspectives. The focus of the Presentation will be upon contemporary cultural uses and appropriations of Shakespeare.
      • Module code: LIT2048
        Status: Designate
        Over the last two centuries Western notions of sex sexuality and sexual identity have dramatically changed. This module explores the ways that sex sexual types and behaviours have been represented in twentieth century Anglo-American fiction with particular emphases on non-normative models of gender and sexual identity.
      • Module code: LIT2049
        Status: Compulsory
        The module provides a grounding in critical reflective and analytical thinking about central issues in critical theory literary criticism and around English as a discipline; this will involve study of major theorists terms concepts and perspectives underpinning such critical reflective and analytical thinking. Students' ability to deploy these critical thinking skills autonomously will be enhanced through 'applied' critical analysis of literary texts.
      • Module code: LIT2051
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to investigate the emergence of experimental literary texts from the late nineteenth century through the period of high modernism (1910 to 1939) and into the post-war period where certain legacies are still evident.
      • Module code: LIT2052
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the genre of creative nonfiction a kind of writing that has grown remarkably popular in recent decades and provides exciting opportunities for adapting imaginative techniques to real or actual subjects. Emphasis is shared between the creative and the critical spending equal time reading and writing observing and describing analysing and imagining.
      • Module code: LIT2053
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to analyse ways in which American fiction responded to key events and issues of the post World War 2 period such as changing perceptions of race gender and sexuality; the counter culture; consumerism; rebellion and conformity. The theme of vision is used both to explore how distinctive affirmative and/or critical perspectives on contemporary American life are conveyed as well as to examine how literature has developed in the face of challenges to literary form and language. Students will also compare and contrast popular and literary fictions in terms of their content form and address.
      • Module code: LIT2054
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module facilitate an understanding of some of the earliest writings in English and placing the literature in context. Texts include historical and religious writings, riddles, elegies and epics, dream visions and Arthurian tales. We will consider how texts were transmitted and revitalised according to their changing society. Although translations will assist discussion, this module will consider the richness of the Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman and Medieval English languages and how they are the foundation of the language that we speak today. Students engage with texts through extensive reading of primary and secondary sources to situate their responses in a range of intellectual and historical contexts.
      • Module code: LIT2055
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the enduring influence of fairy tales in literature enjoyed by and written for and about children and young people. It compares ?classic? versions to contemporary retellings of the fairy tale form. The module focuses on the figure of the child/young hero tracing their evolution through fairy tales via selected examples of classic children?s fiction from the twentieth century and into children?s and Young Adult novels of the contemporary era. While the module will be of great interest to students who intend to enter teaching as a career its main focus is literary rather than pedagogical.
      • Module code: LIT2056
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to a diverse range of writers and texts from the Victorian period situating them in the context of the major cultural and political changes of the era whilst also considering how the period has been reimagined in neo-Victorian literature.
      • Module code: LIT2057
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examines the central place the city holds in the literary imagination. It explores how the city functions as an essential feature and dominating metaphor. The module considers literary constructions of urban spaces in relation to how the city is perceived represented and imagined as well as exploring the relationships between center and periphery. Literature of the city will be explored via the conceptual framework of contemporary critical and theoretical perspectives
      • Module code: LIT2060
        Status: Designate
        To introduce students to writing professionally for an audience; raising awareness of what paid employment as a writer might demand; preparing them for the dissertation through supervised independent research; preparing them for the Professional Writing Project at Level 6; and engaging them with the local environment.
      • Module code: LIT3010
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore contemporary women's writing in the context of recent feminist and post-feminist theories of gender and literary production. The emphasis is on feminist rewriting both of popular genres and the literary novel. Indicative genres include the romance science fiction the gothic psychoanalytic fictions and the postmodern novel.
      • Module code: LIT3061
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ? To critically examine a selection of texts both popular and literary and the variety of interrelated processes that can be considered under the aegis of 'adaptation'. Students will explore the changing ideological and economic relationships between the source text and its adapted forms through theories of authorship fidelity intertextuality and genre. Students will be encouraged to examine the texts within their historical and cultural context and consider the intellectual and creative tensions that exist in cross-media retellings of print material.
      • Module code: LIT3064
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to explore the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It examines a range of key genres and authors in the light of their cultural historical and intellectual contexts in the early modern era as well as attending to their capacity to surprise and challenge us today not least through screen adaptations and representations of the period. Moreover the module will be informed by ongoing cultural debates about the nature and legacy of the period and its writing encouraging students to make persuasive interventions by actively engaging with currents in contemporary critical theory.
      • Module code: LIT3066
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to explore the relationship between modern American literature and the emergence of new cultures of publicity and celebrity from the late ninteenth to the twenty-first century. Who is responsible for celebrity value and who controls the public image? In looking at literary texts by cultural celebrities or focusing on the celebrity figure and its cultural contexts the module asks questions about the changing role of the author the shifting nature of the public and the private spheres and acts of self-promotion external publicity or public ownership.
      • Module code: LIT3067
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to focus on the long eighteenth century a period of considerable intellectual and cultural change and striking literary innovation but to do so through the lense of contemporary literary theory and criticism. The texts studied represent the diverse literary forms and modes of this rich period including poetry and prose satire Restoration drama women's writing slave autobiographies and early Romanticism. The approaches taken to these text cover an array of twentieth and twenty-first century critical/thoeritcal considerations such as feminist theory postcolonial theory postmodernism and poststructuralism.
      • Module code: LIT3068
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the development of Gothic Literature from its inception in the mid eighteenth century to the modernized urban Gothic of the late nineteenth century. The module will situate the genre in its wider cultural and historical contexts and consider how the Gothic imagination expresses itself aesthetically culturally and politically during this period.
      • Module code: LIT4016
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide an opportunity for students to develop at length a particular disciplinary interest. This may derive either from study in the first two years of the degree or from reading and/or practice activities on their own initiative. In either case they will bring to bear on their subject matter the analytical techniques learnt during their degree.
  • 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.

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

    You will benefit from:

    • core period modules from the Renaissance to the present day
    • a wide range of optional modules
    • opportunities to develop creative writing skills
    • opportunities to study American literature
    • a diverse range of assessment methods
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UK & EU

    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.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750 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.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

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

    Full Time: £12,900

    Foundation: £12,900 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    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.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

  • 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.

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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.