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English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years full time
    5 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £13,000

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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.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

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 two 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

    Major students must take LIT2065 plus three designated modules making 80 credits and must take 40 credits from their minor subject to total 120 level 5 credits.
    Joint students take LIT2065 plus two designated modules totaling 60 credits and must take 60 credits in their other subject to total 120 level 5 credits.
    Minor students must take LIT2065 plus one designated module making 40 credits and must take 80 credits from their major subject to total 120 level 5 credits:

    • 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

    Optional Placement Year

    Students must have successfully completed 100 credits at Level 5 in order to undertake placement:

    • HRM2053 – The Placement Year Experience: Organisations in Context – 40 credits – Compulsory

    Year 3

    Major students must take LIT4016 plus two designated modules making 80 credits and must take 40 credits from their minor subject to total 120 level 6 credits.
    Joint students must take three designated modules making 60 credits and must take 60 credits in their other subject to total 120 level 6 credits. Joint students must take a dissertation module in one of their subjects.
    Minor students must take two designated modules making 40 credits and must take 80 credits from their major subject to total 120 level 6 credits:

    • LIT4016* – English Dissertation – 40 credits – Compulsory for Mj
    • LIT4017** – English Short Dissertation – 20 credits – Designated for Jt
    • LIT4018*** – English Interdisciplinary Dissertation – 20 credits – Designated for Jt
    • 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

    * Cannot be taken with LIT4017 and LIT4018
    **Cannot be taken with LIT4016 and LIT4018
    ***Cannot be taken with module LIT4016 or LIT4017

  • Our English Joint Honours has some great combinations so you can tailor your degree to your ambitions. Here are the following course combinations available to you:

  • 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
    • International – Full Time: £13,000
    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.

    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
    • International – Full Time: £12,900
    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.

     

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