This programme introduces you to a fascinating range of literary texts and periods allowing you to develop your skills as a thinker, reader, writer and critic. The Education part of the course provides insights into how education systems develop, how children and adults learn and what the key issues, policies and debates are in education today. Together the courses will develop transferable skills that will boost your employability.
By choosing to study these subjects, you will benefit from a high level of flexibility in deciding your future employability. Both programmes are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team who have substantial research and teaching experience. This course is designed to enthuse and inspire you whilst broadening your knowledge and understanding of English and Education Studies.
This programme is an effective starting point for launching a career as an English Teacher at a Secondary School. Students wanting to become secondary teachers need to major in English, in order to demonstrate subject knowledge, but students wanting to become primary teachers do not need to do this.
This is a flexible degree that will interest students who want to be able to customise their degree to their needs and interests as well as students who are still exploring their career options.
There are opportunities for visits, researching educational settings and activities in schools and other educational contexts.
Many students studying this joint honours combination have furthered their education by going on to study MAs and PhDs. While others have progressed into successful careers in school teaching, social work, marketing, adult education, editorial work with major publishers, librarianship, bookselling, research and management trainee schemes with large companies and local government.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
The University of Northampton
St George’s Avenue
You will gain a comprehensive and thorough understanding of English from the Renaissance to the present day while exploring how education systems develop and how people learn. You will engage with texts and ideologies through extensive reading, the study of literature’s intellectual and historical contexts and the sociology, philosophy and psychology of education.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminar discussions and group projects, in which ideas can be shared and developed. Learning environments are designed to encourage student participation and exchanges of ideas. You will have the opportunity for visits and study trips to Europe where you will be able to compare European practice with that which you see in this country.
Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both subjects. Stage one provides an excellent foundation for students to advance to stage two. There is no choice of modules at stage one because a broad introduction to the subjects is given. Students take modules totalling 120 credits for each academic year.
The modules introduce a variety of approaches, perspectives and theoretical resources for understanding and explaining aspects of Education, Policy, Social Diversity and Inclusion, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Writing the Present: Post-War and Contemporary British Literature.
Students gain academic grounding in areas including: how genres are used by readers and writers to produce literary meaning, interrogating issues in narrative, chronology and structure. Within the Education modules students investigate the key academic disciplines that constitute Education Studies; history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education.
There are a wide range of modules at stage two including, Creative Reading & Writing, Early English Literature, Modernism in Britain, Debates in Education, Research Methods, Aims, Values and Ethics in Educational Issues and History of Childhood.
Students looking to become English Teachers at Secondary School should consider majoring in English to show evidence of specialist subject knowledge, in which case they must take Modernism in Britain, Eighteenth-Century Literature and two other modules.
There are optional study trips to partner Universities in Europe at the end of stage 1 and during stage two.
You will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study in areas of English and Education Studies that you find particularly interesting. All students prepare, by supervised research, a dissertation or project investigating an area of personal or career interest.
Students who have an even split on their courses can choose to write a dissertation in either of their subjects.
Students majoring in English must complete a dissertation and take a combination of the following modules:
- Renaissance Literature
- Creative Reading & Writing
- Contemporary Women’s Writing
- Wonder, Dreams and Marvels: Victorian Fantasy Writing
- Voice of America: American Literature 1890-1950
They are then required to take two modules in Education Studies from the following options:
- Education, Culture and Society
- Issues of Equality in Educational Settings
- The Great Educators
- Emancipatory Approaches to Working with Young People
- Exploring Deviance and Disaffection
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Youth Offending
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
There are opportunities for international study visits and exchange as part of the second year for the Education Studies element.
Three years full-time or flexible part-time.
There are a variety of assessment formats including, essays, practical reports, presentations, time-constrained essays, multiple-choice tests, group project work, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students may experience:
- core period modules from the Renaissance to the present day
- opportunities to develop creative writing skills
- opportunities to study American literature
- a diverse range of assessment methods
- opportunities for educational visits
- study trips to Europe
- flexible learning pathway
- an exciting range of modules
Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers, including journalism, teaching, postgraduate study, adult education, marketing, editorial work with major publishers, arts administration, librarianship, bookselling and management trainee schemes with large companies and local government. Students who are considering teaching English in secondary schools should major in English to show relevant specialist subject knowledge.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants are normally expected to hold an A Level in English Language or Literature at grade C or above, or an approved equivalent qualification.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|