English Literature BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

UCAS Code

Q320

About the course

If you love books and enjoy exploring new ideas, then English Literature is for you. During this course, you’ll get to read (and discuss) some of the greatest works ever written, but more than that, you’ll learn how to research, analyse, debate and create. You’ll sharpen your thinking and fine-tune your communication skills, ready for a whole range of exciting careers.

There are lots of English Literature courses out there, so why choose us? We think it comes down to one word: enjoyment. If you enjoy your studies, you’ll get more out of them. So, while some of the texts may be different from what you’re used to reading, we never lose sight of the pleasure that comes from reading, discussing and writing. Enjoyment is only part of the story. We also want you to finish your course with the kind of practical, transferable skills needed in the real world – things like critical thinking, researching, independent study, communicating and arguing persuasively.

And, while some of our texts may be ancient, the way we work is anything but old-fashioned. You’ll explore how to present your ideas using the latest media, as well as more traditional approaches. You’ll also have lots of opportunities to team up with students and lecturers, whether in seminars or on group projects.

We offer flexibility in the course too. So if you’re bored of the Bard, or not so keen on Keats, there’s no need to worry. Every year we offer various literature modules so you can tailor your degree around what interests you – it could be an overlooked genre or a lesser-known gem. You have the freedom to choose your own path and look beyond the established classics.

Your learning will extend beyond the classroom, as we’ll also get you out in the field to visit key locations. You could visit the nearby Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, or go to the British Library. Every year students also have the chance to attend events at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

Students taking the English Literature course at the University of Huddersfield get the opportunity to be enriched by a wide variety of literature. We offer modules ranging from the Medieval period to the present day, focusing on interesting topics that broaden your horizons. Global Shakespeare, American literature, South-Asian literature, the Emotions of War, Romantic and Victorian literature, as well as the work of contemporary women writers and contemporary science fiction are among the options that our students can choose to study. Our tutors are world leading and internationally recognised researchers, whose feedback on student work has been rated outstanding by our external examiners. Our students graduate with a wide set of skills that make them highly valued in career options that range from primary and secondary teaching, postgraduate study and academic careers, publishing, law, financial services, events management and marketing.

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Todd Borlik, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Drama

Course detail

Core module:

Literary Genres

You'll be introduced to literary texts which represent the established genres that form the foundation of Western literary tradition. You'll have the opportunity to explore how they've been adapted, modified and reformed in later periods and across cultures. You'll also have the chance to explore literary conventions and innovations, along with concepts and terms used in the analysis of literary texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

Option modules:

Choose four from a list which may include:

Thinking Critically

This module introduces you to a range of potential approaches for the study of literature at university level. You'll have the opportunity to evaluate key ideas and concepts from a range of theoretical approaches, taking a critical perspective to the discipline as a whole. You'll then have the chance to explore how to apply these ideas to literary and other texts. The assessment for this module consists of a mixture of written coursework and presentational assignments.

The Essay

You'll be encouraged to explore the essay as a genre of creative non-fiction through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. You'll also aim to develop your own ability to use the essay as a powerful medium for analysis, communication and persuasion.

Integrated Learning Portfolio

This module encourages you to take a holistic view of your programme of study, understanding and using links between modules, developing academic skills and using computer skills to become an effective independent learner. You’ll aim to become reflective in your work and learning, and be critical in decision making and thinking. This will be recorded as part of a portfolio of work.

Introduction to Research

This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of research in literary and cultural studies. Attention will be focused upon the practical aspects of conducting research and the main methods of identifying and evaluating research materials. A series of workshops and seminars will introduce you to library and online resources. You will explore critical and historical resources and identify a variety of research material. The appropriate use of particular material for specific research purposes will be examined. You will become familiar with research terminology and research practice, including the use of digital tools such as database searches and bibliographic management software. The module incorporates a series of skills workshops in addition to the core of lectures and seminars on the focused study of one particular literary topic related to the research expertise and scholarly publications of the module leader.

Teaching and assessment

18.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars and workshops etc. Your learning will develop through lectures and seminars on particular authors and genres. You will also take part in workshops where you might learn how to write better essays, produce a digital artefact or design a research project. You will also have regular meetings with your personal tutor who will help you to reflect on your strengths and identify ways in which you can improve.

The assessment of this course will be based on both written and practical work including examinations, essays, presentations, posters, research projects and screencasts.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Placements


The course offers a compulsory 5 week work placement in Year 2. The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Recent graduates have taken placements at Pen and Sword Books, Kirklees TV, Numberworks & Words and a range of primary and secondary schools.

I have gained experience in multiple fields, such as: editorial, marketing, advertising and publishing whilst on placement at Grist Publication.

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Charlotte Edwards, English Literature BA(Hons) completed placement at Grist Books

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Hear from our Students

Your Career


As an English Literature graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in critical thinking, researching, independent study, communicating and arguing persuasively. Depending on your specialism, your career choices are as varied and exciting as your degree course.

Our graduates have gone on to work in teaching, PR, social media, script writing and law. Others have opted for PGCE study and have become teachers, or continued their studies at Master's level.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17)

85% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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