English Literature with a Modern Language BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

Start date

30 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time
5 years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478429

About the course

Reading inspiring works of literature is one of life’s great pleasures, but we’ll make sure that we go beyond enjoyment to give you the chance to develop some incredibly useful skills while you’re studying what you enjoy. Add to that the chance to learn another language and you’ll have every opportunity to make yourself attractive to potential employers once your studies are over.

Our English Literature course spans hundreds of years of inspiration, from the English Renaissance of the 16th century right up to the present day. So whether you love Jacobean drama or contemporary poetry, you’ll be able to indulge your tastes and hopefully gain some new ones too.

Your choices on the History side of your degree are equally wide ranging. We’ll cover the cultural, societal, historical and political impact of events and eras that have had a huge impact on today’s civilisation. Along the way you’ll be able to study conflicts, empires, disasters and more, from the medieval period right through to contemporary society.

The course is an equal mixture of both subjects. The topics we cover aren’t just exciting and rewarding to study, they could help you develop some transferable skills that employers are looking for too. You could go on to a career in fields such as teaching, librarianship, archives, the media, industry, the voluntary sector, PR, law and accountancy.

In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for five weeks. Recent graduates have taken placements at Wilsons Solicitors, Kirklees TV, West Yorkshire Archives Service and The Royal Armouries Museum.

The ERASMUS+ exchange scheme also offers a short-term opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities, including institutions in Ghent, Paris, Granada, Malaga, the USA and Hanover. You’ll join classes and receive credits toward your degree at the same time.

With their critical thinking abilities, rigour, and wide range of transferable skills, English Literature graduates are extremely attractive to employers. And in a globally-connected market, those with a passion for languages can give their employability the edge by studying English Literature with a Modern Language.

Studies show that the number of students choosing modern languages is in decline, even though graduates in this area are highly sought-after by employers. This degree gives you the opportunity to boost your career prospects. And by studying these two subjects alongside each other, you’ll be immersing yourself in different rich and fascinating languages, literatures and cultures, giving you a unique perspective on the world.

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Dr Sarah Falcus, Contemporary Literature Lecturer

Course detail

Core modules:

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.

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.

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.

Two options from a variety of modern language modules

Modern Foreign Language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student’s prior experience and knowledge.

Teaching and assessment

18.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, 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 artifact 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.

You will experience a broader range of assessment than at A level (not many exams, quite a lot of essays, but also other things like presentations, posters, research projects, and screencasts) and you will also encounter some topics which may be less familiar to you such as critical theory or digital humanities. 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.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 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.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English (including Creative Writing)

120 UCAS tariff points from a combinatiion of Level 3 qualificatiions including a minimum grade B at A Level in any form of English (including Creative Writing)

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above modules to include any form of English
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include an English component.

In addition, the standard entry level point for your modern language is an A Level in the chosen language (e.g. French, Spanish or German). However, depending on your profile, it might be possible to start below this level as the School offers a wide range of modules. Please contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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.

The ERASMUS+ exchange provides an optional short term (12 or 24 weeks) opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Ghent, Malaga, Hanover, Hungary, Paris and the USA.

“I learnt many valuable life skills during my time studying, along with how to live completely independently, how to communicate in a different language and learnt how to adapt to changes and a different lifestyle."

Henna Khan>

Henna Khan, English Literature with Creative Writing BA(Hons) in 2016

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

Hear more about our students, graduates and our department.

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. In a competitive global marketplace, by combining your major subject choice with a modern language you could add extra value to your skills and knowledge. Many potential employers have overseas offices and do business around the world. Developing the ability to speak a foreign language is likely to help to improve your employability prospects.

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 these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated)

90-95% 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.

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