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English Literature with a Modern Language BA(Hons)

2023-24 (also available for 2022-23)

Start date

25 September 2023

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
5 years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB-BBC

BTEC - DDM-DMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

30

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. You could get involved in the award-winning Huddersfield Literature Festival, an international event that attracts some of the biggest and best writers in the world.
  2. Studying a foreign language alongside your literary studies could boost your career prospects in a global market place.
  3. You could opt to undertake a placement year overseas or in the UK to gain real-world experience.

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.

  • We offer a wide range of module options to choose from, diverse forms of coursework assessment (but no exams), and excellent employment prospects.
  • We get you out of the classroom on a range of exciting fieldtrips.
  • Every year students also have the chance to get involved in events at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

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 Elizabethan drama or contemporary poetry and science fiction, you’ll be able to indulge your tastes and hopefully gain some new ones too.

Studying a foreign language alongside your literary studies will give you a unique perspective on the importance of language and give you the opportunity to learn more about the societies and cultures of the countries where these languages are spoken. This will further open up the world of literature by giving you the opportunity to explore writers’ work in their own languages. You’ll study two language options from a variety of modern language modules depending on your prior knowledge and experience. Options include French, German and Spanish.

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 approaches to studying literature at university level. We do this via a series of questions, such as ‘what is culture?’ ‘what is gender?’ and even ‘what is time?’ You’ll have the opportunity to evaluate ideas and concepts from a range of theoretical works, learning to take a critical perspective to the discipline and to think deeply about the cultural world around you. You will be assessed via written coursework and a portfolio in the medium of your choice.

Plus two options from a variety of modern foreign language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to the student’s prior experience and knowledge. We currently offer French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Professional English and British Sign Language.

Entry requirements

BBB-BBCat A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English or a related subject.

120-112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in any form of English or a related subject.

Merit at T Level.

DDM-DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above modules to include any form of English or a related subject.
  • 120-112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including Higher Level English at grade 6.

Applicants with no existing qualifications in the modern language studied may enter at Beginners level 1. Applicants with a pass at GCSE in the modern language studied (French, German or Spanish) may enter at Beginners level 2. Applicants with a pass at AS level or A2 level in the modern language will enter at levels 3 or 4 respectively. Mature students (over the age of 21) applications will be considered on an individual basis taking into account any previous learning and life experience applicable to the particular programme of study.

​Applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis, and with advice from the University's International Office.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

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. If you’re studying full-time, this 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, Prayner Conservatory of Music & Drama and a range of primary and secondary schools.

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)

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. 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 this subject area who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 18/19, UK domiciled graduates).

80% 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.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry.

86.9% of our research is ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent and our combined total of publications places us 4th in the country for research outputs (REF 2014). Our work in English specifically is recognised by the University having been listed in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by subject for 'English Language and Literature'.

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, along with the Student Protection Plan, 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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