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BA (Hons) English

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  • UCAS Code:
    Q300
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

From examining iconic and influential texts to cultivating your writing skills, this multifaceted course explores English language and literature within the context of the media in all its various forms.

The course is designed to give you a strong foundation in the academic study of language and literature, whilst equipping you with professional skills to enhance your employability. Alongside the study of texts in print, you’ll be introduced to the latest developments in digital media and new media storytelling. There’s also a strong emphasis on honing your writing skills, whether that's in academic work, creative writing, or journalism, opening the door to an exciting range of career possibilities or further study.

As you progress through the course you’ll be able to select subjects to focus your studies in areas of English that interest you, and you’ll have the opportunity to complete a four or 30-week placement, depending on the length of degree you choose. The placement is a productive and dynamic way of putting your theory into practice, and is designed to develop your abilities and understanding of a real-world working environment. It also provides a platform for successful entry into the workplace following graduation.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years including a 4-week placement (or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 89% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 305kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For BA (Hons) English we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Work well within a team as well as individually
  • Demonstrate good presentation skills
  • Enjoy reading a variety of texts including literature and newspapers.

Students must be able to demonstrate an interest in media including television and newspapers, and have a broad knowledge of how the media industry works. Overall students must have a strong creative ability and have an interest in writing.

Students must have basic computer literacy, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

As this degree focuses on studying English in the context of the media, you will not only study literary texts, but will also have the chance to develop your own writing skills in both a factual and creative setting. The diverse nature of this course means you'll be in a position to work in a range of industries, and will particularly well-suited to roles where communication is key.

We have an excellent graduate employment rate, with 85% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section.

That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the english sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course.

Writing competitions

Studying English at BU gives you various opportunities to test yourself and your development with writing competitions.

Course changes

What our students say

Louise Jones

I received offers to write and was offered literary representation during my first year. I am now signed to Rogers, Coleridge & White and writing my first novel.

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As well as traditional literature-focused ones I had modules on news journalism, media, blogging, digital narrative and coms helping to give a broad view.