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English

BA (Hons) |
City, University of London's BA (Hons) English combines world-class literary scholarship with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in creative, professional and digital contexts.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

3 years. With the optional route: 3 years with a replacement second year studying abroad (to be selected in year one of study).

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,250 for the first year of study*

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,000 for the first year of study**

UCAS code

Q300

Application period

From 1st September 2016

Until 1st September 2017 (Only applications received before 15th January 2017 are guaranteed to receive equal consideration)

Who is it for?

This degree would be ideal for you if you wish to enrich your understanding of English literature across different genres and periods and wish to explore the variety of career options within the discipline of English, including creative and professional writing.

Objectives

The uniqueness of the City BA English (Hons) lies in its strong focus on three core strands: literature, professional writing, and creative writing.

As well as studying historical and contemporary literature in its many forms, you will explore how the knowledge and skills you gain can be applied to texts of all kinds, including your own creative writing (fiction and non-fiction). Throughout, you will experience literary forms as alive and evolving, and especially so in the digital environment. You will be encouraged to explore interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that are vital to success in the global cultural economy.

This course will encourage you to: read widely, including literature related to and written about London; to analyse and produce narratives in various forms, including in different media; and to experience different forms of creative writing in performance.

This programme builds on our significant international reputation in creative writing, journalism, and publishing. It equips you with an informed and critical understanding of the many forms of literary and professional English, which you may then apply in both creative and professional contexts.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: ABB (typically to include 'A' Level English Literature at grade A).
  • UCAS Tariff: 128 tariff points (typically ABB or BBB with a relevant EPQ). See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff system.
  • IB: 32 points (including Studies in Language and Literature).
  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

  • BTEC: DDM with a minimum grade B in ‘A’ Level English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

English requirements

IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

More about fees

* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £9,250 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government’s Office for Budget Responsibility. This index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study.

** The tuition fee for Non-EU students is £14,000 for the first year of study (2017/18). Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Placements

Placements or internships will be supported by the second-year elective module Work Placement, in which you will be encouraged to gain work experience to extend your understanding of the many professionalisms that rely on the application of English skills and knowledge.

The professional areas where you can aspire to a placement include:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing and literary agencies
  • Librarianship
  • Digital media companies and agencies
  • Cultural organisations
  • Charities
  • English Language Teaching and mentoring

Study abroad

Study Abroad may be possible on this course at institutions with which City, University of London has an agreed partnership in place.

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Teaching and learning

Your modules will be delivered using a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The lectures will provide commentary and explanation of key content areas, with some modules also offering small group classes to develop your understanding by inviting you to participate in debates.

You will be encouraged throughout your studies to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes, and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject. Your self-directed learning will be supported in a variety of ways, including Moodle, group work, extensive use of external online resources, showcases of creative work.

In the course of the programme you will create professional and creative portfolios related to your taught modules, informed by external visits and visitors, performances and project work; you will work in groups to present the findings of analytical and applied projects; and you will read widely across creative and professional genres as well as exploring narratives in other forms of media.

You will also generate your own texts and content to reflect different readerships and functions, in a variety of formats. You will have an option to complete a Work Placement. The Major Project modules take the form of a research dissertation, a professional portfolio or a creative writing submission, and you may elect to complete a maximum of two of these (with prior approval).

Assessment

Your programme assignments will be assessed via a mix of coursework (essays, professional, reflective and creative portfolios, reading diaries, group assignments including projects and presentations, and live showcase events) and unseen written exams to assess your knowledge of the academic subjects and key concepts.

In creative writing and other projects, you will develop your skills in providing and receiving peer review. Portfolio assessments will encourage you to reflect upon your reading, to experiment with creative forms, and to demonstrate and analyse what you have learned and how you might apply that learning in your future coursework and career.

Showcases and project presentations will assess both creative and professional content and your presentation skills. The final year Major Project modules will be completed independently under the guidance of a supervisor.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 1: 10%
  • Year 2: 30%
  • Year 3: 60%

Modules

The programme offers three core elements. First, you will develop a thorough grounding in the study of literature, literary forms and literary theory, with core Part 1 modules which develop knowledge through the study of key texts and related research. You will encounter a rich range of texts which reflect the English language’s rich history of literary, social and popular forms as well as more contemporary literary cultures and contexts.

Part 2 will then both deepen the scholarly content and allow you to focus your BA studies in theoretical, creative writing or more professional modules (including a Work Placement module).

Part 3 sustains the programme’s distinctiveness with a range of professional, research and creative modules choices while also encouraging you to deepen your understanding through at least one Major Project.

Core modules introduce and analyse literature in a range of forms, including in different media; and actively explore both creative writing and performance. Through active teaching to support a variety of assessments, which include portfolios, showcases and projects as well as traditional essays and examinations, you will engage with current debates in literary scholarship while also developing applied skills in the use of English in creative, professional and digital contexts.

Year 1

In the first year, you will encounter poetic, literary and dramatic texts that reflect English’s rich history and current practice of literary, social and popular forms, while also beginning to develop your skills in critical and creative writing.

Core modules include:

  • Fundamentals of Analysis and Criticism (30 credits)
  • Literature in Historical Context (30 credits)
  • Reading London (15 credits)
  • Forms and Performances of Creative Writing (15 credits)
  • Developing Creative and Professional Narratives (15 credits)
  • The Novel, Authorship and Creativity (15 credits)

Year 2

The second year deepens the scholarly content alongside a core Creative Writing module, and allow you to begin to focus on literary analysis or the acquisition of professional skills.

Core modules include:

  • Shakespeare: Authorship, dramatic texts and audiences  (30 credits)
  • 21st Century English and Digital Writing (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Workshop (15 credits)

Elective modules include:

  • Contemporary Genre Fictions (15 credits)
  • Work Placement (15 credits)
  • Web Creation and Design (15 credits)
  • The Representation of Journalists and the Press in Film and Fiction: 1900–present day (15 credits)
  • News and Society (15 credits)
  • Romanticism (15 credits)

Year 3

In the third year, you will choose from a broad selection of optional modules, reflecting diverse scholarly and applied disciplines, including journalism, publishing, library science, translation and English as a global language.

Alongside this you will complete one 30-credit major project module (or two, with prior approval).

Core modules include:

  • Major Project: Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Major Project: Professional Portfolio (30 credits)
  • Major Project: Creative Writing (30 credits)

Elective modules include:

  • Information Literacy in the Digital Society (15 credits)
  • Literary Journalism (15 credits)
  • Publishing in the Digital Age (15 credits)
  • Global English and English Language Teaching (15 credits)
  • American Screenwriters (15 credits)
  • Intercultural Studies (15 credits)
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Media (15 credits)
  • New Media: From Cyberspace to Social Media (15 credits)
  • Crime and Media (15 credits)
  • Celebrity and Society (15 credits)

Career prospects

As a graduate of the BA in English course, you will have a unique blend of intellectual and creative skills as well as experience relating to the application of the English language in contemporary culture.

Delivered through world class, research-informed teaching, this course prepares you for a range of possible career options, including journalism, creative writing, publishing and literary agencies, library science, digital media companies and agencies,charities and English Language Teaching or translation.

The transferable skills you will gain in your English BA are developed through a balance of research-informed teaching and modules which relate to current practice in associated literary professions.

As a graduate of this programme, you can aspire to future roles in:

  • Media organisations
  • The Civil Service, and other public and charitable organisations
  • Journalism
  • Publishing and literary agencies
  • Digital content development
  • English language teaching
  • Creative Writing
  • Translation
  • Librarianship

English

UCAS code: Q300

Application Deadline

1st September 2017 (Only applications received before 15th January 2017 are guaranteed to receive equal consideration)


Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

www.ucas.com

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at City’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Email: ugadmissions@city.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Website: www.ucas.com
Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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