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City, University of London

English

UCAS Code: Q300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Please refer to institution

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.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

with a minimum of 5.0 from two Higher Level subject including Studies in Language and Literature

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Please refer to institution

UCAS Tariff

112

112 tariff points (typically BBC with a relevant EPQ)

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

English studies

The BA (Hons) English at City is ranked joint 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, and 1st in London for teaching satisfaction. (NSS 2019)
This innovative degree is designed to bring the study of literature into the twenty-first century. You will graduate with a wide range of analytical, creative and professional skills as well as an informed and critical understanding of writing in English throughout history and around the world.
Who is it for?
Here at City, in the heart of London, we see literature as something diverse, global and constantly evolving. Led by a team of expert lecturers, our course is tailored around students who are passionate about engaging with the written word in all its forms, and across time and space, from Shakespeare to social media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to comic books.

By the end of the degree you will have produced your own creative and professional writing (fiction and non-fiction). You will also have developed the critical and analytical skills you need to understand how the written word both shapes, and is shaped by, the world we live in.

**The National Student Survey 2019**
BA English at City is ranked joint 1st in the UK for student satisfaction, and ahead of any other English programme in London

- 100% overall satisfaction

- 100% of our graduates think we make the subject interesting

- 100% agree that we value their views about the course

- 100% agree that academic staff are good at explaining things

- 100% agree it is easy to contact academic staff.

Source: National Student Survey 2019

**Objectives**
This programme builds on our international reputation in creative writing, journalism and publishing. The analysis and interpretation of literature is interweaved with other, more practical areas of study, from digital publishing to storytelling. We offer a wide choice of modules so you can focus your studies on the areas that interest you the most.

Core modules showcase literature from a range of genres, including creative writing in practice and performance, whilst also demonstrating the various uses of English in the professional working world. Students are assessed by traditional literary essays and examinations as well as a striking and innovative series of assessments, including podcasts, showcases and creative and professional projects. Graduates from this degree will have developed a portfolio of applied skills designed to benefit their future lives and careers.

In a stimulating, supportive environment our team of expert lecturers will encourage you to:

- Immerse yourselves in the literature of London and the world.

- Engage with current debates in literary scholarship

- Write creatively, professionally, and analytically in a range of different forms, via a range of different media

- You will also develop a wide range of transferrable skills that will make you particularly attractive to future employers, including creative and independent thinking, leadership, planning, time management, teamwork and excellent communication and presentational skills.

Modules

Year one is made up of six compulsory modules (120 credits).

In the first year, you will develop a thorough grounding in the study of literature, literary forms and literary theory. You will encounter a range of texts from the British Isles and beyond as you delve into the rich history of writing in English and develop your analytical, critical and creative writing skills.

Modules:

- Fundamentals of Analysis and Criticism – 30 credits
- Literature in Historical Context – 30 credits
- Forms and Performances of Creative Writing – 15 credits
- Developing Creative and Professional Narratives – 15 credits
- The Novel, Authorship and Creativity – 15 credits.
- Postcolonialism - 15 credits.

Year two is made up of three core and four elective modules (120 credits)

In the second year, three core modules will develop your knowledge and understanding of scholarly content. You will also choose from a range of theoretical, analytical and practical modules (including a Work Placement module) as you begin to specialise your studies.

Core modules:

- Shakespeare: Authorship, Dramatic Texts and Audiences – 30 credits
- 21st Century English and Digital Writing – 15 credits
- Creative Writing Workshop – 15 credits

Elective modules:

- Contemporary Genre Fictions – 15 credits
- Romanticism - 15 credits
- Reading London 1 - 15 credits
- Reading London 2 - 15 credits
- Work Placement – 15 credits
- Web Creation and Digital Storytelling – 15 credits
- Humanitarian Reporting - 15 credits
- Sports Journalism - 15 credits.
- Reporting Conflict - 15 credits
- The Representation of Journalists and the Press in Film and Fiction: 900 to Present Day – 15 credits
- Global Popular Musics - 15 credits.

In the third year, you will choose from a broad selection of optional modules, reflecting current trends in literary scholarship and in applied disciplines such as journalism and publishing. You will also complete at least one 30-credit major project module.

Choose one or two from the following core modules:
- Major Project: Dissertation – 30 credits
- Major Project: Professional Portfolio – 30 credits
- Major Project: Creative Writing – 30 credits.
- Elective modules include:
- Literary Journalism – 15 credits
- Publishing in the Digital Age – 15 credits
- Global English and English Language Teaching - 15 credits
- Intercultural Studies – 15 credits
- American Screenwriters – 15 credits
- Writing Women - 15 credits
- Place and Space - 15 credits
- Reporting Science and the Environment - 15 credits
- Global Popular Musics - 15 credits.

Assessment methods

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

Your programme assignments will be assessed via a mix of coursework and unseen written examinations to assess your knowledge of the academic subjects and key concepts.

Your coursework will be assessed through:

- Essays
- Professional, reflective and creative portfolios
- Reading diaries
- Group assignments, including projects and presentations
- Live showcase events.
- Creative writing and other projects

In creative writing and other projects, you will develop your writing skills and participate in a peer review process: as well as offering constructive feedback on the writing of your peer group, you will learn to use their feedback to improve your own work. Portfolio assessments will encourage you to:

- Reflect upon your reading
- Experiment with creative forms
- Demonstrate and analyse what you have learned
- Consider how you might apply your learning in your future coursework and career.
- Showcases and project presentations
- 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.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

English

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UK students
5%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B

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