Studied in combination, these two subject areas will provide you with the opportunity to develop your all-round understanding of English – how it is spoken and written and how that has changed over time and in different places; the literature that it has produced and the continual processes of evolution that determine understanding and readings of it. The course provides an ideal foundation for graduates who wish to become teachers; it develops a rounded, transferable set of competencies and skills that offer sound preparation for a wide variety of jobs and career paths; it offers good preparation for progression to postgraduate academic study.
In English Language your critical and intellectual faculties are honed in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. You focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and exploration of linguistic and stylistic choices. By your third year you will be carrying out your own independent research projects on aspects of English language as it is used in spoken and written communication – communication central to the construction of human beings’ identities, and that is as varied, diverse and rich as are its speakers and writers. During the course, there are opportunities for you to undertake work placements, supporting you to recognise and apply the very broad range of transferable skills and competencies that you are developing.
English Literature provides opportunities to explore literatures from the 16th to 21st centuries, embracing both mainstream, ‘canonical’ and less familiar, ‘marginal’ texts. It invites you to share with your lecturers cutting-edge thinking in spheres as diverse as Shakespeare in translation, children’s literature, contemporary American writing and ecocriticism (the understanding of literary texts through exploration of the interconnections between human culture and organic and animal worlds). From the outset, you will develop skills of close and creative reading, as well as a critical awareness of the relationship between texts and their contexts. Increasingly as the course progresses, you will explore literature from a range of theoretical perspectives current throughout the humanities. This, in turn, will support you to specialise in the areas of literature that interest you most. There are also opportunities to explore relationships between literature and other kinds of expression, for example painting and illustration.
Taught by academics who are acknowledged experts in their fields, both subject areas will hone your critical and intellectual faculties, supporting your articulacy and enabling you persuasively to develop and present your ideas. In combination, English Language Studies and English Literary Studies provide you with exciting opportunities to study not only how we communicate with one another but also to consider how our communication shapes, structures and responds to contemporary societies and cultures (with ‘contemporary’ embracing not just the cultures of your today but the todays of diverse others, from speakers, readers and writers in 17th century England to those of 20th century America). Studying them in combination will be for you if your interest lies in the ways in which human beings communicate with one another, how they make sense of their society and cultures, and how communication itself shapes the meanings and ideologies of our ever changing world.
Grades / Points
Which must include A-level English at grade C or above
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£9,250 per year
These are the tuition fees you pay if you are resident in England
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