English Literature and Language with Foundation Year with optional TESOL pathway BA (Hons)

University of Derby

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    5 (English)
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    BA (Hons)

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Course Summary

Course description

It has been argued that reality, as we each experience it, is an effect of language. Literary language, for Martin Amis, conducts a ‘war against cliché’ which unsettles our ideas about the world.

This exciting, diverse and challenging course enables you to explore the consequences of those ideas, and to combine the analysis of the English language, the study of literary history and the theoretically-informed close reading of literature.

  • If you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme, you can choose to start at Foundation Year stage.
  • The programme is designed to enable you to understand the key differences of approach between English Language and English Literature, while also - in a strand of core modules at each level - encouraging interdisciplinary study
  • If you are interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages you can choose to study our optional TESOL pathway.
  • You will encounter a wide range of literature from across the globe, studied in the context of perspective-altering theories concerning the relationship of language to identity, desire, cultural politics and the formation of reality itself. This degree will change the way that you think.

How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests. For the rest of your degree our assessment strategy is designed to produce confident, articulate graduates and we also place great emphasis on developing your research skills, with independent projects playing a key part in stages two and three.


Wide-ranging career options

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including teaching and academia, marketing, publishing, journalism, broadcasting, human resources, arts management, creative industries and the Civil Service. It will also provide an excellent foundation for further study at postgraduate level.

Entry Requirements

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  • A level
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  • GCSE/National 4/National 5
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Access to HE Diploma

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Tuition Fees

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

The University of Derby is recognised for its teaching quality, rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. Industry-experienced lecturers, modern facilities, and opportunities for placements and study abroad combine to give students the practical skills, academic knowledge, and confidence to succeed in their chosen career.


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