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English Literature BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

Q311

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

The BA (Hons) English Literature offers students the opportunity to study English Literature of all periods from the Renaissance to the present day, with particular specialisms in regional studies and spatiality (including the literature of the Midlands), fantasy and speculative fictions, African-American literature, Chicana/o and Latina/o literatures, anglophone world literatures, literatures of the American West, literatures of disability and experimental literatures.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Modules

Overview

Modules in the first year provide students with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of critical theoretical approaches to the study of Literature, as well as about the major literary periods and genres within the English tradition, aiming to prepare students for higher-level study.

Students will have the chance to learn about employability and the practical business of the literary words through Literary Festivals, and also have the opportunity to take a module exclusively devoted to one of the course’s major specialisms, Space, Place, Regionalisms, Globalisms. Students will also be able to take an Add+Vantage module which can allow them to develop their CV by taking credits in an area of study not explicitly related to their degree.

Modules

  • Approaches to Literature

  • Literary Festivals 1

  • Add+Vantage Module

  • Literary Genres and Periods

  • Space, Place, Regionalisms, Globalisms

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules in the second year can allow students to broaden and deepen their study of the subject by taking 40-credit modules in Post-1800 Literature and in Pre-1800 Literature which will allow them to study a range of the specialist concerns of the course, at the same time as problematizing and moving beyond traditional period divisions of the subject.

Students will also have the opportunity to enjoy a choice from a range of very different option modules, including Literatures of Disability, The American West: Real and Imagined and the English Literature International Study Trip. The latter allows second-year students every year the chance to study both international influences upon English Literature and its own international legacy and reception, both in the classroom in the UK and on location internationally. Students may be eligible for some financial support from the Centre for Global Engagement and from the School of Humanities, but will otherwise have to cover their own costs. Finally, students will continue their studies in the practical business of the literary world, and again have the opportunity to take an Add+Vantage module.

Modules

  • Post-1800 Literature

  • Literary Festivals 2

  • Add+Vantage module

  • Pre-1800 Literature

  • Optional Modules

    Literatures of Disability

    The American West: Real and Imagined 

    English Literature International Study Trip

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After the end of the second year, students have the option to take either a placement year (in the UK, or abroad) or a study-abroad year, and if they do so will take the non-credit bearing modules 6038HUM Placement Year module or 6039HUM Study Abroad Year module, which will help to ensure that they learn from and reflect upon their experiences.

N.B. Students will be given advice by Employment Personal Tutors or the Centre for Global Engagement, but may be responsible for finding their own placements (with guidance). Similarly, study-abroad years with a student’s first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. Students pay no fees to Coventry University for their placement or study-abroad year though are responsible for covering their own costs.

Overview

In the third year students have the opportunity to study a range of research-led modules at the cutting edge of the subject, taught by research-active academics who are advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the discipline.

These include modules in Shakespeare and the Environment and in Speculative Fiction, as well as choices from a wide range of option modules including Stylistics and Experimental Fiction, Utopias and Dystopias, Romanticism and Revolution, Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures and African American Writing: Place, Race and Identity. All students have the opportunity to study towards a 40-credit Dissertation in an area of the subject of their choice, under the individual supervision of a member of staff with cognate interests. Students will have the chance to learn about event management by participating in the staging of a public-facing event, and will once again have the opportunity to take an Add+Vantage module of their choice.

Modules

  • Shakespeare and the Environment

  • Speculative Fiction

  • Literary Festivals 3

  • Add+Vantage module (10 credits)

  • Optional Modules

    • Literature Dissertation
    • Stylistics and Experimental Fiction
    • Utopias and Dystopias 
    • Romanticism and Revolution 
    • Chicana/o and Latina/o Literatures 
    • African American Writing: Place, Race and Identity

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Books and trips paid for, subject to eligibility, through the Flying Start scheme.
  • A chance to exhibit work in the annual Degree Shows.
  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual A Domain of One’s Own website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of their degree-level work.
  • The chance to develop event management skills by taking part in a final-year public engagement event.

The dinstinctive features of the BA (Hons) English Literature course at Coventry University are as follows:

  • A focus on allowing students to continue exploring the major periods of English Literature with which they are familiar, at the same time as expanding their studies into genuinely new and different areas of the subject
  • A particular focus throughout the degree on place, space and regionalism that is unusual in Literature degrees outside of the Celtic nations and the South West, a concentration on the relationship between the local and the global in literature, and a unique focus on the writers and literature of the English Midlands and their influence(s) and reception throughout the world
  • Following on from the above, an optional international field-trip module is offered, which is dedicated to broadcasting students' understanding of the international influences upon English Literature, and of its own international reception and influence
  • A focus on literary festivals, the practical business of the literary world and cognate professions / careers, manifested in a dedicated module devoted to these activities at each level of the course in which students will also have the chance to work with a dedicated Employment Personal Tutor
  • A focus on student application of new and cutting-edge theories / approaches to text - including, though not limited to, posthumanism, critical disability studies and critical race theory - in order to generate new insights of their own rather than just learning about literary history and the interpretations of others
  • A focus and on doing original digital research so that students can become researchers in their own right, as well as the chance to learn through digital pedagogies such as A Domain of One's Own
  • Specialims in attractive and expanding new areas of the subject where we can build a reputation for ourselves such as fantasy and speculative fictions, African American literatures, the literature of the American West, Chicana/o and US Latina/o literatures, literatures of disability, and experimental literatures

Contact hours include lectures, seminars, practical workshops focussed on both formative and summative assessment, field/study trips etc, online learning and research both during and in between sessions.

Assessments on the course are varied, diverse and innovative. All modules include a mix of formative assessments (those which let you practice and develop your skills ahead of summative assessment) and summative assessments (those which are marked for formal credit). Assessments themselves vary from the relatively traditional, such as essays, presentations and project work, to the truly innovative and unusual, including putting on public-facing displays and events; compiling a Domain of One’s Own web presence, which will give you the opportunity to compile an online record of your degree work which can be shown to a prospective employer once your degree is over; and even critical and visual essays. 

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course you should be a globally and interculturally-aware graduate ready to make a dynamic difference in the world. English Literature graduates go on to a wide range of postgraduate and employment destinations.

Students are expected to complete up to 200 hours of study for a standard 2-credit module on the course, which includes contact time, private study (both directed and self-directed), and time spent on assessments,

Standard contact hours are: four hours per week for a one-semester 20-credit module (and equivalent: e,g, two hours per week for a 10-credit module, six hours for a 30-credit mobule, and so on).

All students have the opportunity to undertake a Study Abroad Year or International Placement Year after successful completion of two years of study. As stated above, students will be able to obtain advice by Employment Personal Tutors or the Centre for Global Engagement, but may be responsible for finding their own placements (with guidance), Similarly, study-abroad years with a student's first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. Students pay no fees to Coventry University for their placement or study abroad year though are responsible for covering their own costs. All students will also have the opportunity to take the optional 20-credit module English Literature International Study Trip in semester two of their second year.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code:
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
Minimum 112 points (grades BBC). Minimum DMM Minimum 29 points Minimum 5 GCSEs A*–C including English or specified equivalents.

Applicants without A2 English require GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B above.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

Graduates in English Literature may go on to a very wide range of employment destinations, and are typically well suited to any career in which communication and intercultural skills are paramount.

According to the Higher Education Careers Servce Unit (HECSU) in its 2016 overview of graduate destinations in the Arts, Creative Arts and Humanities, 'The ten most common job for [English graduates] shows a wide range of occupations, encompassing marketing, writing, public relations, journalism and education'.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.