English Literature BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

Q311

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

Q311

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU032

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The BA (Hons) English Literature course 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, Anglophone world literatures and literatures of the American West.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or fully online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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

What our students say

Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience. I have acquired many useful skills and expertise, made remarkable connections and enjoyed myself immensely. In the wake of the pandemic, the transition to online learning was carried out very smoothly and many innovative initiatives have been taken to ensure the quality of education. The Professors have been very forthcoming in providing help and counsel in these testing times.

Aksshat Goel, First year BA English Literature student

Course information

This course provides an opportunity to explore a variety of different literary genres and approaches to literary analysis within historical and modern day national and international contexts. We look at a wide range of novels, plays and poetry from various historical periods and a variety of places, from the local (the Midlands) to the global.

Most people choose to take an English Literature degree because they have a passion for reading or liked studying English Literature at school; it offers the chance to spend three years being taught about -- and taking pleasure in -- analysing texts and exploring great writing. The benefits of English Literature as a degree, however, extend much, much further.

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Modules

Overview

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

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

  • Writing the American Nation

  • Add+Vantage Module

  • Literary Genres

  • 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. Modules explore a range of the specialist concerns of the course at the same time as looking more deeply at the 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 the English Literature International Study Trip. This module allows second-year students every year the chance to study a literary theme 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 again have the opportunity to take an Add+Vantage module.

(*Subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Modules

  • Shakespeare's Renaissance

  • The Age of Revolutions

  • Cin-aesthetics

  • Add+Vantage module

  • Modernism

  • The Victorians and Empire

  • Optional modules

    (1 from 3)

    • The American West: Real and Imagined 
    • English Literature International Study Trip
    • Stylistics

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 work placement year* (in the UK, or abroad) or a study-abroad year*, and if they do so will take a non-credit bearing module which will help to ensure that they learn from and reflect upon their experiences.

N.B. Students will be given advice 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.

(* Subject to availability, competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Overview

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

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 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

  • Optional Modules (Choose 60 credits)

    • English Dissertation - 40 credits
    • Style and Experimental Fictions - 20 credits
    • Utopias and Dystopias - 20 credits 
    • Romantic Revolt - 20 credits 
    • African American Writing: Place, Race and Identity - 20 credits

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...

  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual A Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of their degree-level work.
  • A chance to enhance critical thinking and judgment, developing the communication skills employers are looking for.
  • The opportunity to join a range of societies such as the Literature Society or Book Club Society which aim to develop student interest in literature, film, and theatre, as well as promoting social events.
  • The opportunity to apply for a work placement, which has led previous students to experiences as an English subject mentor at Cardinal Newman School, a marketing and events social media and newsletter editor at the Coventry Irish Society, an editorial intern at Grazia Magazine, a freelance journalist at Coventry News and Sport or a human resources intern at First Utility.

The distinctive 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, 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 during second year*, 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 doing original digital research so that students can aim to become researchers in their own right, as well as the chance to learn through digital pedagogies such as A Domain of One's Own.

*Subject to availability, application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs

The course is taught using a mixture of traditional, digital and innovative teaching methods and platforms.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials devoted to regular formative assessments, study trips devoted to experiential learning and taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom, online working and research, self-directed study and group / collaborative work.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include essays, reports and critical commentaries, oral/poster presentations, blog/vlog/online forum posts, and digital tests and portfolios of exercises. Assessments may include individual assignments or group work elements.

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 including journalism, publishing, public relations, marketing, public administration and teaching.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-hour session up to 3 times each semester (as individuals or in small groups), as well as individual project supervision in your final year.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

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 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.

*Subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs

 

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

What our students say

Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience. I have acquired many useful skills and expertise, made remarkable connections and enjoyed myself immensely. In the wake of the pandemic, the transition to online learning was carried out very smoothly and many innovative initiatives have been taken to ensure the quality of education. The Professors have been very forthcoming in providing help and counsel in these testing times.

Aksshat Goel, First year BA English Literature student

What our students say

Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience. I have acquired many useful skills and expertise, made remarkable connections and enjoyed myself immensely. In the wake of the pandemic, the transition to online learning was carried out very smoothly and many innovative initiatives have been taken to ensure the quality of education. The Professors have been very forthcoming in providing help and counsel in these testing times.

Aksshat Goel, First year BA English Literature student

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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


UK 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 2020

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say

Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience. I have acquired many useful skills and expertise, made remarkable connections and enjoyed myself immensely. In the wake of the pandemic, the transition to online learning was carried out very smoothly and many innovative initiatives have been taken to ensure the quality of education. The Professors have been very forthcoming in providing help and counsel in these testing times.

Aksshat Goel, First year BA English Literature student

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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

Since our degree aims to develop the ability to use language effectively and appropriately in a range of circumstances, it may open up a wide range of career options over and above the professions associated with English, such as journalism, publishing, marketing, public relations, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media.

The university's Talent Team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

What our students say

Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience. I have acquired many useful skills and expertise, made remarkable connections and enjoyed myself immensely. In the wake of the pandemic, the transition to online learning was carried out very smoothly and many innovative initiatives have been taken to ensure the quality of education. The Professors have been very forthcoming in providing help and counsel in these testing times.

Aksshat Goel, First year BA English Literature student
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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.