BA (Hons) English and Film Studies

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Overview

UCAS Code:WQ63
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Department of English, History and Creative Writing
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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  • Study major aspects of English language and examine core texts and approaches to literature;
  • Explore the conventions, processes and global appeal of film and cinema;
  • Gain a unique insight into visual and literary culture.

Presenting representations of fictional and nonfictional worlds, revealing gripping stories of right and wrong, and asking questions about what society expects of men and women, this degree combines a passion for language and literature with the study of the devices, structures, embedded values and theories of film and cinema. You will develop written and oral fluency, independent thinking and self-expression, stimulated by an impressive array of specialist modules examining the form and use of spoken and written English and exploring a variety of literary periods and genres. The programme will also immerse you the culture, history and development of one of the most powerfully influential media forms to emerge in the twentieth century, enhancing your understanding of film from basic approaches to highly sophisticated interpretative and analytical strategies.

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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 introduces you to the grammatical structure of the English language and provides an overview of a range of methodological, critical and theoretical approaches to reading literature, with the additional option of exploring historical and generic perspectives of literature. You will learn the basics of writing scripts for radio, discover the art of reading as a writer, and develop the skills and language required to examine, interpret and analyse films. There is also the option to investigate the history of cinema, focusing on either European or world films.

In Year 2 you will examine the history and development of English. Additional English modules are selected from a wide range of options which reflect particular staff interests and research specialisms. These include Romantic literature, modern American writing, child language development, and phonetics. Film Studies modules will develop and broaden your understanding of film by examining the nature of film genres. You will engage in a detailed case study and explore the thorny issues surrounding screen censorship.

An in-depth analysis of film adaptations in Year 3 will explore how a range of texts are translated into film, while you can also immerse yourself in either contemporary European or American independent cinema. There are no compulsory English modules at this level. You will choose further areas of specialism from a range of elective English modules which cover a diverse range of themes, including psycholinguistics, language and gender, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, as well as Victorian, Modernist and contemporary literature.

How will I study?

English modules are delivered using a combination of lectures and seminars, workshops, presentations, group activities, independent research projects and our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), supplemented by a dynamic programme of screenings and annual trips to film festivals. We have tutors and personal tutors on hand to provide support when it is needed.

As well as multiple film screenings that form part of your studies, you also have access to the Short Cuts Cinema at our Studio Theatre, which screens seasons of great films on a big screen.

How will I be assessed?

English modules are assessed through a mixture of coursework and formal tests or examinations. Emphasis is placed on work produced in your own time or formally presented in class. You can expect to be assessed by critical essays, short analyses, oral presentations, research projects and group work.

Assessment of Film Studies modules is equally varied, ranging from traditional essays to critical reviews, practical readings of film extracts under exam conditions, and oral presentations

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers and tutors, who are active specialists in their subject area, producing and publishing current research on a regular basis.

A Great Study Environment

English

Two students sat on a sofa studying a tablet in Hale Hall.The Department of English, History and Creative Writing is based in the Main Building at the centre of the campus, near the £26m Catalyst building which includes the University library.

A prime example of 1930s architecture, the Main Building has undergone extensive refurbishment to combine a traditional setting with modern facilities, including the £15m Student Hub.

The building includes lecture theatres, seminar and tutorial rooms, which are ideal for group discussions and one-to-one tuition, as well as IT resources and social learning spaces.

Film Studies

Students sat round a table, one holding an iPad, during a seminar in Creative Edge.

Film Studies modules are devised and taught by the Department of Media which is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for creative media students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Modules

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Year 1

FLM1020How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Sound and Image gives you the language and skills needed to examine, interpret and write about films, examining a different film in depth each week. The module is full of truly valuable activities, advice and guidance in becoming an efficient reader of film. It will equip you with an analytical vocabulary and knowledge and emphasise the stylistic aspects of film analysis. Particular attention will be paid to moving image and sound interpretation, the acquisition of a pertinent critical vocabulary, and methods by which cinematic sequences can be analysed.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM1024How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Approaches takes you a step further into critical, analytical and theoretical spheres, examining films in close detail and discovering some of the many significant academic and critical approaches to the cinema. You will be introduced to several important critical concepts such as structuralism, post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

LIT1021Critical Theories (20 credits)

Critical Theories is based around the study of critical essays which have had a lasting impact on literary studies. The module introduces you to significant and contemporaneous ideas in literary criticism which scholars still implement in the 21st century. The content of the module has been selected to highlight the difference in literary studies between reading for understanding and interpretive readings.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG1016The Structure of English (20 credits)

The Structure of English introduces you to the structure of the English language. You will learn to use grammatical terminology to label words, clauses, sentences and structures.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 40%.

You will select one of the following modules:

FLM1022World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Europe introduces you to a range of European cinemas and looks at specific, significant national cinemas and directors that have either helped to establish a national cinema or have played an influential role in the industry globally. You will examine a range of key texts within their cultural, social, political and historical contexts, learning about significant developments and influences within and across cinema cultures.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM1025World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Beyond Europe concentrates on cinema outside of Europe. Not only will your knowledge of international cinemas be dramatically broadened, but you will also discover the incredible breadth of styles, narratives and motivations in the making of world film. In addition to this, you will be introduced to a range of directors that have either helped to establish a national cinema or have played an influential role in the global film industry.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

LIT1024Literary History (20 credits)

Literary History introduces the development of English Literature. Beginning with the classical and biblical background which inspired examples of English Literature, the module will first focus upon international literature(which might include, but is not limited to, books of the Bible, classical epic and drama, and significant poetry and prose. You will then turn to the development of English literature from early examples to the eighteenth century/Romantic period, such as Old and Middle English, Renaissance drama, and significant poetry and prose.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

LNG1015The Sounds of English (20 credits)

The Sounds of English introduces you to the sound systems of English and enables you to gain a basic understanding and knowledge of the description and classification of speech sounds. You will also enhance your knowledge and understanding of the ways in which phonetics and phonology are directly relevant to several fields, such as speech and language therapy, second language learning, education, literary stylistics, forensic phonetics and artificial intelligence.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Written Exam(s): 25%, Practical(s): 15%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of one of the optional modules above.

Year 2

FLM2030Film Genre (20 credits)

Film Genre critically examines the functions and forms of film genres in their socio-historical contexts. The module also introduces you to genre theory and additional approaches relevant to genre analysis.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM2033Film Genre Case Study (20 credits)

Film Genre Case Study enables you to critically engage in a detailed and specifically theorised study of a key American film genre. It is likely that you will be offered one Hollywood genre from a range of possibilities including, perhaps, the musical, the horror film, or science fiction cinema. Although the precise case study for the module may change with staffing and with staff interests, the objectives will remain consistent.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM2035Censorship and the Cinema (20 credits)

Censorship and the Cinema enables you to learn about and debate the power relationships between industry, audience and censor during such happenings as the imposition of the Production Code in Hollywood during the 1930s and the Video Nasty scare in Britain in the 1980s.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

LNG2130History and Development of English (20 credits)

History and Development of English examines the history and development of the English language from its earliest beginnings to the present-day. The module covers the influence of Chaucer and Shakespeare on the English language, as well as the role of dictionaries and the King James Bible in the making of what English has become today. There are sessions focusing on the rise of standard English, the nature and spread of dialect over time, the effect of linguistic borrowing, recent changes in the language, and the growth of regional standards of English around the world.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select two of the following modules:

LIT2041Literature Dissertation Project (20 credits)

Literature Dissertation Project provides an opportunity to study a topic of your choice in depth and develop your own ideas through individual research, culminating in the production of a 5,000-word long essay or ‘mini-dissertation’. The topic may develop a particular, pre-established interest or arise from a desire to study an issue or subject in more depth.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2046Pilgrims Progress: British Children's Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day (20 credits)

Pilgrims Progress: British Children’s Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day explores British children’s literature from its origins in the eighteenth century. The module progresses through the Romantic period’s celebration of childhood and Victorian ambiguities about the angelic versus the feral child, to the Golden Age of the Edwardian period and beyond into territory darkened by war, overshadowed by the implications of empire, and the oncoming of adolescence. The module will analyse the relationships between children and adults, nature, animals, class, gender, race and sexuality, underpinned by theoretical and methodological approaches to the history and representation of childhood in literature.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2050Romanticism (20 credits)

Romanticism provides an introduction to texts, authors, genres and central themes from the first stirrings of what has been traditionally conceived of as the Romantic age in the 1760s, until the dawn of the Victorian age seventy years later. Poetry, the prose essay and the novel are all studied on this module.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2051Special Author 1 (20 credits)

Special Author 1 focuses on a single author (such as Hardy or Dickens) or a related group of authors (such as the Brontës) whose works are sufficiently extensive to merit a whole semester’s study. You will examine the author’s work in the light of recent critical and theoretical approaches to authorship and canonicity and develop an ability to theorise the relationship between an author and his/her literary work. You will acquire a specialist knowledge of a literary period and a major writer through examination of the author’s development in relation to relevant historical, cultural and literary contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

LIT2057Contemporary American Literature (20 credits)

Contemporary American Literature enables you to study a range of significant contemporary American literature from post World War 2 onwards. The module enables you to examine a variety of ways in which America is imagined and constructed within fiction. You will explore how persistent figures, landscapes, and mythic concepts are engrained in American culture and embedded in the wider world’s imagination. Such concepts retain imaginative power because of frequent re-enactments in popular cultural productions. This module will trace the complex histories and fictional appropriations and discursive shifts that form these literary productions. The aim is to concentrate specific study on American fiction within its historical, social, cultural, political, critical and theoretical contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT2059Special Topic 1 (20 credits)

Special Topic 1 enables you to begin to develop your independent research skills within a structure which provides a clear and continuing framework of support. The module will take you through weekly subject-based sessions to structured study of your chosen extended special subject research. You will have considerable choice of subject matter within three broad pathways which draw on current staff research specialisms. You will work towards producing a guided but independent research project, with specialist staff support.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG2131Introduction to Sociolinguistic Variation (20 credits)

Introduction to Sociolinguistic Variation immerses you in sociolinguistics, the study of language and society. At the heart of the discipline is the knowledge and understanding that there is no one ‘type’ of language used by every speaker within a given community but that it differs between social groups and contexts. Language use may vary based on factors such as age, gender, class, ethnicity and geography and this module will examine the relationship between language and these categories. Variationist sociolinguistics examines how language is used across society and explains why this variation exists. It relies on quantitative methodologies to draw results from large pools of data, and on a broader, interdisciplinary understanding of society and culture to interpret those results.


Assessment: Coursework: 90%, Practical(s): 10%.

LNG2132Language of Shakespeare and His Time (20 credits)

Language of Shakespeare and His Time enables you to explore distinctive Early Modern English linguistic features (including morphology, syntax and pronunciation) of Shakespeare’s work in great detail, and to compare them with corresponding features in present-day Standard British English. You will identify linguistic distinctions in Shakespeare’s language which are no longer active today, analyse the differences between Early Modern English and contemporary English in terms of vocabulary, grammatical structure and usage, and distinguish between the language of Shakespeare’s time and Shakespeare’s own creative use of the language.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG2133Analysing Discourse (20 credits)

Analysing Discourse takes a linguistic approach to the examination of discourse, both written and spoken. You will explore how discourse is structured and consider how meaning in discourse is created and negotiated between addressors and addressees. Furthermore, the module presents a linguistic approach to the study of the communication, creation, maintenance and contestation of ideologies via discourse.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG2134Early English (600-1500) (20 credits)

Early English (600-1500) provides an opportunity to gain greater familiarity with linguistic features of Old and Middle English and to undertake in-depth analysis of the language of writers such as Chaucer and Gower and the writers of Beowulf, Piers Plowman and other major texts of the period. The module will enable you to understand the complexities of describing the English of an age before the rise of standard forms of the language were widely adopted. Your awareness of major literary texts written in English will also be increased.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG2135Phonetics and Phonology (20 credits)

Phonetics and Phonology provides you with the opportunity to acquire practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in the description and classification of speech sounds. Using English as its focus, the module begins with the study of articulatory phonetics, focusing on segmental and suprasegmental features of accent. You will then use this knowledge as a foundation to begin the study of basic phonology. Concepts, such as phonemes, allophones and the syllable are discussed in some detail.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

LNG2136Modern English Structure and Usage (20 credits)

Modern English Structure and Usage teaches aspects of modern English grammar (morphology and syntax) or structure, and examines their interaction with variational aspects of modern English usage. You will acquire an extensive basis of expertise in the key area of grammatical description, becoming familiar with an appropriate level of grammatical terminology and developing important practical skills in detailed grammatical analysis.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Written Exam(s): 60%.

LNG2138Methodology (20 credits)

Methodology provides an overview of contemporary approaches to working with linguistic data. You will explore current methodological approaches used by linguists according to the kinds of features, and levels of, language being explored.  Different specialists in the English Language team will introduce their approaches to linguistic data during the course of the module and present, critiquing recent research in their field that employs different kinds of methodologies.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG2139Child Language Development (20 credits)

Child Language Development offers an overview of the processes involved in first language development. The module considers how children develop language in terms of perception and comprehension, phonetics and phonology, lexis and grammar. You will also be introduced to, and examine, theoretical accounts of how we acquire our first language. This will include consideration of themes around nativism and evidence-based approaches.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of FLM2035 Censorship and the Cinema.

Year 3

FLM3021Text to Screen 1 (20 credits)

Text to Screen 1 reflects on how a large proportion of films are the results of adaptations of a novel, a short story, a graphic novel, and so forth. The module examines a range of examples, looking at the influences, restrictions and motivations in the adaptation of stories to the screen.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

FLM3025Text to Screen 2 (20 credits)

Text to Screen 2 introduces you to the phenomenon of film adaptation and to the critical discourses necessary for understanding that phenomenon. The module familiarises you with a variety of narrative forms (including the novel, the short story, sequential art and the interactive text) and how these are adapted for the cinema. You will also consider external factors that may influence the adaptation process, including the presence of auteur directors, the franchise and genre considerations.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

You will select one of the following modules:

MED3234American Independent Cinema (20 credits)

American Independent Cinema focuses on the industrial and economic dimensions of independent film production, distribution and exhibition. The module covers the development and changes in the American independent film sector from the late 1970s, looking at the growth of indie cinema and later Indiewood. In looking at the various dimensions of independent finance, production, distribution and exhibition, the module critically explores the very definitions of independence and the ways in which it has been conceptualised in relation to film.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED3235Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits)

Contemporary European Cinema explores the landscape of 21st century cinema in Europe by examining the films produced across the continent. Initially, the module will pose the question of what European cinema might be. You will then explore the national cinema paradigm in Europe, authorship in Europe, and major pan-European themes and aesthetics. By means of close textual analysis, the module will explore the similarities and contrasts that emerge between the nations and across the continent as a whole, and conclude with consideration of whether we can say with any certainty that a ‘European’ cinema exists.


Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

You will select three of the following modules:

LIT3040The Victorians At Work (20 credits)

The Victorians At Work recognises that Victorians saw literature as a form of social commentary. This period survey module explores Victorian prose and poetry that addressed the pressing social and cultural questions of the period, such as the impacts of industrialisation, urbanisation, scientific advance and secularisation. You will examine the work of a range of canonical and popular Victorian authors and place their writing in the relevant literary, cultural and historical contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT3042Modernisms (20 credits)

Modernisms develops your understanding and appreciation of the key features of early 20th century movements in the literary arts. The module will examine a range of different forms, styles and practices in order to focus on the heterogeneous interpretations of the term modernism and engage with ongoing debates in modernist studies.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT3043Contemporary Literature in English (20 credits)

Contemporary Literature in English develops your understanding and appreciation of the key features of late 20th century and early 21st century movements in the literary arts. The module examines aesthetic paradigms relevant to the period including realism, the postmodern, late modernism and metafiction. The aim is to understand the continuations and reactions to the earlier Modernist period.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LIT3045Hosting a Literary Festival (20 credits)

Hosting a Literary Festival enables you to make a direct connection between the subject matter of your degree and your plans for a graduate career by engaging with workplace practice via a group project. You will work collaboratively to research, plan and initiate an in-house literary festival while reflecting on and evaluating your ability to do so.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LIT3049Special Author 2 (20 credits)

Special Author 2 focuses on a single author (such as Christopher Marlowe, Jane Austen or Angela Carter) or related group of authors (such as the Brontës) whose works are sufficiently extensive to justify a whole semester’s study. The module will examine the author’s work in the light of recent critical and theoretical approaches to authorship and canonicity, and develop an ability to theorise the relationship between an author and his or her literary work. You will acquire a specialist knowledge of a literary period and a major writer through examination of the author’s development in relation to relevant historical, cultural and literary contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LIT3050Sexuality and Subversion (20 credits)

Sexuality and Subversion is devoted to the critical analysis of textual representations of sexuality and especially of same-sex desire and sexual dissidence in British prose. The module focuses mainly on the novel, but also on key autobiographical prose texts, from the 19th century to now (with particular focus on the 20th century). It problematises perceptions that sexual radicalism originated in the late 20th century by interrogating its earlier textual representation(s). Texts, their contexts, and relevant literary and cultural theories combine to reveal the changes and continuities in the textual representation of subversive and dissident sexualities and sexual identities over time.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

LIT3054Special Topic 2 (20 credits)

Special Topic 2 enables you to pursue independent research within a structure which provides a clear framework of support. The module will take you through weekly subject-based sessions to more independent study of your chosen extended special subject research. You will have considerable choice of subject matter within three broad pathways which draw on current staff research specialisms. You will work towards producing a significant independent research project, with specialist staff support.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG3133Psycholinguistics (20 credits)

Psycholinguistics explores the ways that we understand and produce language, from a cognitive perspective. With a primary focus on the English language, the module questions whether there is evidence for a developmental trajectory of child language comprehension and production and considers whether we can distinguish between linguistic competence and performance in either oral or written communication. You will also discover a variety of psycholinguistic methodologies, analyse how we teach and evaluate particular linguistic skills and abilities, and examine whether we can identify individuals early in life who are at risk of a slower rate of language development and give them appropriate support.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG3142Bilingualism (20 credits)

Bilingualism investigates bilingualism as a socially and culturally contextualised phenomenon. The module begins by identifying processes involved in the acquisition of more than one language in different contexts, such as within the family and community and within various formal educational settings. At the level of individual language use, you will examine conversational code-switching in the light of current research findings. At the level of communities and societies, you will explore different models for the functional distribution of languages and attempts for language planning. The focus of the module is on bilingualism as a worldwide phenomenon but attention is given to language diversity and the use of languages other than English in the UK.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG3143An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (20 credits)

An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) examines the principles and practice of good English language teaching. Issues dealt with during the module include the history of language teaching and learning, individual learner differences, grammatical terminology, materials development and planning English for Speakers of Other Languages’ programmes and lessons.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG3144Beyond English (20 credits)

Beyond English takes a typological approach to language. The module enables you to understand the major features of the structure of English at a more universal level, in terms of the ways in which the features of English phonetics, phonology, morphosyntax, semantics and its writing system compare with the same features in other numerically significant or otherwise relevant languages.


Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

LNG3145Language and Identity (20 credits)

Language and Identity explores a variety of past and present approaches to the study of language and identity. You will examine how different identities are constructed and look at their intrinsic relationship to language and other socio-cultural phenomena. Placing a strong emphasis on the symbolic social value of language differentiation, the aim of the module is to make you aware of the importance of promoting more tolerant attitudes to language variation in society and reducing linguistic prejudices, a perspective that will be essential for those intending to develop a career in educational contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

LNG3151Historical Linguistics (20 credits)

Historical Linguistics centres around the questions of how and why language changes. This will be a platform through which to explore not only language and its structure, but also human (pre)history, society, cognition and psychology. Historical linguistics is one of the most dynamic fields in linguistics. It deals with many of the same issues and questions as other areas of the field, such as sociolinguistics, but takes a diachronic approach to them, looking at change over time. In order to understand how language works in the present day, it is crucial to achieve an understanding of how it has worked in the past and what the continuities are between past and present.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

LNG3152Forensic Linguistics (20 credits)

Forensic Linguistics recognises that the law is overwhelmingly a linguistic institution. Laws are coded in language and the concepts that are used to construct law are accessible only through language.  Legal processes, such as court cases, police investigations, and the management of prisoners take place almost exclusively though language. Forensic linguistics concerns the application of linguistics to describe and analyse language and discourse in the legal process.  This module takes a broad view of the subject in order to examine a wide interface between language and the law.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

LNG3153Language, Gender and Sexuality (20 credits)

Language, Gender and Sexuality enables you to analyse and account for the ways in which gender and sexuality are constructed and represented through language use. Butler’s influential theory that gender is performative and that it emerges through discourse is key to the approach taken in this module. You will explore the diverse linguistic means by which gender and sexual identities are linguistically constructed and performed. The module will also encourage you to examine a variety of discourse types, such as spontaneous conversation, magazines, children’s literature, and film, in order to interrogate the ways in which gender and sexual identities are linguistically represented, regulated and constrained. In addition to this, the intersectionality of language, gender and sexuality with other aspects of social identity, such as ethnicity, age, and social class, will be explored.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional English Literature modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include A Level English or equivalent.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Typical careers for English graduates include teaching (further training required), speech therapy, library work, media, journalism, arts administration, publishing, managerial work, public and voluntary sectors. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in English.

Typical careers for Film Studies graduates include teaching (further training required), media industries, film and television industry, IT, journalism, project management, specialised film schools, advertising and marketing. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in Film Studies.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2020.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

11th March 2019 - New Module Added

LIT2051 Special Author 1 (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

24th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

15th January 2019 - Change of Modules

FLM1020 How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits) and FLM1024 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits) replace FLM1011 How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits) and FLM1014 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1. FLM1022 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits) and FLM1025 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits) replace FLM1013 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits) and FLM1016 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 1.

LIT2059 Special Topic 1 (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2. LIT2040 Renaissance Literature: Self and Society (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.

LIT3054 Special Topic 2 (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3. LIT3041 The Victorians at Play (20 credits), LIT3046 Narratives of Nation and Empire (20 credits), LIT3047 Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture (20 credits), LIT3048 Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: Young Adult Fiction (20 credits) and LIT3051 The Shakespeare Problem (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.

19th September 2018 - Change of Module

LIT1021 Critical Theories (20 credits) replaces LIT1020 Ways of Reading (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 1.

12th March 2018 - Withdrawal of Module

LIT2027 Texts in Motion: Film Adaptation (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.

6th February 2018 - Change of Module

LIT1024 Literary History (20 credits) replaces LIT1022 Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 1.