BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing

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UCAS Code:Q3W8
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Department of English, History and Creative Writing
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Study major aspects of English language and examine core texts and approaches to literature;
  • Gain insights into fiction, poetry and short stories and explore the boundaries of your own creativity;
  • Acquire a key set of communication skills which are highly valued in employment.

If you have a passion for literature, language and writing and want to be challenged to extend your knowledge and broaden your horizons, then you will want to consider this degree. You will develop communication skills, independent thinking and self-expression. Stimulated and educated in language and literature by studying an impressive array of specialist modules, you will also be encouraged to live the writing life and learn to read as a writer, developing creative writing skills and a creative philosophy, underpinned by reflection. The programme develops written and oral fluency, both prized by potential employers, and also embodies the latest scholarship and research.

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Department of English, History and Creative Writing

Course in Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 provides you with an overview of a range of methodological, critical and theoretical approaches to reading literature, as well as historical and generic perspectives. In addition to this, you will be introduced to the sound systems and grammatical structure of the English language and discover the art of writing fiction and poetry, gaining the skills required to start composing short stories and writing short observational poems.

In Year 2 you will examine the history and development of English and develop your knowledge of Renaissance literature and/or Romantic era poetry, prose and novels. You will also start writing groups of poems while furthering your understanding of the art of reading as a poet and exploring the techniques of writing your own short fiction. Additional modules are selected from a wide range of options which reflect particular staff interests and research specialisms.

Year 3 enables you to focus on a specialist Language subject, studying psycholinguistics or language and gender, or being introduced to teaching English to speakers of other languages. Advancing your knowledge of Victorian literature, the Modernist and contemporary periods, you will also have the opportunity to experiment in a range of poetic styles and concentrate on a longer work of your own. You will continue your study of prose through working on more complex stories or writing chapters of a novel. Further specialism is possible with an additional selection of elective English modules which cover a diverse range of themes.

How will I study?

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

Teaching and learning for Creative Writing modules is centred on the writer’s workshop where there is a strong emphasis on participation. You will learn the habits of a professional writer, including keeping a writer’s journal, undertaking research and observation, re-drafting and editing text, and presenting work to a high standard. Self and peer appraisal are important, as are paired and small group work. Modules are underpinned by a sense of an audience – ranging from a student’s seminar group through electronic and paper publication to performance.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal tests or examinations. This includes critical essays, short analyses, oral presentations, research projects and group work for English modules, alongside creative practice, critical practice and reflection for Creative Writing modules. Emphasis is placed on work produced in your own time or formally presented in class.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by an enthusiastic and approachable team of English tutors and professional writers whose work has been widely published, broadcast and staged.

You will be carefully guided, no matter what area of English or Creative Writing you decide to study. When you choose an option module, your tutor will be an active specialist in this area, producing and publishing current research.

Members of the programme team have been successful in winning national research awards from bodies such as the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Leverhulme Trust.

Creative Writing staff also publish and/or edit a variety of academic and literary journals, including the Journal of British and Irish Innovative PoetryShort Fiction in Theory and Practice and 21: Journal of Contemporary and Innovative Fiction.

A Great Study Environment

You will have the opportunity to attend workshops and readings with a variety of guest writers at the Arts Centre. Close links have also been established with Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre as well as other poetry venues across Merseyside.

The University hosts the annual Edge Hill Short Story Prize and runs a number of research groups, as well as occasional events.


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Year 1

LIT1020 Ways of Reading (20 credits)

Ways of Reading provides an overview of the skills and approaches necessary for the interpretation and evaluation of poetry, prose and drama. You will be introduced to a range of influential critical theories to literary texts from the early and mid 20th century. The module also encourages you to make practical applications of these approaches to the primary literary texts.

LIT1022 Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 (20 credits)

Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 focuses on the study of periodicity and genre. Beginning with contemporary poetry and short stories, the module will work backwards chronologically,  also introducing you to the Victorian novel and to Victorian drama, utilising an array of critical and contextual approaches to literature.

LNG1015 The 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.

LNG1016 The 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.

WRI1018 Introduction to Poetry (20 credits)

Introduction to Poetry guides you in the art of non-metrical poetry by concentrating upon shorter poems and upon building up techniques of perception, language and effect. This will be done in combination with the reading of poetry with the aim of integrating reading as a poet into an on-going practice of reflection. Emphasis will be placed upon journal writing and workshop practice.

WRI1019 Introduction to Fiction (20 credits)

Introduction to Fiction outlines the art of fiction by concentrating on shorter pieces, often referred to as ‘microfiction’. The module also builds up techniques of perception, language and effect, in combination with the reading of fiction, with the aim of integrating reading as a fiction writer into an on-going practice of reflection. Emphasis will be placed upon journal writing and workshop practice.

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 either LIT1022 Introduction to Literary Periods and Genres 1 or LNG1015 The Sounds of English.

Year 2

LNG2130 History 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.

WRI2023 The Art of Poetry (20 credits)

The Art of Poetry enables you to write in, and experiment with, a variety of styles, to read a range of contemporary and recent poetry, and to relate that reading to an on-going process of reflection that will feedback into a robust and inventive writing practice. Emphasis will be placed upon continuous journaling, intensive reading and workshop participation.

WRI2024 Writing Short Stories (20 credits)

Writing Short Stories explores the nature of the short story form and its specific demands on the writer. You will produce your own short fiction, responding to the diversity of styles and genres adopted by short story authors. You will also be given guidance on potential outlets for your work.

You will select one of the following modules:

LIT2040 Renaissance Literature: Self and Society (20 credits)

Renaissance Literature: Self and Society explores the poetry and prose of the English Renaissance (c.1450-1685), bringing these two generic disciplines together under a series of common themes. You will evaluate the remarkable literary output of the reigns of up to ten monarchs, beginning with the Tudors. The complexity and diversity of Renaissance writing will be acknowledged and the period problematised as much as it is defined. You will explore canonical and non-canonical literature by both male and female authors . Key themes into which the module will be separated may include life and death, education, the family, crime and punishment, class and social mobility, nationalism (which could include changing reactions to monarchical power), exploration, spiritual controversy, gender and sexuality, power and self-fashioning.

LIT2050 Romanticism (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.

You will select two of the following modules. It may also be possible to select one of these additional modules from the remaining Year 2 option above.

LIT2027 Texts in Motion: Film Adaptation (20 credits)

Texts in Motion: Film Adaptation introduces you to film adaptation and to the discourses and methodologies relevant to a critical understanding of one of the most common textual practices in Western culture. The module focuses, predominantly, on filmic adaptation of literary precursors, but also incorporates a consideration of adaptations based on sequential art.

LIT2041 Literature 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.

LIT2042 Literature and Globalisation (20 credits)

Literature and Globalisation recognises that as global forces are now seen to influence the local and the everyday, a global perspective is a necessary prerequisite to the study of literature. This module examines the relationship between contemporary literary production and the forces of globalisation. Drawing on relevant theoretical perspectives, consideration will be given to the ways in which writers address questions about the local and the global and the movement and flows of people and commodities. The module will examine both critical and literary responses to commodity culture and interrogate representations of  migrants, exiles, and cosmopolitan and diasporic figures in a range of literatures in English.

LIT2046 Pilgrims 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.

LIT2048 Renaissance Drama (20 credits)

Renaissance Drama explores the drama of the English Renaissance, a period of extraordinary civil and cultural change. The module evaluates the dramatic literary output of the reigns of up to ten monarchs beginning with the Tudors.  The diversity of Renaissance drama will be acknowledged and the period problematised as much as it is defined. You will explore canonical and non-canonical drama by male and female authors. Central themes and concepts under study may include monarchy, rebellion, class, nationalism, religion, heresy, superstition, witchcraft, gender and sexuality, power and self-fashioning.

LIT2049 Literature 1660-1760 (20 credits)

Literature 1660-1760 provides a comprehensive introduction to texts, authors, genres and central themes from the Restoration in 1660 until the dawn of the Romantic period one hundred years later. Seeking to complicate and problematise critical concepts that have been increasingly challenged in recent decades, including ‘Augustanism’, ‘neo-classicism’ and ‘Enlightenment’, the module studies the notorious drama of the Restoration era, as well as a range of poetry, and the rise of the modern prose novel.

LIT2051 Special 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.

LIT2054 Writing the Supernatural (20 credits)

Writing the Supernatural explores the textual representation(s) of the supernatural (of ghosts, haunting, and the haunted) in key works of English Literature from the 19th century to now. The module focuses on three key genres – short fiction/novella, the novel, and drama – drawing comparisons and contrasts between their revelation of the supernatural. The negotiations of the textual representation of fear, as well as the dramatic generation of terror and dread, are central focuses of the module. The extent to which supernatural writing is culturally anxious, about, for example, issues of class, gender, race and faith, will also be explored.

LIT2056 Vampire Fictions (20 credits)

Vampire Fictions traces the cultural history of the vampire from the early nineteenth century to the present day, revealing how it can be considered a remarkably adaptable monster, found in a range of texts produced in diverse cultural contexts. Considering both canonical and popular vampire fictions, the module charts the evolution of the vampire, examining the multiple meanings of this figure in diverse historical and cultural contexts and through a variety of critical approaches.

LIT2057 Contemporary 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.

LNG2131 Introduction 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.

LNG2132 Language 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.

LNG2133 Analysing 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.

LNG2134 Early 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.

LNG2135 Phonetics 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.

LNG2136 Modern 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.

LNG2138 Methodology (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.

LNG2139 Child 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.

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 one of the optional modules above.

Year 3

WRI3021 Poetry and Innovative Form (20 credits)

Poetry and Innovative Form enables you to practice advanced techniques and develop innovative strategies for writing poetry, while reading a range of contemporary works (including emergent forms) and reflecting upon the reading and writing. You will feed the resultant poetics of this writing back into a developed poetic practice. Emphasis will be placed upon autonomous and continuous writing practice and experimentation and the development of a poetics of writing to accompany and fortify this, as well as reading poetry as a fellow-practitioner and developing this work and awareness through workshop participation.

WRI3022 Advanced Fiction (20 credits)

Advanced Fiction provides you with the opportunity to write fiction at an advanced level, with a particular focus on the novel and the short story sequence. Using increasingly complex themes and techniques, you will establish a growing sense of autonomy as a writer, shaped by the reading of fiction and also your own continuous writing practice. You are also encouraged to experiment with form and genre and to consider potential publishing outlets for your work.

You will select one of the following modules:

LIT3040 The 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.

LIT3041 The Victorians at Play (20 credits)

The Victorians at Play acknowledges that the Victorians are often believed to have been straitlaced and prudish but suggests that their evident zest for entertainment, sensation, consumerism, spectacle and scandal is frequently overlooked. The module examines the period’s interest in the sensational and the scandalous through explorations of topical questions of gender and sexuality in characteristic Victorian texts, charting how contemporary social and cultural issues were transformed into the subject matter of popular culture.

LIT3042 Modernisms (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.

LIT3043 Contemporary 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.

You will select one of the following modules:

LNG3133 Psycholinguistics (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.

LNG3143 An 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.

LNG3151 Historical 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.

LNG3153 Language, 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.

You will select two of the following modules. It may also be possible to select one or both of these additional modules from the remaining Year 3 options above.

LIT3045 Hosting 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.

LIT3046 Narratives of Nation and Empire (20 credits)

Narratives of Nation and Empire traces the narratives of the British nation, its imperialist encounters, and the rise of English literature, from the early modern period to the twentieth-century dismantling of empire. The module engages with the corresponding literary critiques and recreations of the colonial past. Through the identification of the intersections of imperialism and textual representation, the module will problematise traditional theoretical assumptions with regard to national identity and developments in English literature. Representations of Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Far East will be examined to determine how far they reflect on the contemporary politics and depict the figure of the other as a form of self-fashioning or critique.

LIT3047 Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture (20 credits)

Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture is a prominent form of postmodern popular and literary culture in which writers and directors re-imagine the 19th century through a contemporary lens. The module enables you to study prominent examples of neo-Victorian literature and culture in the context of recent critical theory. It will alert you to neo-Victorian practices of intertextuality, historical metanarrative and ‘writing back’.

LIT3048 Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll: Young Adult Fiction (20 credits)

Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘N’ Roll: Young Adult Fiction analyses the recent marketing phenomenon of young adult fiction, focusing on 21st century literature aimed at a specifically teenage market. Young adult fiction is characterised by its transgression of taboos. The module will be structured around an exploration of these explicit, illicit areas of interest. Alongside the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll of the title, the module will engage with representations of mental and physical illness, pregnancy, violence, abuse, economic and social collapse, and ecological disaster. Underpinning your studies will be theoretical and critical material on adolescence, contemporary literature, and the growing body of work on young adult fiction itself.

LIT3049 Special 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.

LIT3050 Sexuality 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.

LIT3051 The Shakespeare Problem (20 credits)

The Shakespeare Problem asks what is a national poet, why is Shakespeare considered the pre-eminent author of the English-speaking world, what historical factors can account for the Shakespeare phenomenon, and what ideological implications might it have? The module addresses canonical literature but also questions the processes and validity of the canon. You will analyse the formation of a literary icon and unravel the enduring myths of universality and natural genius associated with his name. The module will also address questions of genre in Shakespeare, paying special attention to the plays which hybridise, destabilise, or subvert traditional genres, in order to examine an ongoing process of critical change.

LNG3145 Language 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.

LNG3152 Forensic 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.

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 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 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.


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

120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include A Level English or equivalent.

Example Offers

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

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 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.

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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 Creative Writing graduates include working in media, education, advertising, publishing, information technology, radio or television, business, and the theatre. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in Creative Writing.

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;
  • Language Learning – 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.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19 are £11,800 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

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2018/19 are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge 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


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at

Visit to find out more about the application process.

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

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

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

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

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 or email with any queries about overseas study.

  • Book an Open Day
  • Request a Prospectus
  • Enquire Online
  • Live Chat

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 since 1st September 2015.

14th July 2017 - Withdrawal of Module

LNG3141 Communicating Sexuality (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.

6th July 2017 - Change of Modules

LNG3151 Historical Linguistics (20 credits) and LNG3153 Language, Gender and Sexuality (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. LIT3034 Gothic Romanticism (20 credits), LIT3044 Early American Literature 1500-1865 (20 credits), LIT3052 Late Victorian Gothic (20 credits), LIT3124 Dickens and Popular Culture (20 credits), LIT3125 Speculative Fiction (20 credits) and LNG3140 Language and Gender (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.

10th April 2017 - Change of Modules

LIT2043 Literatures of Conflict (20 credits), LIT2044 About Love (20 credits), LIT2047 Producing A Literary Publication (20 credits), LIT2052 Satire In The Long Eighteenth Century (20 credits), LIT2053 Writing The Female Body (20 credits), LIT2055 Rogues\’ Gallery: Crime and Criminality In The Long Nineteenth Century (20 credits) and LNG2137 Regional Varieties of English (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2. LIT2057 Contemporary American Literature (20 credits) replaces LIT2045 Modern American Literature: 1865 To The Present Day (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 2.

9th June 2016 - New Module Added

A Language module is now available as a Year 3 option, providing Language modules were studied in Years 1 and 2.

26th February 2016 - Change of Modules

Although the broad themes of the programme remain largely the same, the vast majority of modules have been replaced by new/updated versions, with a small number of additional modules added. This new programme structure is being implemented from September 2016 entry.

There is also now the option of selecting a Language module in French, Spanish or Mandarin as an integral part of this degree in Year 1. A Language module is also available as a Year 2 option, providing a Language module was studied in Year 1.