BA (Hons) English

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UCAS Code:Q301
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017, September 2018
Department:Department of English, History & Creative Writing
Location:Edge Hill University
  • English at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for learning resources in the National Student Survey 2016;
  • A degree which combines the strengths of language and literature through the study of a range of specialist modules;
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, over 50% of the publications produced by the English team at Edge Hill were placed in the top two categories – either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

If you have a passion for literature and language and want to be challenged to extend your knowledge and broaden your horizons, then you will want to consider this degree. You will be joining a department which prides itself on its dynamic, modern and flexible programmes. You will develop communication skills, independent thinking and self-expression and will be stimulated and educated in language and literature by studying an impressive array of specialist modules. The programme develops written and oral fluency, both prized by potential employers, and also embodies the latest scholarship and research.

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    BA (Hons) English
    The staff at Edge Hill were really supportive and tailored a study pathway I could follow to help make my dreams become a reality.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will study a balanced programme of Language and Literature modules. In Years 2 and 3, you will continue to study a combination of Language and Literature modules, however there will be the opportunity to specialise in one discipline more than the other if you wish.

In Literature your course will range between the study of key critical concepts and theories, important genres and great literary periods, including the Renaissance, the ‘long’ eighteenth century, Romanticism, Victorian literature, and the literature of the Modernist and contemporary periods. You will also choose from a wide range of option modules reflecting particular staff interests and research specialisms. These may include subjects such as feminism and women’s writing, Gothic literature, postcolonial literature, children’s literature, film adaptation, and special authors such as Austen, Dickens and Shakespeare. Further specialism is possible in a dissertation in the final year of the degree.

In Language you will cover major aspects of English language, including its structure, sound system, history and ongoing development, as well as its geographical, social and historical variations and the role of language in the construction of individual and group identities. You will be able to choose from a range of options which may include subjects such as sociolinguistics, language and gender, representations of sexuality, bilingualism, forensic linguistics, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and child language acquisition. Other specialisms in language may be pursued in dissertation work. The department provides specialist equipment for the study of corpus linguistics which involves the computer-assisted analysis of language use.

You will also have the opportunity to work independently on employability projects supporting your future career development.

How will I study?

Teaching and learning is by lectures and seminars, workshops, group activities, independent research projects and through our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). We have tutors and personal tutors on hand to provide support when it is needed.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves 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, individual/group oral presentations, poster presentations, research projects, blogs and group work. In your final year you may opt to write a dissertation on a specialised linguistic or literature theme, which you will research independently with one-to-one support from an expert supervisor.

Who will be teaching me?

You will study in a large department with well qualified tutors who are recognised experts in their field. You will be carefully guided, no matter what area of English 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. Our staff are active in research in all taught subject areas, publishing books and articles on a regular basis. Several 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.


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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.

LIT1021 Critical 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.

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.

LNG1017 Studying English Language (20 credits)

Studying English Language provides a foundation for the exploration of the English language. The module enables you to acquire and consolidate key skills for degree-level study of the English language, such as locating relevant sources, critical reading, taking and organising notes, constructing an annotated bibliography, collecting and analysing data, reporting results via tables and graphs, summarising and quoting, preparing presentation slides, structuring an essay, and citing and listing sources.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 study three of the following modules. It may also be possible to select these additional modules from the remaining Year 2 options above.

Please note, you must study a minimum of 40 credits of English Language modules and a minimum of 40 credits of English Literature modules as part of the 120 credits studied in total in Year 2 to ensure each discipline is covered in sufficient depth.

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.

LIT2043 Literatures of Conflict (20 credits)

Literatures of Conflict provides an opportunity to study the representation of war and conflict in a range of literary texts, situated in their historical and cultural contexts. In its exploration of the impact of warfare on literary form and content, the module seeks to understand how and why the representation of warfare has changed over time. The module will enhance your skills in close reading as well as furthering your understanding of relevant cultural and historical contexts.

LIT2044 About Love (20 credits)

About Love explores representations of romantic and/or sexual love in texts written, or set, in Anglo-American culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The module synthesises high-cultural and popular-cultural primary sources, reading them in the context of key critical and cultural theorisations of love, bringing together narratives of desire in three key contexts: ‘falling in love’, ‘staying in love’ and ‘love after love’.

LIT2045 Modern American Literature: 1865 to the Present Day (20 credits)

Modern American Literature: 1865 to the Present Day is centred on the study of a wide range of American literature that was written and/or published between the end of the American Civil War in 1865 and the present day. The module offers an opportunity to study American poetry, prose and drama within its historical, social, cultural, political, critical and theoretical contexts.

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.

LIT2047 Producing a Literary Publication (20 credits)

Producing a Literary Publication enables you to make a direct connection between the subject matter of your degree and your plans for a graduate career. You will work collaboratively towards producing one of a range of possible literary publications while reflecting on and evaluating your ability to do so.

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.

LIT2052 Satire in the Long Eighteenth Century (20 credits)

Satire in the Long Eighteenth Century studies the works of what has traditionally been characterised as the ‘Great Age of Satire’, incorporating study of prose, poetry and drama between the Restoration and the end of the Romantic period. The module begins by situating 18th century satire within its literary and cultural precedents before proceeding to focus on the style, technique, politics, motives, purposes, targets and effects of a wide range of satirical texts.

LIT2053 Writing the Female Body (20 credits)

Writing the Female Body compares important textual representations of the female body in English Literature from the medieval and contemporary periods. Covering a range of literary genres, the module places literary works in their historical and cultural contexts and theorises literary representations of the body using contemporary gender theory. Using texts from both medieval and modern periods, you will explore change and continuity in the representation(s) of the female form over time. Contemporary attitudes to embodiment are vivified as part of an historical continuum and past and present textual representations of body read as signifiers of cultural values.

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.

LIT2055 Rogues' Gallery: Crime and Criminality in the Long 19th Century (20 credits)

Rogues’ Gallery: Crime and Criminality in the Long 19th Century explores the public fascination with crime, criminals and criminal law, so evidently manifest in the literature of the long 19th century (approximately 1789-1914). The module examines a range of literary genres associated with crime writing, including the Newgate Novel, the Sensation Novel and the detective story, in the context of the criminological and penal debates of the period. The module makes extensive use of digital research tools, enabling you to conduct your own primary research and providing you with valuable research skills.

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.

LNG2128 English Language Long Essay (20 credits)

English Language Long Essay provides the opportunity to undertake a small scale project and engage in a fairly long piece of extended writing on a relevant topic of your own choice.

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.

LNG2137 Regional Varieties of English (20 credits)

Regional Varieties of English provides a systematic and comprehensive review of regional varieties of English in the British Isles and overseas, looking at their distinctive features of grammar, phonetics and lexis. The module shows how varieties have developed over time from the earliest period of English, how they have diverged, and how some varieties have recently come to influence or dominate others. Newly emerging varieties of the language will also be examined.

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

LNG3150 Employability (20 credits)

Employability encourages you to analyse a work-related problem appropriate to the programme of study and/or identify an organisation and negotiate a work placement, and to write an evaluative reflective report on this work-related project. The module will include a combination of lectures (including guest lectures), tutorials, and independent work on a project related to graduate employment.

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.

LNG3140 Language and Gender (20 credits)

Language and Gender reflects on how, since the 1970s, scholars have tried to answer questions of how men and women are talked about and how their language use reflects differences between them. Whilst these feminist approaches sparked considerable research and ultimately created a new field of enquiry, developments over the past forty years have been influenced by the argument that men and women are not inherently different. Instead, gender is considered to be a social construction created and maintained partially through language. This module explores the ways in which language both reflects and perpetuates the very notion of gender difference, engaging critically with gender stereotypes.

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.

You will select a total of 60 credits from the following modules. It may also be possible to select these additional credits (i.e. up to three modules) from the remaining Year 3 options above.

Please note, you must study a minimum of 40 credits of English Language modules and a minimum of 40 credits of English Literature modules as part of the 120 credits studied in total in Year 3 to ensure each discipline is covered in sufficient depth.

LIT3034 Gothic Romanticism (20 credits)

Gothic Romanticism examines Romanticism’s Gothic impulse during the period 1764-1830. Each week, you will analyse key literary texts from the period – including poetry, and both prose fiction and non-fiction – alongside a theoretical issue in order to establish a critical vocabulary from which to interpret and understand Gothic’s many Romantic manifestations. By considering the historical, cultural, aesthetic and ideological background to this mode of writing, you will trace the ways in which the Gothic Romance is both a conservative and a reactionary genre, supporting and challenging our conceptions of the various dichotomies that define it.

LIT3039 Literature Dissertation (40 credits)

Literature Dissertation provides you with the opportunity to study any topic of your choice in depth, developing your own ideas through individual research. The topic may be a particular interest of yours or arise from a desire to study an issue or subject relevant to English Literature in greater detail. You will plan, develop and write an individually conceived and researched independent critical investigation culminating in the production of an extended dissertation.

LIT3044 Early American Literature: 1500-1865 (20 credits)

Early American Literature: 1500-1865 provides an opportunity to study a wide range of American Literature that was written and/or published in the period up until the end of the American Civil War (1865). The module offers an opportunity to study early American prose and poetry within its historical, social, cultural, political and critical/theoretical contexts.

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.

LIT3052 Late-Victorian Gothic (20 credits)

Late-Victorian Gothic introduces you to the gothic revival of the late 19th century, focusing on gothic fiction produced in the 1880s and the 1890s. You will encounter both well-known and relatively obscure gothic texts and explore parallels between their key themes. The module examines gothic fiction of the period alongside contemporary social and cultural developments (e.g. urban poverty, crime, imperial anxieties, immigration, fear of degeneration, changing gender roles) and a range of current critical theories (e.g. genre studies of the gothic mode, theories of urban space).

LIT3124 Dickens and Popular Culture (20 credits)

Dickens and Popular Culture explores a range of Dickens’ work within the context of mass culture. This will include discussion of his journalism, plays and short stories as well as the well-known novels. You will look at the development of Dickens’ career as the most successful and popular novelist of his generation, who used a range of popular forms and conventions such as caricature, popular entertainment, melodrama, gothic, crime, ghost stories and reportage to investigate and actively participate in a wide range of contemporary issues and debates about Victorian society such as the family, the city, education and poverty. The module will also consider Dickens’ career as an author and editor of Household Words and All Year Round in the rapidly developing literary marketplace and Dickens’ status as a national and international celebrity. The module will conclude with a consideration of the Dickens ‘industry’ and the appropriation of ‘Dickensian’ in both Victorian and contemporary societies.

LIT3125 Speculative Fiction (20 credits)

Speculative Fiction critically and analytically considers a range of Anglophone speculative fiction published after 1895. The emphasis is on literary speculations regarding technological, environmental and social change and on encounters with the ‘other’, all contextualised according to relevant cultural milieux. Subject matter is likely to include a selection from utopian and anti-utopian fiction, apocalyptic literature, colonial and postcolonial speculations, time travel tales, space opera, philosophical texts, and works that question or problematise notions of gender. In each case, selected critical methodologies, including feminism, postcolonial approaches and other relevant theoretical discourses will be applied.

LNG3141 Communicating Sexuality (20 credits)

Communicating Sexuality focuses on the role of language in communicating and constructing sexual identities. The module also examines the function of language in controlling sexuality and sexualities, and in marginalising and criminalising certain sexual identities while normalising others. The module makes use of a range of linguistic approaches, including  sociolinguistic, historical, ethnographic, discourse analytical, and sociocultural methods, in order to enable you to analyse how language functions in these regards. In addition, it enables you you to articulate and critique key concepts such as culture, ideology, stereotype, identity and sexuality. The aim is to explore and debunk prejudicial attitudes to minority sexualities and to enrich your understanding and valuing of diverse sexual identities. Although the primary linguistic focus of the module is English, the module also takes a trans-global perspective on sexuality.

LNG3142 Bilingualism (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.

LNG3144 Beyond 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.

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.

LNG3147 Corpus Linguistics (20 credits)

Corpus Linguistics introduces the theoretical and practical issues of using language corpora in linguistic research, as well as language teaching and learning, and explores how the corpus-based approach and other methodologies can be combined in language studies.

LNG3148 Language Dissertation (40 credits)

Language Dissertation involves the completion of an 8,000-9000 word independent (but supervised) study of an area of language of interest to you. You will learn how to research and write about a topic agreed with your supervisor, and produce a well organised and well-structured piece of research. Potential topics which could be explored in a dissertation include, for example, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, child language acquisition, spoken discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, language in relation to gender and sexuality, language pathology, language and pedagogy, dialectology, language contact, creolisation, place-name studies, bilingualism, or contrastive grammar.

LNG3149 English in Contact (20 credits)

English in Contact deals with issues in which contact-induced change interacts with aspects of the English language. Language contact is one of the most widely discussed topics in modern linguistics and much of the discussion centres on work that has been done using data from English. This module examines both the effects of language contact and of contact-induced language change upon English over the past millennium or more, and the effect that English has had on other languages, those spoken in predominantly ‘anglophone’ (English language-dominant) areas and those used in non-anglophone areas (for instance, the strong influence of modern English lexicon on popular French and Japanese). Ancient and modern contact effects will be examined and a wide range of language material will be used.

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.


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.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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

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 (further training required), library work, media, journalism, arts administration, publishing, managerial work, public and voluntary sectors. Some graduates also progress onto further study and pursue an academic career.

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 Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, 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 select the language modules 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 study 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 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. 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 2017/18 are £11,575 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 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students 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 in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2017/18 guide at

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 undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

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Get in Touch

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

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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.

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.

27th May 2016 - Change of Modules

Although the broad themes of the programme remain largely the same, the majority of previous modules have been replaced with a suite of new modules. 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.