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English with Languages BA (Hons)

On the English with Languages with BA (Hons) you will combine study of English Literature from Chaucer to the present day with study a foreign language, from either beginners or post-GCSE level. You will learn about intercultural communication and study the society, culture and institutions of the country and its people.

Overview

Reasons to study English with Mandarin or French BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • Boost your career prospects
    There is a shortage of foreign language skills among native English speakers so proficiency in a foreign language will distinguish you from other English graduates and make you more employable
  • Dynamic and diverse curriculum 
    Learn a foreign language while reading poetry, fiction and drama in English from different centuries and different continents with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest
  • Study text and film
    Choose options drawing on expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, an area of study that incorporates English and Film Studies and is available in Years Two and Three for English with Language students at DMU 
  • Study creative writing and English language 
    Choose options which allow you to study creative writing or English language modules during all three years of your degree.
  • Explore print and digital media
    Learn to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in HTML with options exploring the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from DMU’s Centre for Textual Studies
  • Gain workplace skills and experience
    Put your research, reasoning and communication skills into practice with an English-related placement module or extra-curricular internship during your degree 
  • International opportunities
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

English at DMU introduces you to an exciting range of literature in English, including writing from Britain, America and around the globe. You will learn how texts work and debate literature’s role in society now and through history, while acquiring the skills to articulate your ideas with confidence and write with fluency and flair.

You will receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics who are friendly, supportive and passionate about literature, with the opportunity to attend talks by visiting writers such as Carol Ann Duffy and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Our languages pathway allows you to study either French or Mandarin Chinese alongside your existing degree. You will take a 30 credit beginners or post-GCSE module in your chosen language, which will equate to two hours of language classes and one hour of cultural studies per week. The cultural awareness class introduces you to the history, culture, institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language. In the final year there may be an opportunity to study for specific purposes e.g. languages for business.

Study English with Languages at DMU and join a lively and welcoming academic community. Get involved in the student-led English society, go on theatre trips in the UK or travel abroad with #DMUglobal as part of your course. Our graduates go into a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service.

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Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

More courses like this:

English (Single Honours) BA (Hons)
English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Creative Writing BA (Hons)
English Language (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

English with French: QR39
English with Mandarin Chinese: Q3T1

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2017/18: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels and including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and a grade C or above in A level English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C  (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 level 3 credits at Merit in English Language or Literature and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

Core English and Modern Foreign Language modules:

  • Introduction to the Novel
  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Modern Foreign Language 1 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)

Optional English modules:

  • Poetry and Society

Optional Creative Writing and English Language

  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Words in Action: An Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics

Second year

Core English and Modern Foreign Language modules:

  • Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature
  • Modern Foreign Language 2

Choose from the following modules:

  • Text Technologies
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Teaching English Language
  • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics

Optional Creative Writing and English Language:

  • Writing Place
  • Teaching English Language

Third year

Core English and Modern Foreign Language modules:

  • English Dissertation
  • Modern Foreign Language 3

Optional English modules:

  • English in the Workplace
  • medieval.com
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing
  • Shakespeare and Marlowe
  • Studies in Literature and Film
  • Textual Studies Using Computers
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
  • Contemporary Irish Writing
  • Victorian Revolutionary Literature: Chartism and Socialism
  • The British Working Class in Literature, Film and Television: 1900-2005
  • Unruly Women, Degenerate Men: Science, Gender and Gothic at the Fin de Siècle, 1880-1900
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Optional Creative Writing and English Language modules:

  • Professional Writing Skills
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control
  • Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric

 

Overview

You will be taught by internationally-recognised academics who are friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. You will debate literature from different centuries and different continents in lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will attend guest lectures by exciting writers and thinkers; previous speakers include Simon Armitage, Andrew Davies (screenwriter), Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Andrew Motion and Benjamin Zephaniah. You will learn to write fluently and persuasively, to articulate complex ideas and arguments, to research topics comprehensively and to challenge existing opinions.

The first year expands your knowledge of fiction, drama and verse and develops foundational skills in research, writing and critical analysis. Your language module will focus on language skills classes with a cultural awareness class each week to introduce the institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language.

The second year broadens your understanding of the development of English literature through time, with options to study literary adaptations – a field bridging English and Film Studies - or to engage deeply with literary theory.

The third year allows you to choose from an exciting range of options to gain in-depth knowledge of the writers and texts that interest you. You will produce a dissertation on a topic of your choice with the support of a supervisor in one-to-one tutorials. You will also have the opportunity to do a work placement through the module ‘English in the Workplace’ to boost your skills and experience and enhance your CV. You may have the chance to study your chosen foreign language for specific purposes (e.g. business language).

Teaching sessions might be structured around discussion, a film screening or based in a computer lab depending on your module choices. You will complete reading and research in advance and join in conversation with your tutor and your peers. Individual tutorials with module tutors are available in weekly ‘office hours’, at which you can discuss any aspect of your course or get help with assignments. You will experience varied forms of assessment, including essays, presentations, exams, blogs, journals, websites, research reports and creative options.

You will be supported by a personal tutor with access to specialist guidance in writing and study skills from the Centre for Learning and Study Support. Our postgraduate students also run a popular peer mentoring scheme providing friendly and informal advice for undergraduate students in English at DMU. We offer a range of student prizes to reward outstanding academic achievement in English at all levels of the BA degree. 

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 


Facilities and features

Clephan Building

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the Faculty's Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Work placements are offered as part of this course and are a great way to boost your skills and experience while studying. Placements improve your chances of gaining a graduate-level job and can often lead to an offer of employment after graduation.

You will have the option to go on a sandwich placement between your second and third years of study and/or to do a short-term placement during your third year through the English in the Workplace module. Previous students taking this module have worked as mentors for local school pupils to help improve their reading age, written magazine features at a publishing firm, carried out research for a PR company and worked in the offices of a regional newspaper at the Leicester Mercury. We have numerous links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team will help you to identify a placement to suit you.

Third-year Creative Writing and English BA (Hons) student Tori Cotton has been offered a full-time permanent job at Pro-Publishing Media and Events, a publishing business in Earls Colne, Essex. Tori had ambitions for working in publishing after graduation and she organised her placement for the module English in the Workplace at the company. They were so impressed with her enthusiasm and ability during that placement that they offered her a position to start immediately after graduation.

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#DMUglobal

#DMUglobal aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers. The English team has so far offered opportunities to study in Tokyo, Japan and Vancouver Island in Canada.

‘Japan was the most challenging and enjoyable experience I have had the pleasure of tackling. My experience in Japan stretched me as a person and challenged my core beliefs and ideas...’ (Declan Shepherd, 2014)

‘My stay in Tokyo provided me with an extremely exciting and eye-opening experience into Japanese culture and language. I have gained more self-esteem and have the confidence and aspiration to work abroad again...’ (Lauren Marston, 2015)

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity, as part of your degree, to study abroad in Europe or the USA.

The Faculty currently offers English students opportunities to study at the following European universities: the European University of Cyprus, Faith University, Istanbul (Turkey), Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf (Germany), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the University of Oulu (Finland).

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Graduate careers

English graduates are eminently employable because of their highly developed communication and reasoning skills and their ability to work independently and as part of a group. The latest statistics show that 95 per cent of recent graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers including archival work, the media, the civil service, marketing, journalism, the arts, library services, banking, charity work, teaching English as a foreign language, publishing, public relations, primary and secondary teaching, and postgraduate study. 

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