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English Literature with French, Mandarin or Spanish BA (Hons)

Enhance your cultural and historical understanding by immersing yourself in classic and contemporary English literature from around the globe, alongside mastering your grasp of language through studying French, Mandarin or Spanish. 

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Overview

Study an exciting range of English literature from writers across the globe and from different eras or movements, such as Victorian literature and Romanticism, as well as classic and renowned authors including William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Learn how texts work, and debate literature’s role in society both now and throughout the course of history. You’ll be taught by internationally renowned academics and experts who will encourage and support you to articulate your ideas with confidence while writing with fluency and flair.  We produce world-leading research in areas ranging from medieval to contemporary literature, language, creative writing and digital humanities.

Our modern languages pathway is the opportunity for you to learn either Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish alongside your studies in English literature. As part of this, you will undertake a beginner 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. Forming part of this is the cultural awareness class, which introduces you to the history, culture, institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language. In your final year you’ll be able to tailor your learning with the opportunity to study for specific purposes, for example languages for business, which can offer you insight and experience of you chosen future career path.

By choosing to study English literature with a modern language at DMU, you’ll join a lively and welcoming academic community. Enjoy getting involved in the student-led English society and going on theatre trips across the UK as part of your course. Our graduates from this course progress into a wide range of professions including media, marketing, publishing, teaching, public relations and the civil service. 

Key features

  • Learn a modern foreign language while studying English poetry, fiction and drama from different centuries and continents, with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest through option modules. Modules you can choose from include Millennial World Fiction, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Victorian Literature and Exploring Creative Writing. 
  • You will take two 15 credit modules per study level in your chosen language, which will equate to three hours of language per week.  During your weekly language workshop, you will develop your language skills through the study of the country, the society, the culture and the people.
  • Your learning will be informed by expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, an area of study that incorporates English literature and film studies and is available in both your second and third year. 
  • Explore print and digital humanities and learn to use a hand printing press or gain practical training in programming language HTML through options to explore the production of literary texts in manuscript, print and digital forms from our Centre for Textual Studies. 
  • Our specificity is to cater for any language experience, meaning you will study at a level and pace that really suits you and your needs. Learning a new language with us will therefore not only provide you with linguistic skills, but will also enhance skills in your native language and develop your presentation, written and critical skills.
  • Gain valuable workplace skills through placement and internship opportunities. Our students have previously worked with organisations such as the National Space Centre and Leicester Mercury newspaper, charities including the English Association, as well as local schools and colleges. 
  • Enhance your employability through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects. 
  • Our English graduates have succeeded in wide-ranging careers with well-known publishing companies including Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan, as well as news organisations such as HomeStyle Magazine and the BBC. 
  • Broaden your horizons through  DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have previously expanded their knowledge of Danish literature in Copenhagen, learned about the role of language in surveillance in Germany’s capital Berlin, and taken part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library, the third largest public library in the world. 

Scholarships:

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

*English Literature with Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish BA (Hons) was previously named English with Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish BA (Hons)

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

English Literature with French: QR39
English Literature with Mandarin: Q3T1
English Literature with Spanish: Q346

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

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about 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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,250 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

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

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 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 modules:

  • Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Poetry and Society

Optional modules: 

  • Introduction to the Novel
  • Approaches to Reading and Writing 
  • Exploring Creative Writing
  • Evolving Language: An Introduction to Histories of Language 

And 30 credits of Language modules

Second year

Core modules:

  • Exploration and Innovation: 14th to 18th Century Literature

Optional modules:

  • Text Technologies
  • Ways of Reading
  • Screen and Literary Adaptations of the Classics
  • Sex and Death in Romantic Writing, 1780-1830
  • Victorian Literature
  • Twentieth Century Literature
  • Millennial World Fiction
  • Writing Place
  • English Language in UK Schools 
  • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

And 30 credits of Language modules

Third year

Core modules:

  • English Literature Dissertation

Optional modules:

  • English in the Workplace
  • medieval.com
  • Modernism and Modernity
  • Textual Studies Using Computers
  • Radical and Contemporary Adaptations
  • Revolutionary Men, Unruly Women: Politics and Gender at the Fin de Siècle,1880-1900
  • Writing Adaptations: Theory & Practice 
  • Watching Early Modern Drama: Spectatorship and Fandom
  • The 21st Century Global Franchise: Adapting the Wizarding World 
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature 
  • Professional Writing Skills
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control
  • Powerful Language: Introduction to Rhetoric 

And 30 credits of Language modules in your chosen language

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 Literature 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 Literature at DMU. We offer a range of student prizes to reward outstanding academic achievement in English Literature 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

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Through our English in the Workplace module  you can put the skills developed during your English degree into practice.  This insight into the professional world is a valuable  opportunity to  enhance and bu ild on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you  to progress  to your chosen career. 

Previous students have taken up placements in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including some international posts, across a range of companies including public relations agencies and local schools.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021.

Students on this course have previously undertaken exciting opportunities to study overseas in Tokyo, Japan, and Vancouver Island in Canada.

Lauren Marston, a graduate from our English literature course, said: “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.”

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Graduate careers

Our graduates are taught to acquire highly developed communication and reasoning skills and hone their ability to work independently and as part of a group.

Many of our graduates go on to work in careers in a variety of areas such as archival work, the media, the civil service, marketing, journalism, the arts, library services, teaching English as a foreign language, and public relations. English Literature graduates have earned roles such as Associate Producer at the BBC, Picture Book Editor at Pan Macmillan and a Senior Press Officer in the Children's Department at Penguin Random House.

Graduates also have the opportunity to undertake further studies such as our English MA  programme.

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