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

On the English Literature with French, Mandarin or Spanish BA (Hons) you will combine study of English Literature from Chaucer to the present day whilst studying a modern foreign language, from either beginners or post-GCSE level.

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Overview

Study an exciting range of literature in English, from writers across the globe and on subjects including the novel, Victorian and Romantic literature and Shakespeare and Marlowe. Learn how texts work, and debate literature’s role in society both now and throughout history. You’ll receive excellent teaching from internationally-renowned academics and will be taught to articulate your ideas with confidence while writing with fluency and flair. 

Our modern languages pathway allows you to study either Chinese Mandarin, French or Spanish alongside your existing degree. You will take a 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 Literature with a modern language 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 DMU Global 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.

Key features

  • Learn a modern foreign language while reading poetry, fiction and drama in English Literature from different centuries and different continents with the flexibility to specialise in your areas of interest.
  • Choose options drawing on expertise from DMU’s Centre for Adaptation Studies, an area of study that incorporates English Literature and Film Studies and is available in Years Two and Three for English Literature with modern language students at DMU.
  • Explore print and digital humanities and 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 valuable workplace skills through placement and internship opportunities. Our students have worked with the National Space Centre, the English Association, Age Concern, the Leicester Mercury, and 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.
  • English graduates succeed in wide-ranging careers with big names that include Penguin Random House, HomeStyle magazine, the BBC and Pan Macmillan.
  • Broaden your horizons through DMU Global, our international experience programme. Our students have discovered Danish literature in Copenhagen, learned about the role of language in surveillance in Berlin and took part in a scavenger hunt in the New York Public Library.

Scholarships:

DMU Sports Scholarship
Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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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  • 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: For 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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, 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 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 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 English Literature 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 Literature 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 Literature 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 Literature and Modern Foreign Language modules:

  • English Dissertation
  • Modern Foreign Language 3

Optional English Literature 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 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

The Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Our extensive online collection of resources, e-books and electronic journals can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

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, available via email or telephone. In addition, we have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

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 current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

This course gives you the option to enhance and build your professional skills to progress within your chosen career, through a placement. Our dedicated team offers a range of careers resources and opportunities so you can start planning your future.

Rubyna Cassam secured a placement with Penguin Random House in London. She gained invaluable knowledge of the publishing world, from creating presentations for new book releases and producing spreadsheets of international sales figures, to contacting buyers about merchandise and attending marketing meetings about the London and Frankfurt book fairs.

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which 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 activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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

“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,” said Lauren Marston, an English Literature graduate.

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Graduate careers

English Literature 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.

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. 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 the English MA at DMU.

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