English with Integrated Foundation Year BA (Hons)

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This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) English course, with an integrated foundation year. Follow a Pathway in either: Literature, Language or Creative Writing. Develop your own razor-sharp writing skills. Graduate with a life-long love for language and literature, and a highly respected degree.

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Overview

English at Sunderland is a wide-ranging and innovative subject. In the second year, all students follow a common curriculum covering the three main branches of contemporary English studies: English Literature, English Language, and Creative Writing. In the third year you can choose to specialise or continue to follow a broad curriculum.

Following your own pathway, you will graduate with one of three named degrees: BA (Hons) English: Language, BA (Hons) English: Literature, or BA (Hons) English: Creative Writing.

Upcoming start dates
13 December 2018
16 September 2019

Why us?

  • 93.4% of our graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
  • We are a University that is nationally recognised for supporting learners particularly from non-traditional backgrounds and many students come to us with no formal qualifications but with valuable work experience
  • 'World-leading' research in English Language and Literature, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Course structure

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars and group work, as well as independent study. Your progress will be assessed mainly through coursework, such as written assignments and presentations, and you will also have the opportunity to carry out a more extended piece in your third year in our ‘English Advanced Study’ module. The best work from this module will be published in Codex – the School of Culture’s online undergraduate academic journal. Throughout your studies our lecturers will be on hand to provide you with one-to-one support when you need it.

All pathways

Foundation Year

The Media, Humanities and Creative Industries Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules: 

  • Essential Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Maths (20 credits)
  • Foundation module (40 credits)
  • Project (20 credits)
  • Subject Specialism (20 credits)

Year 1 (national level 4):

Core modules (120 credits):

  • Creating Order from Chaos: Narrative and Poetry for the 21st Century (20 credits)
  • The Writer’s Craft 1: Prose and Poetry in the 21st Century (20 credits)
  • Language in the 21st Century (20 credits)
  • Stages and Pages: Drama and Criticism for the 21st Century (20 credits)
  • The Writer’s Craft 2: From Page to Stage (20 credits)
  • Describing Modern English (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

English Literature pathway

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules (40 credits)

  • Questioning Literature: History and Theory (20 credits)
  • Refocusing Literature: Applying Literary Theory to Texts (20 credits)

Designated English Literature pathway modules (40 credits)

  • English Literature: 1700-1789 (20 credits)
  • Victorian Literature (20 credits)
  • Renaissance Literature (20 credits)
  • Romanticism (20 credits)

In addition, students on all pathways will take an additional 40 credits from a combination of any core or designated modules above, or from our range of option modules.

Example option modules

  • Twentieth-century American Writing
  • Twentieth-century Irish Drama
  • The Playwright’s Craft
  • The Art of Modern Poetry
  • Reading and Writing the Short Story


Year 3 (national level 6):

Students must achieve 40 credits from the following modules (choices might vary from year to year):

  • Shakespeare
  • The Novel from Realism to Modernism
  • Late Medieval Literature
  • Story-Telling in American Fiction
  • Women’s Autobiography
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Jane Austen: Text, Context, and Adaptation
  • Representations of Totalitarianism and the Holocaust
  • World Englishes in Fiction
  • Gothic: Texts, Contexts & Concepts
  • The Living Stream: Contemporary Irish Poetry

Students must achieve an additional 40 credits from two other final year modules, and 40 credits from the ‘English Advanced Study’ module – an opportunity to do an extended piece of research or to produce a creative portfolio.

English Language and Literature pathway

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules (40 credits)    

  • Language in Education (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Sociolinguistics (20 credits)

Designated English Language and Literature pathway modules (40 credits)

  • Introduction to Media Language (20 credits)
  • Language and Childhood (20 credits)
  • Language and Power (20 credits)
  • Language, Literature and Computers (20 credits)

In addition, students on all pathways will take an additional 40 credits from a combination of any core or designated modules above, or from our range of option modules.

Example option modules

  • Twentieth-century American Writing
  • Twentieth-century Irish Drama
  • The Playwright’s Craft
  • The Art of Modern Poetry
  • Reading and Writing the Short Story


Year 3 (national level 6):

Students must achieve 40 credits from the following modules (choices might vary from year to year):

  • World Englishes in Fiction
  • Broadcast Talk
  • Language and Gender
  • English in the Northeast
  • Reading and Writing Children’s Fictions

Students must achieve an additional 40 credits from two other final year modules, and 40 credits from the ‘English Advanced Study’ module – an opportunity to do an extended piece of research or to produce a creative portfolio.

English and Creative Writing pathway

Year 2 (national level 5):

Core modules (40 credits)

  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Creative Writing and Therapy

Designated English and Creative Writing pathway modules (40 credits)

  • Writing for Television, Film, and Radio (20 credits)
  • Writing and Performing Poetry and Song (20 credits)
  • Writing Prose Fiction (20 credits)
  • Renaissance Literature (20 credits)
  • Romanticism (20 credits)

In addition, students on all pathways will take an additional 40 credits from a combination of any core or designated modules above, or from our range of option modules.

Example option modules

  • Twentieth-century American Writing
  • Twentieth-century Irish Drama
  • The Playwright’s Craft
  • The Art of Modern Poetry
  • Reading and Writing the Short Story


Year 3 (national level 6):

Students must achieve 40 credits from the following modules (choices might vary from year to year):

  • Genre Fiction
  • Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Writing the Novel

Students must achieve an additional 40 credits from two other final year modules, and 40 credits from the ‘English Advanced Study’ module – an opportunity to do an extended piece of research or to produce a creative portfolio.

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  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Library resources which you might find particularly useful include:

    • The MLA International Bibliography, an online database of scholarly material in modern languages, literature and linguistics
    • JSTOR, an online 'digital library' of academic journal articles and scholarly content across a diverse range of fields
    • Early English Books Online, which provides digital images of virtually every work printed in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and British North America during 1473-1800
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online, which provides 136,000 full-text publications from 1701-1800
    • Periodicals Archive Online, which provides digitised literary journals
    • Project Muse, which provides over 180 full-text humanities and social sciences journals
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Facilities

You'll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.

Entry requirements

The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.

Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.

Eligible entry qualifications:

1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
OR
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.

If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!

** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.

Fees and finance

If you join us in December 2018, the foundation year will be £4,000.

If you join us in September 2019, the foundation year will be £4,500.

For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250 but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the full-undergraduate course.

In addition, you may receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region and a University of Sunderland StudyPLUS Card loaded with additional offers up to the value of £200, plus a bundle of study skills books worth £80.

If you are a full-time UK student you may be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.

Please note, this course is not available to international students.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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Employment

BA (Hons) English is an extremely well-respected degree. Your highly developed skills in communication, research and analysis will make you a perfect fit for a wide range of organisations, including graduate training schemes.

Many of our graduates progress to careers in teaching, journalism, business and publishing.

Spectral Visions Press

Spectral Visions Press is a publishing house located at the University of Sunderland, which specialises in creative writing inspired by Gothic literature.

In its first month, Spectral Visions Press received close to 100 submissions from around the globe for its creative writing collection 'Spectral Visions: Grim Fairy Tales', and for its Gothic studies-centred academic journal ‘Monstrum’.

As well as offering opportunities to publish your creative writing, Spectral Visions Press can also provide you with valuable experience of the publishing industry. You will gain a work-reference in addition to your academic reference – a huge advantage when applying for popular publishing jobs.

  • It’s utterly enthralling to learn from people who love their subjects.
    Amy McLean, English graduate

    Amy McLean

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