BA English Language and English Literature with a Year Abroad

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018 on a range of programmes.  Entry requirements might vary from those shown below.  For information on vacancies and applying late or through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Study an English Language and English Literature degree with a Year Abroad and explore how language works and how societies communicate. You will look at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts. In the second year you will have the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) to enhance your career prospects.

Explore English Literature and study gothic and genre fiction, gender and culture, renaissance literature, national and global literatures, modernity and contemporary writing, Nineteenth Century literature, creative writing and professional writing. Learn how to enhance your skills to understand how to investigate and obtain information and improve your communication and writing ability and be self-sufficient. Come and join us!

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

Why study and English Language and English Literature degree with a Year Abroad?

  • English ranked 7th in the UK for research (REF 2014) and ranked in the Top-15 for graduate prospects (The Times Good University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2019)
  • You can have a Semester Abroad in the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore to enhance your student experience and career prospects
  • You will be taught by experienced writers with established reputations whose works have been widely published, broadcast and performed and also academic staff internationally recognized for their research
  • Year 1 provides you with a grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language, as well as an introduction to different teaching methods
  • In year 2, you have option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview.  You will only pay the exam fee, currently £140
  • In year 3, you can undertake an independent research project in an area of specialism supported by academic staff. Some of our students’ work is showcased at our annual conference and. students have published their work in international journals and presented at international conferences
  • You can develop programming skills through computer-assisted language learning materials and receive training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data
  • You can be involved with projects with the Dylan Thomas Centre and the National Theatre Wales.
  • In year 3, you can study a year abroad in Europe or the USA to enhance your student experience and career prospects. 

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
Optional Modules
English Language - Compulsory Selective Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one 20 credit module from the list below.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE115Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying the English Language
AND
English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 2x 20 credit modules from the list below. You may decide to select 3x 20 credit modules and not make a selection from the Optional Module Choices box below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
EN-120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20English Essentials
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Language - Compulsory Modules Selective  

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three 20 credit modules. ALE204 and ALE225 are subject to interview before module selection. You CANNOT choose both ALE204 and ALE225. You CANNOT choose ALE200 if you have chosen either ALE204 or ALE225.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) A
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) B
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect
AND
English Literature - Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose at least 2x 20 credit modules from this list. You may choose 3x 20 credit modules and not make a selection from the optional module choices box below.Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits from each of your joint honours subjects

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-241Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contentious Shakespeare
EN-266Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions and to experience different cultures.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (Applied Liguistics)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Language -Compulsory Modules Selective  

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Joint honours students wishing to take a dissertation / research project in English Language must seek permission of the Programme Director prior to selection. You cannot select a dissertation in both joint honours subjects. If ALE318 is selected in TB2, then ALE317 must also be selected in TB1. ALE317 does not have to be taken with ALE318. Students must select an overall 60 credits in each teaching block and 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
ALE317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Project Preparation (Linguistics)
ALE318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Project (Linguistics)
ALE319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computer-Assisted Language Learning
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
AND
English Literature Optional Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must choose a minimum of 40 credits from this list. You may decide to choose 60 credits and not make selections from the Creative Writing modules below. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects.Students are not permitted to select dissertation modules in both of their joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
EN-3011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3031Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales
EN-3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3046Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Stuff: Victorian Literature and Material Culture
EN-3047Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature
EN-3048Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Professional Development: Preparing for Work
EN-3050Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Written in Blood: Reading the Vampire
EN-3051Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Madness, Malady and Melancholia: Literature and Medicine from Genesis to Genomes
EN-3052Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sex and Death: Jacobean Drama
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
EN-394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading/Writing Trauma
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
AND
Optional Modules - Creative Writing  

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may take a maximum of 20 credits to make up your total 60 credits in English Literature. You must have completed a Creative Writing module if you wish to take EN-3026. You MUST NOT select EN-3031 and EN-3026. Overall, you must select a balance of 60 credits per teaching block. You must select 60 credits in each of your joint honours subjects. Students are not permitted to select dissertation modules in both of their joint honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3026Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing Personal Project
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing

Description

Our English Language and English Literature course with a Year Abroad offers...

Join English Language:

You will study:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts
  • how language has developed over time
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts
  • how we produce and understand language in real time 
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar
  • how to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media)
  • the effect of dialect and accent on identity 
  • the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.

With English Literature:

English Literature is one of the most diverse, stimulating and challenging disciplines offered at Swansea University. Our Literature courses cover the entire range of the subject, from Beowulf to Contemporary Fiction. You can tailor your degree to your own interests with a wide variety of English Literature and Creative Writing topics to choose from.

  • Our Graduates have careers in education, teaching English as a foreign language, business organisations, journalism, public services, media and public relations, law and Speech and Language Therapy
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000
  • The English Student Society at Swansea similarly organises literary, social and cultural events. Follow the English Literature and Creative Writing department on Twitter or follow The Siren, an English student blog.
  • 97% of English Literature and Creative Writing Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent including a B in English Literature or the combined English Language and Literature A-level or A-level Creative Writing. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

 

 

 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

"Since finishing the English Language degree at Swansea University I completed a Primary PGCE. During the final year of my undergraduate studies I started volunteering and working in St. Thomas Community Primary School. Since completing my teaching degree I have found my way back to St. Thomas and currently teach a year 4/5 Class. My university degree allowed me to complete the CELTA certificate (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). That gave me my first taste of teaching and I've obviously gone down that route. After the CELTA, I went to Milan to teach English for a little while and that was another superb experience!"

Thomas Goss

"I studied BA English with Creative Writing and MA English at Swansea University, and I now work at Discovery, the student volunteering charity based on campus. I am also a volunteer project coordinator with the same organisation, and run a monthly project for children from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Having studied English has been incredibly advantageous in these roles, partially because my degrees have provided me with a good command of both written and spoken English. This enables me to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes. Throughout my studies, I also gained skills in presenting material to a group, which is particularly useful in my current job, where I am responsible for delivering induction training to new volunteers. Aside from equipping me with practical skills, my English degrees have been influential in the way in which they nurtured my interest in other people and cultures."

Kirsty Rowles

Research

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

A significant number of our graduates choose to teach abroad using their TESOL and CELTA qualifications. 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL;
  • PGCEs in Primary and Secondary education;
  • Speech and Language Therapy courses;
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations;
  • MA by Research.

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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