BA English Language and English Literature with a year abroad (4 year)

Course Overview

Our English Language and English Literature degree scheme looks at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will also analyse a range of literary texts from various contexts and historical periods, and explore the complex relationships between literature, politics, and history.

Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview. Students will spend a year abroad internationally.

We are ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

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

  • The English Literature component covers themes from the early-Medieval period to the present day.
  • The English Language component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
  • Optional modules are also available in TESOL and Creative Writing.
  • Students have the opportunity to study abroad for a year. Opportunities change annually, but in the past, partner countries have included: China, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, France, Germany and the USA.
  • Students have the 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.  
  • Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • The English Society at Swansea organises literary, social and cultural events. Follow them on Twitter or follow the Siren, English student blog.

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 Literature Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 2 x 20 credit modules. You may select all three. You must ensure a balance of 60 credits in each teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Voices of Poetry
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
AND
English Literature Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If you have chosen 2 modules in the section above select 1 x 20 credit module from the following to make up your 60 credits in English Literature. You must ensure a balance of 60 credits per teaching block.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
EN-117Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Writing: Fiction Genres
EN-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
AND
English Languages Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of the following modules to make your English Languages credits up to 60. You must ensure a balance of 60 credits in each teaching block.

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

Description

Students will study six modules, three in English Language and three in English Literature.

English Language Single and Joint Honours programmes are intended for students who wish to deepen and extend their understanding of the English language as well as of language and communication more generally, and to study the interdisciplinary field of linguistics with an eye on its applications.  The Department offers Single Honours Degrees in English Language, TEFL and Language and Communication and also Joint Honours degrees with Literature, European Languages and other Arts and Humanities subjects. Students take the year abroad in Australia, Europe or the USA in the third year of study. 

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

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

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.

History

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