BA English Literature and French (4 year)

Course Overview

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As a student of English Literature and French at Swansea, you will not only analyse a range of literary texts from various contexts and historical periods, but you will also explore the complex relationships between literature, politics and history and develop your knowledge of a world language.

The Department of English Language and Literature is 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 BA English Literature covers themes from the early-Medieval period to the present day, while also developing your knowledge of critical theory and the diversity of approaches to literature.
  • Optional modules are available in Creative Writing. 
  • Specialist researchers and teachers in Gender and Culture offer modules.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in France. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in France.
  • Our French modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the French-speaking world.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • 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.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Literature Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least two of the following. You may decide to select all three. You must ensure a balance of 60 credits per 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 : Select one module from the list below if you have only chosen two modules above. to make your credits in English Literature up to 60 for the year. Students should balance options to make sure you are taking 60 credits in each teaching block. As such if you have chosen to do EN-100 above you can select a module from either teaching block. If you have not chosen EN-100 you must select a module from TB1 only.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
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
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
French - Advanced pathway 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced Pathway (i.e. Students with A level French) Select two module pairs from below - (English or Welsh medium Pairs)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B
MLF160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1B
OR
Beginners Pathway 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Beginners Pathway (i.e. Students WITHOUT A level French) Select two module pairs from below - (English or Welsh medium Pairs)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Languages- Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 40 credits in the appropriate language stream, advanced or intermediate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2To be taken with MLF260B
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy CyfieithuTo be taken with MLF260BW
MLF260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 2A
MLF260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Language 2B
MLF260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLF270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2B
MLF270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2B
AND
Languages - Optional Modules  

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one module from below. Students must have 60 credits in each teaching block overall.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
AND
English Literature Compulsory Modules 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : select at least two modules from below.

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-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution and Romanticism
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
AND
English Literature - Optional modules 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select sufficient modules to make up 60 credits in English Literature when combined with your 'Compulsory Modules'. You must have 60 credits in each TB overall

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Poetry
EN-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Writing Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Literature options 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language in the Media
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
EN-3010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Uncanny places and cyberspaces: Gender and the fantastic
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3019Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Thomas Hardy
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3029Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3031Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation - English Literature
EN-3036Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20'Love, and a bit with a dog': Comedy in Renaissance England
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3038Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20'If You Can Remember Them, You Weren't There': Literature of the 1960s
EN-3042Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3044Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20HEARTS IN HIDING: HARDY AND HOPKINS AS POETS OF INNOVATION AND IDIOSYNCRASY
EN-3045Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Crime Fiction since 1920
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-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing
EN-334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Irish Fiction in English
EN-335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20European Fiction and Drama 1850 - 1920
EN-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-376Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
EN-390Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
EN-394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading/Writing Trauma
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
AND
AND

Description

Students study three modules in English Literature and three modules in French.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB at A-Level (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. Students should also have a B grade at GCSE in a relevant language. 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,300

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

"In completing a degree in English Literature, I developed generic skills which could be transferred to a wide variety of jobs. Following graduation I started an administrative role within a government agency, which designed and carried out examinations and assessment for senior police officers. "

Jessica Brown


 

“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained. Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams, BA French

 

Research

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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