English Language and Literature BA (Hons)

English Language and Literature BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years. Part-time: five to six years study, including some evening modules for students who find evening attendance more convenient.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    QQ32; Short form: BA/ELL

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Explore and analyse the relationship between language and the development of literature as you work with a range of materials, including classic literary texts and popular media texts such as adverts, describing, analysing and interpreting data, developing great skills for the workplace. You’ll develop skills relevant to a wide variety of careers; your skills of analysis and interpretation, your communicative skills (oral and written), and your ability to construct a coherent argument will all be enhanced through your study of these subjects. This degree is particularly useful if you are intending to teach English at secondary level, where it is increasingly vital for you to demonstrate knowledge of both language and literature. 


Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit Merit Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction Distinction, Cognate sub at A2 required.
Pass Access To HE: 106 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Modules provide you with a good overview of Literature which will support your learning throughout your degree – you also have the opportunity to take an elective in another subject.

  • EN1215 Reading Texts: Literary Theory (20 credits) 
  • LG1220 English Language Workshop (20 credits) 
  • EN1217 Introduction to Renaissance Literature (20 credits)
  • LG1200 Introduction to English Syntax & Phonology
  • LG1102 Introduction to English Language and Linguistics 
  • And an elective from our extensive catalogue

Year 2

You take compulsory modules – you can select from options in Literature, and also take an elective module from another subject. In your second year you also participate in a project-based module, to develop and enhance your employability skills:

  • EN2904 Comparative Literature (20 Credits)
  • LG2200 The English Language Workshop II


  • EN2128 Restoration to Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789 (20 Credits)
  • EN2129 Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century (20 Credits)
  • You’ll also take an additional module from our suite of options
  • And an elective from another subject

Year 3

There is greater flexibility for you to select options, in addition to the compulsory modules which you will need in order to complete the single honours programme.

Compulsory modules are:

  • EN3992 English Literature Dissertation (40 Credits)
    LG3992 English Language Dissertation (40 credits)
  • EN3005 Modern and Contemporary Literature (20 Credits)

And you also take an additional 60 credits (generally three modules of 20 credits each) from our suite of options.

Further Information

You can tailor this course to your particular interests through the wide variety of optional modules available, ranging from semantics and pragmatics, stylistics, gender and language, education and language, corpus linguistics, to American drama, science fiction, gothic fiction, Shakespeare, the fairy tale and the short story.

The incorporation of both sides of ‘English’ develops skills which are relevant to a wide variety of careers; your skills of analysis and interpretation, your communicative skills (oral and written), and your ability to construct a coherent argument will all be enhanced through your study of these subjects.

The course incorporates dedicated Employability modules based within the English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE). These modules are designed to enhance your employability and develop skills, personal attributes and achievements that can make you more likely to gain employment and become successful in your chosen career. Throughout these modules, you will be encouraged to identify your strengths and weaknesses and develop transferable skills. A range of other modules are designed to equip students with skills such as, for example, social awareness and intercultural competence included in Sociolinguistics and Intercultural Communication.

You will also have the opportunity to obtain a Career Planning Certificate as part of your dissertation module. The Certificate incorporates themes including self-awareness, opportunity awareness, decision-making and transitional learning (in terms of applying for a job, and producing a tailored CV and covering letter). For the dissertations, you are also asked to maintain a dissertation log, which should record your thoughts and experience(s) during the supervisory process.

The English degree will offer you:

  • A creative mix of tradition and innovation in topic and delivery.
  • Modules in popular culture and contemporary literature as well as studies in classical literature.
  • The study of traditional literature from the sixteenth century to the contemporary era, including William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, as well as ‘new’ fictions, for example, in American literature and culture, gothic fictions, film adaptation and children’s literature.
  • A chance to gain valuable work experience relating to your studies for example our work-related live project which could include planning for a conference, literature festival, reading project, setting up an exhibition and much more through the ELSIE Project. Through the Worldwise Learning Centre in the school you will get the opportunity to gain practical experience through five day placements and short-term internships.
  • Support by the Worldwise Centre based where you can access the latest language learning and digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.
  • Learning with research-active tutors, who are specialists in their fields and get the opportunity to work with them as well as writing an article for Diffusion, a journal publishing supervised undergraduate research.
  • Field trips to museums, archival resources, readings and theatres, such as RSC in Stratford to view a Shakespeare play and Dove Cottage Literary Sites in the Lake District.
  • An opportunity to meet writers and literary critics.

Throughout your degree, you will consider theories, approaches and methodologies related to the study of English Language and Linguistics as well as the relationship between language and literary text. Particular attention will be paid to enhancing written and oral communication skills, and to maximising awareness of transferable skills for employability in the global workplace. You will engage with the development of literature as a form of communication, oral and written, exploring texts from early Modern poetry to Postcolonial literatures. You will also engage with key theoretical models that enhance your understanding of language and literature and intensify your cultural and social knowledge and understanding. For students interested in a career in teaching, you will also be able to take modules in Education, tailored to developing work-based learning. In each of your three years of study you will also be involved with practical projects that will enable you to plan for your future on graduation, helping you to understand your career goals and how to tailor your studies.

Dinesh Allirajah
Professional short story writer and poet who has taught creative writing across the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Bangladesh and Nigeria.
Recent publications: 'The Imperfection Of Language' (poem) in Holland, Lindsey, and Angela Topping eds., 'Sculpted: Poetry Of The North West, North West Poets (Aughton, Lancashire, 2013); 'The Words To Tell Them' (short story) in Mort, Graham, and Corinne Fowler eds., 'Moving Worlds: A Journal of TransCultural Fiction' (Leeds University School of English, 2009)
Director of Comma Press
Chair of the National Black Artists Association

Helen Day
National Teaching Fellow 2013
Current research interests: lying and unreliable narration in young adult and children's literature.
Most recent publication on The Hunger Games
Currently working on projects in Employability and Work-related Learning in English publications

Robert Duggan
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Most recent publication The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction (Manchester University Press, 2013)
Conference Organiser: ‘Literature, Terrorism and 9/11’, University of Chichester, May 2010
Current research: spatiality in recent writing

Catharine Frances
Teaching practitioner in England and America
Specialist in playwriting and autobiographical writing
Current research: Contemporary play writing, particularly ‘NYLON’ production, and the histories and practises of autobiography

Will Kaufman
School’s Director of Research
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
British Association for American Studies (Development Chair, 2005-11)
Most recent publication: Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Illinois UP, 2011)
Current research: American protest music

Richard Walker
Member of IGA (International Gothic Association)

Robin Purves
Contributing editor to the online poetry journal, Blackbox Manifold, edited by Adam Piette and Alex Houen of Sheffield University.
Discussion forum, UKPoetry
Participant in AHRC-funded project: Against Value in the Arts
Research: Modern and contemporary poetry from the UK, Europe and the U.S.A., philosophy from the 20th- and 21st-centuries and popular music and visual art.

Yvonne Reddick
Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures
Founder member and on advisory board of the Ted Hughes Society Journal
Member of the Société des anglicistes de l’enseignement supérieur
Current research:
Monograph on Ted Hughes’ environmental writing; research on Africa’s rivers as sites of environmental conflict
Co-founder, EPSRC and IAS-funded Environmental Studies Research Network

Alan Rice
National Teaching Fellowship (2007)
Curator of Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
Advisor and talking head on Choc’late Soldiers from the USA (2009)
Latest publication: Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010)

Theresa Saxon
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
British Association for American Studies Treasurer (2008-2012)
Associate Editorial ‘American Literature to 1900’ Year’s Work in English Studies (OUP)
Most recent publication: American Theatre: History, Context, Form (EUP 2011)
Currently developing an extended project on transatlantic and international theatre and a study of Charles Dickens as a dramatist and performer

Janice Wardle
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chair of local school Governors
Quality Assurance Agency Institutional Reviewer
Latest Project: Representation of the author in contemporary film and fiction

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Members of our team work with the media, including the BBC, both television and radio, as well as PBS America and have acted as consultants with a range of businesses, such as Lancaster Theatre Productions and The Lancaster Literature Festival. We are also involved with events at the Whitworth Gallery, The Harris Museum and Library and International Slavery Museum, Liverpool.

We have links with a network of regional schools, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education; students who wish to teach are able to go on to gain a PGCE in primary or secondary education, or certificates in TESOL.

We have affiliations with a number of professional academic bodies, such as the British Association for American Studies, European Association for American Studies, Transatlantic Studies Association, Collegium for African American Research, the National Black Arts Association, Multi-Ethnic Studies Europe and America (MESEA) and Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the International Slavery Museum.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We emphasise shared learning in our programmes and use the learning environment in order to best enable that policy. English Language and Literature students are supplied with important information for their studies through the delivery of the traditional academic lecture. We are keen, also, for you to become involved in learning sessions and also incorporate seminars, practical workshops and student presentations. Our library is updated regularly with books crucial to your studies and we make use of extensive online resources for your studies.

Classroom activities include sessions on project management and problem-solving, team-working, work experience skills such as transferability, personal and career development as well as on producing a report and accompanying material and CVs.

As part of the English Language Workshops modules, students will also participate in projects outside the university, in partnership with local business and community groups.

Modules are assessed by a wide variety of coursework assignments. We also assess though student presentation and group-work activities, such as the construction of a literary blog and the planning of a literary festival/academic style conference. Some modules include a written examination, which accounts for 50% or less of the overall module mark.


Graduates go on to a wide variety of careers such as law, teaching, journalism, publishing, arts administration, theatre, advertising, manufacturing and finance.

As a student in the School you will also have access to our International Travel Bursary scheme through the Worldwise Awards, which enables you to spend some time overseas, on a project related to your studies.

You will also have the opportunity to publish your work in UCLan’s Journal of Undergraduate research, Diffusion.

On the course, you can:

  • gain valuable work experience relating to your studies through work-related live projects
  • Gain further work experience in your second and third year through ILM accredited optional modules in volunteering, leadership and mentoring offered by UCLan’s very own Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
  • Get involved in School trips to theatres in Preston, Manchester and surrounding areas
  • study abroad as part of your course, we have exchange agreements with overseas universities
  • become involved in the student newspaper, Pluto and the Performing Arts Centre

Students are able, with a degree in English Language and Literature to progress into a range of opportunities, including further study for teaching (PGCE) or taking a teaching qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Our degree is flexible in terms of progression, and our students head into a range of professions with opportunities for further study as well as jobs in heritage, journalism, and the creative industries.

Graduates will be suited for a wide range of employment sectors, in professional and graduate training programmes, further education (to train on graduate programmes in, for example, law, education, and accountancy), the public services, particularly local councils, and retail/service industries. The programme is particularly useful if you are intending to teach English at secondary level, where it is increasingly vital for you to demonstrate knowledge of both language and literature. 

We also take our students off campus, for various trips. We visit the RSC in Stratford every year, to see a performance of a Shakespeare play, and we plan trips to relevant literary sites, such as Dove Cottage in the Lake District, to enhance your appreciation of topics and writers.

The tutors were very helpful and the course and the way it was taught was very good. The teachers made a lot of effort to deliver good and useful lessons and were supportive throughout the whole year.