English Literature and Modern Languages (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

English Literature and Modern Languages (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L4L7; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you have a passion for language and communication then this is the degree for you. In choosing to study a Modern Language alongside English Language and Linguistics or English Literature you will greatly enhance your communication skills and gain the experience necessary for a successful career in a wide range of exciting professions. If the structure and usage of the English language fascinates you, our English Language and Linguistics pathway is for you. If you love exploring and analysing literary texts and their relationship to society and culture, opt for our English Literature route. Your Modern Language studies will focus on developing excellent verbal and written communication skills in your chosen language while exploring the society and culture of the countries where your language is spoken. You will have the opportunity to spend a period abroad in order to immerse yourself in that language and culture. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 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

Foundation Year modules

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education 
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Skills for Language Students
  • Foundation in TESOL
  • Introduction to Area Studies


Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Extended Course Essay

Year 2

Core Modern Language Module (40 credits or 60 credits for ab initio languages)

  • Reading Texts: Literary Theory (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Renaissance Literature (20 credits)
  • English Language and Linguistics Modules (20+20 credits)
    • Compulsory
    • English Language Workshop (academic writing and employability)
    • The Sounds and Structures of English
    • Meaning in Interaction
  • Free-choice Elective/s Module

Students studying their Modern Language from post A level will be able to take two free choice elective modules each worth 20 credits. You can choose an additional modern language or one of a wide choice of elective modules available from across university subject areas.


Year 3

  • Core Modern Language and Society Modules (20+20 credits)
  • Modern Language Optional Module (20 credits)
  • A World of Difference : Literature and Globalisation (20 credits)
  • Live Literature Project (20 credits) 
  • English Language and Linguistics Modules (20+20 credits)
    • Accents and Dialects
    • Language, Mind and Brain
    • History of English
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Framing the News
    • Approaches to Syntax
    • Metaphor and Meaning
  • Free-choice Elective Module



Year 4/5

  • Assessed Year Abroad (120 credits) OR
  • Core Modern Language Module (20 credits)
  • The Shock of the New : Modern and Contemporary Literature (20 credits) 
  • Core English Language and Linguistics Module (20 credits)
    • Compulsory
    • World Grammars
    • Options
    • English Syntax and Phonology
    • Language and Power
    • Discourse and Argumentation
    • Forensic Linguistics
    • English in Education
    • 3 Option Modules, one from each subject area (20+20+20 credits)
    • Dissertation or Translation Project (20 credits)

  • As above for students returning from Year 3 abroad



Further Information

Students choosing the English Language and Linguistics pathway will gain an in-depth knowledge of the English language, drawing on a number of different disciplines in the analysis of the structural, sociolinguistic, psychological and historical dimensions of the language. You will explore how language works as a structural system (the sound system and the grammar), and how it can be used in a variety of social settings: for instance, to persuade, exert power and construct identity. You’ll learn about the development of English from Anglo-Saxon to its current position as the world language and the impact that the digital age is having on the English language.

Students choosing the English Literature pathway will study traditional figures such as Shakespeare and Dickens alongside options in American literature and culture, gothic, graphic novels, drama, theatre, film, children’s literature and the fairy tale. You will learn about the relationship between literature and culture, understanding the vital role played by literary productions in interpreting the world around us. You’ll also learn to communicate with clarity and precision in oral and written forms, appreciating the value of aesthetic qualities in all modes of human interaction. You can participate in a Live Literature project – our students have organised creative writing events, worked with literary festivals and book awards, as well as organising a major ‘Comicon’ event.

Whether you begin your Modern Language studies from ab initio or post-A Level, the use of contemporary written and spoken language is central to the course, so you will have plenty of opportunity to develop your language skills. In addition to becoming a competent and confident communicator in your chosen language you will develop a thorough understanding of the recent history, contemporary society, culture and economy of the countries where your chosen language is spoken. Students wishing to specialise in their Modern Language will be required to spend a year abroad.


We offer the following languages, some of which may be studied without prior knowledge:

From ab initio / beginner’s level: Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean

From post A Level: French, German, Spanish (if you have an A2 in one of our other languages and wish to enter at post A level, please call to arrange an interview)

If choosing to specialise in your modern language, this is normally spent abroad in a country where it is spoken on a work placement, a study placement at a partner institution or as a Foreign Language Assistant in a school. This will enable you to greatly enhance your language skills and improve your confidence when communicating in the language in the international environment. Back at home, our Worldwise Learning Centre organises a varied programme of extra-curricular activities including cultural celebration events, exhibitions, guest speakers and the annual International Film Festival. The Centre also provides additional short courses in a number of modern languages alongside a range of resources in different languages and international TV.


Through the English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE) Project you may choose to gain experience in work-based activities, such evaluating/critiquing webpage content, copy-editing, PR and press releases, customer/client information leaflets and brochures. Student projects have included: The Survivor’s Guide to starting High School, an ELSIE Employer-engagement event, taster sessions in local colleges, writing newspaper stories for the LEP, writing articles for West Lancashire Voluntary Service, designing resources for Schools with the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and an Asian fashion show to raise money for the floods in Pakistan and Japan. With Literature, you may choose to participate in a ‘Live Literature’ project – our students have organised creative writing events, worked with literary festivals and book awards, as well as organising a major ‘Comicon’ event. Amongst others, in 2014, an English Literature intern created a Geocaching literary tour of Preston. Work opportunities also exist to get involved in the student newspaper, Pluto and the Performing Arts Centre. Sometimes our undergraduates produce work of such excellence that it deserves a wider audience. For the very best there is an opportunity to have you work published in our undergraduate research journal Diffusion. Through our Worldwise Learning Centre you can gain further practical experience with five-day placements and short-term internships, for example as a social media intern, an events assistant or a language buddy.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Members of our English team work with the media, including the BBC, both television and radio 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. Each year we welcome leading experts and guest speakers from the creative industries. These have included playwright Caryl Phillips, Broadways actress Judy Blazer and Professors Rod Ellis and Ritsuko Kikusaw, both leaders in the field of language and linguistics. 

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. Our Modern Languages teachers speak more than 20 languages between them and many work as interpreters and translators alongside their teaching. 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

There are few large lectures on this course. First-year classes typically take the form of 1-2 hour workshops: after some input, students practise the skills covered. Later, classes are either workshop-style or seminar-style. There is laboratory work in the more technical areas, eg Corpus Linguistics. There is a variety of assessment methods in this course: unseen examination, written assignments, essay-type questions, and also oral presentations. Many modules require the students to analyse original data.

We offer the following languages, some of which may be studied without prior knowledge:

From ab initio / beginner’s level: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean

From post A Level: French, Japanese, German, Spanish (if you have an A2 in one of our other languages and wish to enter at post A level, please call to arrange an interview)



With the English Literature team we visit Stratford every year, to watch a performance of a Shakespeare play. You will also get the opportunity to explore major literary centres (for example Paris) and the relationship between literature and place. In the past we have sought inspiration at Wordsworth’s Dove cottage and some of you could be walking the Tolkien Trail in search of Middle Earth.

You can participate in writing workshops with world-renown visiting writers and scholars, and meet guest speakers such as Rod Ellis Caryl Phillips and Jasper Fforde, Jackie Kay and Jacqueline Wilson. Our international researchers and their visiting guests will welcome you to seminars and lectures examining the very latest research in your chosen subjects.

You’ll have access to our International Travel Bursary Scheme, which enables you to spend some time overseas on a project related to your studies. If you wish to study abroad as part of your course, UCLan offers a scheme for a semester/year abroad as we have exchange agreements with overseas universities.

Teaching is informed by a number of institutes including UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research (IBAR), Worldwise Learning Centre, UCLan Confucius Institute, UCLan International Institute of Korean Studies and the Emotions, Credibility and Deception research group.

A degree in English and a modern language qualifies you to work in a wide range of sectors such as teaching, journalism, publishing, arts, administration, theatre, advertising, manufacturing and finance. Graduates who like to travel can carve out successful successful careers in international business, consultancy, translation/interpreting, or worldwide teaching.

Graduates can progress to Master’s courses in: