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University of Buckingham

English Literature with Journalism (3-year degree)

UCAS Code: Q322

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

Typical Offer

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

From relevant National Diploma

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,C,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

102-128

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

English literature

The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

English Literature is taught in small groups by energetic and enthusiastic staff, led by Oxford-trained academics with international research profiles in 19th- and 20th-century studies. Ideas developed in core seminars are taken forward in weekly small-group tutorials, where half a dozen students are encouraged to discuss and interpret specific passages of writing, under the watchful guidance of their tutor.

Our students are expected to read widely, and to develop strong lines of argument and personal responses to what they find, anchored in an informed understanding of the discipline and with reference to the critical debates that animate it. We believe, as Jeanette Winterson says, that “learning how to read deeply – and that means diverse and sometimes difficult texts – trains the brain and improves your sense of self. Learning how to write, even reasonably well, gives fluency to the rest of life”.

The degree is structured around a combination of period study, thematic study, and courses inculcating theoretical and practical skills. We encourage the understanding of contemporary literary and cultural theory while never losing sight of the values of liberal / aesthetic education.

The Journalism side of the degree is premised on the idea of ‘total journalism’ – the belief that an effective journalist should be confident and proficient in the skills needed to produce compelling stories in any medium, whether online, in print, on air, or on mobile. Courses are taught by practising journalists with a love of sharing their expertise and knowledge. Groups are small and dynamic, and rely on close interaction to allow each student to develop a real sense of professional principle and personal style. The whole degree, then, combines a traditional grounding in liberal education gained through English Literature with an up-to-date, vocationally-orientated minor that will assist you as writers and critics to make your way in the worlds of print, broadcast, and online journalism.

The degree is available to fluent speakers of English, UK or overseas.

This is the 3-year format of the BA degree (UCAS code Q322), which allows you the traditional summer break. Starting each September, there are 3 terms per year, leading to an assessment period in early June. Then the summer is free, before the return for the new academic year in late September. This allows you more time for reading and reflection, for hands on experience in the media studio, and for building up an extended portfolio of work before commencing your career, or going on to further training or higher degrees.

Modules

Current Affairs TV,
Design for Media,
Digital Publishing,
Eras of English,
Feature Writing,
Fiction and Theory,
Film Studies,
Introduction to Reporting,
Literary Journalism (1642-present),
Media Studies,
Modern American Literature,
Modernist Writing,
Plays in Performance,
Poetry and Poetics,
Principles of Media Practice,
Renaissance Literature,
Restoration and Augustan Literature,
Rewriting Empire,
Romantic Literature,
Shakespearean Drama,
Synoptic Study Unit,
20th-Century Theatre,
Victorian Fiction,
Victorian Poetry,
Women’s Writing.

Assessment methods

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars, workshops, tutorials and informal one-to-one discussion.. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

We believe in the surpassing value of the reading, discussing and understanding of great works of literature, not simply as processes that lead to higher levels of employability and the development of valuable critical skills (which they undoubtedly do) but as ends in themselves which are enriching and, ultimately, liberating. The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£25,200
for the whole course
England
£25,200
for the whole course
EU
£25,200
for the whole course
International
£34,800
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£25,200
for the whole course
Scotland
£25,200
for the whole course
Wales
£25,200
for the whole course

Extra funding

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award.

All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham.

For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

The Uni


Course location:

University of Buckingham

Department:

English

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

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English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


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English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

96%
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Employed or in further education
84%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Media professionals
16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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