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University of Buckingham

English Literature with Psychology (two-year degree)

UCAS Code: Q3C8

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

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

English literature

Psychology

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 Top for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey and Complete University Guide)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

English Literature here is taught to 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.

The degree is structured around a combination of period study, thematic study, and modules inculcating theoretical and practical skills. Victorian literature modules cover prose from Dickens to Gaskell, and poetry from Browning to Hardy; twentieth-century literature topics range from Rhys, Hurston, Woolf, and Plath to Hemingway, Forster, Larkin, and Beckett. Shakespeare is one central focus. Other earlier writers who are studied include Marlowe, Donne, Webster, Herbert, Milton, Dryden, Centlivre, Swift, Pope, Blake, Wordsworth, Austen, Keats, and Shelley. You can explore some of the modules on this website. Thematic study encourages students to analyse contextually based on sociological variations, gender, contemporary politics, and psychological influences. We encourage the understanding of contemporary literary and cultural theory while never losing sight of the values of liberal/aesthetic education.

There are a wide variety of options in Psychology, including theoretical modules on personality, cognition, perception, social and developmental psychology and applied modules such as clinical psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, the psychology of crime and psychology of language. The range of psychology modules on offer allows the student to select the modules that best fit their needs and interests. The degree develops a portfolio of transferrable skills of great value to employers including lateral thinking, professional-level writing, rhetoric, presentation and knowledge of psychological theory and research.

Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a variety of fields. Some have taken further their studies in one or other of the subject-fields.

Modules

Contemporary Writing,
Creative Writing 1,
Fiction and Theory,
Film Studies,
Literary Journalism (1642-present),
Modern American Literature,
Modernist Writing,
Poetry and Poetics,
Renaissance Literature,
Restoration and Augustan Literature,
Rewriting Empire,
Romantic Literature,
Shakespearean Drama,
Victorian Fiction,
Victorian Poetry,
Women’s Writing,
Animal Behaviour,
Biological Psychology,
Business Psychology,
Clinical Psychology,
Cognition,
Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology,
Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy,
Creative Performance and Expertise,
Cyberpsychology,
Developmental Psychology,
Educational Psychology,
Individual Differences,
Introduction to Psychology 1 & 2,
Perception,
Social Psychology,
Sports and Exercise Psychology.

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
85%
high
Psychology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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?

61%
UK students
39%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
A

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

71%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
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?

Psychology (non-specific)

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.

94%
low
Employed or in further education
94%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Teaching and educational professionals
14%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

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