English Literature and Language BA Honours
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|A Levels||BB/BBC including English|
|International Baccalaureate||30 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DMM when in creative subjects plus English GCSEs at grade A or an English A level grade C or above / IELTS 7.0|
|Access to HE Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction, plus Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above|
If your first language is not English you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
The combination of English language and English literature will appeal if you are interested in the reciprocity between language study and the reading of literary texts. It is a course that prepares you for detailed textual reading from both an analytical and aesthetic point of view, and is particularly suitable for those considering a career in editing, teaching English, or in any ﬁeld in which writing style or the presentation of text is central.
This degree is particularly distinctive in offering the opportunity to focus on both formal, theoretical language study as well as more traditional humanities-based linguistics such as discourse analysis. The course will provide you with a strong understanding of stylistic and grammatical issues, and of the principles of textual analysis, as well as developing your skills in communication and equipping you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/ minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies. You will be able to study literature from Old English to the present day, including texts from outside the usual 'literary canon', while developing your understanding of the English language, the way it works and the way it may vary between different texts.
You will have the opportunity to consider the tools of both literary analysis and language research in some detail. You will also consider the wider context in which literary works have been produced by focusing on the broader context of Western history and thought, and art and culture more generally.
You will have the opportunity to examine a range of other cultural texts, such as architecture and the visual arts, and there is a wide range of additional topics available through option modules; you can also take a Westminster elective module from across the University in each year of study. In Year 3 you can complete a dissertation in English language or English literature.
The main modes of teaching are through seminars, lectures and workshops, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning. Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentations, small written reports and your dissertation.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Introduction to Language and Literature
- Key Words
- Lang/Lit Tutorial
- Language Myths
- Shakespeare and Performance
- What is Literature?
- Words, Meaning and Texts
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Child Language Acquisition
- History and Discourse
- Lang/Lit Tutorial
- Literary Linguistics
- Making Memory
- The Nineteenth Century
- The Novel
- Travel Sickness
- Writing Revolutions
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Applied Language Studies
- Issues in Theory
- Lang/Lit Dissertation
- Language and Power
- Language Contact and Change
- Language Form
- Professional Experience and Development
- Satire, Morality and the City
- Special Topic
- Studies in Literary Language
- What is the Contemporary?
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
Additional costs information
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