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Our BA (Hons) English degree offers a wealth of opportunity to combine subjects to suit your interests. With a broad array of options available, you will enjoy a range of study topics from literature and language to creative writing and drama; ideal if you don't want to focus your studies on a particular area through one of our specialist pathways.
“I’ve discovered, having been at the University for a year-and-a-half now, that the tutors are fantastic – they are always there to help the students, and they are enthusiastic about the modules they teach, which is always something that gives your own enthusiasm a boost.”Danielle Cotton
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We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
You must have the minimum of 5 GCSE's at Grade C or above which MUST include English Language C+. No other equivalence (including Key Skills) will be considered.
280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 3 A Levels
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2015/16|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||280 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A level subjects including English at grade C or above. This may also include General Studies and Critical Thinking. Remaining points can be made up with AS levels in different subjects. AS level in the same subject of an A level will not be accepted.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass with 60 credits, 45 at level 3 and 15 at Level 2 including English at Level 3. Distinction/merit in 18 credits at Level 3 plus answer set essay question.|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM (280 UCAS points) in related area (e.g. Media, Performing Arts).|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||26 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 points, including 4 higher level passes|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||280 points, including 3 higher level passes|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
|EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2015/16|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with TOEFL 550 (paper) 213 (computer based)|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||26 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:
280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level
You will also be required to attend an interview.
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2015||FT||3 years||£9,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2015||PT||6 years||TBC|
|BA (Hons)||Sep 2015||FT||3 years||£11,500 per year||Apply via UCAS|
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
You should allow approximately £100 per semester for buying books.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.
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We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Approaches to Reading Criticism (semester one)
This module introduces students to a range of critical theory including debates about what might define an author, the role of the reader, what constitutes a text, intertextuality, semiotics, formalism, defamiliarization, cultural materialism, feminism and postcolonial literary theory.
These aspects of reading will be examined in relation to a range canonical, non-canonical, print, digital and film texts, as well as key writings in literary theory. Students will be encouraged to engage directly with scholarly material, and to produce their own online resources in the form of an individual reflective blog.
Drama (semester one)
The module is a structured and purposeful introduction to staging, interpretation, reception and styles of representation. Specific topic covered include:
Reading Literature: Prose (semester one)
This module enables students to consider prose in a variety of forms from the Renaissance to the present day. While the central focus is on fiction, we will also examine some other forms such as letters, essays, biography and autobiography.
Studying Language (semester one)
This first language module provides an introduction to the field of linguistics and language studies. It starts by discussing the history of the English language and focuses in particular on its very beginnings during the Old English period. It further includes sessions on pragmatics, that is the study of how speakers use language when communicating with each other, and on politeness, investigating ways in which language can be used to express politeness.
In the second half of the semester, several sessions focus on language acquisition, language and the mind as well as phonetics and the sounds of English.
Approaches to Reading - Contexts (semester two)
This module will give students the opportunity to contextualise the critical concepts and practices of reading covered in 'Approaches to Reading: Criticism'. There is a strong emphasis on practical fieldwork, and students will learn how to apply a number of research methodologies to reflect on how reading, literary and cultural contexts might vary (e.g. according to mode, historical period or social community).
Tasks may include: conducting a research interview, designing and interpreting survey results, using archive material, producing a bibliography, close reading exercises, critiquing essays and reviews. The module will include a field trip and guest lectures, showing how English studies are relevant to our local communities (e.g. in relation to book festivals, museums and art galleries).
Adaptation (semester two)
This module introduces students to the creative and critical processes involved in translating narrative from one medium to another. Continuing from the semester 1 module, Drama, it gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of dramatic theory and form through practical work, while encouraging the development of imaginative writing skills in different genres.
Through historical and genre case studies, it provides an introduction to ideological and formal questions in the study of adaptation. Work undertaken may include a case study on (for example) Shakespeare adaptation in film, prose and drama; rewritings of Ovid's Metamorphoses in poetry and drama.
Reading Literature: Poetry (semester two)
This is an introductory module to English poetry that requires students to examine a range of English language poetry from the Middle Ages to the present and so demonstrate awareness of the formal properties relating to these types, the relationships between poetry and historical moment, and the critical/technical language required for degree-level analysis. It asks students to develop and engage with personal preferences through the production of a mini-anthology.
Describing Language (semester two)
The module builds on the first semester module Studying Language and further develops some of the topics covered in this previous module. Thus, it discusses varieties of the English language, that is to say different accents and dialects spoken in the UK but also abroad.
It comprises classes on the history of English with a focus on Middle English and it includes several sessions on the importance of grammar. Towards the end of the semester, students then get to know the field of literary linguistics, which combines the study of linguistics and literature.
In year two, you may study a combination of any four modules.
In year three, you may study a combination of any four modules.
Following the common first semester, and making use of regular module guidance fairs, you will begin to customise your study by selecting module options that complement your core studies in language and literature.
The BA (Hons) English course includes a wealth of topics where core study in period literature modules is complemented by specialist interests from any area of the course. Literature modules include 21st Century Poetry, Early Modern Drama, Gender, Sex and Culture and more. Language modules provide an overview of the description, analysis and context of language in use, with options to study each area in greater depth. Practical modules in drama and creative writing are also available.
Alongside class teaching and discussion, workshops combining elements of small group work, mini-lectures and other tasks will make a fundamental contribution to your learning. Throughout the course, you will have regular contact not only with your fellow students, but with our team of expert and dedicated staff, each of whom is active in research, professional practice or both. The course is supported throughout by a range of electronic resources, including the latest web 2.0 applications. Assessed group work, such as presentations, will help you to develop confidence as well as competence in your area of study. The development of basic research skills - covering library research, the use of electronic databases and web material - will make an important contribution to your employability. In the final stage of your studies, an independent study module will give you the option of focusing on a creative or critical project of your own devising.
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Our students celebrate their work in the end of year Summer Showcase. It's an opportunity to look at the work you and other students have produced and value your outstanding achievements.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
We offer a respected MA English Linguistics and Research degrees (MPhil or PhD) in all areas of English. Postgraduate study in a range of other disciplines is available through the wider University. For further information on courses contact Birmingham City University Choices - Tel: 0121 331 5595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awarded the Order of the British Empire
After studying for a degree in English at the then Birmingham Polytechnic, David's career began with commercial roles for the publishing and food industries, as section head for Oyez Stationery Ltd between 1975 and 1978, followed by a management traineeship at Fyffes Group Ltd in 1978 to 1982. He then spent two years at the British Poultry Federation before joining the ports industry in 1990 as Director of Policy of the British Ports Federation, subsequently becoming Director of the BPA in 1992.
The UK ports industry plays a fundamentally important role in the country's economy. A staggering 95 per cent of the UK's international trade - imports and exports - is carried through UK ports, which also handle 25 million international passenger journeys each year. Created in 1992, the British Ports Association represents the interests of its 91 full members, and numerous associate members, to the United Kingdom and devolved Governments, the European Union and national and international bodies.
David's current roles include board membership of the EcoPorts Foundation which coordinates environmental research and good practice schemes for use throughout the EU as well as membership of the government (BIS) Ports Advisory Group, the Industrial Advisory Panel to the Marine Geography Department, Cardiff University and the Greenwich Forum.
Due to their ability to analyse and interpret text, accurately communicate information, work independently or collaboratively and present material with confidence, English graduates are highly employable.
Our alumni have found employment in arts administration, teaching, lecturing, law, media and marketing, management, research and writing, politics and public relations, social work and social administration and librarianship, information services and many other areas.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
In September 2015 all business, English, law and social sciences courses will move to our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building.
The £63m building will offer students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
"It's shaping out to be a great futuristic building."
English student Isaac will be moving into the building in September and had an exclusive tour of the new facilities.
Mark primarily focuses upon Wittgenstein and related areas but also has active research interests in the philosophies of language, mind, and religion. He has published three books on Wittgenstein, namely, Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds (1999), Wittgenstein and Philosophy of Religion (2001) and Wittgenstein: A Guide for the Perplexed (2006).
Mark's contributions to the study of Wittgenstein are widely cited across academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, and have received international recognition. He is the General Editor for the Philosophy Insights series at Humanities-Ebooks.
In 2005, Mark was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Philosophy at Georgia State University and from 2007 onwards a Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy at Aarhus University.
He is a Research Associate at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Deputy Director for the Centre for the Study of Expertise at Brunel University.
Mark is a member of the Schools and Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association and the AHRC Peer Review College (2007 - 2014). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.