Covering a range of periods from ancient Greece to the present day, this routeway allows you to complement your literary studies with practical, workshop-based experience of scripting, adaptation, performance theory, text study and theatre history and criticism. From the general study of drama and contemporary theatre in your first year, you will progress to Early Modern Drama in your second year, when you will also examine performance theory from the late 19th Century to the present, including the approaches of Stanislavski, Brecht and many more.
The final year includes a drama workshop, as part of which you will prepare and produce your own performance, as well as the option to focus on either Shakespeare or Playing the Past. Throughout your course, you will be taught by our highly-qualified teaching team in dedicated spaces, including rehearsal rooms and a drama studio. You will benefit from our excellent working relationships with local theatre groups, institutions and creative individuals, and your contemporaries will include students from Birmingham School of Acting, the University’s NCDT-accredited actor training college.
The English half of each course comprises literature and language studies, giving you a broadly-based education in English which will enable you to develop your reading, writing, critical thinking, presentation and research skills. The course is designed to give you significant choices as you progress through your English studies, with module options supporting each specialist routeway. There is a slight emphasis on literature, where the modules on offer range from period literature and poetry to science fiction and Shakespeare studies. These are complemented by language modules covering a range of areas, including basic linguistic analysis and contextual language studies.
- Only English course in the region offering a flexible combination of Literature, Language, Creative Writing, Drama and Film as well as the option to combine with Media as a joint honours programme.
- Taught by internationally and nationally renowned experts and writers; experts immersed in their subject who inspire through example.
- An exceptional level of research and publication supports your course; most recent Research Assessment Exercise found 80% of the School’s research to be international standard, some of it world-leading.
- Richly stocked library and electronic resources puts texts and materials at your fingertips - access to every printed book published in the UK between 1470 and 1800.
- Since the National Student Survey began, the score for the quality of the course has exceeded 80%.
Why Choose Us?
- The School of English has a higher proportion of staff with PhDs than any other in the University; six of them awarded by top ten universities.
- A number of staff have experience of teaching at world-ranking universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Vienna and Kyoto.
- Highly popular course – BA (Hons) English is now among the top ten courses at the University for volume of applications.
- You’ll feel closely supported throughout – both academically and through opportunities for personal development planning and a vibrant ERASMUS programme.
- ‘Twenty-First Century Poetry’ module lets you build an assessed, web-published personal anthology of your own poems and images – described by one external examiner as ‘exceptionally innovative and exciting.’
- Take full advantage of the University’s Moodle online learning environment which intersects perfectly with the growing availability of e-books and databases.
- Further advanced facilities include modern teaching rooms with networked presentation equipment in every room, as well as WebCorp, a unique tool for analysing language, and eMargin, a text annotation tool currently being developed in the School.
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Download the Course Programme Specification
- Minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points or the equivalent, including A Level English, preferably at grade B.
- A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English.
- We welcome applications from mature students. Non- standard qualifications, Access to Higher Education courses and appropriate experience will be considered on an individual basis.
- Selection may be via interview and/or exploratory essay.
UCAS Code: QW34. Search for this course on UCAS.
International and part-time students can apply via the online form.
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UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
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Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2013||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£7,500 per year|
|Sep 2013||PT||6 years||BA (Hons)||£940 per 15-credit module|
Fees for students from non-EU countries?
|Sep 2013||FT||3 years||BA (Hons)||£10,100 per year|
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.
You should allow approximately £100 per semester for buying books.
Financial Options and Advice
We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.
Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:
We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
University Approach to Employability
Expertly woven into our curriculum and work experience opportunities, and underpinned by a diligent approach to career preparation and the close involvement of professional bodies, the University views employment as one of the principal rewards for a student's ambition, application and academic achievement. It's why the University is one of the country's top 30 universities* for placing students in graduate-level employment.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
* Sunday Times University Guide 2012
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.
Further study in creative writing can be undertaken on our MA in Writing course. Alternatively, Birmingham School of Acting offers graduate training in acting and other drama-related fields. For further information on courses contact Birmingham City University Choices - Tel: 0121 331 5595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Putting our students first
We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.
78.9% of graduates from the School of English who responded to our survey went into either employment and/or further study. The average full-time salary for a leaver was £16,700. Employers hiring graduates from the School include Headline Communications and Nottingham Trent University, offering positions such as Junior Account Executive and Sessional Lecturer.
Working with your Students’ Union
Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.
The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.
As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.
Our joint honours degrees offer study to the same level in two named areas – either English Literature and English Language, or English and a related subject. The latter gives you the option of developing your interests in reading, writing and critical thought alongside practical study in another area, broadening your skills base and suggesting a possible career path.
Each of these courses is composed of an ‘English half’ and a ‘specialist subject routeway’. For joint degrees where the specialist subject routeway is outside the School of English (English and Media; English and Psychology), students will study designated modules in their subject specialist schools from the first semester onwards. For joint degrees where the subject specialist routeway is within the School of English (English and Drama; English and Creative Writing), students will study the same foundation first semester as all other students on BA English programmes.
Depending on the modules you choose, your assessments may include coursework essays, group and individual presentations, seen and unseen examinations, reports, portfolios, essay plans, annotated bibliographies and creative work.