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English BA

Course code

Q300

Q301 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4.5-6 years part-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,400

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

If you can get lost in a book for hours on end, and enjoy writing or even drama, English is a natural choice. Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time.

Taking the English BA at Brunel is an opportunity to uncover the richness of English literature history – its periods, genres and diverse storytellers – through a set of underlying themes.

Your journey will commence with a module on ‘Reading Resilience’ to help equip you with the required skills and competencies relevant to literary studies, so you can approach any topic with confidence.

After a first year of modules that pass through modern literature and formative texts to help develop your critical reading, your exploration in English is very much down to your own interests and choices.

In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you, covering every period and genre from Shakespeare to Jane Austen, postcolonial writing to the women’s movement, with plenty of choice in contemporary and genre fiction like comedy, science fiction and horror.

Throughout your literature degree you will be encouraged to express your own thoughts and creativity in your coursework and seminars, which will help you to grow as a critic and writer.

An English degree will equip you with personal skills employers’ prize in graduates – not just exceptional written and verbal communication, but also the ability to communicate collaboratively in a team towards an agreed goal.

As part of your English BA you will learn to participate and present confidently in seminars, communicate your ideas effectively in writing, and to critically evaluate relevant themes within texts that frequently cross into other disciplines such as history and politics.

Opt for a placement year and you will gain hands-on work experience while you study which will further increase your attractiveness to employers when you graduate.

Outside your classroom, you can look forward to events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, including the annual Hillingdon Literary Festival: a free weekend of literary performances from internationally renowned authors, writing workshops and lively debates right here on campus.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The English BA at Brunel will give you deeper knowledge of English literature history, world literature and genre writing as you develop key investigative skills, with a wealth of optional modules to suit your interests and aspirations.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

On completion of the English BA, you will have a set of enviable skills which are vital for a variety of careers. Many Brunel English graduates go into teaching, media-related jobs like publishing, marketing and journalism, and others into the business world as account executives, campaign organisers and consultants.

Brunel graduates of this degree fit just as easily into other career environments, and the opportunity of doing a placement year to gain experience in a job role and industry sector will be a distinct advantage.

Above all, this English degree will be enormously beneficial to your own writing, critique and self-expression.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in English Literature or English Language plus Literature or Literature in English.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Creative Media Production, plus Grade B in A-level English (Applicants without A-Level English will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-Level in English at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB including English.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points including 5 in Higher Level English.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units. Access students will be required to provide a sample of writing on request.

 A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£11,550 part-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in lectures and seminars (smaller groups to encourage discussion), workshops and tutorials by a team of passionate English scholars and writers who have written books that cover a breadth of genres, who are experts in their field and the craft of writing.

Their teaching is varied and lively to enable you to gain knowledge and skills in a variety of ways, however, independent study is a key component on the English BA with a substantial amount of reading as independent study required.

Beyond the classroom, you will have access to Brunel’s Virtual Learning Environment where you can access a variety of specialist literary databases to support your studies.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Each module on the English BA has its own method of assessment which could include an essay, presentation, practical work, or a combination of these to allow you to build up marks in variety of different ways, and to discover your strengths.

In your final year, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of English literature under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor. Many students value this unique experience and the opportunity to become authorities in an area of English literature research.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.