This course covers all the major periods of literature from the Renaissance to the most recent publications in poetry, fiction and drama. We aim to introduce you right from the start to a variety of critical perspectives in preference to a routine chronological survey, and our first priority is always to inform, stimulate and support you.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBC, including Grade B in English, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media or Public Services, including A-level English at Grade B for Additional and Specialist Learning. Extended project in a related subject preferred.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 32 points.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.Access: Pass in a related subject.Course AimsStorytelling is a fundamental human activity. Every day we exchange jokes and anecdotes, and the important events in our lives need to be told and retold many times over before they achieve the pattern and polish to become the 'story of our lives'. We tell and read stories for pleasure and information, but we also read to gain a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
The BA in English spans everything from Shakespeare to Zadie Smith, Emily Bronte to Eminem. Traditional modules run alongside more innovative options covering areas such as fairytales, postmodernism, popular literature, south Asian writing, women's writing, experimental literatures and digital technologies.
Brunel also has a growing reputation for its teaching and research in the fields of Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing, and for its work in the areas of Renaissance Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Postcolonial Studies, all taught by enthusiastic staff who are specialists in their fields.Course ContentOur courses are designed to develop your ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways. We explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexts in which it is produced and read. We examine the relations between writer, text and reader and interrogate the ways in which contexts shape and affect interpretation of varieties of texts.
You will have the opportunity to specialise by selecting from a wide range of options according to your own particular tastes and interests, be they in contemporary poetry, drama, fiction, in literatures of the past or in literatures from cultures remote from our own.
You will also take a few modules from other Arts disciplines at Level 1, and may choose some elements from other disciplines at Levels 2 and 3 as well, since we believe that cross-fertilisation in the arts and humanities is healthy both academically and socially.Typical ModulesArts and HumanitiesAcademic Practice
Analysis of Work ExperienceYear 1Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Approaches to Poetry and Prose
Approaches to Dramatic Text
Thinking About Literature
English in Evolution
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Writing Drama
Popular FictionsYear 219th Century Novel
Shakespeare: Text & Performance
Introduction to Writing Poetry
Writing the Short Story
Romanticism & Revolution
Writing the JourneyYear 3Creative Writing Special Project
Shakespeare: The Return of the Author
Victorian Literature and Culture
Single Author Study: Seamus Heaney
Creative Writing Minor Project
Creative Writing & the Creative Industries
Jane Austen & Her Novels
Late 20th Century Literature
Writing Modern Drama
Critical Perspectives 2: Historical Perspectives
Writing Modern Fiction
The Muslim World in Early Modern English Literature
For more information, please go to module descriptionshttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sa/artsub/english/modules.Teaching and LearningThe course is taught by highly qualified staff who are actively engaged in research, scholarship or relevant professional practice. You will be taught through various methods such as lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. You will receive one-to-one supervision in your final year project.Student SupportYou will be assigned a Personal Tutor who remains with you throughout your degree course. They are available to discuss personal and academic problems. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the individual, and you will find both academic and administrative staff only too pleased to help.AssessmentThe English degree course is modular. Each module is worth 20 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme. You'll have a wide range of modules from which to choose coving a variety of traditional and non-traditional texts. You can specialise in areas that particularly fascinate you, or maintain a broad-based degree. The final year project requires you to carry out research on any related topic of your choice.
Each subject employs a wide range of assessment methods. These include coursework, individual and group projects, oral presentations, practical work and written examinations. CareersEnglish is particularly good at developing the transferable personal skills that employers prize in graduates. The degree emphasises imagination, independence of thought and intellectual flexibility. Emphasis is placed on both acquisition of knowledge and analytical skills and your ability to manage your own learning, and develop personal and collaborative communication skills.
After graduation, students may enter one of the professions associated with English, such as journalism, publishing, teaching, the civil service or the media, but our students fit just as easily into many other career environments. From the outset we help you to develop career options based on interests and skills. The School also offers an optional work experience module in the final year.Facts and FiguresEnglishEnglish at Brunel offers a wide-ranging and imaginative approach to the study of this popular subject that will allow you either to specialise in areas that particularly fascinate you or to maintain a broad-based degree. We have created a lively syllabus with a fresh approach to studying literature, and you can carry out a final year project on any related topic of your choice - this might even be a major piece of creative writing.
Brunel has a growing reputation for its teaching and research in the fields of Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing, and for its work in the areas of Renaissance Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Postcolonial Studies. It offers innovative courses across a broad range of periods and genres covering a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional texts, all taught by enthusiastic staff (link here to staff pages) who are specialists in their fields.
We liaise closely with Brunel's other arts and social sciences disciplines and encourage students to participate in all extra-curricular arts activities.