This flexible degree enables students to carry out critical analysis of some of society's most powerful media: literature, film and television. You will explore the ways in which film and television relate to history, culture and identity, in addition to studying major areas of English literature.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 AimsThis flexible degree enables students to carry out critical analysis of some of society's most powerful media - literature, film and television. You will explore the ways in which film and television relate to history, culture and identity, in addition to studying major areas of English literature. You will develop an informed understanding of current debates in both these fields and are encouraged to explore your own ideas and interests.Course ContentEnglishThis degree aims to provide you with a varied, challenging, and enjoyable programme which will engage you in in-depth study of major areas of English literature, whilst developing an informed understanding of current debates in the subject.
It is designed to develop your ability to read texts in increasingly complex and diverse ways. You will explore literature by looking at its structures and forms as well as the varying contexts in which it is produced and read. Students examine the relations between writer, text and reader and interrogate the ways in which contexts shape and affect interpretation of varieties of texts. Choice
There are opportunities for specialisation through a wide range of options which you may select 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.Flexibility
There is only one compulsory module, and that is at Level 1. It deals with the most important approaches to criticism and theory that inform English studies in universities throughout the country. As such, it acts as a foundation for your other English studies. Other modules concentrate on different approaches to poetry, dramatic text and prose.
We also offer modules which concentrate on periods and themes: myth and romance; Shakespeare and his contemporaries; the multicultural context; gender and writing; the 1950s. You may, in addition, opt for a creative writing module and there is general support given in the development of writing skills. Levels 2/3
At these levels you will select a minimum of three out of five core modules which provide key elements of English literary study: the Renaissance; Shakespeare; Romantic poetry; the 19th century novel; and Modernism. In addition you may choose from a wide range of modules on topics such as contemporary writing; post-colonial writing; American confessional poetry; the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle; Victorian literature and culture. There is also an advanced module in creative writing.Film and TelevisionYou will study film and television texts from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and develop the critical and technological vocabularies and theoretical frameworks with which to conduct close textual and contextual analysis. Limited opportunities will be available for practical work, but significantly less so than is the case for single honour students.
You will begin with a series of foundational modules at Level 1 that introduce you to film and television form, critical frameworks that have shaped the subject, historical and social context and an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. In Level 2, you will be given more choice, to develop these understandings in relation to more specific media, geographical and/or genre contexts, and to undertake video practice. At Level 3, you are expected to develop increasingly sophisticated frameworks of analysis across a range of modules, including those focused on alternative practices in a variety of contexts. Level 3 practical options are restricted, however, to single honours students. Teaching and LearningThe teaching team consists of a core of full-time and part-time tutors who are all active, published researchers in the field, and is supplemented by part-time specialist tutors. How will I be taught?Depending on individual modules, a combination of lectures, seminars, class screenings, workshops and tutorials.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this level in order to continue with the rest of your course. Level 2 is worth a third - level 3 the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of level 3 marks.
Assessment is by a variety of methods. These include: essays, projects, presentations, audio-visual production and 'seen' exams.CareersThere are openings in the fields of journalism, publishing, research, critical writing, arts administration and programming. Our programme also provides a good basis for postgraduate study and the pursuit of higher qualifications in both theoretical and practical areas.
The Students' Union also has a radio station and a student magazine for students who are interested in getting experience in journalism/production/presenting.Facts and FiguresSchool of ArtsThe School of Arts at Brunel include single and joint honours degree courses in Music and Creative Music Technology, Film and Television Studies, English and Modern Drama. Our staff are active in both research and practice, and provide expertise in a wide range of topics.
Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques. Each programme develops basic skills within its discipline but allows you to explore your own particular interests through a range of optional modules. Research conducted by staff in Film and TV, English, Music and Drama provides the basis for much of our teaching, ensuring that modules are connected to debates and issues that are current within these three interdisciplinary areas.
Our annual Open House festival showcases new performance work by students and visiting artists. We also benefit from the activities of the Arts Centre, which organises tuition, performances and exhibitions across a range of arts. The student radio station B1000 offers an additional extracurricular outlet for interested students.
With its rich mix of Drama, English, Music and Film and TV Studies, this is a vibrant, friendly and creative place to study.EnglishEnglish 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.
The courses as a whole cover all the major periods of literature from the Renaissance to the most recent publications in poetry, fiction and drama. Our lecturers have a good record of research and publication but, because our own areas of expertise are wide-ranging, we don't promote any single critical approach as the 'right way' of reading literature. Instead we aim to introduce you right from the start to a variety of critical perspectives in preference to a routine chronological survey.
English is particularly good at developing the transferable personal skills that employers prize in graduates. Our courses emphasise imagination, independence of thought and intellectual flexibility. We are concerned both with your acquisition of knowledge and analytical skills and with your ability to manage your own learning and develop your communication skills.