This flexible degree is aimed at those who are interested in studying a broad range of musical and literary styles. English modules are particularly concerned with the relationships between literature and cultural diversity and change, while music topics will enable you to study in a wide variety of areas. 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 and C in Music, 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 and mature students are considered on an individual basis.Course AimsThis flexible degree is aimed at students who are interested in a broad range of musical and literary styles. English modules are particularly concerned with the relationships between literature and cultural diversity and change, while music topics will enable you to study a wide variety of areas, including classical, world music, jazz and popular music. Students with innovative ideas and approaches are especially welcome. 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. ChoiceThere 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. FlexibilityThere 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 2/3At 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. There is also an advanced module in creative writing. DissertationStudents either do a final year dissertation on an English topic of their choice / a piece of creative writing or a Special Music project (see below). MusicMusic study at Brunel is dynamic and diverse with a special focus on 20th century and contemporary music, encompassing western classical, jazz, pop and world music.
After completing a core course in Level 1 in practical, creative and theoretical skills, you will have the opportunity to develop your particular interests (and strengths). Modules are available in:
Studio technology with composition
20th century music
Performance (solo and ensemble-based)
World music and ethnomusicology
Music in popular culture
Analytical and critical skills
19th century music Special projectAt Level 3, you may produce a special project, and the freedom of scope you have is one of the most attractive aspects of the course. For example, your project might take the form of a lecture-recital, a dissertation on a chosen topic, an extended original composition, or it might be based on a placement (for example, one involving the music business, administration, publishing, teaching, the recording industry or performing with a world music group).ExtraLecturers also offer in-depth study courses in, for example, advanced composition, orchestration and arranging, improvisation, ethnomusicology, conducting and Persian classical music. Practical music activitiesThere is also a wide range of practical musical activities, which can be credited as part of your course, such as the orchestra, choirs, chamber and 20th century ensembles, jazz big bands and rock bands. Teaching and LearningExcellent links with leading organisationsThe University's proximity to London means we are able to draw on a large team of visiting lecturers who are leaders in their particular field of performance, composition or music business. We are also able to arrange special events, visits and workshops, such as joint projects with the London Sinfonietta, which have resulted in students and professionals premiering their work at such major international music venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall (on the South Bank) and the Barbican Centre.
Specialists in world music hold workshops (eg in Gamelan, African drumming, Latin American percussion) at the University and off-campus. The University's concert season includes regular student and visiting professional performers of international reputation. AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this level in order to continue with your degree. Level 2 is worth a third - level 3 the rest. The final year project is worth a third of level 3 marks. CareersEnglishEnglish is particularly good at developing the transferable personal skills that employers prize in graduates. This degree emphasises 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 personal and collaborative communication skills.
After graduation, therefore, you may enter one of the professions associated with English, such as journalism, publishing, teaching, the civil service or the media, but you may fit just as easily into many other career environments. We shall, from the outset, help you to develop career options based on your interests and skills. The School offers an optional work experience module. Music
A high proportion of our Music graduates have either progressed to postgraduate study at a university or conservatoire or have entered the music profession as performers, composers, teachers and technicians. Others have entered arts administration, publishing, the media and management. 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, Englishand 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, Music, Englishand 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, Music, Englishand 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.