University of Chester

Programme Specification
English BA (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours)


English at Shrewsbury

University of Chester

University Centre Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Campus

Undergraduate Modular Programme


Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years

7 Years

Annual - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities English


English Module Assessment Board

Wednesday 21st January 2015

To provide an interesting and stimulating programme in English of honours degree standard, which enables students to engage fully with the discipline of English as academically practised today;

To offer a coherent and balanced syllabus, combining the core study of English literature from the Renaissance to the present day with a range of options and opportunities for specialisation in related areas, such as literature on screen and creative writing;

To give students the opportunity to explore a range of perspectives upon literature, literary studies, creative writing and literature and film;

To deliver a tutor-supported student-centred programme which employs a variety of learning, teaching, and assessment methods appropriate to the study of English at first degree level;

To equip students with various skills for a wide range of careers and professions, thereby enabling them to secure gainful employment after graduation;

To provide an engaging and challenging programme which will qualify students for further specialist study at postgraduate level;

To offer a humane and worthwhile programme which will be of value to all students in terms of their personal growth - intellectual, cultural, spiritual, moral, psychological, and social.

Level 4

Understand literary movements, historical developments, and critical approaches, and develop the appropriate academic vocabulary (EN4401, EN4402)

Understand theories relating to literature on screen and techniques of creative writing (EN4403, EN4404)


Level 5

Debate and contextualise literature and related texts (EN5401, EN5402, EN5406)

Identify and analyse genres (EN5403, EN5404, EN5407)

Understand key theoretical approaches (EN5403, EN5404)


Level 6

Engage theoretical approaches and independent research (EN6401, EN6402, EN6410)

Critical comparisons of genres, approaches and movements (EN6403, EN6405, EN6406, EN6407, EN6408, EN6411)

Analyse closely literary and film texts in historical and cultural contexts ( EN6403, EN6405, EN6406, EN6407, EN6408, EN6411)

Level 4

Generate ideas, concepts, and approaches to a range of texts (EN4401, EN4402, EN4404)

Demonstrate academic and creative writing skills   (EN4402, EN4403)

Develop oral skills in the contexts of group discussion and formal presentations (EN4401, EN4402)


Level 5

Analyse, question and evaluate texts and engage in debate (EN5401, EN5406)

Research effectively to construct a coherent argument, both in written and oral contexts (EN5401, EN5402, EN5403, EN5404, EN5407)

Develop writing and presentation skills in non-academic contexts (EN5406, WB5001)

Gain awareness of generic conventions and linguistic diversity (EN5401, EN5402, EN5403, EN5404, EN5407)


Level 6

Assert independent critical judgement in the context of independent research (EN6401, EN6402)

Apply theoretical approaches to texts and develop critical responses to current scholarship in the field (EN6404, EN6405, EN6406, EN6407, EN6408, EN6411)

Hone writing and presentation skills to a professional standard (EN6401, EN6402, EN6410)

Level 4

Develop understanding of teamwork and group discussion (EN4401, EN4402, EN4403)

Understand set tasks and manage workloads and deadlines (EN4401, EN4402)

Practise writing clearly and persuasively, as well as creatively (EN4401, EN4303)

Develop bibliographic skills, including accurate citation of sources (EN4401)


Level 5

Demonstrate a professional approach to writing style (including use of clear and persuasive English, correct referencing, appropriate discourse) (EN5401, EN5406)

Use advanced IT to enhance presentation (EN5401, EN5404)

Develop awareness of social and cultural diversity in texts (EN5402, EN5403, EN5406, EN5407)


Level 6

Work independently on a major project (EN6401, EN6402)

Apply skills in writing and analysis to complex texts and tasks (EN6403, EN6404, EN6405, EN6406, EN6407, EN6408, EN6411)

Practise rhetorical skills in argument, in both oral and written formats (EN6403, EN6410)

Level 4

Communicate ideas effectively in written and oral formats (EN4401, EN4402)


Level 5

Develop advanced skills in writing and oral presentation and apply these, including in ‘spontaneous’ contexts of seminar debates and formal examinations (EN5401, EN5406)


Level 6

Articulate ideas effectively in all relevant situations, drawing on a comprehensive understanding of the discipline (EN6403)

The programme reflects contemporary developments in English as a discipline and is structured to develop students' awareness of, and responsiveness to, a wide range of styles, forms and genres in literature and related texts.

Level 4 is foundational. All students follow two double core modules, EN4401 An Introduction to English Literature, which introduces the study of English at degree level, equipping students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to progress further; and EN4402 Ways of Reading, which enhances EN4401 by introducing students to the key theoretical and critical approaches of the discipline. Students also take two single core modules EN4403 Understanding Creative Writing, designed to equip students with key skills in writing creatively within a range of genres, and EN4404 Studying Literature and Film, which offers a foundational engagement with literature adapted for the screen and introduces students to the relationships between literary texts and the adaptations. 

At Level 5 students must take EN5401 Literature from the Renaissance to the French Revolution which addresses major developments in the literary culture from the late sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century. Students will examine how the major social shifts and cultural developments were expressed by the key writers of the period. Students will also choose three optional modules drawn from the following list (not every option may be available in any given academic year): EN5402 Literature and Place; EN5403 Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing; EN5404 Nostalgia, Adaptation and the Heritage Film; EN5406 Writing and Publishing Short Fiction; EN5407: Children's Literature: Genres, Forms, Functions.  In addition, at Level 5, students must take the module WB5101 Work-Based Learning, which involves a work placement relevant to their desired career.

At Level 6, students must take two double core modules.  Students can choose either EN6401 Dissertation or EN6402 The Writing Project, both of which offer opportunities for tutor-guided independent study, and they are also required to take EN6403 Literature from the Age of Revolution to the Postmodern, which completes the historical survey of literary culture begun with EN4401 and continued in EN5401. EN6403 addresses key writers and movements of the long nineteenth and twentieth century, as well as engaging with ideas related to contemporary contexts. In addition, all students must take two optional modules drawn from the following list (not every option may be available in any given academic year): EN6404 Specific Author(s) (which could focus on a major author, such as Dickens, or a group of authors, such as Shropshire Writers); EN6405 Popular Fictions: Literature and Film; EN6406 Women's Writing in the Long Twentieth Century; EN6407 Contemporary Stage and Screen; EN6408 Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction;EN6410 Writing and Publishing Novels; EN6411: Young Adult Fiction.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
EN4401 4 An Introduction to English Literature 40 Comp
EN4402 4 Ways of Reading 40 Comp
EN4403 4 Understanding Creative Writing 20 Comp
EN4404 4 Studying Literature and Film 20 Comp
EN5401 5 Literature from the Renaissance to the French Revolution 40 Comp
EN5402 5 Literature and Place 20 Comp
EN5403 5 Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing 20 Comp
EN5404 5 Nostalgia, Adaptation, and the Heritage Film 20 N/A
EN5406 5 Writing and Publishing Short Fiction 20 N/A
EN5407 5 Children’s Literature: Genres, Forms, Functions 20 Comp
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Comp
EN6401 6 Dissertation 40 Optional
EN6402 6 The Writing Project 40 Optional
EN6403 6 Literature From the Age of Revolution to the Postmodern 40 Comp
EN6404 6 Specific Author(s) 20 Optional
EN6405 6 Popular Fictions: Literature and Film 20 Optional
EN6406 6 Women’s Writing in the Long Twentieth Century 20 Optional
EN6407 6 Contemporary Stage and Screen 20 Optional
EN6408 6 Victorian and Neo-Victorian Fiction 20 Optional
EN6410 6 Writing and Publishing Novels 20 Optional
EN6411 6 Young Adult Fiction 20 Optional

Level 4: Modules are 40 credits and 20 credits. A candidate gaining 120 credits at Level 4 will gain the award of Certificate of Higher Education.

Level 5: Modules are 40 credits and 20 credits. A candidate gaining 240 credits including 120 at Level 5 will gain the award of Diploma of Higher Education.

Level 6: Modules are 40 credits and 20 credits. A candidate gaining 360 credits including 120 at Level 6 will gain the award of Bachelor of Arts (Single Honours).



UCAS points

A minimum of 120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, including a grade B in one of the required subjects.

GCE A Level

The programme requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry:

  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • English Language and Literature


BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; BTEC Diploma – D*D*

Plus one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above


B in 4 subjects, including English

International Baccalaureate

28 points, including 5 in HL English


QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma (must include English at Level 3), Open College Units or Open University Credits


OCR National Extended/Diploma: distinction/merit profile plus one of the GCE A levels listed above

Extra Information

Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer

The Benchmark Statement for English states that: 'English is a versatile academic discipline characterised by the rigorous and critical study of literature and language. It is concerned with the production, reception and interpretation of written texts, both literary and non-literary; and with the nature, history and potential of the English language. The study of English develops a flexible and responsive openness of mind, conceptual sophistication in argument, and the ability to engage in dialogue with past and present cultures and values.' The programme is characterised by its versatility and flexibility, whereby students develop the necessary critical skills in modules spanning the period from the Renaissance to the present and covering a wide range of genres and forms: for example, at Level 4 on EN4401, EN4402, and EN4404; Level 5 on EN5401, EN5406; at Level 6 on EN6403, EN6404 and EN6405, EN6406, EN6407, EN6408, EN6410 and EN6411. The development of historical and contextual awareness is embedded in all modules; however, many are focused on specific historical periods or cultural movements: for example, at Level 4 on EN4401; Level 5 on EN5401, EN5406; and at Level 6 on EN6403, EN6404, and EN6408.   The versatility of English as a discipline is reflected in the programme’s incorporation of modules on literature and film and creative writing, such as EN4403 and EN4404; EN5404 and EN5406 and EN5407; EN6402, EN6405 and EN6410. All modules address the skills required for scholarly writing and involve study of the literary and critical uses of language, but in the following this is a particular focus: EN4401, EN4402, EN5401, EN6401, EN6402, EN6403 and EN6410.

The Benchmark Statement also states that: 'Methods of critical reading and writing taught on English courses take account of the form, structure and rhetoric of texts, their social provenance, the cultures of which they are a part and in which they intervene, and their treatment of ideas and material shared with other subject areas. Students study the interrelationships between literary texts.'  All modules on the programme will address the forms, structures and rhetoric of texts and the relationships between texts, but those with a strong element of this include: EN4401, EN4404, EN5401, EN5402, EN5403, EN5404, EN6403, EN6404, EN6405, EN6406, EN6407, EN6408, EN6410, and EN6411.

The Benchmark Statement also maintains that 'The discipline of English in higher education (HE) is characterised by diverse educational approaches and intellectual emphases.'  This is a major characteristic of all modules on the programme, where teaching methods (lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, theatre visits, etc.) and assessment methods (essays, projects, examinations, seminar papers, group presentations, creative writing portfolios, etc.) reflect the diversity and intellectual challenges of literature itself. The Level 6 dissertation module EN6401 (or the writing project module EN6402, which students can opt for instead) allows students an opportunity to employ all of the critical and analytical skills, along with the advanced communication and research skills, they have developed in the modules offered at Levels 4 and 5, in order 'to conduct research through self-formulated questions and tasks, supported by the gathering of relevant information and organised lines of enquiry, resulting in a sustained piece or pieces of work' (English Benchmark Statement).  All of the modules on the programme are designed to develop the following skills outlined in the English Benchmark Statement:

  • critical skills in the close reading and analysis of texts, including film texts;
  • ability to articulate knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories relating to English studies;
  • sensitivity to generic conventions and to the shaping effects upon communication of circumstances, authorship, textual production and intended audience;
  • responsiveness to the central role of language in the creation of meaning and a sensitivity to the affective power of language;
  • rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument, both oral and written;
  • command of a broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical terminology;
  • bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work;
  • awareness of how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning;
  • understanding of how cultural norms and assumptions influence questions of judgement;
  • comprehension of the complex nature of literary languages, and an awareness of the relevant research by which they may be better understood.




The programme uses a wide range of learning and teaching methods, including: seminars; small-group discussion; large-group discussion; lectures; tutorials; resource-based and online learning; tutor-supported independent study; workshops.

The programme uses a wide range of assessment methods, including:

  • essays;
  • formal examinations;
  • seminar papers;
  • private study projects;
  • dissertations;
  • oral presentations;
  • resource based learning reports.  


These methods have been developed in accordance with the English Department Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.   Central to the strategy is tutor-supported student-­centred learning, one of whose features is ‘to employ a broad range of appropriate learning, teaching and assessment methods, which develop the students’ potential as autonomous, active learners (for the Department recognises that its students are already experienced learners who bring to their studies diverse and valuable learning experiences)’.   Furthermore, varied assessment admirably suits the widening participation agenda: the Department of English Mission Statement maintains that one of the Department’s aims is ‘to facilitate greater access to the study of English at degree level through a flexible admissions policy, and the use of a variety of appropriate learning, teaching and assessment methods’.  Accordingly, the programme has been developed with a wide variety of assessment in mind.

The successful graduate of English will possess effective skills in written and spoken communication, and the interpretation of texts. The graduate will be self-critical and reflective with a high level of skill in problem-solving, project management, IT and multimedia skills (including word-processing), collaborative learning and working to deadlines. The programme is designed with the development of transferable skills in mind, and graduates will find a wide range of career options available to them. These typically include careers in teaching, administration, management, the arts, publishing, librarianship, marketing, journalism and advertising.

The programme conforms to the University Equal Opportunities Policy and the appropriate Codes of Practice. By its very nature, the Programme in English actively engages with issues of race, gender, sexuality, disability and age. The Department of English, which hosts the Programme, is fully committed to the support of all its students whatever their circumstances. Over the years the Department has sought advice about and received training in the support of students with a variety of disabilities.


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