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BA English Language and Literature

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
- demonstrate a coherent and detailed command of the key concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which constitute English studies;
- have an advanced knowledge of the structure of English, and how to apply concepts of the structure and history of English to the analysis of texts;
- a command of the key concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of English Language studies, informed by recent research/scholarship in the discipline;
- a high level of ability to analyse a text of written or spoken English in a range of varieties and from different periods,
- a critical knowledge of the varieties of the English language across time, region and text type;
- a critical selection and accurate use of standard techniques of enquiry and analysis within the discipline;
- ability to describe and comment upon aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;
- appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the discipline;
- an understanding of rhetorical techniques and of English, and of the political context of English;
- demonstrate an advanced and critical knowledge of the social, political cultural contexts of the English language as a medium for literary and non-literary texts; and of how to discuss the style of texts in terms of grammar, lexis, and sound;
- demonstrate a command of the structure of the English language either specifically through the study of English language or via engagement with literary materials;
- demonstrate a critical knowledge of up to four particular and specific literary and/or language fields (minimum of 40 credits in English Language (i.e. 2 options or a dissertation), facilitated either through the choice and pursuit of research-led option modules or via the planning and production of a dissertation or other research-led projects;
- demonstrate a skilled knowledge of generic and subject-specific qualities, ie,
- present a structured and coherent argument;
- have detailed knowledge of critical terminology;
- have detailed knowledge of linguistic terminology;
- develop and deploy dynamically and self-consciously a range of critical skills;
- develop and deploy dynamically and self-consciously a range of analytical skills;
- selecting and using appropriate technical terms and methods;
- making appropriate selection and use of scholarly sources;
- making appropriate selection and use of data, using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- research based training;
- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment at graduate level entry;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility;
- decision making.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include demonstrating:

- the knowledge and application of concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;
- the ability to construct an argument;
- knowledge of English Language and Literature;
- the ability to be critical of scholarly work.


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