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BA in English Literature/Education (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , English Literature

Course Description

In choosing to study this English Literature and Education Degree you'll immerse yourself in a broad range of texts from medieval through to modern, evaluated in various ways from the linguistic/stylistic approach through to political or social emphasis. You'll also spend 50% of your time covering the fundamentals of education. With a focus on gaining essential employability skills that include team-work, communication and time management. This English Literature and Education Degree is taught by dedicated, enthusiastic experts, often in very small tutorial and seminar class sizes, giving you the very best experience. Upon successful completion of this degree, students can progress and undertake a PGCE qualification. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE at Aberystwyth.

  • You will be taught by staff who are world leaders in their fields of expertise.
  • We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with a scholarship.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematize the ways we read.
  • Explore the opportunities with the School of Education's partnerships with schools, communities across the UK and Wales.
  • We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK.
  • The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved.
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, literary experts, and published scholars from every field.

In choosing to study this English Literature and Education Degree you'll immerse yourself in a broad range of texts from medieval through to modern, evaluated in various ways from the linguistic/stylistic approach through to political or social emphasis. You'll also spend 50% of your time covering the fundamentals of education. With a focus on gaining essential employability skills...

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Course Content

This degree will allow you to explore literature of all genres and from all periods within the context of the broadest possible interpretation of literature in English. You will become skilled in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts and you will engage with current critical debates.

 In your first year you may discover:

  • New techniques for analysing literary texts;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more;
  • The importance of educational policies;
  • Childhood in society;
  • Global citizenship.

In your second year you may explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”);
  • Seven week placement with an organisation relating to education, aid or development;
  • Exploring and critically assessing the theories of community and education;
  • Analysing the effects of migration and mobility on education;
  • The development of literacy globally.

In the third year you may master:

  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more;
  • Global perspectives on rights and health in the developing world;
  • Every factor affecting education and development;
  • Community issues;
  • The role of individuals and government;
  • The application of rights and legislation;
  • The impact of poverty.

This degree will allow you to explore literature of all genres and from all periods within the context of the broadest possible interpretation of literature in English. You will become skilled in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts and you will engage with current critical debates.  In your first year you may discover: New...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5...

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.