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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) English with Study Abroad (in Stage 4)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) English with Study Abroad (in Stage 4) Programme codeUFA4EGLEGLCG
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Cornwall Campus
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

English at the Cornwall Campus offers you a unique learning experience, combining a friendly, small-group approach to teaching with top-flight research. Through a variety of approaches, both precise and imaginative, you will gain an understanding of the principal genres and range of literatures in English, as well as knowledge of their cultural and critical contexts. The campus offers a welcoming atmosphere where it’s easy to make new friends and where staff and students know each other well. With a smaller student intake, the emphasis is on innovative learning and teaching in a flexible and intimate atmosphere.

The BA English programme offers a distinctive approach to the subject with the possibility to pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research. In particular, the programme is designed to allow you to develop either a classic English literature degree or pursue modules which crossover with History, Heritage Studies, and Environmental issues. The programme is designed to equip you with skills sought after by employers in the public and private sector, or develop your research and communication skills for further study in the Humanities.

Studying abroad offers you a fantastic opportunity to expand your educational and cultural experiences. Moreover, research indicates that 64% of employers consider an international experience important for recruitment and report that graduates with an international background are given greater responsibility more frequently. 92% of employers involved in a study conducted in 2014* indicated that they look for skills such as openness to and curiosity about new challenges, problem-solving and decision-making skills, confidence, and tolerance towards other personal values and behaviours. The study revealed that studying abroad had a positive impact on the development of these skills and concluded that the employability and competences of students greatly benefit from mobility.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

*European Commission (2014) The Erasmus Impact Study, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2014

This variant sees the Placement in Stage 4, to accommodate the teach-out of English at Penryn.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to introduce you to a stimulating range of topics and materials and to a variety of approaches. You will be helped to place and understand texts in their historical and cultural contexts and trained in critical and analytical skills through investigating texts in depth. The programme is designed to be cumulative in the sense that second and final stage modules are based on the assumption that certain stages of knowledge, skill and understanding have already been achieved in the first and second stages.

The programme is intended to:

  • Offer you an excellent Honours-level education in English literature that explores the interdisciplinary potential of studying literary texts.
  • Introduce you to a wide range of historical periods and literary genres and provide the skills necessary or analysing and critically thinking about literature.
  • Produce graduates who have excellent transferable skills in the areas of written and oral communication, research ability, critical thinking, and independent time management.
  • Give you the skills necessary for further study or employment after your degree.

The Study Abroad option will provide you with the opportunity to study some aspects of English in a university abroad and to give you an insight into the culture of the host country.

4. Programme Structure

The BA (Hons) English with Study Abroad is a four-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme may also be taken part-time in up to seven years. This programme is divided into four stages. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

5. Programme Modules

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC1002 The Craft of Writing 15No
HUC1004 Research Skills: From the Archive to Digital Humanities 15No
TRU1113 Literature and the History of Ideas 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EGLP S1 BA Egl opt 2021-2
TRU1908 Shakespeare Revisited 15 No
TRU1910 Approaches to Poetry 15 No
TRU1911 Approaches to Fiction and Narrative 15 No
TRU1912 Approaches to Drama and Performance 15 No
HUM1005 Climate Emergency - An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 15 No

Stage 2


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
TRU2011A From Modernism to the Contemporary 15No
TRU2016 Reason and Passion: Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century 15No
TRU2018 Romantics and Victorians: Literature in the Industrial Age 15No
TRU2020 Inventing the Early Modern: Literary Cultures, 1550-1700 15No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory Dissertation, 90 credits of optional modules

a You must choose one of the two Dissertation modules, either TRU3032 or TRU3042.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
TRU3032 Dissertation [See note a above]30No
TRU3042 Creative Writing Dissertation [See note a above]30No

Stage 4


120 credits of compulsory modules

For your year abroad you will agree a suite of modules in your host institution with the College Study Abroad Coordinator. Details of individual modules that may be taken whilst abroad can be found by accessing the partner institution’s factfile at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/abroad/where/ and navigating to the “Course Requirements” section of that factfile where a link to the modules on offer in the partner institution is displayed.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUC3005 Year Abroad 120No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe core subject areas in English Literature, and demonstrate a specialised knowledge in certain areas.
2. Understand a range of literary forms, genres, and periods, their significance and the major critical positions adopted towards them
3. Describe the variety of approaches taken to literary research; evaluate the professionalism and scholarly value of historical and contemporary texts; evaluate the reasons for changes in critical approaches.
4. Use different types of literary sources; evaluate different and complex types of formal and generic sources; use primary sources in a professional manner.
5. Appreciate the different approaches to evidence and argument in the discipline and be aware of the potential of interdisciplinary work in literary analysis.
6. Pursue independent research.

ILOs 1-4 are developed in stages 1 and 2 of the programme through lectures and tutorials. Specialisation is developed in the final stage in small-group teaching.

ILOs 5-6 are developed in final year coursework.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

ILOs 1-4 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, continuous assessment essays, oral presentations and group project work.

ILOs 5-6 are assessed by coursework.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Answer questions concisely and persuasively both orally and in writing.
8. Evaluate critically theoretical models and competing views.
9. Summarise the basic philosophical questions arising from academic research.
10. Comprehend complex terminology and discourses, and deploy such terminology in a comprehensible manner.
11. Plan, execute and present an extended piece of original research.

ILOs 7-8 form the backbone of all modules taken at all stages, but the level of complexity develops according to stage.

ILOs 9-10 are developed throughout the programme in lectures, seminars and continuous assessment.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

These skills are assessed through a combination of term-time essays and other assignments, oral presentations, project and dissertation work, and examinations. The criteria of assessment pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. 1Think critically, creatively and independently.
13. 1Identify and solve complex problems with confidence and flexibility.
14. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools proficiently; access information from a variety of sources.
15. Interact effectively within a group.
16. Self-manage effectively (autonomy, time management, self-motivation, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism).

ILOs 12-14 are developed through the processes of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills (see A and B above).

ILO 15 is developed through group work in seminar work throughout the syllabus.

ILO 16 is developed by student progression through a learning and teaching programme that is gradually more self-managed, the personal tutor and Personal Development Planning systems.

Independent study forms a major part of our learning and teaching programme, most notably in the stage 2 project and the final stage dissertation.

In the study abroad year, the teaching and learning activities will be those used by the host university.

ILOs 12-14 are assessed primarily through summative and formative essays and other assignments, assessed presentations, project work, and examinations. Students can also develop these skills in optional research projects/dissertations.

In the study abroad year, the assessment methods will be those used by the host university.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must achieve an average mark of at least 60% in Stage 1, otherwise you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Year Abroad are selected.

The Year Abroad counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA English with Study Abroad. If you fail the Year Abroad module your degree title will be commuted to BA English. You will be assessed by your host university during your academic year abroad with their grades converted back to Exeter grades to contribute towards your degree classification. The rules governing failure and referral will be determined by the host institution.

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

You will have an academic personal tutor for your entire programme of study who is available at advertised ‘office and feedback hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate you at the start of your programme.  A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

The College complies with the Code of Practice on Study and Work Experience Abroad. The name of the member of staff acting as the programme’s co-ordinator for study abroad is made known to you before you leave Exeter, and this person is responsible for liaison and oversight of your progress during the year abroad. Contact will be maintained with you during your year abroad by regular email communication.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not accredited by an external body.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) English with Study Abroad (in Stage 4)

19. UCAS Code

Q314

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] English

23. Dates

Origin Date

05/11/2012

Date of last revision

26/10/2022