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  • UCAS Code:
    Q300
  • Institution:
    B50

Our multifaceted, modern English course not only explores language and literature in the traditional forms of iconic and influential texts, you’ll also examine how they are used within the context of the media including film, television, magazines and the internet.

  • Cultivate your writing skills
  • Discover the latest developments in digital media and new media storytelling
  • Showcase your writing to industry professionals through BU's annual Fresher Writing Prize and New Media Writing Prize competitions
  • Put theory into practice and expand your knowledge during a 4-week or 30-week placement with organisations such as Penguin Books, BBC, Pinewood Studios, Touch Press and the Football Foundation
  • Study abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, Denmark or Germany
  • Tailor your degree in areas of English that interest you including options to study both creative or traditional units
  • Develop a range of subject-specific and transferable skills which can open the door to an exciting range of career possibilities or further study
  • Benefit from specialist guest lecturers who talk about their work writing for the media industries. Previous guests have included Julian Fellows, Creative of Downton Abbey and Stella Wisdom from the British Library.

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For September 2021 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in May 2021 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

For September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing or reading and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 305kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course, we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Work well within a team as well as individually
  • Demonstrate good presentation skills
  • Enjoy reading a variety of texts including literature and newspapers.

Students must be able to demonstrate an interest in media including television and newspapers, and have a broad knowledge of how the media industry works. Overall students must have a strong creative ability and have an interest in writing.

Students must have basic computer literacy, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

As this degree focuses on studying English in the context of the media, you will not only study literary texts, but will also have the chance to develop your own writing skills in both a factual and creative setting. The diverse nature of this course means you'll be in a position to work in a range of industries, and will be particularly well-suited to roles where communication is key.

85% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section.

That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Writing competitions

Studying English at BU gives you various opportunities to test yourself and your development with writing competitions.

Course changes

What our students say

Louise Jones

I received offers to write and was offered literary representation during my first year. I am now signed to Rogers, Coleridge & White and writing my first novel.

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What our graduates think

Maddie Saunders

As well as traditional literature-focused ones I had modules on news journalism, media, blogging, digital narrative and coms helping to give a broad view.