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This English Language and History BA (Hons) course enables you to study both English Language and History equally at the same level. Don’t worry, studying joint honours doesn’t mean more work. You’ll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions
You’ll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions
This English Language and History BA (Hons) course enables you to study both English Language and History equally at the same level. Don’t worry, studying joint honours doesn’t mean more work. You’ll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.
On this exciting and invovative Joint Honours programme, you will also cover a broad range of contemporary issues in language.The course will introduce you to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language, aspects of linguistic structure and language variation in English. The introductory modules look at issues such as how our language changes according to the context in which it is being used, how men's and women's language use differs, how we acquire language and how and why it breaks down. You will also explore the history and diversity of the English Language, examine the impact of new media, such as the Internet, email and text messaging, develop your own web design skills and reflect on your own language use. You will gain the critical understanding, cultural awareness and analytical skills to prepare you for a career in a wide variety of sectors.
Our Modern History programme is designed to introduce you to the essential skills of the historian, including an understanding of current debates and perspectives, alongside an ability to contextualise history from a local and global viewpoint. This is complemented by the necessary acquisition of advanced research and analytical skills, set against substantive material drawn from modern history from the eighteenth century to the present day. The degree is designed to help you form a deeper understanding of the relationship of the social and cultural present with that of the past. This degree also helps you develop powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. The skills learnt in undertaking the Modern History degree are valuable for the world of work on graduation.
What will I study?
All students take a total of 120 credits per level.
Level 4 Modules
All modules are mandatory
- Introduction to English Language
- Language and Society
- Studying History: Sources Methods & Interpretations
- British Social & Economic History 1750-1939
- Place in the Sun: Europe & the Race for Empire
Level 5 Modules
There are 3 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules out of a choice of 6 as indicated by * include:
- Language Style and Communication
- Never Had it So Good: Britain (1945-1979)
English Language module
Choose 1 English Language module from the optional modules below:
- Discourse Studies*
- Cognitive Linguistics*
Choose 2 History modules from the optional modules below
- The Long 18th Century in Perspective*
- Local History*
- Total Warfare: World Wars I & II in Perspective*
Level 6 Modules
There is 1 mandatory module and 4 optional modules out of a choice of 9 as indicated by * include:
Choose 2 English Language modules from the optional modules below
- Language, Identity and Communication*
- Critical Approaches to text analysis*
- Language and Power*
- Discourse and Cognition*
and choose 2 History modules from the optional modules below:
- Witchcraft and Magic in Early Modern England*
- Sport in British Society*
- From Medieval to Modern: A History of Ideas*
- Debates on the Russian Revolution*
- The History of British Women (1800-2000)*
You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.
Care Leavers or Young Carers
We want students from all backgrounds to have the opportunity to go to University. If you have spent three months or more in local authority care OR are a young carer, you will be eligible for a contextual offer. This is a grade reduction of 1-A Level grade below our standard entry requirements. For example, a standard offer of CCC, would become CCD. MMM at Level 3 Extended Diploma would become MMP. To apply we advise that you tick the box on your UCAS application which identifies you have spent time in care and to help identify you as eligible for our contextual offer.
How will I be assessed?
Modules in at Level 4 study are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Level 5 and 6 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations. You can also expect to take part in seminar presentations which will form part of the assessment for Level 5 and 6 modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).
Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examinations, open book examinations, group projects, essays, assignments or briefs, presentations, group presentations, portfolio building and a dissertation. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.
Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.
Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
Teaching and Learning
The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.
You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.
We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;
- Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English
- Academic Writing (including referencing)
- Research Skills
What can I do next?
The breadth of careers that you could move into is immense - this could include for example:
Employers like the Joint Honours degrees - for the reason that graduates coe out with a range of skills form the different subjects they have studied. The degree will help you develop 'soft' transferrable skills such as presentation skills, synthesizing and analytical skills - and the ability to develop arguments for example.
These are all skills that employers look for in graduates.
Postgraduate study will also be encouraed ad students have progressed onto a variety of Masters programmes
3 years after the course of Sociology graduates at Blackburn College
go on to work and/or further study within 15 months after the course
agreed they were statisfied with the quality of the course
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