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Llenyddiaeth Saesneg (BA)

  • UCAS code: Q306
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


Entry Year

Why study this course

English literature at Cardiff has long enjoyed an international reputation for its teaching and research, and Cardiff is a splendid city in which to spend your undergraduate years. Our commitment is to make those years intellectually stimulating and academically rewarding. We pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment for our students.

Our curriculum offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. You will not be restricted to the printed word – we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests. You will be encouraged to stretch yourself intellectually and imaginatively by exploring literature both as practitioners and critics.

There are no compulsory modules in English literature at Cardiff after year one. We give you choice, but we also give you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions from a diverse range of options.

You will be taught by leading researchers in English literature in modules that reflect the cutting edge of the discipline. The focus throughout the degree is on becoming a careful, attentive, and informed reader and writer, sensitive to the nuances of language and style, and able to articulate responses to texts in writing which is precise, stylish, and effective.

 

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century
  • research-led teaching, enabling you to engage with new ideas that are helping to shape the future of the discipline
  • flexibility - after year one there are no compulsory modules
  • a reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment and digital technology
  • a strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture

Where you'll study

Yr Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

Wedi ein pweru gan ymchwil arloesol, rydym yn dathlu chwilfrydedd, yn ymgysylltu mewn trafodaethau gwybodus a dadansoddi beirniadol ac yn eich annog i feddwl yn greadigol - ar draws a thu hwnt i'n disgyblaethau.

Entry requirements

ABB-BBB including English Literature, English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD-DM in a BTEC Diploma in Humanities or Social Science subjects, plus Grade B at A-Level in English Literature, English Language and Literature (combined A-Level) or Creative Writing.  

Award of the IB Diploma with 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 at HL in English Literature, English Language and Literature, or English Literature and Performance.

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

Find out about our Schools' admissions criteria, offer guarantee scheme, changes to programmes and translating your documents.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE English Language grade C/4.

Nid yw'n ofynnol i chi gwblhau gwiriad DBS (Gwasanaeth Gwahardd Datgelu) na darparu Tystysgrif Ymddygiad Da i astudio'r cwrs hwn. Os ydych chi'n destun unrhyw amod trwydded neu gyfyngiad monitro ar hyn o bryd a allai effeithio ar eich gallu i gwblhau'ch astudiaethau yn llwyddiannus, bydd gofyn i chi ddatgelu'ch cofnod troseddol. Mae'r amodau'n cynnwys, ond heb fod yn gyfyngedig i:

  • mynediad at gyfrifiaduron neu ddyfeisiau sy'n gallu storio delweddau
  • defnyddio offer / dyfeisiau rhyngrwyd a chyfathrebu
  • cyrffyw
  • rhyddid i symud
  • cyswllt â phobl sy'n gysylltiedig â Phrifysgol Caerdydd.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

Many students wish to purchase their own copies of the primary literary texts for their modules.  The cost of texts will vary depending on the module.  However, a limited number of copies of set texts are also held in the University libraries.  Alternatively, some modules offer ‘Readers’ (in paper or digital copies), which are free of charge.

Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

The programme is offered in full-time mode over three academic years. You will study a total of 360 credits (120 credits per year).  You must pass each academic year before being allowed to proceed.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

You study 120 credits each year of your degree.

Year one is a foundation year, comprising core and optional modules, which are designed to equip you with the skills for advanced study and to give you an overview of the subject that will enable you to make informed choices from the modules available in years two and three.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Critical Reading and Critical WritingSE214620 credits
Ways of ReadingSE214820 credits

Year two

You select six 20-credit modules from a range of categories that are based on period, genre or theme. There are no compulsory modules.

You will be reading a variety of texts in their historical and cultural contexts, while continuing to develop your critical methodologies and knowledge of the subject.

Year three

By your final year, you will have gained experience of a variety of literary periods, topics, genres and approaches, developing your critical faculties and your skills in analysing texts and contexts.

You choose six 20-credit modules. The range of more specialised modules on offer engage with current issues in research and scholarship in relation to authors and texts, both well-known and possibly less familiar to you. You have the option to undertake independent research on a subject of your choice through the Dissertation module.

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Graphic MemoirSE140920 credits
Dialect in Literature and FilmSE141320 credits
The Twentieth-Century Novel in the British IslesSE245620 credits
Fictive Histories/Historical FictionsSE246720 credits
DissertationSE252420 credits
HitchcockSE254420 credits
Modern Drama: Page, Stage, ScreenSE255120 credits
Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo VictorianSE256420 credits
Women's Writing between the WarsSE256520 credits
Utopia: Suffrage to CyberpunkSE258120 credits
Second-generation Romantic PoetsSE258220 credits
Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800SE258820 credits
Gothic Fiction: The VictoriansSE258920 credits
Postcolonial TheorySE259320 credits
Visions of Past and Future in Children's LiteratureSE259520 credits
Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth CenturySE259720 credits
Island Stories: Literatures of the North AtlanticSE259820 credits
Medieval Romance: Monsters and MagicSE259920 credits
American Poetry after ModernismSE260620 credits
John MiltonSE260820 credits
The American Short StorySE260920 credits
Apocalypse Then and NowSE261120 credits
Criminal ShakespeareSE261220 credits
Writing Nature from Romanticism to the PresentSE261420 credits
Representing Race in Contemporary AmericaSE261620 credits
Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance DramaSE262220 credits
Activist Poetry: Protest, Dissent, ResistanceSE262720 credits
Contemporary British Political DramaSE262820 credits
From Chaucer to the Tudors: Love, Loyalty & Lament in Late Medieval LiteratureSE262920 credits
Visions of the Future: Climate Change & FictionSE263020 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars, with all modules including seminar or small-group teaching. Each module presents a set of intellectual challenges which have in common a concern with the question of how to read the literary (or other cultural) text, and how to write about its significance and meanings. Teaching stresses the importance of the way texts interact with their contexts, and each module is designed to encourage you to focus on a number of specific texts and to prepare carefully a considered answer to specific topics dealt with in the module.

The learning activities will vary from module to module as appropriate, but may include interactive lectures, seminar discussions of prepared texts/topics, student individual or group presentations, small-group work within seminars, peer review in workshops, translation classes, formative writing exercises, journal entries, and film viewings. You are expected to do the reading and other relevant preparation to enable you to take a full part in these activities and are encouraged to explore the resources of the library as appropriate. In the final year of the degree, you have the option of researching and writing a 20-credit English Literature dissertation on a topic of particular interest to you.

How will I be supported?

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor and will meet with them for regular academic feedback meetings (one per semester). There is a form to fill in before each academic feedback meeting which is designed to help you reflect on the written feedback and the reasons for the marks you have received from the previous round of assessment. You will discuss this feedback and your reflections on it with your personal tutor, including your plans moving forward through the degree and beyond.

In addition, all staff have weekly office hours during teaching weeks, and you may make appointments to see your personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis about any issues. Staff may also be contacted by email. Details of the office hours and email addresses of staff are provided in the module guide for each module.

Key information for each module will be available on our virtual learning environment (Learning Central), together with appropriate additional learning resources, such as lecture notes and slides.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

 

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • Awareness of different literary periods, movements and genres and of the variety of English literature.
  •  Understanding of the importance of historical and cultural contexts.
  • Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the workings of language and literary styles.
  • Awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information.
  •  Knowledge of the critical issues and/or debates surrounding, or raised by, texts.
  • Understanding of the shaping effects of historical and cultural circumstances on the production and meaning of texts.
  •  Knowledge of appropriate critical vocabulary and terminology.

Intellectual Skills:

  •  Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret material drawn from a diversity of literary periods.
  • Ability to apply high level critical skills of close analysis to literary texts.
  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully and cogently.

Professional Practical Skills:

  • Advanced communication skills (written and oral).
  • Ability to give an efficient critical evaluation of documents in various styles.
  • Ability to access, use and evaluate electronic data.
  • Ability to interact effectively with others, in team or group work situations.

Transferable/Key Skills:

  • Ability to select and organise material purposefully and cogently.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and deliver work to a deadline.

 

Careers and placements

Career prospects

Our graduates progress into a wide range of careers using the skills gained throughout their degrees. Some choose to pursue professions making direct use of their discipline expertise, while others enter the public or private sectors, from teaching to graduate-track management.

95% of the School’s 2016/17 graduates reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey).

Taking the Class of 2017 as our most recent example, graduates from the School have gone on to roles in education, HR, marketing, publishing, public relations, the civil service, the military, banking and insurance, and the charity sector, in first posts including Trainee Teacher, Marketing Assistant, Account Executive, Digital Editor and Editorial Assistant.

During your degree you can take full advantage of the wide-range of opportunities provided by the Careers Service.

Graduate careers

  • Reporter
  • Crime Intelligence Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Researcher

Placements

We have an established portfolio of internships with Wales-based literary/cultural magazines for which students can apply. We offer an employability module which is available as an optional module in the second year of the programme.

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