- UCAS Code
- Penryn Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
From epic poetry to blogging, textual cultures across the ages have reflected, shaped and challenged human experience. English at Falmouth offers you the unique opportunity to study a long-standing and respected subject with a contemporary twist. Blending a solid foundation in the study of English literature with an innovative approach to exploring literary and non-literary/digital texts and contemporary media, you’ll develop the independent and imaginative thinking skills employers are looking for.
Taught by an experienced team of academics and published writers, the course focuses on the changing relationship between literature, culture and the individual from the 16th century to the present day. Using theoretical and critical approaches, you'll evaluate the dialogues between literary and non-literary texts in a rapidly changing world, gaining valuable insight into how the written word functions beyond the traditional forms of page and book in the digital age.
Using some of the best facilities and digital media resources in the UK, you'll be encouraged to participate in academic online communities, use traditional and digital tools for research, and promote your skills, knowledge and experience. We'll give you everything you might expect from a degree in English literature, but with so much more.
You'll explore transformations of the written form, from the emergence of the novel to the 15th century printing press and 21st century web. You'll also carve your own individual study pathway through options such as Gothic & Grotesque, Literature & Screen or Game Cultures. Employability is continually emphasised, including an optional module to prepare you for the workplace.
How is the course taught
This full-time, modular course lets you specialise in subjects that interest you. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed learning. Our students benefit from a significant amount of contact time every week and the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tutorials.
Throughout the three stages of the course, mandatory modules – which are common to BA(Hons) English, BA(Hons) Creative Writing and BA(Hons) English with Creative Writing – provide a chronological approach to English literature and culture from the 16th century to the present. The course's flexibility gives you the chance to specialise in your areas of interest and build your individual pathway, which could also include options from Creative Writing.
- Career as a journalist, writer or editor
- Work in media, publishing, marketing, arts administration and more
- Teaching and postgraduate study
- Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Critical evaluation
- Final year dissertation
Experience you'll get
- Workshops with renowned creative writers, literary experts and media professionals
- Workshops and placements with schools, businesses, museums and arts organisations
- Vocational experience in events management, PR and copywriting
- Frequent opportunities to perform and present in public
By choosing to study for a degree in English at Falmouth you will:
- Benefit from being taught by an approachable and experienced team of academics and published writers, who are specialists in their given fields.
- Benefit from courses that are unique, distinctive and highly flexible, offering everything you'd expect from a traditional English degree, but also equipping you with a fresh and innovative approach to your chosen discipline.
- Benefit from guest lectures and workshops from nationally renowned creative writers, literary experts and media professionals.
- Study literature and culture from the 16th century to contemporary digital publications, taking in a wide range of texts, authors and media.
- Be able to tailor your degree to your own specialist interests and for your chosen career or postgraduate destination.
- Be assessed through a combination of coursework, project work, formal presentations, portfolio work and dissertations.
Interview and selection process
We invite all applicants to interview.
The interviews will last for approximately three hours and will include a tour of the campus, a group session and a short individual interview. We invite up to ten applicants to each interview session.
You will not be required to bring samples of your writing to the interview, however, you will be asked about your personal statement and your interests and achievements so far.
We are looking for enthusiasm and passion for English. We are also looking for commitment to studying English at Falmouth.
Interviews are currently taking place.
Location: Penryn Campus
What you'll do
The first year will cultivate your confidence and develop independent critical skills. Alongside the historical study of texts, you'll be introduced to critical debate and new ways of analysing textual forms. Our distinctive structure is based around a foundation in Literary Studies, The Craft of Writing, and Cultural Theory (shared with our Creative Writing degrees) to provide an intellectual springboard from which you can forge your own unique pathway.
While developing your study of literature, core modules encourage analysis of a wider range of textual practices than most conventional English degrees. Option modules reflect Falmouth's unique creative arts and digital humanities context; choices include Literature & Screen, Representing Utopia or you could choose one Creative Writing module such as Poetry & Form.
In your final year, you'll engage in more extensive self-directed learning while continuing the chronological study of literature and culture up to the present day. Option modules offer plenty of choice including Games Cultures, Reading Digital Literature or English in the Workplace. In the final semester you'll complete your dissertation.