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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: English and Media and Cultural Studies BA (Hons)
Mode of Study: Three years full time
Fast fact: Did you know that many of our students secure permanent employment as a result of their work placements, including those in the USA?
- Course in depth
- Entry requirements
- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
English and Media and Cultural Studies graduate”
Course at a glance
- 100% student satisfaction rating for English
- Exciting and unique opportunity to undertake a work placement in the USA
- Extensive range of literary texts studied, from Shakespeare to Fight Club
- Taught by staff with immense experience and expertise in their fields
- Opens up careers in areas as diverse as advertising, marketing, publishing, management, accountancy and social services
Your tutors are actively engaged in research and publish widely. In fact many of them are critically acclaimed writers and authors. English tutors include Professor Joe Moran, The Guardian and Financial Times columnist and writer of several books on British everyday life; Dr Alice Ferrebe, author of Masculinity in the Male-Authored Novel 1950-2000; and Dr Gerry Smyth, author of Novel and the Nation, Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music. Nickianne Moody, Programme Leader of our Media, Culture, Communication degree, is founder and convenor of the Association of Research in Popular Fictions which hosts a national annual conference and she has published widely on the subject.
The team is friendly, enthusiastic and strongly committed to its students. This is reflected in our recent 91% student satisfaction rating for English teaching, which ranks this course among the top such degree programmes in the country.
This course combines the study of popular media with the aesthetics and ethics of literature. Alongside the ‘classics’ and a whole range of contemporary – and sometimes provocative – writing, you will critically analyse contemporary culture and changing communication practices in the media. In practice this means that in addition to reading Shakespeare or the Brontës, you could be exploring the depiction of sex in 1890s literature or current perspectives on the War on Terror, and examining the development of pop music and youth culture through the ages.
The choice of modules on this course is extensive so you will have plenty of opportunities to pursue your own interests, particularly through the dissertation at Level 6.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, peer presentations and film screenings, and online groups give you the opportunity to further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom. As the programme is constantly updated, below is only a sample of modules you could choose to study.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Introduction to Media Theory, Institutions and Practice
- Analysing Entertainment Media
- Reading English
- Texts and Moment: Tutorial Module
- Public Communication
- Narrative and Society
- Research Methods
- Theoretical and Critical Perspectives
- Work-Based Learning: Working in the USA or Work Experience in the American Studies Resource Centre
Option modules in English:
- Modernism Now: Aesthetics, Politics and Culture
- Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession, c. 1700-1900
- Sexual Revolutions: Gender and Writing in the U.S. from the 1960s to the Present Day
- Novels of Empire and Adventure
- Relating Gender
- Literature and Madness
- National Arguments: 19th Century American Literature
- Cultures of Childhood
- Celebrity Cultures
- Reading: its History, Practice, Theory
- Postcolonial Writing
- Tales of the Market: Capitalism and Critique
- Romanticism, Realism and Reform: Lit and Soc in Britain 1790-1850
- Confidence and Conflict: Writing the Victorians
- Travel Writing
Core modules in Media and Culture studies:
- Media and Consumer Culture
- Advanced Research Methods
- Media and Cultural Industries (work placement or career planning)
Option modules in English:
- Race in America
- Representing Masculinities: ?Post-Millennial British Fiction
- Sex and the City: Literature of the 1890s
- Adolescence and Writing
- Contemporary American Fiction
- Evil in America
- Stage-worlds: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama and Culture
- Writing the Past: Historical Fiction Place and Space in Literature
- Asian American Literature
- Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
- Alienation and Liberation: Post War American Fiction
- Writing the Real: Contemporary Non-Fiction
- Writing Lives: Collaborative Research Project – The Archive of Working-Class Writing
- 1660s - 1680s: Cultural Intersections in Restoration England
Assessment and feedback
We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. In fact this course has received national recognition for its innovative assessment methods. They include exams (seen and unseen), essays, log books and diaries, group and individual presentations, research projects, response papers, blogs, organised debates and seminars. In some of your final year modules you can choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay.
Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback and have opportunities to discuss this with your personal tutor and course lecturers. This is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
This course offers several work-related learning options to help you develop professional and transferable skills. At Level 5 you have the opportunity to spend at least one month on a work placement in the United States after undertaking a specially designed module to help you prepare for it.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture and could even lead to employment once you graduate.
Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency and a film company in New York, a Hollywood celebrity magazine, theatres on Broadway, a jazz magazine in New Orleans, an architect’s office in California and theme parks in Florida and New Jersey.
Alternatively, you could stay closer to home and work in our American Studies Resource Centre, helping to edit an online magazine or answering queries on issues relating to American literature, culture, history and politics.
This Level 5 experience is followed up at Level 6 with a further work placement or career planning module, so you can try out or research further career options.
All of these experiences will add real value to your CV and develop your skills so that by the time you graduate, you will be well equipped to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.
Support and guidance
From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies. You will also receive regular feedback and guidance from your course tutors.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
All applicants should possess the following essential qualities:
- A real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We'll be looking for evidence that you've read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing from a range of different eras and cultures.
- The ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way.
- Good analytical skills, so you can critically assess all kinds of texts and forms of communication: adverts, films, on-line communication, television and print media.Research skills that allow you to investigate the relationships between media, culture and society.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
“The course has given me an understanding of how cultures work on a highly interactive level, and this was mirrored by a very friendly and forward-thinking School. The teaching and support I received was outstanding. I think of Liverpool as a city where my mind was opened to new ways of thinking by a unique course.”
English and Media and Cultural Studies graduate.
“I’m a mature student and I just wish I’d had the chance to do this years ago. I felt thoroughly supported and would recommend it to anyone else who wants to do an 'Educating Rita' like I did.”
“Three years to think about life, the universe, books, the media … everything. It’s been fantastic. I feel like I have really matured in my outlook on society by studying this course.” English and Media and Cultural Studies graduate
Your career prospects
By the time you graduate, you will be an accomplished researcher with excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, who can work independently as well as part of a team – all qualities that employers look for.
We are proud that the paths followed by our English and Media and Cultural Studies graduates are so varied. Former students are to be found working in advertising, marketing, museums, arts administration and publishing. Other graduates have secured employment in careers such as industrial, retail, leisure and charitable organisation management, educational administration, accountancy, the social and Civil Services.
Teaching is not the main occupation for graduates with English-related degrees, however some do continue on to PGCE study or use their skills in other types of teaching, such as adult education or teaching English as a second language.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (email@example.com) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.