Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English with a Modern Language

Undergraduate                  BA (Hons)

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What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules include three modules in English, and two modules in your chosen language. In the first year, you’ll follow either the beginners and improvers, or the advanced pathway depending on your fluency in your chosen language.

Core modules

  • Literature Lab

  • Reading Fiction

  • Travels in Text and Time

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 1 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 1 – Advanced

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 2 – Beginners and Improvers

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 2 – Advanced

Optional modules

  • Approaches to Poetry

  • Drama and Performance

  • Literature in a Digital Age

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 3

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 4

Optional modules

  • The Age of Chivalry and Romance

  • American Rebels: Reading 20th Century US Counterculture

  • Brief Encounters with the Victorians

  • British and American Modernism

  • The Child in British and American Literature

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: Creative Enterprises

  • Love and Desire in Renaissance Literature 1530-1633

  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets

  • American Gothic

  • Sentiment and Scandal: Literature and Culture in the Long 18th Century

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

  • Reinventing Literature, 1950 to Now

  • Voyage Out: Travel, Empire and Cultural Encounters

  • Written on the Body: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation/Project Preparation

  • Dissertation

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 5

  • Chinese/French/German/Italian/Spanish Language 6

Optional modules

  • Authorship and Identity in Renaissance Literature

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • The Courtly

  • Crime Fiction

  • Gothic

  • Literary Heritage: The 19th Century Today

  • Playing God

  • Post 9/11 Literature of the US

  • Speaking Pictures: Literature and the Visual Arts

  • Unruly Subjects and Early Modern Texts

  • American Slavery in Literature and Film

  • Childhood Trauma in Contemporary Fiction

  • Crossing the Line: Frontiers, Coasts and Borders in the Literature of America

  • Myths, Legends and Language of the Vikings

  • Secrets and Lies: Victoria Decadence and Degeneration

  • Shakespearean Transformations

  • Special Author

  • Writing the Revolution: Sex, Religion and Politics in 17th Century Literature

  • Collaborative Arts Practice: the Arts as a Living

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More about this course

Literature is a dynamic force of change: it shapes people and events and creates vivid, enduring and deeply moving art. Combine this with the opportunity to learn another language – and you’ll graduate with high-level language and intercultural abilities that will open up a variety of careers. You can choose to study any language from Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our dedicated team of advisors offer one-to-one support and a partnership scheme that gives you the chance to practice your chosen language with native speakers.

Our staff are experts in their field, and their internationally excellent research underpins the modules you’ll study. Staff have expertise in a range of literatures from the medieval to the 21st century, across English and American writers of novels, poetry, drama and short fiction. Writing and writers were central to Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture 2017. Our English programmes are providing students with exciting opportunities to be part of the literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Teaching and Learning

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Superb facilities include the Brynmor Jones Library which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting edge technology and more than a million books.

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

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Entry requirements

2018 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should have a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250
  • International: £13,500

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

The career opportunities opened up by our degrees are as diverse and exciting as the topics of study. The skills that these develop give you the ability to analyse, research and communicate at a very high level.

By studying with us you can be confident that you will have the opportunity to develop a wide array of skills which are highly valued in many professions. Our English graduates are equipped with prized analytical and communication skills that enable them to flourish in the variety of employment opportunities open to them, including careers in: teaching, media, journalism, marketing, advertising, heritage and tourism, librarianship, publishing (author, publisher, literary agent), museum curating, broadcasting, the financial sector, universities (lecturing or administration), professional writing, the public sector (including the NHS and city councils), business, management and the law.

Others choose to continue their studies as postgraduates – so you may be interested in what we offer at MA, MPhil and PhD levels.