Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

English Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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This new English programme is designed to capture the interest of those who are looking for an innovative and exciting programme that takes a fresh look at literature. Whilst developing students’ knowledge and understanding of essential literature, the programme embraces much that is new and steers students towards unconventional and ground-breaking writing, giving them much freedom in what they choose to read and learn about.

Within the first year key skills in critical and cultural theory are developed in an on-going way. This enables students to be analytical and incisive in their thinking as they encounter traditional and contemporary literature, as they re-imagine the work of Shakespeare and as they explore the texts through the metaphorical notion of ‘living on the edge’.

Students in the first year will experience a distinctive levelling up in their understanding beyond A-level. The teaching, following carefully structured pre-session reading activities, will enable students to discuss and deliberate literature within small groups, led by an experienced and knowledgeable teacher.

Assessment is broad, thus requiring students to engage in essay-writing, but also presenting, maintaining portfolios and using digital technology to meet learning outcomes. This wide range of assessment formats will enable students to develop transferable skills with appropriate support from module leaders and PDTs.

Through the second and third years, certain ‘threads’ are maintained in the programme, which will provide balance, coherence and cohesion to the students’ learning, and the students will be aware of how their knowledge and understanding is being built progressively and incrementally. For instance, Re-imagining Shakespeare (Y1) links to From Shelf to Screen (Y2) and then finally to Discord, Disasters and Dreams (Y3).

In Years 2 and 3 students take modules with an English Language focus. This broadens their experience and gives them a grounding in the development of the English language and also the pragmatics of English in the world today. This wider input will enhance their overall understanding of literature, enabling them to analyse language and themes on a more sophisticated level.

A well-structured and resourced placement module in Y2, and a flexible Honours Project will enhance student engagement in tangible and practical ways. Indeed, throughout their programme students will be able to discuss options for future employment (including media, journalism, teaching, advertising, marketing, PR, public sector roles), and the university is well-positioned with its relationship with the BBC to take an approach that is integrative and far-reaching. The university is of course well-positioned to support those seeking a route into teaching, including with an English specialism at secondary level.

Course details


C Level
The Theory of English
Re-imagining Shakespeare
Exploring the Past
Literature at the Vanguard
Living on the Edge

D Level
Research Methods JAMD01
Placement JAMD04
From Shelf to Screen
Firebrand Literature
The Landscape of Identity
Diversity in English ELGD03

H Level
Honours Project JAMHP1
Discord, Disaster & Dreams
Enduring Classics
Power and Persuasion ELGH01

Assessment method

• Contribution to debate
• Critical review
• Digital presentation
• Digital/E-resource
• Essay
• Ethical approval application
• Examination
• Formative essay
• Group presentation
• Honours Project
• Independent presentation
• Learning journal
• Literature review
• Placement file
• Portfolio
• Reflective journal
• Research proposal
• Structured assignment
• Vlog

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code Q3W8
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications
A level CCC Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 credits at Distinction
AS We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs
General Studies is excluded.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)
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