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Bachelor of Arts with Honours English with Creative Writing, Level 6, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Arts with Honours English with Creative Writing
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to your English with Creative Writing course! We hope that you will settle into the course, or — if you are a returning student — to the new level of study, very quickly. This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice about your studies here. You will also receive a module handbook for each module you study on your course.

The Course Team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Dr Rachel Connor
Course Director, BA (Hons) English with Creative Writing

Whether you are joining us for the first time, or returning for the next level of your course, we welcome you at the start of what we are sure will be a stimulating, challenging and rewarding year of study with us.

Our aim is to provide all our students with a research- informed, innovative and relevant curriculum that informs understandings of the world we live in. Our courses are highly valued by employers, and our approach to student learning and support places you at the heart of everything we do. In addition to offering a diverse range of teaching approaches and a variety of different methods of assessment, we attach the greatest importance to providing you with constructive feedback on your work so you can develop your future learning.

Our learning environment is student-centred, and we value your opinions. We want to know about the things you enjoy and think we do well, and also to hear about ways in which you believe we can improve your experience with us. You can share your views with us through course representatives, evaluation of modules, or constructive comments to staff. Whichever route you choose, we are always interested in what you have to say.

Staff across the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities will provide you with all the support we can to help you succeed on your chosen course, and we look forward to working with you as you achieve your academic ambitions. I hope you have an enjoyable and rewarding year.

Professor Andrew Cooper

Professor Andrew Cooper, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

Students study two 20 Credit modules (or equivalent) in each teaching block through a combination of: on-line, interactive tutor-led learning; webinars; and small group, face-to-face learning on campus at City Campus (NB learning materials will be available on-line if it is not possible for students to attend sessions on Campus).

Social distancing and PPE are required to be adhered to in keeping with the government guidelines.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

An Academic Advisor drawn from the Course Team will be allocated to you at Induction.

Skander El Fadhel

S.Fadhel@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 9344

Course Reps are elected at the start of each academic year. Once elected, an announcement will be made via MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Karen Fisher, Rob O'Brien and Catherine Parkin.

Please contact them at: cshlibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. This will be done in a variety of ways: via text to the mobile phone number on our contact records; email to student email address; noticeboards; or via MyBeckett.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your Course Team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

The course will equip students with skills in the study of English Literature – including research, critical analysis, and strong oral and written communication – alongside a range of skills in their creative writing studies: namely, the development of their own writing style, and building confidence in the critical, technical and creative aspects of the craft in a range of genres.

Our programme is designed to foster well-rounded graduates who can critically appraise texts and generate their own, to a deadline or brief, and who are able to discuss, reflect and critique their own work and that of others. These key attributes will ensure that our graduates are capable citizens in a global world by equipping them to succeed in evolving contexts.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1

appreciate and evaluate the range and diversity of texts, both canonical and non-canonical, in their contexts — from local to global and from the contemporary to the historical. These diverse texts might include those that scrutinise gender, class, sexuality, disability, age and race;

2

develop skills of critical thinking and analysis across the range of theoretical and contextual modes of English;

3

produce sophisticated interpretations of literary and other texts (including self-generated ones) using coherent argument, and backed by appropriate evidence and research;

4

write creatively across a range of genres and styles, to reflect on the processes and products of your own creative work and that of others, and to engage and communicate confidently with diverse audiences;

5

identify and use the enterprise skills of evaluation, self-reflection, initiative, creativity, independent thought, collaborative working and effective communication in the shaping of your own future — in employment and in your cultural and social life;

6

evaluate literary and creative writing materials in relation to theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches at the cutting edge of the English and Creative Writing disciplines, within the wider context of the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.

Level

No.

Learning Outcome

By the end of Level 4, you will be able to:

4

1

evaluate literary texts across a range of genres and modes;

2

demonstrate an understanding of the importance of contexts to the production and reception of texts through literary critical analysis and in your own creative writing practice;

3

use specialist vocabulary for the description and analysis of how texts work;

4

reflect on your own creative processes and those of others, and begin to understand the ways in which audiences have an impact on textual production;

5

demonstrate foundational skills of problem-solving, creativity, independent thought, collaborative working and effective communication;

6

identify the key principles of critical theories and debates in the disciplines of English Literature and Creative Writing.

At the end of Level 5, you will be able to:

5

1

critically appraise literary texts across genres, modes and periods and show an understanding of the complex ways in which they operate in their cultural contexts;

2

evaluate the significance of the contexts of production and reception of texts, in both critical analysis and creative practice;

3

employ specialist vocabulary of literary criticism with an awareness of its histories and its contingency and of your own position as writer and critic;

4

articulate the methods and approaches that are distinctive to your creative writing and contextualise them within a more sophisticated reflective practice;

5

consolidate your skills of problem-solving, creativity, independent thought, collaborative working and effective communication, and begin to apply these skills in simulations of real world contexts;

6

harness and extend your knowledge and understanding of key theoretical and critical debates in the disciplines of English Literature and Creative Writing.

At the end of Level 6, you will be able to:

6

1

Evaluate a range of textsand demonstratean advanced understanding of the complex ways in which they operate in their cultural contexts;

2

Demonstrate systematic critical and analytic thinking across the range of theoretical and contextual modes of English;

3

Produce sophisticated interpretations of literary and other texts using coherent argument, supported byappropriate evidence and research;

4

Write creatively for diverse audiences and deploy a range of editorial skills to a professional level;

5

Demonstrate high-level skills of problem-solving, creativity, independent thought, collaborative working and effective communication, and their application in working to a given brief;

6

Apply conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to writing practices that demonstrate the ability to engage in an in-depth and systematic debate within the English and Creative Writing disciplines, within the wider context of the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities.


Assessment & Feedback

Level 4 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Level 5 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Level 6 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.

Modules may have more than one component of assessment.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3 of the Academic Regulations at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-information/academic-regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You are required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Feedback will be offered in two ways: (i) informally and in a continuous way, in seminars, workshops and one-to-one meetings (either online or in person); (ii) through written feedback on assignments, which can be accessed on Turnitin. Module tutors are always happy to discuss feedback with you, so please get in touch if you feel there is anything you wish to discuss.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

Main teaching and learning activities in modules typically involve a mixture of lectures, workshops, and learning sets. Lectures introduce students to key concepts and topics, provide analysis of critical approaches and historical contexts, and suggest ways of interpreting texts, framing issues and intervening in debates. Seminars and learning sets involve close reading and discussion of prepared passages, small group discussion of selected passages, topics, or secondary source, a plenary or ‘feedback’ sessions with reports from small groups, student-led discussion through the presentation of short papers or the setting of learning tasks, and assessed student presentations.

Teaching is delivered in three blocks of 10 weeks (8 weeks of teaching, and 2 weeks of assessments). Students study two 20 Credit modules (or equivalent) in each teaching block through a combination of: on-line, interactive tutor-led learning; webinars; and small group, face-to-face learning on campus at City Campus (NB learning materials will be available on-line if it is not possible for students to attend sessions on Campus). Students are also expected to do independent reading, research and preparation related to the modules they are studying.

Students are provided with guidance on the best ways to engage with all modes of teaching and learning, along with support to assist acquisition of academic knowledge and associated development of high-level skills. Engagement with each module studied during the three teaching blocks is expected, and students will encounter varied forms of assessment that are designed to demonstrate their academic progress.

This information is correct for students progressing through the programme within standard timescales. Students who are required to undertake repeat study may be taught alternate modules which meet the overall course learning outcomes. Details of module delivery will be provided in your timetable.

Level 4 Core Modules (2018/19 for FT students and 2018/19 and 2019/20 for standard PT students)
Contemporary Literary Studies
Writers' Workshop 1
Texts & Theories
Writers' Workshop 2
Poetry
Early Modern Comedy

Level 5 Core Modules (2019/20 for FT students and 2020/21 and 2021/22 for standard PT students)
Literatures of Romanticism
Postcolonial Writing
Writing Fictions
Theory into Practice
Writing Poetry: Voice & Audience

Level 5 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 5 core modules above)
The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules. Students take one of:

19th-Century Contexts
20th-Century Literature: Alienation & Dystopia
Applied Humanities: Live Brief Learning

Level 6

Teaching Block 1 – Students study two of the following option modules:

Core (Y/N)

Life Writing

N

Modern American Drama

N

20-Century Women Novelists: Genre & Gender

N

Writing in a Time of Violence: Literature & Politics in Northern Ireland

N

‘Career Cartographies’: work-integrated learning in the Humanities

N

Teaching Block 2 – Students study two of the following option modules:

Core (Y/N)

Experimental Writing

N

Cultural Crossings: Race, Writing & Resistance

N

Masculinity & the Long 18th Century

N

Postcolonial Cities

N

The Gothic: Literature, Culture, Theory

N

Teaching Block 3

Core (Y/N)

Dissertation or Creative Writing Project

Y


A standard module equates to 200 notional learning hours, which may be comprised of teaching, learning and assessment, and independent study.

Applicable to Level 4 2020/21:

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

216 hours

216 hours

112 hours

Independent Study

984 hours

985 hours

1088 hours

Placement

-

-

-

Applicable to Levels 5 2020/21:

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

214 hours

216 hours

112 hours

Independent Study

986 hours

984 hours

1088 hours

Placement

-

-

-

Applicable to Level 6 2020/21:

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

214 hours

216 hours

156 hours

Independent Study

986 hours

985 hours

1044 hours

Placement

-

-

-

Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on internationalstudentadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

This course is not accredited by a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

There is an optional Module at Level 6, ‘Career Cartographies: work-integrated learning in the Humanities’, which involves work placement.

Level 6: including 80 hours work placement.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement, with assistance from the University. The locations will vary, dependent on the opportunity.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

We aim to provide a solid grounding in the academic study of literature and to equip you with the skills and techniques of a wide range of creative practices, deepening your knowledge and understanding, expanding your intellectual and personal horizons, and providing you with the knowledge and confidence to write in a wide variety of forms and genres. The course also allows you to identify and develop the skills of independent and critical thought, research, self-reflection, evaluation, oral presentation, collaborative working and effective communication that will make them employable. A distinctive element of the creative writing component of the course is the ability to work flexibly to solve creative problems. We also help you to develop the ability to provide constructive feedback to peers – a skill that is a valuable part of your professional development.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. For more information on graduate attributes please visit https://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/local/graduate_attributes/category_homepage.shtml

Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

Global Outlook
English with Creative Writing introduces students to the values and practices of a wide range of cultures through the study of English as a global literature and its representation through creative practice. It develops an awareness of how bias, stereotypical thinking, and prejudicial opinion have both shaped literary expression and been challenged by it. The course enables students to understand how identities and practices are historically specific and culturally constructed. It also requires students to reflect on such issues as part of their own creative practice.

At Level 4
The module Contemporary Literary Studies develops students’ global awareness by introducing them to texts from a range of writers of different heritage from contemporary Britain, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Early Modern Comedy requires students to engage with issues of homophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, and religious intolerance, and to consider the historically contingent character of cultural ideas about race, class, gender, and sexuality. In The Writers’ Workshop creative writing modules students will study a range of international forms and samples of writing. This includes short stories from writers based in India, the Caribbean and South Africa, poetry from a range of cultures and autobiographical writing by writers like Alice Walker and Maya Angelou.

At Level 5
In Literatures of Romanticism, students are required to critically assess the construction of the literary canon and its exclusion of black, working class, and women writers. Postcolonial Writing addresses directly issues of marginalised voices and issues of the representation of race. Nineteenth-Century Contexts requires students to engage with issues of class, gender, and empire, and to reflect on the impact of diverse cultural and global contexts on their discipline. Twentieth-Century Literatures requires students to engage with the international origin and impact of key literary movements and ideas (modernism, utopia, and dystopia). Writing Poetry: Voice and Audience considers how a number of marginalised groups (LGBT+ and BAME writers, for instance) who have gained a literary ‘voice’ through performance poetry and the slam scene as a counterpoint to the hegemony of traditional publishing. Students are invited to explore their own poetic ‘identity’ and to begin to situate themselves in relation to a range of audiences and poetic traditions in the UK and further afield.

At Level 6
In The Gothic: Literature, Culture, Theory, students are required to theorise and reflect on psychological accounts of identity and difference, and position the concepts of abjection and the uncanny in a range of national and global contexts. Travel Writing advances students’ global outlook with a synoptic and comparative view of four centuries of Atlantic slavery, and requires them to reflect on how slavery has been memorialized in the present day. Twentieth-Century Women Novelists encourages students to consider their own subjective position in relation to issues of readership, authorship, and gender. Writing in a Time of Violence explores sectarian notions of national identity in Northern Ireland. Modern American Drama requires students to reflect critically on the key components of the national ideology of the United States. During Cultural Crossings, students critically examine the global impact of slavery and the slave trade, European colonialism, plantation culture, and patterns and cultures of migration. Postcolonial Cities requires students to engage critically with questions of multiculturalism and cultural diversity, the intersections of gender politics, race, ethnicity, and class in a range of global settings. Literature and Disability encourages reflection on the experience of disability and the representation of mental health within the medical profession. In Life Writing, students address directly issues of subjectivity in relation to race, class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

‘Career Cartographies’: work-integrated learning in the Humanities enables students to map career paths available to them as a result of the discipline knowledge they have acquired, along with attainment of skills the World Economic Forum has identified as crucial to global employment trends into the next decade, such as creativity, critical thinking and complex problem solving.

In requiring the students to engage with the world beyond the classroom, the Creative Writing Project also contributes to this attribute of global outlook, fostering an awareness of the communities and cultural institutions in the immediate environment of the city and region, but also in the ‘global’ aspect of the publishing and creative industries as a whole.

Digital Literacy
The course includes aspects of digital information retrieval and digital scholarship, and requires students to critically evaluate material from a range of on-line sources. It also develops skills of digital life planning. Students on the course are given training in, and encouraged to practice, their use of digital platforms such as Blogger and Google Docs, to develop it in the classroom and to deploy it in both formative and summative assessment. Turnitin is used from the earliest assessments as a formative tool to encourage awareness of academic integrity.

At Level 4
Digital literacy is a key component of the creative writing modules on our course. In Induction Week, students attend a bespoke training session, in which they are guided through the technicalities of setting up a blog and writing their first posts. This blog is then personalised, and becomes a repository for creative and reflective work through the duration of the course. Students are also introduced to Google Docs as a means of submitting work and feeding back, a platform which supplements their engagement with the MyBeckett VLE. At this level, the creative potential of social media is also explored through the platforms of Twitter and Storify.

At Level 5
Literatures of Romanticism develops media literacy by making use of a student-led discussion forum on MyBeckett. All literature modules at this level demand some engagement with the research resources of the internet. All essays and other writings have to be professionally produced; all presentations supported by suitable visual material (e.g. via PowerPoint or Prezi). Creative Writing modules at this level continue to require students to maintain an online writer’s blog for assessment and to provide peer feedback via MyBeckett. Students receive training in the creative possibilities of social media as a means of establishing their writer’s profile. They are encouraged to access the comparative digital platforms of other writers. As students become more aware of their own creative work in context, they will explore the possibilities for digital publication through platforms like Wattpad and Inkitt, and a range of online literary journals for fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

At Level 6
At Level 6, students refine their digital skills as an embedded aspect of their more advanced learning in the final year, with a view to their application in employment after university. Four literature options (Twentieth-Century Women Novelists; Postcolonial Cities; Cultural Crossings; and Modern American Drama) refine students’ ICT skills by requiring presentations to a professional standard using PowerPoint. Writing in a Time of Violence extends and consolidates students’ media literacy, requiring them to conduct research on the Troubles in Northern Ireland using the Conflict Archive on the Internet (CAIN).

Students taking the module ‘Career Cartographies’: work-integrated learning in the Humanities’ will also develop digital skills through online distance learning that supports their involvement in, and evaluation of, work-based activities and the application of knowledge and skills gained on their degree course.

The Dissertation module consolidates media literacy by requiring students to make use of a wide range of databases in conducting a literature search, including JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, and the MLA International Bibliography. Digital research skills are also crucial here. Students make use of Leeds Beckett’s internal ‘Discover’ tool to compile their literature search. This module also consolidates digital life planning by requiring students to use the use the online Careers Tools Prospects Planner and Target Careers Report, and the MyCareerR CV-writing resource. The Student and Graduate Futures service offers tailored training to support the development of these skills.

The Creative Writing Project represents the culmination of the digital learning acquired in the creative writing modules on the course. Students apply what they have learned about digital presence, publishing opportunities and utilising social media. Collaborating on the e-anthology, students explore and agree options for digital publication (commonly using Book Creator for iOSk iBooksAuthor or the free print-on-demand app, Lulu). They will also engage with social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat, to publicise the final performance.

Enterprise
For the purposes of this course, enterprise refers to skills of initiative, independent thought and creative problem solving. The course develops analytical and investigatory skills, as well as an ability to work with others and to be critically reflective. All creative writing modules follow closely the enterprise agenda, since they require students to produce their own writing, to share, critique and modify their own work and that of other students, and to showcase their work professionally.

At Level 4
All modules embed group discussion and peer learning as an integral part of the learning journey on the course. Contemporary Literary Studies helps students develop strategies for time management, motivation, and collaborative and self-directed learning in the making of small group seminar presentations. In Poetry, students are required to work collaboratively on a group presentation. The focus of the Creative Writing modules at this level is providing students with those relevant transferable skills to being a creative writer. These include making space for writing, time management, maintaining a recording reflective observations or keeping a writing journal, selecting, editing and presenting work professionally, collaborating as a group and providing and responding to constructive feedback.

At Level 5
In Literatures of Romanticism, students are required to choose their own topic for the first assignment and research it independently. Theory into Practice encourages students to confront their own habits of reading and develops skills in using different styles of interpretation. Twentieth-Century Literature requires students to devise their own research question and an 800-word personal statement reflecting on their experience of producing this question. The Creative Writing modules at this level further develop the skills learned at Level 4 while focusing on providing students with the knowledge and skills to promote themselves in the wider professional world (whether as writers or otherwise). They learn about the creative writing industry and options for publication and performance – both locally and further afield. They also engage with questions of originality, plagiarism and intertextuality from a creative perspective.

At Level 6
The first assessment for The Gothic: Literature, Culture, Theory, requires students to demonstrate initiative, creativity, and independence in the editing of an anthology of sources relevant to a topic of their own choosing. Cultural Crossings, Modern American Drama, Twentieth-Century Women Novelists, and Postcolonial Cities require students to work collaboratively and independently in generating arguments and interpretations.

The independent creative practice aspect of The Creative Writing Project allows students to specialise in their chosen medium or media and to showcase their work in both an online anthology and a final performance. The modules at Level 4 and Level 5 build towards this by laying the foundations for group working and collaboration, the production of mini e-anthologies on MyBeckett and the acquisition of relevant social media skills. The Creative Writing project demands digital literacy, creative enterprise and a global outlook to think about how audiences can be reached and how to present their work to the wider literary world. External speakers will extend students’ engagement with these questions.

The option module ‘Career Cartographies’: work-integrated learning in the Humanities’ is designed to enable students to evaluate the skills and knowledge they have acquired in the context of work-based environments. Students taking this module are involved in twenty days of placement activity or work-related learning, coupled with online distance learning, in order to develop their ability to evaluate what they bring to employment opportunities and to articulate pathways for professional work and development beyond completion of their degree.

The Dissertation consolidates a range of enterprise skills of independent research, initiative, and creativity. Students are required to undertake a literature search and produce a plan of work; to attend and reflect on an employability day event on researching professional knowledge and practice in the workplace; and to construct a CV and skills profile adapted to identified career path(s).

Students are encouraged to undertake the Careers Readiness Survey (CRS).· They are also encouraged to undertake the co-curricular online careers module through which they learn how to make effective career decisions and enhance their employability. Students are also able to study optional employability modules at level 5 (Applied Humanities: a live-brief learning module where they gain first-hand experience of planning, delivery and evaluating a professional working brief set by an industry partner organisation) and level 6 (Careers Cartographies: an online career development and work-integrated learning module designed to enhance skills, knowledge and non-linear career options through work-based learning).

Specific Employability Skills

As well as acquiring specialist knowledge of creative writing, students develop effective written and oral communication skills through the degree. Other employability skills acquired on the course include:
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Independent working
  • Time management and organisation
  • A good understanding of information technology
  • Planning and researching written work
  • Presentation skills
  • Editorial and proofreading skills - key skills gained from producing accurately written content
  • Negotiation skills - learning how to market work effectively gives students the skill to negotiate in other workplace settings.

In addition to the employability skills acquired on the course, students also have access to careers and employability support from professional services, which supports students and graduates with all aspects of career planning & decision making, along with helping them recognise and develop your employability skills.

The School has dedicated careers and employability support that enables us to build tailored career development learning into our programme at all levels of study. This allows us to support students with expert career development learning and employability from trained professionals who can help students to make well-informed decisions about student and graduate employment or postgraduate study throughout their undergraduate career.

This is in addition to online careers and employability support via MyHub which includes a live jobs board where students have access to jobs and opportunities ranging from volunteering, placements and part-time work to graduate vacancies. Careers and employability events and workshops are accessible via MyHub, including regular careers and jobs fairs, employers on campus and employer-led initiatives. Practical help and resources are also available to assist students in exploring and researching career options (including self-employment, freelance & business start-up), job hunting and presenting professionally in CVs, applications, online (LinkedIn) and interviews. One-to-one careers guidance appointments with a dedicated School careers and employability professional also enables them to access tailored careers information, advice and guidance for the Creative Writing subject area.

Email: careers@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 5995 / 0113 812 7335

myhub.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/s/careers

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.


The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

Most of your learning this year will take place online via MyBeckett and through Microsoft Teams (part of the University’s Office suite). There will be some face to face teaching and your ‘home’ on campus for this will be on the second floor of Broadcasting Place. You can also access a range of physical and online resources through the University Library – please see section below.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Bachelor of Arts with Honours English with Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts English with Creative Writing
Diploma of Higher Education English with Creative Writing
Certificate of Higher Education English with Creative Writing

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the UK Credit Framework for Higher Education (360 credits in total).

PT delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent. Please note that the work placement option is generally not available to PT students.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiners for this course are as follows:

Dr Owen Clayton (Chief External Examiner and with Specific UG modules assigned)
Senior Lecturer in English Literature
University of Lincoln

Dr James Cole (Specific UG modules assigned)
Senior Lecturer/Course Leader - BA (Hons) Creative Writing
Arts University Bournemouth

Dr Sarah Ilott (Specific UG modules assigned)
Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film
Manchester Metropolitan University

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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