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BA(Hons)

English Literature

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
Q300
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Dr Mariadele Boccardi
Key fact:
This course is both an intellectual challenge and practical preparation for a rewarding future in a wide choice of careers.

Page last updated 11 October 2017

Introduction

Why study English literature?

A degree in English literature opens the door to careers in the cultural industries, one of Britain's most exciting, diverse and internationally recognized fields.

Graduates with a background inliterature are highly employable mature and confident, bringing excellent communication, critical and analytical skills to the table.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English Literature builds on your love of literature, and combines creative and academic work with key transferrable skills.

We rank consistently highly in the National Student Survey (NSS), thanks to the quality of the course and our inspiring staff. Gain excellent written and oral skills and discover new critical and theoretical perspectives. Spark your creativity by exploring genres ranging from epic poetry to the American novel, the English Renaissance to the 21st century.

Learn from renowned academics and published researchers in a supportive, collaborative community. Study at Frenchay Campus as part of our Arts and Cultural Industries department and enjoy Bristol's vibrant culture, playing your part in the creative exchange between the university and the city.

Where can it take me?

You'll graduate ready for an exciting career in the media or the arts, marketing, editing or publishing and teaching.

You could also use your excellent transferable skills in other rewarding careers or go on to further study.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Creativity, Critique and Literature
  • Literature and Ideas
  • Once Upon a Time: Children, Stories and Literature
  • Beyond the Horizon: Places and Spaces in Literature.

Year two

You will study:

  • Reading Forms/Forms of Reading
  • Shakespeare's World of Words OR Exploring the Eighteenth Century OR Romanticism Unbound.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • British Writing 1900-1950
  • Victorian Frictions
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970
  • Shakespeare's World of Words*
  • Romanticism Unbound*
  • Exploring the Eighteenth Century*.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work or study placement.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • English Independent Project.

Plus three optional modules (two if you complete a study year abroad or placement year) from:

  • Children's Fiction since 1900
  • Gothic Literature
  • Literature and Culture in Britain, 1885-1930
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970
  • Detection in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

*You can take this as an optional module if you didn't choose it as your compulsory module.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you. 

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Full-time students study four modules each academic year every module involves three contact hours every week. You'll be taught in a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways, including lectures, seminars, online sessions, workshops, and tutorials.

Expand your transferable skillset and develop strong communication, presentation, creative expression, analytical and critical skills.

Train to use Adobe InDesign software and online platforms, which will give you career-based skills for publishing, marketing, advertising and the media.

Gain experience with our vibrant cultural partners in Bristol, such as the BBC, Watershed, the Arnolfini and local literary festivals.

Sharpen your skills, writing for UWE Bristol student media. Publications include the Western Eye and Westworld, blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo, and the English Society's Cellar Door magazine. Your academic personal tutor (APT) will offer advice and support concerning any aspect of your course. They'll be available regularly throughout the academic year.

We also have a panel of student advisers who offer academic or personal support.

Find out more about our academic staff, their teaching expertise and research interests.

Hear what our students think about their time at UWE.

To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through essays, creative writing, examinations and dissertations, bibliographical exercises, research logs, synopses of academic journal articles and oral presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
128%66%6%100%
226%60%14%100%
36%81%13%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend your third year away from the University on a work placement. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.

You may be able to take a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the programme leader for further information.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement for you.

Study facilities

English Literature is based at Frenchay Campus, along with other Arts and Cultural Industries courses. 

The campus library houses a large collection of books and e-resources. These include Literature Online, Eighteenth-Century Collections, Project Muse, OED online and various digital archives and scholarly journals. You'll develop into a competent researcher with excellent data retrieval skills.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Graduates with a background in English Literature are highly employable bringing key transferable skills, a broad knowledge base and an open mind to the table.

Former students have gone on to work as marketing executives or content managers for publishers, HR recruitment consultants, and teachers in primary, secondary and further education. Many choose to continue their studies into postgraduate degrees in English and related subjects.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in publishing.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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