This course is open for applications.
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Arts and Cultural Industries
- Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
- Full-time; sandwich; part-time
- Study abroad:
- 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 4 December 2018
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 in literature 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
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
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.
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*.
*You can take this as an optional module if you didn't choose it as your compulsory module.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.
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.
You will study:
- English Independent Project.
Plus, three optional modules (two if you've completed 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.
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
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.
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.
Hear what our students think about their time here.
To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Full-time students study four modules each academic year every module involves three contact hours every week.
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.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Upon completion of the English Independent Project module, you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.
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 study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.
Study year abroad
You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.
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 / 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.
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.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13500|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1688|
|Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Part Time Course
|Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||85|
Full Time Course with Placement Year
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
|International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13500|
|International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||13500|
|International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1688|
|International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1688|
|International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||11812|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
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.
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.
- 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.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component
- 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 Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Media Communications, Media Studies, Psychology, Philosophy
- EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
- Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
- Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
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.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages.
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 have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333