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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

English

Full-time English

Study English language, literature and creative writing on one course, tailoring your studies to your own interests.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year ††
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? Q300
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 89% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Explore all aspects of English, with modules in literature, language and creative writing.
  • Determine your direction of study and discover the areas that most fire your interest.
  • Get a head start in the writing and publishing industries by teaming up with industry partners on live briefs and accredited work placements.

If you’re passionate about all areas of English, then this course is for you. You will analyse an exciting variety of literary texts, discover the relationship between language and the world around you, and develop your creative voice in a range of genres and forms.

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How you learn

Watch lecturer Dr Harriet Earle talk about our English courses

You will become an active part of a welcoming academic community that values your experience, perspective and contribution.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to think critically about English language and literature, respond to existing debates, develop a distinctive and confident writing voice, and engage with the world.

You’ll customise your learning journey through specialist workshops, lectures, seminars, live projects, and tutorials.

You learn through

  • small and large-group sessions
  • creative problem solving
  • critical reflection
  • innovative assessments
  • networking with cutting-edge researchers and professionals

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning

Work placements and live projects

On this course, you’ll get regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills for our industry and community partners. You’ll work independently and in teams throughout your studies, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs.

In your second year, you’ll curate and build your professional profile by taking a placement in collaboration with one of our partners. This placement will help you to publicise your work and connect with audiences.

Students have taken opportunities to

  • develop materials and resources with children’s literacy charities in Sheffield
  • work with local schools
  • gain experience in creative industries including publishing, event design, and public relations
  • independently generate their own business ideas

Field trips

We run regular local, regional and international field trips at no additional cost such as writing retreats, festival and theatre visits, as well as international trips. This year our students visited London Book Fair, as well as Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. They also participated in the Festival of Debate, Doc/Fest, and Off the Shelf festivals and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.

Networking opportunities

We work with nationally and internationally renowned festivals such as Off the Shelf and Doc/Fest, and bring literary agents, publishers, and high-profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students. You can take part in networking, masterclass events, and literary salons, and get a head start into the writing and publishing industries.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with world-leading researchers. We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with a variety of external partners to better understand career and professional opportunities open to you.

Studying Abroad

You will have the opportunity to experience another learning culture by studying abroad for a semester. We have connections with a wide variety of institutions across the world, including universities in Europe, North America, and Australia.

Prizes

There are a range of prizes that recognize student achievement and outstanding contributions to university life. The Hallam Award, for example, recognises students’ exceptional participation in university life, involvement in the Students’ Union, and representation of their peer-groups.

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Future careers

Previous graduates have gone on to work in

  • creative industries
  • marketing, communications, media
  • local and regional government
  • the charity sector
  • education
  • social work

Students often go on to take postgraduate qualifications in teaching, social work and law, English language, literature and writing.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a wide variety of texts
  • a range of learning resources, including access to specialist books, databases, and journals
  • a nationally and internationally acclaimed teaching team of creative writers and English literature and language scholars
  • a dedicated academic advisor, who will offer you specific guidance on how to develop your study skills and your employability profile

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff.

We welcome applications from people of any age.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

The evidence that you provide in your personal statement and references will influence whether you shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Describing Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Epic Transformations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Reading Communities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Prose And Poetry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Language Awareness Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: English In The World Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Adapting For The Screen Credits: 20
Module: Crossing Over: Power, Death And Desire Credits: 20
Module: Dark Fictions: Deception, Detection And Death Credits: 20
Module: Exchange Student Project Credits: 20
Module: Exploring Second Language Learning Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Foundation Studies In Tesol Credits: 20
Module: Language And Style Credits: 20
Module: Language, Identity & Power Credits: 20
Module: Literature Of The Eighteenth Century And Romantic Period Credits: 20
Module: London: Literary And Historical Perspectives 1728-1914 Credits: 20
Module: Multicultural And Intercultural Communication Credits: 20
Module: Poetry And Poetics Credits: 20
Module: Shakespearean Drama Credits: 20
Module: Sociolinguistics Credits: 20
Module: Story And Narrative Credits: 20
Module: The Gothic Credits: 20
Module: Writing And Environment Credits: 20
Module: Writing For Children Credits: 20
Module: Writing From Life Credits: 20

Final year

Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Censorship, Conflict And Scandal Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Contemporary Fiction Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Creative Careers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Creative Writing Major Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Experimental Writing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exploring English Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Identity And The Body Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: In Darkest England: Fiction At Work Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language And Gender Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language, Learning And Wellbeing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Literature Dissertation Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pirates, Knights And Aliens: Insiders And Outsiders In Renaissance England Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Politeness Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Reading And The Mind Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science Fiction And Fantasy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tesol Classroom Teaching And Reflection Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Work-Based Project Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for English courses (PDF)

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