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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)


Full-time English

Explore all aspects of English including literature, language and creative writing, with opportunities to specialise and determine the direction of your degree.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 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

Student satisfaction

This course scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Study modules of English that interest you in literature, language and creative writing.
  • Explore a range of literary texts, genres, theoretical practices, and writing techniques.
  • Develop your skills through learning a language or studying abroad.

If you wish to explore all avenues of English study, including literature, creative writing and language, then this course is for you. You can develop your intellectual curiosity, your creativity, your unique voice and discover those areas that most fire your interest.

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Watch student Ellie Wright talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Dr Harriet Earle talk about our English courses

You will be taught by specialist researchers in literary and linguistic studies and a distinguished team of poets, novelists, and scriptwriters.

You will develop your skills in communication, analysis, evaluation, problem-solving and creativity, while working on real-life projects to increase your confidence and employability.

You may choose to further develop your skills and interests through study abroad, work-based projects and foreign language study. You also have the option of studying to teach English to speakers of other languages.

You learn through

  • large-group interactive teaching sessions
  • seminars and tutorials
  • creative writing workshops
  • drama workshops
  • podcasts
  • film screenings
  • independent study
  • work-based modules

Course leaders and tutors

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Daniel Cadman
Senior Lecturer in English Literature

I lecture on a variety of modules across the English programme, with particular teaching interests in Renaissance and nineteenth century literature.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a work-placement in the second year of your course, giving you great opportunities to apply the skills acquired on the degree in a working environment. This gives you the chance to enhance your employability profile by gaining professional experience from a range of potential areas which have included literary editing, feature journalism, education, and publicity.

Project hosts have included Grimm & Co, National Trust, Red Velvet Baking Co, Sheffield Hallam Marketing and Eckington School.

Field trips

We offer a variety of ways for you to experience the subject beyond the classroom. These include theatre trips to see productions of key dramatic works studied on the course, as well as visits to a variety of museums, exhibitions, workshops, and screenings.

Dissertation/major project

Throughout your third year, you have the opportunity to put into practice the skills you will have been acquiring in critical thinking, writing, and independent study by developing a research or writing project in an area of your choosing. Working under an academic supervisor, you will produce a study on a literary or linguistic topic or a project that showcases your creative work. This will enable you to develop and demonstrate skills in time management, self-motivation, problem solving, and self-evaluation by planning and managing your project through to completion.

Networking opportunities

We run a number of events where you can perform and publish your work, such as our regular open mic nights. Our students also have the chance to get involved in Sheffield's annual literary festival Off the Shelf and engage with a range of local businesses and organisations. Our regular masterclass series also gives you chance to learn from guest writers.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • marketing
  • copywriting
  • teaching
  • research
  • the civil service
  • administration
  • youth work
  • recruitment
  • journalism
  • publishing

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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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.


  • 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'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Describing Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Epic Transformations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Critical Theory Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Prose And Poetry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
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: 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 2019/20 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 2019/20 is £13,250 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.

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